July 17, 2020
Dear DATA parents and guardians,
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We want you to know we have been working throughout the summer to create meaningful learning options for your student(s) starting this fall. Whichever option you choose, know that it will be for the entire fall semester to ensure a continuum of learning.
Both options require students have reliable internet access and a computer or other device they can have exclusive use of at least 6 hours a day. A phone will not meet these requirements. Both formats allow for students to earn a 1/2 credit (one semester) in each of the courses they take, although elective course selection will be limited with Option 2.
Option 1: After parent input along with CDC and New Mexico Health Department regulations, we have chosen to begin the 2020-21 school year in a virtual setting for the 1st quarter with the possibility of moving to a hybrid format second quarter. This schedule will include all core courses and DATA electives that students have selected, taught by DATA teachers.
This means students will adhere to their regular scheduled 7 classes plus advisory, with a few adjustments. First quarter will focus on periods 2, 4 and 6 and also have a scheduled advisory period. Classes will meet virtually Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri. Wednesdays will be used for enrichment and social activities along with teacher professional development. Students will have fewer courses to manage and teachers will be able to focus on power standards with fewer students. There are also scheduled office hours in which students/parents may make virtual appointments with subject teachers, advisors, or administration. Students would then complete the semester credit by the end of 1st quarter. The detailed schedule is attached.
Second quarter will focus on periods 1, 3, 5, and 7, with advisory happening on Wednesdays. This format will also allow students to earn a full semester credit within one quarter as well. If students return to campus for 2nd quarter, it will be under the guidelines of New Mexico PED, CDC, and New Mexico Department of Health. We would split the students into two groups alphabetically, half of students attending class on M-T, Wednesdays for small groups, and the other half Th-F. If we cannot return to school in person, we would follow the same schedule as first quarter. We will give as much notice as possible to students and families regarding the plan for 2nd quarter and to allow time for parent/student feedback.
We hope to be fully operational by second semester with all students attending in person classes.
Option 2: Students and families may choose to do a fully online option for the fall semester. This would be done through our online program Edgenuity and students would be assigned the appropriate core classes based on grade level and offer a limited selection of online electives. In this scenario, students would not have daily direct teacher support or guidance and therefore we suggest this option only be used by students who are self-motivated, organized and have excellent time management skills. We will set up daily notifications for parents regarding student progress and administration can help support with limited technical issues. We do not recommend this option for students who are not familiar with online learning, but it is open to all students. If a student completes a course ahead of schedule, you can contact administration to load another course.
Jumpstart: We will have Virtual Jumpstart Days to assist students in setting up their virtual platform which will be Discord. Parents are also invited to attend these meetings to learn more about our virtual platform and learning. The schedule for grade level jumpstart days are as follows:
12th grade August 5th 9:00-11:00
11th grade August 6th 9:00-11:00
10th grade August 7th 9:00-11:00
9th grade August 10th 9:00-11:00
8th grade August 11th 9:00-11:00
Zoom meeting dates will be sent out to all parents and if you and your student cannot make your scheduled date, feel free to join another group. The information may vary, but the logistics of signing up for our online platform, Discord, will be covered during each timeslot.
August 12th will start with a virtual advisory meeting at 9:00 a.m. via Discord to ensure all students have access to their classes and a working account. We will also discuss the use of office hours, enrichment on Wednesdays and any other questions students may have. Classes will start the following day on August 13th.
Please complete the very short attached survey to choose Option 1 or 2 for the fall of 2020 and to let us know of any technology needs that you may have. PLEASE keep in mind you may have to copy and paste the link below into your browser.