DCSC Online

  • For students with a medical condition that prevents them from returning to school and for families that are not yet comfortable with in-person instruction, an online option may be available as long as there is enough interest.  This program will be referred to as DCSC Online.

     

    The following information will be helpful as each family considers the DCSC Online Option:

      • Minimum enrollment: In order to staff both in-person and virtual classes appropriately, a minimum interest level of approximately 20 students has been established in each grade level. The exact number will depend on current class sizes.  If we do not reach this threshold, we will be unable to provide virtual instruction.
        • K-8 students: Once a student has opted into DCSC Online, they are expected to continue in that format for nine weeks.  Parents of K-8 students may fill out a request to change from online to in-person or vice-versa after the enrollment deadline but these requests will only be considered if there is room to accommodate the change. After each nine weeks, parents will again need to express interest and a decision will be made if there are enough students to continue to offer the online option.  
        • 9-12 students: Once a student has opted into DCSC Online, they are expected to continue in that format for the entire semester.  Because DCSC will be paying for high school students to attend Indiana Online classes, students will be locked in to the full semester course after the drop date has passed.  After each semester, parents will again need to express interest and a decision will be made if there are enough students to continue to offer the online option.
        • Enrollment dates:  Students interested in online instruction must reply to school communications by the deadline provided.  
      • Staffing:  In grades K-8 as well as some classes in grades 9-12, DCSC staff will provide the instruction for online classes.  This may be done by designating one teacher in a grade level as the online instructor or scheduling class periods consisting of only virtual students into a teacher’s schedule. Multiple grade levels or courses may also be combined into one full class.
      • Third-party programming:  For classes where it is impossible to utilize our staff for virtual learning at the high school level, students will work with their counselor to enroll in classes provided by Indiana Online.  To see more information about Indiana Online, please visit their parent information website linked here.  Please note that they do not offer all classes we will offer in-person at DCSC and students may not take more than a full course load per term.
      • The Indiana Department of Education classifies a day of instruction as at least 5 hours for grades 1-6 and at least 6 hours for grades 7-12 (not including lunch or recess).  To keep virtual students on pace with students physically in the buildings for that amount of time, there will be an increased expectation of work from what was expected during the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year.  Your child should be prepared to spend a minimum of 5 or 6 hours per day working virtually which will include both video conferencing and independent work time.
      • Video conferencing or other activities will be scheduled for each student during the day to simulate actual class periods.  It will be important that the internet connection in each household can accommodate multiple students videoconferencing at the same time if there are multiple children in the house.
      • Virtual students will not be eligible to participate in athletic and extracurricular activities.
      • We recognize that each student will handle online learning in a different way given their individual strengths and weaknesses as a learner.  A readiness rubric such as this one put together by Michigan Virtual may help parents and students decide if virtual learning may be the best choice for each student in your family.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • How much daily adult support will be needed?
      • This will be very dependent upon the age and capability of each student.  For younger students, they may need more support getting logged in, keeping track of the schedule to log in for class each day, reaching out to a teacher with questions, etc.  For older students, it is likely that they will be able to complete their work independently with little to no support.
    • Will Special Education and High Ability services still be offered?
      • Yes.  We will work to provide adequate accommodations and supports for all students, regardless of academic ability.  Please note that due to the anticipated interest level, it is likely that all students in a grade level will be put into the same class regardless of ability.  Differentiated instruction will take place within that classroom structure.  Students that have advanced a year of mathematics will continue to take the next grade level course but will likely be mixed with general education and special education students taking their on-grade level math course.
    • How will attendance be taken?
      • Attendance will be based on daily participation and/or work completion.  Students should be available for video conferencing during the normal school day hours.  If a student does not log in to the daily video conference/s or attempt the daily attendance assignment, they will be considered absent.  Late work will follow the same policy as it does for in-person instruction for each teacher.
    • What will DCSC Online instruction look like day to day?
      • Our goal is to ensure that the students learning virtually stay up to speed with the pace of students learning in person.  Students will have a daily schedule to log in to video conference meetings to participate in live instruction from the classroom teacher.  When direct instruction is complete, they may be asked to log off the video conference to work or they may work independently while still logged in to the video so they can ask questions as soon as they come up.  At the secondary level, students may log into video conference meetings for each class period on their schedule.  There may be a day that is dedicated only to working on a project or assignment and teachers would be available to answer questions as needed.  Very rough sample schedules are below to give parents a very general idea of what instruction each day could look like.

     

    Sample Elementary Schedule

    7:55-9:25 Reading Block

    Students will log on to a daily video conference at 7:55 A.M. to receive direct instruction.  Breaks will be given throughout instruction.  Students may complete independent work while logged into the video conference or the teacher may ask students to log off and complete an activity during this time block.  The teacher may also schedule small reading groups to video conference separately instead of meeting with the class as a whole.

     9:25-10:30 Math Block

    Students will log on to a daily video conference at 9:25 A.M. to receive direct instruction. Students may complete independent work while logged into the video conference or the teacher may ask students to log off and complete an activity during this time block.

    10:30-10:45 Daily SEL

    This may be an activity (similar to what was completed on Fridays during the spring) that students would complete independently.

    10:50-11:45 Lunch/”Recess”

    Students will break to eat and will be encouraged to get outside or complete an activity to keep them active (ride a bike, take a walk, watch a brain break video, dance to a song, etc.).

    11:50-12:20 RTI

    The teacher will meet with small groups of students that are struggling or need additional challenges during this time.  All students may not meet every day but if they aren’t meeting with the teacher they will be asked to read at home.

    12:20-1:15 Learning Block

    Students will work on a daily activity organized by the teacher.  These may be science/social studies-related, writing or grammar lessons, phonics, etc.

     

     

    Sample Middle School Schedule

    8:33-9:35 Period 1- English

    The teacher will have a daily expectation for students.  Most days, students will log on to a daily video conference to receive direct instruction or reminders about work completion expectations for the day. Students may complete independent work while logged into the video conference or the teacher may ask students to log off and complete an activity during this time block.  The teacher may also schedule small groups to video conference separately instead of meeting with the class as a whole.  Teachers will be available to answer questions during this time period but may be teaching in-person the remainder of the day and not available immediately for help.

    9:38-10:39 Period 2 - Science

    (Same as above)

    10:43-11:44 Period 3- Math

    (Same as above)

    11:44-12:14 Lunch

    Students will break for lunch.

     

    1:27-2:29 Period 5- Social Studies

    (Same as above)

    2:33-3:24 GOAL period

    This time can be used for catch-up, conversations with counselors, sending teachers questions, intervention with a special education teacher, etc.

     

    Sample High School Schedule

    If we are able to offer classes taught by DCSC staff, the schedule and expectations will look like they do at the middle school above for those classes.  For all classes taken at Indiana Online, students will need to organize their day in a way that makes sense so they can stay up with all course deadlines.  They may want to designate certain amounts of time each day to work on each class to get into a routine.  Staff at Indiana Online will communicate available office hours, meeting times, and expectations directly to students.