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Vista will be offering three educational options

for the 2020-21 school year.

Click below to learn more about fully online/blended-hybrid learning.

FAQ

-Yes. Students will be allowed to have at least one if not two regular recesses. It may not be with the entire grade or multiple grades like in past years but more likely with one or two classrooms at a time. Students will be allowed to play on the brand new playground and use all play materials. Things will be cleaned in between usages.

-Yes, students will be moving class to class. Much of Vista’s curriculum requires specific learning tools and learning spaces–ie. dance rooms for dancing, music rooms for instruments, etc. Each class will finish 1 to 2 minutes earlier than usual inorder to clean and sanitize for the next group of students that will arrive in the classrooms. Students will be dismissed one at a time to the next room to allow them to social distance while transitioning.

-Yes. Vista will be operating a bus next year. There are specific guidelines that increase cleanliness. In addition, there are limits to the number of students that are allowed on the bus at a time. Vista will follow these guidelines. This may require Vista to run an additional line in order to accommodate all the students in need without breaking the guidelines. This would move us from 2 lines with full buses to 3 lines with partially full buses in order to accommodate those that want to come. The cost will likely be $50.

-Vista will also be providing a shuttle to nearby of-campus sites to help limit traffic congestion at the school. Right now pick-ups are scheduled at Tuacahn High School Parking lot and Unity Park parking lot.

-Vista will only be providing transportation before school and after school. There will be NO middle of the day transportation. For this reason, busing will primarily be available to students that are full-time on campus or those that are attending the hybrid program where they can come every other day rather than splitting a day.

-On campus, traditional learning will vary based on the state’s level of COVID response under which we operate. Remember some things are required and other things are recommended.

-Under the Green response level, a full student body will be allowed to attend the building each day.

-Temperature will be taken of each staff member and each student upon arrival. 

-Students will attend classes with a full student body. Students will be asked to social distance where possible and classrooms will be spread out as much as possible, but students will be asked to sit closer than 6 feet during many of their academic classes.

-Class will be as normal as possible. There will be additional cleaning, with hand sanitizer breaks during each class. Additional custodial staff will visit each class throughout the day and wipe down surfaces while class is going on.

  • IF We Move to Yellow/Orange or Red with conditions that do not allow a full student body on campus, Vista will move to a split schedule.

-Vista will operate on a split schedule. Although the details are not final, the general concept is that Vista Student body would be divided into two parts (perhaps based on alphabet, perhaps location for busing, etc) The first half group would attend school on Mon/Tues. Students will attend their regular schedule just with fewer people present. Wednesday would be a stay at home day for ALL students. The other half group would attend a regular schedule on Thur/Fri–Friday would NOT be a shortened day on this option. 

-On Wednesday, the stay at home day. Teachers would assign relevant Online curriculum, create the weekly instructional message, grade work, record items,etc.

-Students would do work from home during the instructional block opposite their face-to-face time.

-Students will select a portion of their schedule to complete online, while completing other courses in-person on campus. This option is designed for students and families that feel more comfortable with enhanced personal safety needs. For example, The student does not feel comfortable in a classroom of 25 students sitting at desks while not everyone has a mask on. This student could choose to take the course from home. This same student may feel more comfortable in the technology class where students are spread-out, like dance or strings or robotics. These courses could be taken in person. The online course will be delivered through an alternate curriculum tool and managed by a mentor teacher instead of the regular homeroom teacher. For example–the students that would ordinarily be in Mr. Smith Math Class for 6th grade, but opts for blended learning, will be in Mrs. Johnson online class. Mrs. Johnson would assist the students remotely. Mr. Smith would be responsible for the in person students only.

-Vista may choose to invite some additional students to fill the in-person seats of a student who wishes to attend blended or fully online.Those students on the waiting list would then begin to attend. If a student doing blended or online learning wishes to return to traditional on campus learning, opportunities for this will be made available at quarterly intervals provided that there are still seats available. All students wishing to return to traditional learning programs are promised a traditional seat in the 21-22 school year.

-The new construction project is moving forward slowly. The bond should close in the next two weeks and we can resume architectural work. The 3 month delay due to COVID likely made it impossible for construction to be completed prior to the 2021/22 school as was originally targeted. New construction will now open for the 2022 fall. We are excited for the new opportunities this will provide.

-The courses taken next year online will be very different than the 10 weeks we did this spring. Vista has purchased an online curriculum from a vendor. Students will be assigned 1 teacher/mentor for all of their course work. This teacher will not be the teacher the student would have if he/she were attending Vista’s traditional program. Students will work with this teacher as a mentor that will help guide them through the program if they have questions. Grades 6 to 9 will utilize PLATO software and will be expected to self pace and engage in the learning on their own. The work averages 3 to 4 hours per school day. Students in grades K to 5 will utilize the “Calvert Learning” program. This is a program that requires adult supervision and participation and also takes 3 to 4 hours to complete. If parents of young children are working during the day, they will need to plan for school work to be in the early afternoon/evening, have a friend or neighbor assist or opt not to do the out-of-school program. In order for young students to learn and retain learning abilities, they need adult interaction, practice, and supervision. Parents will likely present some of the material to the students for them to learn.

-Parents and students must decide which pathway they prefer by  July 1. This enables us to purchase adequate supplies for distance learners, get computers in place and prepared, and reorganize classrooms.

-Electives offered through the fully online program are not the same courses as Vista’s on campus electives. Electives for grades 6 to 9 will likely be Art, Spanish, Theater & Film Production, Principles of Information Technology, Health, or PE. Electives for grades K to 5 will be PE (K-5), Health (K-1), Art 2-5).

-Students with disabilities will receive the same services they would receive if they were taking classes on campus. Individuals teachers and paraprofessionals will contact each student and their family and arrange work sessions. Students will work on their IEP goals during those sessions. Students will receive help on their school work when necessary although some work will be altered or replaced in order to ensure that mastery of IEP goals is accomplished. 

-PT and OT services will be offered in person and at a distance depending on the service.

-Speech services will be offered in person and at a distance depending on the service.

-Mental Health and counseling will also be offered in person or at a distance depending on the service.

-Yes. Taking the temperature daily of each student and staff member is currently a requirement in order to open in the fall.

-Administration and support staff will take staff temperature prior to 8:00 each day. Records will be kept of results.

-Administration and staff will meet students at each door and take temperature with a touchless thermometer. Any student found to have a temperature or have other symptoms of illness will be sent to the nurse’s office and sent home for a 24 hour period. This is a Health Department and state requirement for opening in the fall and will be followed.

-Vista will seek to do performances as traditionally as possible. Instrumental groups will perform as a whole group with all participants, slightly more distanced than usual.  

-Dance and Choral groups will develop presentations that involve portions of the whole group. These smaller groups will enable social distancing to occur while on stage.

-Vista plans to allow live audiences during the performances. The audiences will have to be social-distanced so the audience may be smaller. Vista plans to live stream all presentations as well.

-We are still in the process of determining how lunch will be handled. Some recommendations indicate students should eat in their rooms and not in the cafeteria. Others indicate that cafeteria locations are actually easier to keep sanitized. We are looking at all the options. We may stretch lunch across the day in order to accommodate fewer students at a time in the lunchroom. We may increase our outdoor capacity. We may use classrooms. We are in the process of determining this. Whatever allows us to keep things clean and monitored the best will likely be the pathway that we choose as a school.

-We recommend either full distance learning or full on campus learning for kindergarten. Because of the short portions of the day, it will place a huge transportation burden on parents to do a hybrid element in kindergarten. We are open to discuss needs as they arise, but typically we recommend one or the other.

-Peer pressure is always a difficult thing. To be honest, eliminating peer pressure is virtually impossible. We have elements of our curriculum that teaches students to respect others’ differences and others’ opinions. We will try to outline with students from the beginning what expectations are about how they communicate with each other. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach tolerance and compassion. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach students to generate well informed opinions and stand their ground.

-We believe that not only is Vista the best in Southern Utah, we are one of the best schools in the state. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to attend a school like Vista. That is one of the driving reasons for the expansion. 

-We recognize the COVID-19 school years are not reflective of the way students typically learn. Parents and students may choose one pathway and then discover that they prefer another and want to know if switching back and forth is an option. The answer yes but it depends.

-Students who begin school in the traditional on campus model are able to move to the online model at any time during the year. As long as Vista has materials and software access available, you can move that direction.

-Vista is accepting students in all grades still. If you wanted to start 9th grade, you still can. If you want to start 2nd grade, you still can.

-Moving from online school back to traditional “on Campus school” is an option but has some considerations. Transitions would happen at quarter breaks only–this ensures a smooth switch of curriculum from one to the other.

-Transitions from online school to on campus school is dependent upon availability. A student can only sign up for a class if there is a seat available. If a student’s first choice is choir but choir has 40 people already, they may have to choose something else that has room.

-If Vista has large numbers of students choose the online portion, we will invite students off the waiting list to attend on campus classes. This will enable us to balance the student body. It is possible that there may not be an in person schedule available for a student should he or she try to change mid year. We will do our best to accommodate every request but some students might have to stay with their choice during this calendar school year.

-Vista has increased its inventory so that every child will have access to a computer. In the lower grades, these computers will remain in the classrooms and will not be checked out to students unless we go to response phase Orange or Red. In phases red or orange, every student will have a chromebook assigned to them that they can take home with them every day.    

-No. As with all other vaccines in the state of Utah, parents can choose to opt out of vaccinations. A student will not be excluded from school for not getting vaccinated.

-Vista will encourage and promote access to the vaccine. If a vaccination becomes available to the general public,  Vista will likely volunteer to be a clinic. We would allow parents and students access to the vaccine should they so choose without requiring it.

-Vista will grade the classes this year. There may be isolated situations where a pass/fail could be given based on individual circumstances, but we believe in most cases, students can and should earn a grade. Vista is considering moving towards a mastery-based report card. Specifically, in grades K to 3 at Vista, students are graded on what knowledge and skill they have attained, not on how much work they competed or how well they completed it. For example, a 1st grade gets a “3” on his report card. That means that he reads above grade level (2nd grade or higher) he would get that grade, even if he isn’t doing his spelling. The same is true of the reverse. If a 1st grader is reading at a preschool level, he will receive a 1 (below grade level designation) even if he has done all of his work because he isn’t performing at grade level. 

-Vista is considering moving to a Mastery-based grading scale for ALL grades. This allows teachers to grade students on what they have learned and mastered, NOT on how much they completed. Watch for more information about this in future meetings.

-Drop-off will be a little different. We will likely post a video in July. The building will be open to students beginning at 8:00 but class will not start until 8:30 this year. We encourage families to drop off between 8:00 and 8:30 because it will take a long time to get the temperature taken for each student. By giving students 30 minutes to get to class, we hope this will give us enough time.

-Vista is adding a 3rd carpool lane next year. Green Zone. We are in the process of determining how best to divide up student names in order to get people through more quickly. We will also likely stagger dismissal by time a little. It will be very important next year that drivers arrive after 3:00 and go through their specific carpool line. If we can get cars and groups to dismiss at the correct time, we will be able to avoid large groups of students waiting together.