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Frequently Asked Questions

The information on this page is subject to change and will be reevaluated as often as necessary.  

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General

Now that we know what the options are, what comes next?

Take time to familiarize yourself with the options, and then choose the option that works best for your student. After reading the descriptions of the options, you can review the Frequently Asked Questions.  When you are ready to make your choice, go to the blue Select an Option button.  You will be directed to the Focus login page where you will login to your parent/student account to make your selection.  If you have more than one student, you will have the opportunity to make a selection for each one. The deadline for making your choice is Monday, July 20.

Will parents and volunteers be allowed on campus?

For quarter 1 parents, volunteers, mentors, and visitors will not be present on campus. This will be reevaluated each quarter.

Will students be expected to take FSA?

Yes.  At this time the Florida DOE has indicated plans to test in the spring.  All options (Traditional, Remote, Virtual) will be expected to participate.

Will there be an open house this year?

No.

Will students be able to go on field trips?

There will be no field trips in the 1st quarter.  This decision will be reevaluated each quarter.

Will parents be allowed to attend conferences on campus?

Yes.  Face to Face conferences are permitted, however, parents may also request virtual conferences.

Will parents be permitted to walk their student(s) to class?

No.  For the safety of students and staff, no visitors will be allowed on campus.

Will there be orientations this year?

Orientations will be performed on a limited basis.  Consult your school's website for specific information regarding orientation.

If I do not make a selection for my student, in which option will they be placed?

The Traditional Option will be the default selection.

Can my student still be transferred to another school outside my residential zone?

School Choice accepts student transfer applications to all schools not listed on the district's overcapacity list until the 10th day of school each semester.  Students must meet eligibility criteria, and once approved, can be registered at the requested school.

Learning Model Options

Once I choose an option, can I change my mind later?

A continuous and consistent learning environment is best for student success. However, parents and students might have compelling reasons to seek a transition from one option to another.  For the sake of continuity, transfers from one learning option to another may only occur after the completion of a grading period. 

Will each option offer the same classes?

Core classes will be available under all three options. The Escambia Virtual Academy (EVA) and Remote Learning options will have a limited selection of electives. These will differ from courses available in the Traditional model.

Is the Remote Learning option identical to the distance learning we experienced during the final months of the school year?

No.  It will feature a robust curriculum with an assignment load similar to the Traditional model.  Based on feedback from students and parents, there is a clearer idea of which factors contribute to greater student success. Those factors include more frequent real-time interaction between students and teachers. Also, the Remote Learning model will incorporate standard school schedules and bell times, leading to a learning experience more connected to teachers.

Under the Traditional model, will elementary students be able to have recess?

Yes. Recess will be organized to emphasize social distancing. Playground equipment will be sanitized between use.

What options are available to children in the Voluntary Pre-K program?

The Traditional model is the only option available to children in the Voluntary Pre-K program.

If I choose the Escambia Virtual Academy (EVA) or Remote Learning option will my student be able to participate in athletics?

Yes, students will have the same opportunities to participate in athletics at their zoned school.

Will IB be offered through one of the online learning models?

Yes. IB will be available through the Remote Learning model, as well as the Traditional model.

Will Camelot/KAPS students be offered one of the online learning models?

No.  Camelot/KAPS students will participate in the Traditional Option. 

Has the start date for the 2020-2021 school year changed?

Yes. The first day of school for students for all options/models will be on August 24.

If my student is enrolled in Dual Enrollment part/full time what option should I choose?

You will select the Traditional Option.

If a student is attending a magnet program or choice school and the student has chosen remote or virtual as their option, will they be allowed to return to their magnet program or choice school?

Yes.  The student will be allowed to retain their assignment in the magnet program or choice school.  If they remain remote or virtual the entire 20-21' school year, then they must return to their school starting the 21-22' school year or they will lose their spot in the magnet program or choice school.  However, the student can always reapply through the office of School Choice.

Is Home Education an option in the reopening plan?

Yes.  The three options listed in the reopening plan are all public-school options.  Families may elect to home educate their students by filing an intent to home school with the office of School Choice.  This is not a public school option, and the student will be withdrawn from the public school system, with the parent providing all resources to educate the student.


Health and Safety

Will students wear face coverings in classrooms?

Face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.  If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.

Will students be expected to wear face coverings 6 to 7 hours at a time?

No one is expected to wear face coverings for 6 to 7 hours at a time.  It is particularly important to comply on school buses, in hallways, and/or shared spaces such as cafeterias and libraries.  Parental support will be appreciated in order to maintain the safest learning environment possible.

Will students be expected to socially distance?

Students will be socially distanced to the extent possible. At the elementary school level, where social distancing will be extremely difficult, students will spend most of the school day interacting only with students in their class. By limiting their exposure to a small number of students, the chance of infection is reduced.

What steps will be taken to ensure that surfaces are clean in classrooms?

Maintenance workers and school custodians will clean frequently touched surfaces throughout the day and conduct overall cleanings at the conclusion of every day. Other non-custodial staff members will be expected to do their part keeping surfaces clean and will be provided spray bottles and microfiber cloths for additional cleaning.  Teachers will have access to cleaning supplies for their classrooms.  Student hand washing will be frequent.

What other steps are being taken to ensure a healthy environment?

Escambia Schools will partner with parents in educating students on the importance of handwashing, hygiene, and social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available in classrooms and workplaces. The schedule for changing air conditioning filters has been accelerated.  Water fountains are being retrofitted to be bottle fillers.  Temperature checks will be performed on staff and students as appropriate.  Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will be sent home.

What will my student’s school do if a classmate or staff member is infected with COVID-19?

Communication will be sent to parents and staff that if they are exhibiting symptoms, they should not come to school or report to work. If a student exhibits symptoms at school he/she will be taken to the school clinic and the parent or guardian will be notified.

What if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County will notify the district if a student or staff member tests positive. Parents of students in the affected class will be notified, while not specifically identifying the student or staff member. The Health Department will conduct the appropriate notifications of individuals who have been in contact with the person infected. The Reopening plan is designed to limit the chances of infection and to limit the disruption to a school or workplace in the event of an infection.

 


Special Education

Will the district be completing Child Find and evaluation when school reopens?

Escambia County Schools will continue to identify, locate, and evaluate students suspected of having a disability and needing special education and related services. At the same time, being mindful that students have been displaced from their typical learning environment when initiating the referral process. Some evaluation procedures can be completed in remote learning situations. Some evaluations require in-person contact with students or observations of students in school settings. Escambia County Schools is conducting evaluations remotely and in-person while adhering to public health guidelines for the safety of students and staff.

How will Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings take place in the Fall?

Escambia County Schools is committed to providing families an opportunity to have meaningful participation in the special education process. Whether in-person or an alternative format, such as videoconferencing or by phone, IEP teams will partner with families to determine the most practical format to conduct IEP meetings.

Will students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 Plans receive accommodations in EVA and Remote Learning?

All students attending EVA and Remote Learning will have access to many accommodations that naturally occur in the virtual setting. In addition, EVA and Remote Learning may be able to provide additional accommodations per a student’s IEP or Section 504 Plan if the accommodation(s) is/are applicable to the online educational environment. Please note that some accommodations may not be possible to implement in the online educational setting.

 


Meals

What steps will be taken to limit exposure in the school cafeteria?

Dining will take place in the classroom, cafeteria, and outdoors. Dining in the cafeteria will be limited in an effort to promote social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available at all points of meal service.

What steps will be taken to minimize frequent contact to surfaces during meal service?

All items will be individually packaged to minimize frequent contact to surfaces and facilitate grab and go meal service.  This will allow students to eat throughout the campus as appropriate.

Will meals be provided for students who select the Remote Learning Option?

Yes.  Meals will be made available to remote learning students.  Pick-up locations and times will be determined by school site administrators.

 


Transportation

What steps will be taken to limit exposure on school buses?

School bus operators, school bus assistants, and students will be encouraged to wear face coverings while aboard the bus. All buses will undergo disinfection of commonly touched surfaces at least twice per day as per District guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available on buses for students and staff.

If my student attended one of the district's magnet programs (West Florida High School, Brown-Barge Middle School, or N.B. Cook Elementary School) last year up until March 14, 2020, and I have chosen the Remote Learning option for the 2020-21 school year, will my child be allowed to ride the bus if I return my child to the Traditional Learning option at some point this year?

If you decide to return to the Traditional Learning environment, you will need to make an accommodation request through the district's website.  Every effort will be made to reinstate your child's seat space.

 


Athletics

Why are sporting events allowed and not pep rallies, dances, and back to school nights?

Most sporting events have a smaller, more select crowd, and therefore involve less exposure. At this time only certain gatherings will not be allowed 1st semester and will be re-evaluated for 2nd semester.

Will athletes be required to wear face coverings?

Not during competition or practices.  Otherwise, face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.  If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.

Will parents still be allowed to attend games?

Yes.  Crowd capacity will be determined based on state and local guidelines.

Will sports still be offered next school year?

Yes. Sports will be offered in the 2020-2021 school year. The same sports will be offered as usual with some restrictions on social distancing, cleaning procedures, and masks (optional for athletes). Students will be encouraged to wear a mask on any bus trips to games. 

If a student chooses the EVA or Remote Learning option are they able to try out for school sports?

Yes. If you choose the EVA or Remote Learning option you can participate in sports at your enrolled school.  

Will volunteer coaches be permitted?

Yes.  However, they will be subject to temperature checks.  In addition, face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.  If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.


 

Band

Will students wear face coverings in the band room?

Not when playing instruments.  Otherwise, face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.  If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.

Will students be expected to socially distance in the band room?

Yes.  The band room will be arranged for social distancing and band students will adhere to the guidelines for social distancing as much as possible.  Rehearsals will be outdoors when appropriate.

Will band students travel to away football games?

During the first quarter, restricted travel to Escambia County and Santa Rosa County football games and band events can take place.  In some cases, only a pep band may be at the game.  This decision will be reevaluated each quarter.

Will students participate in concerts and performances?

Yes.  Performance opportunities are key to a student's band experience.  For the first quarter, outdoor performances and live stream performances can occur.  This decision will be reevaluated each quarter.

Will band parents be able to chaperone and volunteer in the band?

Volunteers are not permitted during the school day.  After school, parents can be art of the band booster program if they have completed the  ECSD volunteer paperwork and participate in a band COVID-19 parent orientation.  Band booster parents will be encouraged to practice social distancing and volunteer with the same small group every time to limit exposure.  Face coverings will be worn in district facilities as directed by staff and instructional leaders.  If a situation arises whereas a student, member of staff, or a visitor is not wearing, or is incapable of wearing a face covering, such individual may be assisted or guided by appropriate authorities within the district to undertake alternative, reasonable, and accommodating actions to protect self and others.

How have band uniforms been sanitized?

Band uniforms have been cleaned and sanitized following the manufacturers' guidelines.