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What can families expect while learning in a virtual environment? Students will participate in the high-level learning they are used to, but in a structured online environment. Students in grades preK-12 will participate in teacher-led, structured remote instruction with district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources.

Families who choose to continue in this model are asked to remain remote for the duration of the school semester. Students new to the district will first need to register at one of our 82 schools and then may opt-in for this choice following their completed enrollment.

All students are welcome in this model, even those who reside outside of our district boundaries, following the completion of our open enrollment process. 

Please note, elements of our plan may be subject to change based on new information and guidance from the state and health agency partners. We will continue to share relevant updates with our community. 

The remote student experience

ELEMENTARY (preK-6)

  • Students will receive a district-provided laptop.
  • Teachers will assign students self-guided, or asynchronous, modules and lessons to complete in Canvas with district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources. Live learning will occur with teachers via office hours, small group instruction, and/or class meetings based on student and class needs. View a sample third-grade schedule.
  • Specials courses such as music, PE and art will be offered via Canvas with district-adopted curriculum and resources.
  • Although students must log on to the learning platform daily to be marked present, the emphasis will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, and not on the time students spend online.
  • Advanced training is available for students and parents on the Canvas learning management platform.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Teachers will create a virtual Meet the Teacher event parents and students may view prior to August 4.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students may participate in extracurricular activities following health and safety guidelines when available.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

JUNIOR HIGH (7-8)

  • Students will receive a district-provided laptop.
  • Students will log on to classes using the Canvas platform with lessons assigned by teachers using district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources. View a sample eighth-grade schedule.
  • All courses offered during in-person learning will be available remotely as appropriately certified staff is available. However, should a family continue remote learning for an extended period of time, some courses may not be available due to lab and equipment resources and hands-on assessment requirements, such as welding and ceramics.
  • Although students must log on to each class period daily to be marked present, the emphasis will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, and not on the time students spend online.
  • Self-guided and live learning will occur with a focus on competency of standards and units of instruction.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Teachers will provide office hours, assign self-paced lessons, and provide live individual and/or small group sessions.
  • Advanced training is available for students and parents on all learning platforms.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, following health and safety guidelines, when available.Junior high athletics will not be offered first quarter.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)

  • Students will receive a district-provided laptop.
  • Students will use Canvas to access district-adopted curriculum and supplemental resources with teacher-created lessons in remote learning. Students registered through Mesa Distance Learning Program will access the MDLP learning management platform and course content. View a sample 11th-grade schedule.
  • All courses offered during in-person learning will be available remotely as appropriately certified staff is available, including AP and IB. However, should a family continue remote learning for an extended period of time, some courses may not be available due to lab and equipment resources and hands-on assessment requirements, such as welding and ceramics.
  • Although students must log on to each class period daily to be marked present, the emphasis will be on completing assignments and mastery of concepts, and not on the time students spend online.
  • Self-guided and live learning will occur with a focus on competency of standards and units of instruction.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Teachers will provide daily office hours, and live individual and/or small group sessions will be available.
  • Advanced training is available for students and parents on all learning platforms.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students may participate in extracurricular activities such as band and high school athletics, following health and safety guidelines, when available.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Supports for special education students.

Remote learning support

Parent and student trainings and tutorials

MEAL SERVICE

Visit mpsaz.org/food for the most up-to-date information about school meals.

ENROLLMENT

  • Students will be enrolled at a home school. 
  • New students may enroll online at mpsaz.org/enroll
  • Returning students may enroll through the Parent Portal. Learn more at mpsaz.org/more.

CALENDAR

  • Every Wednesday during first semester will be early release (two hours earlier than normal release).

FAMILY SUPPORT

  • Daily and weekly social-emotional learning lessons will be embedded in a variety of the district-provided curriculum to support the unique needs students are facing during this pandemic.
  • Teachers will focus on creating relationships and connections during the first 15 days.
  • Teachers will undergo professional learning on increasing engagement in remote settings.
  • Content specialists, coaches and counselors will be available to co-facilitate lessons and check in with students who need extra support via tutoring, mentoring and counseling.
  • Teachers will have access to counselor-created coursework in Canvas. Counselors will meet with students as needed and co-facilitate lessons with teachers. 
  • Each school will have an identified outreach team to support family needs including technology, food security, supplies, and mental and behavioral health. Families may submit needs via a "Help" button on their school's website.
  • Counselors and social workers will be available to directly support families' social and emotional wellness.
  • The MercyCare Behavioral Health referral system will continue for families requiring additional support.
  • Students will have access to teachers and staff for technical support, office hours, small group or individual instruction and more. Videos and tutorials will also be available,
  • Parents will have access to teachers and staff for technical support and professional learning, including boot camps, videos, phone help, in-person appointments as needed for device set-up and WebEx video conferencing.

TRANSITIONING TO MODIFIED OR IN-PERSON LEARNING

Families will have the opportunity to transition to modified in-person learning when it is safe to return to campus. Families who wish to continue remote learning will be able to do so, however, there is a chance their teachers may change.

More information and instructions about transitioning to another learning option will be communicated when available.

Supports for special education students

Technology information

Device distribution, internet options and more.

Expectations

for students and parents