In-Person vs. VIP vs. Temporary VIP students vs. Class Quarantine
There are many options for learning this year at Aspen Ridge. Here is a quick overview of how each option weaves into the big picture of teaching and learning.
In-Person: In-person instruction consists of 5-days a week of teaching/learning, on campus.
VIP: The Virtual Instructional Programming platform is designed for families who are not comfortable sending their children for in-person learning. Families are able to move to the VIP platform at any time during the school year, but may only move back to in-person learning at the beginning of each quarter (Jan 6 or March 29). (It does take about 24 hours for this transition to take place.) VIP students login for live lessons and work independently about 1/3 of the time of in person learning. Student daily attendance/participation and grades are monitored by the VIP teacher. VIP teachers include: Ms. Weingardt and Mrs. Vallort (K-2); Ms. Thornton and Mrs. Dieterich (3rd-5th); Mrs. Hollis, Mrs. Reseigh and Ms. Shorts (6-8).
Temporary VIP students: Students who are required to quarantine under the ARPS policies join the VIP platform as a temporary student (Transition takes about 24 hours). Students login with VIP teachers and grade level peers during the duration of their quarantine, participating and continuing their learning path. Once students have been cleared to return back to school by the Covid Response Coordinator, students are able to return to on-premise learning. VIP teachers are responsible for marking participation and attendance; grades are assigned through on-premise teachers.
Class Quarantine: If a class is required to quarantine because a student or teacher has tested positive for Covid 19, the classroom teacher continues instruction from home (granted the teacher is well enough to do so) and students login virtually each day to count. An email identifying a 14-day quarantine is sent to the identified class by the Covid Repsonse Coordinator (CRC); the classroom teacher sends a template with the daily schedule for teaching/learning; student attendance and participation is monitored through the classroom teacher. Once cleared by the CRC, the class is able to return to in-person learning.
The various learning platforms are intended to provide teaching/learning opportunities for all students, as seamlessly as possible. There is a transition phase, in both moving to VIP and moving back to in-person learning, to account for updated grades, materials collection, and communication of links/templates/daily schedules. Keep in mind that if you are an on-premise learner and choose to move to VIP, that change is made through the end of the quarter and moving back to on-premise learning prior to the quarter is not an option.