Information regarding CV Virtual Academy

Dear Cumberland Valley families:

The purpose of today’s email is to provide more details about our Virtual Academy, a fully-online curricular option for families who select this route for their students. If, at this point in time, you are planning to have your child return to the school building beginning August 25, 2020, there is no need to read further or complete this survey.

As shared on July 14, 2020, Cumberland Valley’s Board of School Directors approved the District’s Health and Safety Plan. This plan outlines how we intend to bring students back to school safely in August. You may view the plan in its entirety and accompanying information here: www.cvschools.org/BackToSchool

Select highlights of the plan, which may or may not impact your decision to send your student back to school for face-to-face instruction, include:

  • The requirement, per governmental orders, to wear a face covering while on school transportation, in hallways, and in classes where 6 feet of physical social distancing between students or staff is not possible - this will likely be the majority of the school day for students.

  • A return of face-to-face instruction five days per week for elementary students.

  • A return of face-to-face instruction two days per week and online instruction three days per week for secondary students.

  • Students and staff will be screened for symptoms prior to entering schools.

  • School start and end times will be staggered to improve spacing on buses which will be scheduled at near 50% capacity.

  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and other building spaces (classrooms, annexes, etc.) to allow for appropriate distancing. Elementary students may also eat lunch on some days in their classrooms.

  • Plans are in place to continue recess and specials for elementary students.

  • A student’s schedule of courses may be modified based on staffing needs related to the number of students who opt to participate in the CV Virtual Academy.


The District recognizes and understands that, even with safety precautions in place as outlined in our Health and Safety Plan, some families may still not feel comfortable with sending their children back to school for face-to-face learning or may have other concerns with the restrictions needed to support student and staff safety. Therefore, we have developed a fully online learning opportunity for students in grades K-12 for students whose families are uncomfortable with returning to face-to-face instruction as the District has described and adhering to the regulations described by Dr. Christopher in his Returning to School Safely presentation. Cumberland Valley Virtual Academy’s (CVVA) online curriculum and instruction are aligned to CV’s standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices. Courses will be instructed by a CV teacher.

The District needs to get an accurate representation of which specific students are committed to the fully online learning model so we may begin to identify which specific courses and teachers will be available for both traditional learning and online learning.

We are asking parents who want to enroll their student in online learning know the following:

  • By enrolling in CVVA, your child will take all of their classes online.      

  • The online course offerings provided by the District may not have as many options as the traditional courses offered, but will still provide a robust course of study for students.

  • CVVA courses will include both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning requirements.

  • The District is asking for a commitment of at least one grading period (Secondary students = Marking Period / Elementary Students = Trimester) before other enrollment options are considered.

To learn more about Cumberland Valley Virtual Academy, including an overview of instruction and sample student schedules, please visit https://cvschools.org/cvva

To enroll your student in CVVA’s online learning platform for the 2020-21 school year, contact the building principal. 
The last day for a parent to make a change in their child's CVVA enrollment (enroll or withdraw) is August 14, 2020.

Additionally, we are aware of some concerns being shared related to technical issues with last night’s streaming of the School Board meeting and the video we shared this morning. Neither of these situations are typical experiences you should expect from Cumberland Valley and we are actively working to ensure that they do not occur again in the future. We are fully committed to addressing technology challenges related to providing remote learning for students prior to the start of school and look forward to supporting our families who chose this option for their children. 

 

Thank you!



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