While we believe that on-campus and face-to-face is the best environment for students, we recognize that there are a number of reasons that a student may need to be off-campus during the 2020–21 school year. To meet those needs, we have developed a Flexible Learning Experience (or FLEX) option.
FLEX will vary from grade to grade and from subject to subject but will include a combination of live teaching and independent learning along with individual support from teachers. FLEX will allow us to support students and families who:
Those interested in this option long-term should schedule a time to meet with their principal. This option is well-suited for many students, but also requires some at-home support and open lines of communication. Long-term candidacy and approval will be on a case-by-case basis by the school. While we will endeavor to cooperate with families to provide FLEX to qualified students, it is not designed to be a comparative experience to full-time, on-campus learning.
Summative assessments—those assessments that occur at the end of a unit of instruction—must be taken by the FLEX student. When possible, the summative assessment will be designed to be taken remotely. However, to secure test-taking protocol, the student might be required to take the summative assessment on-campus proctored by the educator or other school personnel in an environment that meets the criteria for safe social distancing and cleanliness.
Accountability Assessments—It will be required that FLEX students participate in standardized testing for accountability purposes with Florida’s Department of Education. The same protocol exercised with summative assessments will be followed when standardized testing is required.
Although FLEX provides an alternative in special cases, it is designed to be a temporary mode of instruction. We believe the optimal learning environment for most students is to be present on campus with educators, peers, and receiving real-time support and feedback. There is currently no limit on the time a child can be in FLEX, but the school has the prerogative to end the student’s FLEX status in writing if it is not in the best interest of the student to continue in Flex Learning, or whose health status has changed.
FLEX is not for every student, regardless of their medical qualifications. Some students might not be good candidates for FLEX due to the amount of screen time and self-directed learning required for success.
Students are expected to join live classes, view recorded lessons, and complete assignments as required. Attendance is mandatory and tardiness and absenteeism will be recorded as though the student were attending school on campus. Similarly, excuses must be documented and sent to the school office according to the school attendance policy.
Yes. Our FLEX option has required additional investment in technology, training, and resources. We have been able to implement this without any additional fees or raising tuition. The intent with FLEX is to keep students current and facilitate an easy transition between on-campus and off-campus learning when necessary.