What is the commitment if I choose PVDLA K-12? Can I transfer out?
We are requesting families commit to a minimum of one grading period (a trimester for K-5 and a semester for grades 6-12).
What are the expectations of a student?
Daily engagement with active class participation
Distraction free learning environment
Assignments completed and submitted on time
High standards of academic integrity
Daily monitoring of school platforms including email, Aeries, Google Classroom, and textbooks
Organization with daily and long-term assignments through use of a list or agenda.
Communication with teachers and staff to seek clarification and support
Respectful communication and collaboration with peers
Maintain balance with activities, outside of school, that do not involve a screen
Engage in remote learning with the same commitment as in the “traditional” setting
What are the expectations of a parent?
Active monitoring of student’s courses including assignments, grades and attendance
Consistent communication with teachers and staff
Support of the student’s distraction free learning environment
Establishment of a structured daily routine for attending class and completing work
Participation in meetings with program staff if requested.
Ensure student’s daily monitoring of all school platforms
Engaged communication with the teachers and school staff
Maintain an active role in my student’s education and provide assistance as needed
Provide student opportunities for physical activity and healthy social interactions
My child is easily distracted by video games, online videos, and social media but wants to be in a virtual program, should I sign them up?
No. While many students have been successful in distance learning, online distractions have caused some students to struggle with their academics. If your child is easily distracted in this way, they would be better served with in-person instruction.
Will counseling and support services be available to my child?
Counseling and support services will continue to be offered to students in PVDLA. Our PVDLA counselor is Paula Stapleton ([email protected])
What technology do I need in my home for my student to be successful in distance learning?
For a student to be successful in distance learning they will need a reliable internet connection and access to a device. Students will be able to sign out Chromebooks for the school year if needed. Students and parents should be familiar with technology and be able to trouble shoot issues as they arise. For some families hardwiring a device directly to a modem has helped with WIFI issues. In addition, setting up a clean space, free of distractions, and dedicated to school has helped students be successful this year.
What if PVDLA is not working for my child?
If PVDLA is not working for your child, reach out to the administrator ([email protected]) for assistance. The team will meet to discuss supports and accommodations.
Will my child participate in standardized testing or other district-wide testing?
Yes, students in PVDLA will continue to participate in all state and local assessments.
Can I be part of my home school?
Students in the PVDLA school will no longer be a part of their home school as they are enrolled in the PVDLA school now.
What about the promotion ceremony at the end of the school year?
PVDLA is exploring promotion ceremonies for students and parents.
What about activities and sports through PTSA/Boosters at my home school?
Students can continue to participate in after school activities and sports through their home school via a cooperation agreement with PVPUSD K-12 schools.
Who will the teachers be?
PVDLA will be staffed with fully credentialed teachers from throughout the PVPUSD. See staff directory on our website for details. Secondary Students (grades 6-12) also work with APEX Learning Platform Teachers for instruction, while continuing to meet with a PVPUSD Mentor Teacher.
Can my student go back to their home school?
Students can return based on space availability at specific times during the school year (grading periods).
Will my student have textbooks?
If needed, yes, textbooks will be available.
Am I able to sign out a Chromebook for my student?
Students will receive a Chromebook as needed.
What if my student is having issues with technology?
If a student is having issues with technology, we are here to help. There will be a technology assistance available to assist students remotely.
Will we have a dedicated administrator to communicate with if there is a concern or issue?
Yes, Brett Egan ([email protected]) is the PVDLA principal.
What platform(s) will PVDLA be utilizing?
PVDLA will be utilizing Google Classroom as well as district approved programs for online instruction.
Will the teachers be PVPUSD educators?
Yes, all teachers will be PVPUSD employees
Will Special Education Services and accommodations be the same as in person learning?
PVDLA will deliver Special Education Services and accommodations remotely, as appropriate. These may look different then in-person learning and as a result, the IEP will be reviewed in order to determine appropriate accommodations and services.
I would like my student to be a part of PVDLA, but will be travelling throughout the year. We will be in different time zones, and may not be able to attend classes.
If you are signing up for PVDLA the expectation is that you are available to attend all meetings based on the developed schedule.
Will there be any requirements to meet in person?
Students will have meetings with the teacher in-person on a given frequency. However, if there is a concern and you need to meet virtually, hold a conference with the teacher and administrator to discuss alternative options. There will likely be assessments that will be required to be administered in person.