FAQs

FAQs2020-08-19T10:30:45-07:00

We are regularly updating FAQs.

Please be sure to check-back regularly as our FAQs are being updated often. You can learn more by watching our recent school board work sessions available on CCTV’s YouTube in both English and Spanish.

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If you have questions about EDGE not answered in the FAQs, please email us.

Questions regarding the EDGE program can now be answered at our EDGE Phone number by calling 503-399-3041.

If you have questions about Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning, please visit the Return to School webpage. There you can find FAQs about Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning and contact information for Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning questions.

For other questions, email info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.

Questions regarding the EDGE program can now be answered at our EDGE Phone number by calling 503-399-3041.

If you have questions about Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning, please visit the Return to School web page. There you can find FAQs about Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning and contact information for Comprehensive Distance Learning or Blended Learning questions.

For other questions, email info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.

Do I have to make a decision about enrolling my student in the EDGE program by August 24, 2020?2020-08-20T13:05:54-07:00

Yes. August 24 is the cutoff date for families applying to the EDGE program.

What are the benefits of the EDGE online learning program?2020-08-20T13:06:56-07:00

EDGE Online LearningWhat are the benefits of the EDGE?

  • Teacher-led instruction
  • High quality, well-rounded, rigorous learning opportunities, including instructional supports, English language development support, and extensions 
  • Regular connections with your school  
  • Focus on student identity, belonging, and well-being
  • Access to social-emotional supports such as counselor and behavior specialist
What is the difference between Blended Learning and the EDGE program?2020-08-20T13:07:28-07:00

Blended learning involves some in-person instruction. For the 2020-21 school year, most students will attend in-person instruction at least two days per week. The graphic below may be helpful to understand the differences between the two learning options.

Return-to-School Learning Options

Students remain enrolled in their regular Salem-Keizer School

Select the learning option for your student, either the Blended Learning or EDGE Online Learning

Blended Learning

Blended Learning Model: at school + at home
  • Day A, half of the students attend in-person classes at school

  • The other half of students do remote online learning at home

  • Day B, students would then switch roles

Online Learning with EDGE

Learn from Home with EDGE
  • Students remain enrolled in their school, while learning though the EDGE program.

  • The other half of students do remote online learning at home

What will be expected of my student if they enroll in EDGE?2020-08-20T13:08:43-07:00

EDGE is teacher-led instruction mixed with family-supported and independent at-home application and learning. Students will be expected to attend synchronous sessions, to engage in learning each school day, and to work toward mastery of all standards for a course or content area. 

For Kindergarten-2nd Grade

K-2 students will spend about 60-90 minutes of their time online in teacherled and independent learning. The balance of daily learning is supplemented with independent and familysupported practice and learning. 

For Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3 – 12 are more independent and will spend more time on the computer engaged in learning and activities. The balance of daily learning is supplemented with independent and family-supported practice and learning. 

Will students have face-to-face contact with their teacher through EDGE?2020-08-20T13:09:53-07:00

Yes. Students will have required, online sessions occurring at the same time (synchronous) with their class and teacher each week.

How are the teachers for the EDGE option being identified and trained?2020-08-20T13:10:09-07:00

All teachers is the district will receive training on our district digital learning platforms and teaching strategies to be able to serve in the blended or EDGE learning options.

What curriculum will students be using?2020-08-20T13:11:12-07:00

Teachers will be using the following curriculum as a resource to help students meet state standards in grade level and content specific areas, while at the same time ensuring we are meeting graduation requirements. Specific curriculum is listed below with links to their websites.

K-5th Grade uses Florida Virtual School

6-12th Grade uses Edgenuity

 

What courses will high school and middle school students be able to take?2020-08-20T13:11:31-07:00

We unfortunately cannot list the classes that will be available until we have an idea of how many students we will have and what their specific class needs are. Courses will be provided through EDGENUITY. Here is a list of courses that MAY be offered.

 

If I choose to enroll my child for blended learning and decide that it’s not the right fit for our family, can we switch into the EDGE program?2020-08-20T13:12:05-07:00

Yes. We understand things may change and families may need to move between learning options.

We will have transition points for program changes, rather than having students move between the programs at any time. This will allow for students to become embedded into their programs and establish routines to truly make a decision about their selected model.

Will EDGE students be able to participate in electives at their school?2020-08-20T13:12:40-07:00

No. Students will not able to participate in elective courses with students at their home school. Our health officials require us to maintain strict cohorts for contact tracing.

We know the importance of electives such as band, orchestra and art are for all students. We are currently working on determining how to make opportunities such as these available to our EDGE students and will update you as we develop solutions.

If my student is enrolled in the EDGE program what will their diploma say when they graduate?2020-08-20T13:13:24-07:00

Students in the EDGE program belong to their resident school. They will graduate with their resident school peers and will have their resident school name on their diploma and transcript.

Is EDGE required?2020-08-20T13:13:58-07:00

Families can choose between the EDGE program and the blended learning model. Attendance in EDGE is required and grades will be issued for all students.

Will the EDGE program be available post-pandemic?2020-08-20T13:14:19-07:00

EDGE will continue to be an option for students for years so come. Regardless of the pandemic, we know that one learning model does not serve all students and providing options for students to access their education will continue.

How will students receiving Special Education Services be supported in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:21:23-07:00

Students with IEPs may participate in EDGE though the services and accommodations may look different than they did in a traditional classroom. We will work with families who select EDGE for the 2020-21 school year to determine if revisions to the IEP are necessary to support student success. We will have special education teachers who will be working exclusively in EDGE and supporting students in the EDGE program, specializing in how to meet the needs of students in their caseloads in the online platform.

How will students learning English be supported in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:21:07-07:00

Students who are English learners have supports in multiple ways.

  • Online curricula translate into multiple languages.
  • Explicit English language development services will be provided.
  • The EDGE academy is teacher-led, and instruction can be structured and differentiated to meet the needs of English learners.
Will IB courses be offered in the EDGE program2020-08-21T10:24:54-07:00

While we do not offer IB courses for students in grades 11 and 12 due to certification requirements, we do offer Honors courses that students in grades 9 and 10 need to complete to prepare for the IB program.

Will AVID be offered in the EDGE program?2020-08-20T14:36:25-07:00

Supports for AVID students will be available. We don’t have all of the details on how these supports will look, but will update you as soon as we know more.

How will students be connected to extra-curricular activities in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:20:01-07:00

Students will have access to after-school activities and sports through their school. We know the importance of electives such as band, orchestra or art is for all students. We are currently working on determining how to make opportunities such as these available to our EDGE students and will update you as we develop solutions.

If my child has a TAG plan, will they be supported through EDGE?2020-08-21T10:22:04-07:00

Yes. Students who have a TAG plan will receive necessary supports to meet their needs.

How much time will my student be required to participate in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:20:14-07:00

The EDGE program will be following ODE guidelines for online learning needs. Below, are a few graphics to give you an idea of what the time requirements may be for students.

Instructional Time Graphic

Instructional Time Graphic – Click to see larger image

Learning Day Overview Chart

Learning Day Overview Chart – Click to see larger image

Will students be eligible to play sports if enrolled in EDGE?2020-08-21T10:25:37-07:00

Yes, EDGE students will be able to participate in their resident-school or are on an in-district transfer (IDT) to a different school. Example: if a student is on an IDT to McKay, they are eligible to play sports in McKay athletic programs.

Is Dual Language instruction available if I enroll my student in EDGE?2020-08-21T10:22:25-07:00

Not yet. Our dual language program at the elementary level practices two-way immersion (Spanish-English), and we have not found a solid instructional model to support this in a fully virtual environment. At the secondary level, select courses are taught in Spanish. These options are not available in EDGE at this time.

Will students lose their spots in the Dual Language program if enrolled in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:26:08-07:00

Kindergarten students who participate in EDGE during the 2020-21 school year will lose their spot in a dual language program as they will lose critical foundational instruction.

  1. Students already participating in dual language programs in grades 1-4 will have their spots held, but not guaranteed. This provision applies only to the 2020-21 school year.
  2. To continue participation in dual language during the 2021-22 school year, students must demonstrate continued development in the Spanish language. An assessment will be administered by the school to make this determination.
  3. Students in grades 6-12 may be able participate in DL in 2021-22 after skipping the 2020-21 school year, if there is space in the program.
Can my student still get breakfast and lunch from the school if enrolled in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:19:07-07:00

Yes! Breakfast and lunch are available to qualifying students. Contact your neighborhood school for Grab-n-Go times and protocols. 

Who can I reach out to about questions about the EDGE Program?2020-08-20T13:15:12-07:00

If you have questions about EDGE not answered in the FAQs, please email infoedgeprogram@salkeiz.k12.or.us or call our EDGE Phone number at 503-399-3041.

Will students lose their spots in the Dual Language program if enrolled in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:26:08-07:00

Kindergarten students who participate in EDGE during the 2020-21 school year will lose their spot in a dual language program as they will lose critical foundational instruction.

  1. Students already participating in dual language programs in grades 1-4 will have their spots held, but not guaranteed. This provision applies only to the 2020-21 school year.
  2. To continue participation in dual language during the 2021-22 school year, students must demonstrate continued development in the Spanish language. An assessment will be administered by the school to make this determination.
  3. Students in grades 6-12 may be able participate in DL in 2021-22 after skipping the 2020-21 school year, if there is space in the program.
Is Dual Language instruction available if I enroll my student in EDGE?2020-08-21T10:22:25-07:00

Not yet. Our dual language program at the elementary level practices two-way immersion (Spanish-English), and we have not found a solid instructional model to support this in a fully virtual environment. At the secondary level, select courses are taught in Spanish. These options are not available in EDGE at this time.

Will students be eligible to play sports if enrolled in EDGE?2020-08-21T10:25:37-07:00

Yes, EDGE students will be able to participate in their resident-school or are on an in-district transfer (IDT) to a different school. Example: if a student is on an IDT to McKay, they are eligible to play sports in McKay athletic programs.

How much time will my student be required to participate in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:20:14-07:00

The EDGE program will be following ODE guidelines for online learning needs. Below, are a few graphics to give you an idea of what the time requirements may be for students.

Instructional Time Graphic

Instructional Time Graphic – Click to see larger image

Learning Day Overview Chart

Learning Day Overview Chart – Click to see larger image

If my child has a TAG plan, will they be supported through EDGE?2020-08-21T10:22:04-07:00

Yes. Students who have a TAG plan will receive necessary supports to meet their needs.

How will students be connected to extra-curricular activities in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:20:01-07:00

Students will have access to after-school activities and sports through their school. We know the importance of electives such as band, orchestra or art is for all students. We are currently working on determining how to make opportunities such as these available to our EDGE students and will update you as we develop solutions.

Will IB courses be offered in the EDGE program2020-08-21T10:24:54-07:00

While we do not offer IB courses for students in grades 11 and 12 due to certification requirements, we do offer Honors courses that students in grades 9 and 10 need to complete to prepare for the IB program.

How will students learning English be supported in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:21:07-07:00

Students who are English learners have supports in multiple ways.

  • Online curricula translate into multiple languages.
  • Explicit English language development services will be provided.
  • The EDGE academy is teacher-led, and instruction can be structured and differentiated to meet the needs of English learners.
How will students receiving Special Education Services be supported in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:21:23-07:00

Students with IEPs may participate in EDGE though the services and accommodations may look different than they did in a traditional classroom. We will work with families who select EDGE for the 2020-21 school year to determine if revisions to the IEP are necessary to support student success. We will have special education teachers who will be working exclusively in EDGE and supporting students in the EDGE program, specializing in how to meet the needs of students in their caseloads in the online platform.

Will AP courses be offered in the EDGE program?2020-08-14T21:21:26-07:00

Although a full range of course offerings may not be available, some AP courses will be options for students.

Will EDGE students be able to participate in electives at their school?2020-08-20T13:12:40-07:00

No. Students will not able to participate in elective courses with students at their home school. Our health officials require us to maintain strict cohorts for contact tracing.

We know the importance of electives such as band, orchestra and art are for all students. We are currently working on determining how to make opportunities such as these available to our EDGE students and will update you as we develop solutions.

What if my student does not have a computer or Internet service?2020-08-26T15:10:21-07:00

Contact your school

Please contact your enrolled school for assistance with your Chromebook.

(A list of district schools and contact information is available here.)

  • EDGE students should contact their neighborhood school.
  • In-district transfer students should contact the school where they are enrolled.

Not sure which school you will go to?

You can find your assigned school with the School Search tool based on your current address.

Can my student still get breakfast and lunch from the school if enrolled in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:19:07-07:00

Yes! Breakfast and lunch are available to qualifying students. Contact your neighborhood school for Grab-n-Go times and protocols. 

How will students learning English be supported in the EDGE program?2020-08-21T10:21:07-07:00

Students who are English learners have supports in multiple ways.

  • Online curricula translate into multiple languages.
  • Explicit English language development services will be provided.
  • The EDGE academy is teacher-led, and instruction can be structured and differentiated to meet the needs of English learners.
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