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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Find out the latest school Information regarding COVID-19 here.

 

When does school begin for 2020-2021?
School officially begins September 1st. Check your plan for your first online session at 9:00!

 

When will I know what teacher I will have for next year?
Elementary students will be assigned teachers mid-August. If you have a specific teacher request, contact Melissa Hausmann with that information. Your teacher will be calling the weeks before school begins to touch base. Please be sure to answer that call because it is a vital part of a strong start of the year for you, your student, and your teacher.
Please note that teachers work in grade level teams. You will be assigned a Homeroom teacher, which is your first point of contact for questions or concerns. Math and Reading Group classes are shared among grade level teachers, so you will be invited to classes with both teachers throughout the year.

 

When will my new courses be available?
Your courses will be available September 1st and materials will be sent prior to that date. When the new courses appear in the OLS, check them over to be sure it is what you and your homeroom teacher discussed in Spring. If there are any issues with your courses, contact your teacher.
Note: The first week of school is Orientation Week. Actual curricular course work will begin September 8th.

 

Can I start my lessons before school starts?
Please start with the Online Learning orientation course. All other courses will appear on your plan September 8th. You may get a head-start if you wish, as the courses will be available September 1st.

 

Will I be receiving a laptop?
All ORVA students will have the option to recieve a laptop on loan from our school. These laptops are to be used for school purposes only and are equipped with Office 365 and links to the Online School.

 

What courses should my first grader have on his or her plan?
The first grade courses include:
Math+ Green Summit
Math+ Green Summit Appendix (in May)
ELA: Literature & Comprehension
ELA: Phonics & Spelling
ELA: Vocabulary
ELA: Handwriting & Writing Skills
Science 1 NG (Next Generation)
PE with lessons
Social Studies (in Spring)
Homeroom 1 (for entering Homeroom Class time attendance)
Online Learning K-8 (new students only)

 

What is the Baseline Assessment?
The Baseline Assessment is a critical piece of information. This will give you and your teacher valuable insight into your child's reading and math skills. These short assessments will be completed online and the student must have no assistance from anyone (other than logging in and staying on task).

 

Can I hide one or more of my courses in the OLS?
Please don't hide courses unless you have discussed this with your homeroom teacher.

 

Can I get Art and History (for my K-2 student)?
The Art and History are an electives. If you choose to add these to your child's plan, please let your homeroom teacher know so he or she can discuss it with you.
* Please note that there are requirements in place if you are adding electives. Electives will not start until October. If you are not caught up in your grade level courses, or if limited progress is made in an elective course, electives may be removed from your plan for the rest of the school year.

 

Can I adjust my Student Schedule or add Vacation Days?
No. Please always consult with your homeroom teacher if and when you need to be absent.

 

What counts as a Learning Contact?
You need to make contact with your teacher each week. A contact is a live (online) connection in with your teacher.
These count as Learning Contact:
-Attend your Homeroom Class Connect
-Attend a Small Group Class Connect
-Attend a class connect or online workshop with a your homeroom teacher
-Attend an online tutoring session or small group lesson with your homeroom teacher
-Attend a grade-level appropriate club with an ORVA teacher

 

How do I know what time the online classes start?
You will receive an invitation for online classes and sessions in your OLS Plan. Each class starts at the hour or half hour. Teachers recommend you log into your sessions 5-10 minutes early (this allows people time to log in and check their audio before class starts).

 

I missed a Class Connect. Can I watch the recording to get a Learning Contact?
Please plan to attend the live sessions for your Learning Contacts. If you miss a Homeroom class and need the recording, your teacher may provide it to you. Watching a recording will not count as a Learning Contact (unless specifically specified by your teacher, in rare cases when your teacher is out of the office and unable to host a live session).

 

What are all these Class Connect sessions I am seeing on my plan? Do I need to attend them all?
Here is the breakdown:
Homeroom Class: This is a required homeroom meeting each morning at 9:00 where students will participate in calendar instruction and an academic lesson in Math, Language Arts, and/or Science (sometimes other subjects as well). Opportunities to mark lessons complete will be available in many sessions. This is a huge part of your student's learning so please plan to attend daily.
Small Group Classes: If you are invited to these sessions, you will be required to attend.
SDI & Intervention Classes: If you are invited to these sessions, you will be required to attend.
Assemblies or Social Time: Occasionally the K-2 Homerooms come together for an assembly or a fun Social Time. These are optional but very fun!
Clubs: Clubs are optional.

 

Will there be extra help in math and language arts offered?
Additional small group sessions will be created based on student's academic need. Teachers will be conducting interim assessments throughout the year. Students in need of additional intervention (or at times, enrichment) will be invited to these sessions. If you get an invitation, it is expected you will attend.

 

What can I count as PE?
There will be actual lessons as part of the PE curriculum this year. Any purposeful, exercised-based activity or game will count for PE attendance. Count things like dancing (while doing chores even), sport activities, games, stretching, martial arts, walks, raking leaves, going to a playground... For some ideas, check out the PE Tips page.
Please remember to do 30 minutes of PE each day. You can log up to 150 minutes per week.

 

Where do I log attendance for Reading Eggs and Math Seeds?
1st grade students can enter Reading Eggs time under Phonics attendance. Math Seeds attendance can be entered under Math.

 

What happens if we are sick or need a day off?
The beautiful thing about our program is that it does allow for some flexibility. If you miss a day, however, you still need to make up the work.
If you need to be gone, please contact me. If you are not already ahead in progress, tell me how you plan on making it up (over the weekend, on a non-school day, or a little extra here and there for a few days). Just keep me in the loop and be sure to make up for the lost progress.
Please count anything you do during your sick day, even if it is just a little reading together.
If you are taking a vacation during normal school days, let me know and we will make sure you have a plan in place. Remember that you need Learning Contacts each week, no matter what (State Requirement).

 

I am having technical issues. Can Ms. Colbert help me?
I can help with some issues so a quick message to me will get the ball rolling. If I can't help, I will direct you to someone who can. If there is a problem with the OLS the number for tech support is: 866-512-2273 or click here to access online help.

 

I can't get into the OLS or class! What's going on?
Here are a few things to try:
-Sometimes the OLS does get a bit touchy so try again in a few minutes and see if it works.
-Try opening it from a different browser.
-Clear your caches, cookies, and temporary internet files. Restart your computer then try again.
-If these do not help, call tech support at: 866-512-2273.

 

How do I figure out what progress percentage my child should be at?
Some grade bands have slightly different requirements. For K-5, students are expected to complete 100% of what is assigned by your homeroom teacher in order to move on to the next course. Please make sure to always stick to your daily plan to be sure you are completed by the last day of school. If you miss a day, you will need to make a plan to complete the lessons that you didn't complete. Also be sure to check the due dates in the OLS.

 

Why are some lessons marked off before school even starts?
In many courses, there are more lessons offered than days in the school year or a course contains non-essential lessons. Teachers will be modifying student's plans to streamline the year and have students focusing on the most important skills. If you see a lesson marked off that you really want to work on, you can always go in and open that lesson. Teachers may also temporarily skip lessons in which they plan to cover in Homeroom Class and mark them complete after instruction.

 

How many hours does my child need to work per day?
This is different for each child. The general rule is that you work until you have completed the work in your daily plan. The state requirement is 4.5 hours/day for first graders. Please contact me if you are having difficulty accomplishing your assignments so we can discuss a plan for your child.

 

If I want to finish my courses early, can I move to the next grade-level course?
In most cases, students will have current grade-level courses only. If you finish a course early, you may enroll in the elective courses for your grade level. There are also supplementary programs offered (Stride and Freckle), to extend your student's learning if he or she finishes early. Teachers also may add additional, enrichment activities to a student's plan.

 

If I finish my courses before the end of the school year, what do I do with my student to continue learning?
There are a few options:
-Reading Eggs & Math Seeds
-Electives
-Stride Curriculum
-Freckle for Reading & Math
-Teacher created enrichment activities
-There are some units of study posted on the Learning Extensions page to supplement after courses are complete. More units may be added so keep checking back.
-Go back through any lessons in your courses that you skipped or would like to revisit.
-Check out the Educational Links section for some great websites.
-K12 will be offering summer camps (online summer school program)
*Please remember that you need to be entering attendance for Math and Language Arts daily through the last day of school, even if you are finished with the courses!

 

Will I have access to my OLS and courses over the summer?
If you are registered for the fall and not yet finished with your grade-level courses to at least 70%, Math and Language Arts may be left on your plan over the summer with administrator approval only. If you are not returning in the fall, your OLS will be shut off the third week of June.
* Our school is following the ODE/Governor guidelines for 2020 due to Covid-19.
Note: If you are on an IEP, your IEP guidelines will be followed.

 

How do I return materials?
You will be receiving an e-mail with shipping labels once a course has been complete and the new course ordered. Be sure your teacher has your updated e-mail address. If you didn't receive one, you can always log into the K12 website and request a new one.
If you are returning in the fall, please do not ship back any materials for courses you are still working on (keep the K-2 Science Keeper Kit). If you are returning in the fall and have an ORVA computer, please keep it for next school year.

 

How do I know what materials to return at the end of a course?
Click here to find out how to find what materials to return?
Support/Materials Help: 866-512-2273 or online

 

How can I get connected with other families?
-Attend ORventures (outings)!
-Attend a K12 club.
-Check out the Family Directory in the OLS. You can search for families in your area!
-Set up a play or study group.
-Attend Homeroom (I open up chat privileges to students before the meeting. It is a great way to meet other kids and make connections).

 

Where can I order cool ORVA or K12 gear?
Log onto http://gear.k12.com/ if you want to order a shirt, cap, mug.....

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