Start of School FAQ

As we approach the start of school, we are collecting and answering your frequently asked questions. This post will be updated regularly.


Distance Learning

Q. If we opt into distance learning, are we committing to that program for the entire school year regardless of changes in COVID numbers, or will there be an option to integrate back into the on-campus program if COVID becomes more contained?
Parents will be allowed to change their students’ learning model after the school year begins at quarterly intervals. If compelled to do so by the state, the school could return to a full distance learning program.

Q. Is Athlos following the Jordan School District delay and postponing a week until August 24?
No, we will not be postponing the start of school. Classes will begin on August 18 for students in grades 1-8 and August 26 for kindergarten students.

Q. Will Clever be accessible on older electronic devices?
Clever is compatible with all computer devices with internet access.  If you are accessing Clever via a web browser, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge or Internet Explorer 2013 or later all work.  The Clever app is compatible with iOS devices (e.g. iPads, iPhones) versions 9.0 or later, and is available for download from the App Store.

Q. Are uniforms required for distance learning?
No, students are not required to wear uniforms for distance learning.

Q. Will students participating in distance learning be able to participate in in-person extracurriculars?
Yes, students participating in distance learning will still have the opportunity to participate in live extracurriculars. 

Q. Will teachers be dedicated to online only or in person only or will they be synchronous?
They will be dedicated to either distance learning or on-campus learning. 


Health Screening

Q. Will the daily symptom screening be a nose swab test?
No, staff will be doing a touchless thermometer temperature check.

Q. Who will be doing the wellness checks in the morning?
School staff. 

Q. Will temperature checks be taken inside or outside classrooms/school building upon arrival?
Temperature check screenings will be done each morning before students exit their vehicle.  There will be different zones set up. If a student’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees, the student will need to return home. If cleared, the students will enter a designated grade-level door and go to their classroom.

Q. How will temperatures be taken?
Using a touchless thermometer


Social Distancing

Q. How many students will be in a classroom?
Classrooms will have the bare minimum of furniture in them to maximize space. Currently there are no classes that are larger than 20 students in any grade.


School Nutrition

Q. Will meals be provided to students participating in the distance learning program?
“Grab and go” meals for multiple days will be served through Driveline, similar to this spring. 

Q. What do you mean by “grab and go” lunches?
Students will have a “grab and go” lunch that they will walk down to the lunchroom and get and bring back to their homeroom class.


Middle School

Q. Will middle school students still rotate classrooms? Or will teachers rotate rooms, while students stay in the same classroom?
Students will be rotating classes during the day. Students will be required to sanitize their hands before entering a new classroom. Teachers will clean classrooms between class periods.  Hallways will have arrows with “traffic patterns” to maintain social distancing.

Q. Will elective classes still be offered?
Elective classes will still be offered, including athletic movement. Students will have athletic movement outside (weather permitting) and be socially distanced when weather won’t allow them to hold classes outdoors. 

Q. What classroom will middle school students eat lunch in?
Students will have a “grab and go” lunch that they will walk down to the lunchroom and get and bring back to their homeroom class.


Special Services

Q. How will special education services be handled?
Special education services will continue to be push in and pull out services. When a teacher does pull a student out to a small group, social distance guidelines will be followed to the greatest extent possible. 

Q. In the event a SPED student has a behavior issue, will exceptions be made for a parent to enter the building and calm the child?
The best interest of the child will always be taken into consideration.


Other

Q. Will face masks be required?
Per the announcement by Governor Herbert on July 9, 2020, face masks will be required for all students, teachers, and staff in school buildings.

Q. Can parents elect to send their students on campus some days and participate in distance learning the other days?
No, at this time, students must choose between either distance learning or on campus learning. 

Q. Will in-classroom volunteers be allowed?
At this time, in-classroom volunteers will not be allowed. 

Q. Are paper packets an option?
Packets will not be an option this year, as we found that it was difficult to determine whether student progress was being made using packets.

Q. What happens to a class if the teacher has to quarantine or needs to care for someone who becomes ill?
In the event that a teacher can not teach the class, we will fill their spot with a temporary substitute until they are able to safely return to the classroom.

Q. If we choose to withdraw our child and homeschool them during COVID, will their spot be held so they can enroll next year?
According to our enrollment policy, we cannot reserve spots once a family chooses to withdraw.  If you choose to homeschool your children, they would be officially transferred from Athlos Academy and would have to re-apply if you choose to re-enroll them at a later date. Their seats would not be guaranteed.

Q. If my child participates in extended day kindergarten and participates online, will we need to pay the extended day fee?
No. Kindergarten students participating in extended day kindergarten through distance learning will not have to pay the extended day fee.

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