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REMINDER: Update Your Child’s Learning Preference for Second Semester

Deadline: Sunday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Login to EngagED Portal if you wish to make changes to your child’s learning preference for Second Semester.



IMPORTANT UPDATES (NEW INFORMATION)

100% eLearning

We are pleased to announce that the current structure and format for eLearning will remain in place for the second semester, i.e. elementary and middle school will remain in the current DCSD eLearning program, and high school students will remain in their high school’s current eLearning program.

Please note, however, there could be changes to eLearning teacher assignments, depending on how many students switch from Hybrid/In-Person to eLearning and vice versa. Should your child’s eLearning teacher change, we will ensure that your student still has a high-quality educator with experience teaching in our eLearning structure.

Students enrolled in the eLearning preference will participate in a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded/independent) learning five days per week. Students enrolled in this option for the second semester will remain in eLearning through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.



As a reminder, Douglas County School District (DCSD) families who wish to change their child’s learning preference (i.e. Hybrid/In-Person to eLearning or vice versa) for the second semester must do so by Sunday, November 1. Changes to learning preferences will become effective in January 2021 and continue through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to make changes is Sunday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m.

If you wish to continue with your child’s current learning preference, you do not need to complete the Learning Preference Update process for the second semester.

How to Update Learning Preferences:
  • Go to the EngagED Portal and select Learning Preference Update
    • Select the Hybrid Learning/In-Person Learning Preference or 100% eLearning Preference for Your Student(s) for the second semester (changes will be effective January 2021 through the end of the 2020-2021 school year).


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Why the November 1 Deadline?
Setting November 1 as the deadline to change learning preferences gives us the time to coordinate teachers/staffing and scheduling and be ready for January. The student enrollment numbers for each grade and class decide the number of teachers in eLearning and our schools.

What if I already changed my child’s learning preference for the second semester but changed my mind?
You can log back into the EngagED portal and make any changes to your child’s learning preference up until Sunday, November 1 at 11:59 pm.

How can I confirm my learning preference switch went through successfully?
Simply log back into the EngagED portal to check your child’s learning preference selection for the second semester. You are welcome to make any changes to your child’s learning preference up until Sunday, November 1 at 11:59 pm.

What if I don’t remember my login credentials or can’t access the EngagED portal?
Please email our parent technology help desk at ParentTechSupport@dcsdk12.org.

Hybrid Learning/In-Person Learning
In the current, fluid environment of COVID, it’s important for families to understand that students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning/In-Person Learning option could fluctuate to include, but not be limited to, the following scenarios depending on current COVID-19 data.

Please note, there could be changes to Hybrid/In-Person teacher assignments, depending on how many students switch from Hybrid/In-Person to eLearning and vice versa. Should your child’s teacher change, we will ensure that your student still has a high-quality educator.
  • 100% In-Person Learning: in-person learning five days a week (DCSD elementary schools are currently in this environment).

  • Hybrid Learning: students alternate between two days of in-person learning, two days of asynchronous (independent) virtual learning, and one day of live/synchronous virtual learning (DCSD middle and high schools are currently in this environment).

  • Remote Learning: In the case of a COVID exposure at a school, students may be subject to quarantine, which would result in a temporary move to remote/virtual learning for approximately 14 days. In the case of a public health order, such as the Stay-at-Home orders last spring, all students could be transitioned to 100% remote learning for an undetermined period of time.

100% eLearning

See eLearning information at the top of this email.

Transportation
The capacity of DCSD buses remains limited. Our full-sized buses are allowed a maximum of 24 students per the Tri-County Health Department. Students are required to wear a face covering while on the bus and must sit one per seat. This limitation means that transportation eligibility will continue to be offered only to students who attend their assigned neighborhood school, and for elementary school students who live more than 2.5 miles from school, and for middle and high school students who live more than 5 miles from school. If you believe your student is eligible for transportation, or if you have questions, please contact the DCSD Transportation Department.




 
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Click here to apply for Free and Reduced lunch status for the 2020-2021 school year (applications accepted at any point in the school year).


Weekly Meal Bags

Available to all students registered in eLearning and Hybrid learning. Free to all students under age 18


Click here for more information





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