• ICCSD Online: PK-12 Online Learning Program

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  • For questions about enrollment, registration, or supplies, please contact your child’s school office (School Directory) or call the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.

    For technical questions (regarding District-issued devices, internet access, or other technology-related topics) contact the ICCSD Technology Helpdesk.

    If you have a question that was not addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions section, please use this form to submit your question for review by our team.

ICCSD Online: Frequently Asked Questions

  • To whom is this ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program available?
    The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program is available to all students enrolled in the Iowa City Community School District. 

    How do you enroll in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Please see our How to Enroll page for information about how to register for the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program.  After the enrollment period, families may request a change in their selection at each trimester.

    If my circumstances change, can I enroll in or unenroll from the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program during the school year?
    After the enrollment period, families may request a change in their selection at each trimester. 
    Families may only request a change in their enrollment selection at each trimester, with a few exceptions. If you believe your student may be eligible for any of the following exceptions, please reach out to your child's principal to request a change in enrollment prior to the new trimester.

    Exceptions for current students requesting to switch between learning models prior to the new trimester:

    • ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program to Hybrid Learning Model
      • Students receiving special education services (this must first be determined by an IEP team if the provision of FAPE cannot be provided in the online learning environment) 
      • Students who are McKinney-Vento eligible  
    • Hybrid Learning Model to ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program

    All students new to the District must enroll in the standard enrollment option. Exceptions for enrolling into the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program include:

    Will students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program still be enrolled in a particular school? 
    Yes, students will still be enrolled in the school that they would have otherwise attended.  For example, a family in the Alexander Elementary attendance zone with students in 5th, 7th, and 10th grades would enroll those students at Alexander, Northwest, and West, respectively.  ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program classes may include students and a teacher from any of the other schools in the District. This is necessary in order to ensure that we can offer an extensive catalog of course offerings to our students.

    Will students in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program have a teacher and classmates?
    Students enrolled in elementary courses will have a teacher and classmates, along with regular class meetings.  Secondary students will be in classes taught by highly-qualified ICCSD teachers and will be in a class with other District students for all courses except those offered through Edgenuity.  Secondary students enrolled in Edgenuity coursework will have a teacher but will take the course independently and on their own schedule.

    Will you prioritize putting kids from the same school in the same online class?
    The current plan is for online classes to contain students from multiple schools. At the elementary, we will attempt to group students from the same school in the same class; however, due to enrollment numbers, this may not always be possible.

    Will there be class size limits for courses in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Elementary and Secondary class sizes for the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will be based on WRAM 5 of Superintendent Directions 3j6.

    Are students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program allowed to come into ICCSD facilities to work on coursework?  
    While students are allowed to participate in clubs, sports, and activities, students in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program are expected to utilize the online platform and other virtual tools to complete assignments, exams, and other course work and should not come to facilities to complete coursework. 

    Will students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program have access to clubs and extracurricular activities?
    Yes. The District recognizes the important role athletics, co-curricular, clubs, and extracurricular activities play in the school experience. While there is an inherent health risk in group activities and it is difficult to balance all interests, the District is committed to providing students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program with non-instructional opportunities. Students enrolled in the online program will be able to participate in athletics, co-curricular, clubs, and extracurricular activities available at their home school.

    Will there be a schedule, or will students be able to schedule coursework whenever they want?
    Students enrolled will follow the schedules outlined here.  Students enrolled in Edgenuity courses at the secondary level will have the ability to complete course expectations on their own schedule, though regular check-ins with the course instructor will be a component of Edgenuity coursework.

    How will attendance policies be enforced in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Attendance will be taken during at the start of the day for elementary students, but will not be taken at each synchronous activity throughout the day. While the 8 AM to 12 PM timeframe is available for online, synchronous time, we do not expect any student to exceed 2.5 hours online, with even lower levels at the lower grade levels. For secondary students, attendance will be taken at each synchronous class meeting. Our attendance policy for ICCSD Online students is focused on engagement with the course, and students will not be penalized for not being in attendance at every synchronous activity.

    Will this program be available for the full 2020-2021 school year? 
    Yes, the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will be offered through the full 2020-2021 school year, regardless of other instructional delivery model changes that take place in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

    What calendar does the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program follow?  
    The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program follows the same calendar as all other schools in the Iowa City Community School District. Current school calendars can be found here.

    How is the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program different from the Off-Site Continuous Learning program as outlined in the Return-to-Learn plan?
    The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will offer a consistent online experience for the 2020-2021 school year. The District may be operating in a Continuum of Learning Models (i.e. Off-Site, Hybrid, or On-Site) during the course of the year based on COVID-19 conditions; however, students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will be provided consistency, knowing that instruction will be delivered in an online setting throughout the year.  Students will be assigned to teachers in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program and will have students from across the District assigned to the class.  As conditions warrant, the District may shift to (or begin in) an Off-Site Continuous Learning Model. The Off-Site model is intended to be utilized for a shorter period of time, as the District will shift to face-to-face instruction as conditions improve.

    In the event that the District is offering regular instruction in a face-to-face or hybrid format, the key difference in experience will be driven by the fact that there is no in-person, physical classroom instruction for students in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program. The ICCSD Online coursework is aligned to the same curriculum and standards, and courses are taught by ICCSD teachers.  

    What does learning look like for students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Students will be in classes taught by highly-qualified ICCSD teachers and will be in a class with other District students for all courses except those offered through Edgenuity.  ICCSD-developed courses are offered through Seesaw (PK-6) and Canvas (7-12) and will include class meetings, discussions, online and offline activities, assignments, and assessments. Teachers are available throughout each course to help students individually or in groups.

    What courses will be available to students in this program?
    Click here to see a list of courses available at each grade level in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program.

    If my student has already registered for fall classes, does this need to be done again for the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Students will not need to sign up for courses again. In the case where a student has signed up for a course that is not offered online, they will be contacted to determine an alternative that is available within the ICCSD Online program.

    Can different choices be made for different students in the same family?
    Yes, you can choose to enroll in the ICCSD Online program on a per-child basis.

    How will dual enrollment courses (Kirkwood, PSEO) be impacted?
    Students will be enrolled in their Kirkwood course as planned, as all Kirkwood courses are offered online. The ICCSD Online schedule aligns with the standard schedule, so there should be no special scheduling required for students enrolled in the ICCSD Online program.

    What technology will be available to families who wish to participate in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    All students will be issued a District Chromebook, and families who do not have internet access at home can apply to receive internet access provided by the Iowa City Community School District.  

    What online coursework platforms will be used to deliver the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program coursework?
    The ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program will use Seesaw at the elementary (PK-6) level, and Canvas or Edgenuity at the secondary (7-12) level.

    Will AP courses be offered through the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Yes, most AP courses will be available through the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program either in the form of ICCSD-developed courses or through the Edgenuity platform.  Click here to see a list of courses available at each grade level in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program.

    Does the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program offer honors courses?
    Yes, honors courses will be offered in the ICCSD Online program. Some online courses will have honors "embedded" in the traditional course as extensions, extra assignments, and different assessments. Edgenuity offers numerous other honors courses that we will use as well.

    What is Edgenuity?
    Edgenuity offers a full suite of core curriculum, AP, honors, elective, dual credit, and concept and credit recovery courses for middle and high school students. These online courses and curriculum are built using an instructional model grounded in research and are aligned to state standards, the Common Core, and the NGSS. Edgenuity combines direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery. Students enrolled in Edgenuity courses at the secondary level will have the ability to complete course expectations on their own schedule, though regular check-ins with the course instructor will be a component of Edgenuity coursework. Additional information can be found at https://www.edgenuity.com/.

    How will special education needs, English Language Learner needs, and other accommodations be met within the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program?
    Students who require IEP services and wish to enroll in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program (ICCSD Online) should reach out to their special education teacher or building principal to request an IEP meeting. The purpose of the IEP meeting is to describe the services the student needs in order to access a free and appropriate public education and determine whether or not those services could be provided within ICCSD Online.

    Students who require ELL services and wish to enroll in ICCSD Online can reach out to their building principal regarding services.

    504 plans may need to reviewed and/or modified if your student is moving to ICCSD Online.

    Extended Learning Program (ELP) services will be provided to students who qualify.

    Will students enrolled in the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program be provided with physical materials, like textbooks, workbooks, technology, etc.? 
    Yes, students will be provided with the specific resources required for the courses in which they are enrolled. Note that families are still expected to provide basic school supplies. Click here for school supply listsFamilies who are unable to get these supplies should reach out to their school.

    How many courses do students need to be considered full-time? 
    Elementary (PK-6) students will be enrolled in their grade level courses, which will include all specials areas.

    Secondary (7-12) students must be enrolled in at least 5 courses (4 for seniors, with approval) to be considered full-time and eligible for co-curricular activities. 

    What is the workload in an ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program course? 
    The workload will vary depending upon the student’s grade level, but is designed to be similar to the workload of a typical in-person school day. This includes a research-based combination of synchronous (live online) and asynchronous work. 

    Do students have to log in every day? 
    Students are expected to log in to the platform each day, and most students (with the exception of those taking Edgenuity courses) should expect to have some synchronous (live online) activities each day. That said, courses are scheduled so that students will not have overlapping synchronous activities scheduled, and secondary students will not have daily synchronous expectations in any single course.  

    Will students be on the computer for eight hours each day?
    If you choose the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program option, students will have a workload that will resemble a normal in-student day, but the time in synchronous (live online) activities will be limited to less than four hours per day, with fewer hours for lower-grade students.

    How does grading work within ICCSD Online courses? 
    Grading and credit accrual will follow existing District and building policies, and will closely align with grading practices within traditional ICCSD classrooms.  Feedback will be continual and timely in an effort to maintain high levels of student success.

    Is the curriculum this fall going to be obligatory, for real grades, or will it be as pass/fail again as in the spring?
    The coursework offered this fall will be required and will implement grading using the same policies as all other ICCSD courses. Students will be expected to complete and submit homework, assessments, and to engage with other course activities.

    Will I receive credit for the courses I take online?
    Yes. the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program courses count the same as a traditional course.  ICCSD students will receive a letter grade and credit for courses completed through the ICCSD PK-12 Online Learning Program on their transcripts.  

    What will colleges think of credits earned through the ICCSD Online program? 
    Credits earned through the ICCSD Online program will look no different on a transcript than any other credit earned in the ICCSD, as the District does not differentiate between online and traditional courses in content or expectations.

    What if students have questions or need help? 
    For questions about enrollment, registration, or supplies, please contact your child’s school office (School Directory) or call the Educational Services Center at (319) 688-1000.  For technical questions (regarding District-issued devices, internet access, or other technology-related topics) contact the ICCSD Technology Helpdesk.  Students and families are also encouraged to reach out to their teacher(s) with questions.  If you have a question that was not addressed above, please use this form to submit your question for review by our team.