The Union County Distance Learning Option
The Union County School System is offering a distance learning option for parents and students who are not able to attend the brick and mortar setting due to underlying conditions or concerns stemming from COVID-19. This option will provide the opportunity for students to gain instruction from Union County teachers using the same curriculum those in the brick and mortar setting are receiving. Many of the courses and subjects taught in our brick and mortar setting will be available, however some courses will not be available due to the nature of the subject matter.
Please understand that the distance learning option will consist of materials students will need to work on daily. It will not be one assignment per week, but will consist of new material and follow the pacing guides of the brick and mortar setting. While the teacher will be available each day to provide assistance and learning, students will mainly work on the material independently of the teacher as they would if they took a regular virtual class.
What are the expectations of students taking part in the Union County Distance Learning option?
- The student must have reliable internet access so that he/she may access the curriculum and communicate with the teacher on a daily basis.
- The student will have the same expectations as those who are in the brick and mortar setting.
- The student will have the same assessments and assessment schedule as those in the brick and mortar setting.
- The student will have the same progress monitoring requirements as those in the brick and mortar setting.
- The student will abide by the applicable rules set forth by the distance learning teacher and the school in which the student is enrolled.
What are the expectations of teachers who are teaching in the Union County Distance learning option?
- The teacher providing the distance learning will communicate regularly with his/her student and respond to questions within 24 hours.
- Teachers providing instruction will be certified to teach the material.
- The teacher will be responsible for making sure the same curriculum from the brick and mortar setting is being provided to the distance learning student.
- The teacher will be responsible for grading the assignments and assessments for the distance learning student.
When the student in the distance learning option is ready to return to the brick and mortar setting, he/she will inform the Guidance Department / Registrar’s Office of his/her school and steps will be taken to place them back in the brick and mortar setting.
**Please note: It is not good for the student to repeatedly move from one option to the other. Please make this decision carefully and rarely.
While taking part in the Union County Distance learning option, your child may also choose to be enrolled in a course that is on campus but not offered through distance learning. However, when they are not in a class they do not need to be on campus. Students should only be on campus during times they are scheduled for brick and mortar classes. The parent will need to ensure the student will have a means of being transported to and from school if they are on campus part of the day.
If you would like to take part in the Union County Distance Learning option, you will need to visit the Guidance Department / Registrar’s office of your child’s school to complete a form. If you have already withdrawn your student and entered them into a homeschool option, you will need to re-enroll them into the school so that we can begin the Union County Distance learning option.
If you have any questions, you may contact the Guidance Department at each school.