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Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 9/11/2020

Updates

  • What will the District do if we have an outbreak? The guidelines we currently have from the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence says, "Consider closing schools for a period of time if 5% on a single day, 4% for two consecutive days or 3% for three consecutive days of your student enrollment tests positive." These numbers seem high to us but we will monitor our numbers on a daily basis and use common sense to make the best decisions for the safety and well-being of our students. We will continue to work with the Jasper County Health Department to analyze the situation.
  • What percent of Carl Junction students have returned to in-class learning? As of 9/11/20, 88.9% of students have returned to full-time in-class learning, 7.7% are 100% virtual learning, and 3.3% are using a blended learning model.

Blended Learning: 

  • How do we choose the Blended Learning Option? Parents will make their education option choice for each student by completing the Back to School forms available on their Parent Portal.
  • If we choose the Blended Option, are we able to change if it doesn’t work for my student? According to the District Plan, Parents are asked to commit to the chosen learning method for one semester.
  • If the Blended option is chosen may the student participate in sports and extracurricular activities? This is possible if the student is present at school for at least ½ of the day every day. For Junior High, that would be 4 classes every day and for High School 2 classes every day.
  • Is there a cost to the virtual part of the Blended program? There is not a cost for Carl Junction students enrolled in a MOCAP program.
  • Do we have to use the providers listed on the MOCAP site? If you want the District to pay for the virtual part of your student’s learning, you must use a state-approved provider and course selection listed on the MOCAP site.
  • What courses do we get to choose from for Virtual and School? Once you have made this selection in your Back to School forms for the Blended Option, a school representative will contact you with more information. Core classes and electives are all available online and in-class. The school representative will try to coordinate the in-school classes so that the student is at school during a block of time and not having to come and go throughout the day.
  • If we choose the Blended Option, are we required to use MOCAP? If you want the school district to pay for the virtual part of your program, you must use MOCAP. If you choose a curriculum from another source, it would be considered homeschooling. This is always an option for parents.

In-Person Learning:

  • How do we choose the In-Person Learning Option? Parents will make their education option choice for each student by completing the Back to School forms available on their Parent Portal.
  • Class sizes? We won’t know until all of the students have selected their educational options and submitted their Back to School forms through Parent Portal. There may be some shifts in classrooms.
  • Will students be required to wear masks? According to the District Plan - Students and staff will wear a mask at arrival and dismissal and anytime social distancing is not possible. This may include inside the classroom, in the hallways, and in the restroom. This is a safety precaution.
  • May I walk my child to class on the first day of school? According to the Elementary Plan - Parents will not walk their students to their classrooms. This is a safety precaution.
  • Will the desks be spread apart? From the Elementary Plan - Desks will be arranged so all students are forward-facing, with space between, when and where possible. From the Secondary Plan - Student seating in classrooms will be arranged to maximize social distancing.
  • Where would I find a school supply list? The school supply lists are posted on the website: www.cjr1.org
  • May students wear a face shield? Students may wear a face shield as extra protection over a mask.
  • What is the plan for if/when a child or teacher tests positive for COVID-19? The District Plan addresses a variety of scenarios around this possibility under the headings “Health Screening” and  “Return to School after Exclusion.”
  • At the High School, will classes be released in stages to minimize hallway crowding? This is addressed in the Secondary Plan - A staggered dismissal will be used at the end of the day to decrease congestion in high traffic areas.

Technology:

  • If we choose the Virtual or Blended program may we use the school-issued Chromebook? Yes, students in grades 2-12 that select all virtual or blended learning will have the option to use a school-issued Chromebook at home. The existing technology fee schedule and policies will be followed.

The annual damage waiver fee is a non-refundable $25 per device payment ($15 for students on free or reduced lunch) to Carl Junction Schools. Families with three or more children enrolled in the District will only pay for two damage waiver fees ($50/$30) but are responsible for the deductible per incident on each device. Additional information is available on the district website at https://www.cjr1.org/Page/1496.

  • Do you offer hotspots to students who don’t have or not able to afford internet at home? No, the school will not provide hotspots or purchase Internet access for student use at home.

Transportation:

  • May students ride one bus in the morning and another bus to a daycare location in the afternoon? From the District Plan - Students will only be assigned to one bus stop. This is a safety precaution.
  • Can the transportation plan for my two students be different? When you are completing the Back to School Forms, you will have the opportunity to choose the transportation plan for each student.
  • Will bus routes be changing? We are planning to start the school year with the same routes as last year but as always, we may need to make adjustments according to bus capacity and ridership.

Virtual Learning:

  • How do we choose the Virtual Learning Option? Parents will make their education option choice for each student by completing the Back to School forms available on their Parent Portal.
  • Is there a cost for Virtual Learning? Carl Junction students will not incur a cost for their virtual learning program if they choose an option available through MOCAP.
  • If we choose the virtual option, are we able to change if circumstances improve? According to the District Plan, Parents are asked to commit to the chosen learning method for one semester.
  • Will virtual classes be taught by Carl Junction teachers? No. Virtual classes are being delivered by a MOCAP provider. More information can be found by clicking here.  Carl Junction Schools’ preferred provider is Launch
  • Do we have to use the providers listed on the MOCAP site? If you want the District to pay for the virtual part of your student’s learning, you must use a state-approved provider and course selection listed on the MOCAP site.

Other:

  • Will there be a YMCA Afterschool program? Yes, parents may register their students (K-6) by calling the Joplin Family Y.