Summer Academy Pathways

Good afternoon this is Denise Doss,

This message is about summer school options for all students who are currently in middle or high school.

Henrico County Public Schools is pleased to provide students with six pathways for continued learning this summer. These options involve “asynchronous” and “synchronous” approaches under the current health and safety guidelines.

·         Asynchronous learning is online or virtual learning with students that happens on students’ schedules. While the content and resources are provided by the teacher, students have the ability to access the content in a flexible time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning include virtual pre-recorded lessons and pre-loaded resources.

·         Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real-time delivered by a teacher at a specific time. Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live lessons.

The six pathways that will be available to students, based on recommendations by teachers and counselors, are as follows (participation dates vary based on the option):

Pathway 1: (Parents and guardians will receive communication from teachers/school if students are required to participate in this pathway.) Asynchronous virtual opportunities for students. The students will continue in the course(s) they are working on; many of them will be missing one or more assignments. Teachers will monitor student progress on missed assignments and make adjustments to student records as assignments are completed. Teachers will provide frequent updates to students, parents, and guardians. (July 13-August 6). 

Pathway 2: (Students enrolled in Online Health and P.E. will receive communication from the online teacher in the near future.) Online Health & Physical Education. Virtual class meetings (teacher-directed) will begin with Health. Once schools are accessible, students will have an opportunity to obtain the necessary equipment to complete the PE portion of the course. (May 26-June 29)

Pathway 3: Online High School Acceleration with Virtual Virginia. These courses (Spanish I-IV, French I-IV, Latin I-III, Geometry, U.S./Va. History, English 12, Government, Earth Science and Economics & Personal Finance) will contain video segments, audio clips, whiteboard interaction, multimedia activities, and online discussions, as well as text. Instructors are available for telephone and online communication with students throughout the day. Courses include asynchronous and synchronous components. (Early Release: June 17 – July 28) 

Pathway 4: (Parents and guardians will receive communication from teachers/school if students are required to participate in this pathway.) Recovery (Henrico’s traditional Summer Academy offerings) will include online coursework, synchronous virtual instruction, and daily teacher office hours. (July 13 – Aug. 6)  

Pathway 5: Parents/guardians and students will visit EdFlix Season 3 to access. Online continued optional review and enrichment opportunities made available on EdFlix through the start of the new academic year for secondary students. Will include on-demand experiences for students with access to secondary teachers during virtual office hours (July 13-Aug. 6). 

Pathway 6: Online Economics & Personal Finance (EPF) through Longwood University will run June 15-July 11. The students will access online modules and lectures and be able to reach instructors via email. The W!se exam will be given remotely in a proctored, online environment.

Exceptional Education:

Exceptional education support systems will be provided for students with disabilities through options that run from July 13 through Aug. 6. One option is for students who meet criteria for extended-school-year services, and the other option is for students who do not qualify for these services.

Pathway 1: Students whose IEP teams have determined they qualify for extended-school-year services will have access to synchronous, disability-related services, and support through virtual platforms as outlined in their individualized education programs. These may include teleservices for speech, occupational therapy/physical therapy, counseling, consultation with special education service providers, and direct instruction through virtual sessions with an exceptional education teacher. (July 13-Aug. 6) 

Pathway 2: Students with a disability who do not qualify for extended-school-year services will have the same level of access to universal learning opportunities provided for all HCPS students. We will continue to support students’ access to both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities through audio versions of online text, closed captioning, and sign-language interpretation, as needed. 

Again, this message is about the overall plan and various options for students. You will receive additional communication from your student’s teacher or counselor about the appropriate pathway for your student.

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Denise Doss