Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Phase 2

  • 1. When will students begin face-to-face instruction during Phase 2?

  • 2. How do I know to which cohort my child is assigned?

  • 3. I have been told that my child is in Cohort A. What does that mean?

  • 4. I have been told that my child is in Cohort B. What does that mean?

  • 5. What learning model will be used in Phase 2?

  • 6. What is the hybrid model?

  • 7. Why is the hybrid model being used?

  • 8. What should my child be doing on the days s/he is not physically attending school

  • 9. I am concerned that my child will not receive as much direct instruction during Phase 2 as s/he receives in Phase 1, eLearning. Why are we implementing a plan that will result in less teacher-directed time with students?

  • 10. What should I do if I do not feel comfortable sending my child back to school now?

  • 11. What is the flex day, and why is it needed?

  • 12. What would a typical week look like in Phase 2 for my elementary age child?

  • 13. How do I know what my elementary child should be doing at home on asynchronous learning days?

  • 14. What do we do if my elementary child has a question or needs help during asynchronous learning days?

  • 15. What should we expect to occur at the elementary level on Flex Wednesdays?



Phase-in Model FAQs

  • 1. If I choose the Phase-in Model for my child, will s/he remain assigned to our home school and be taught by teachers there?

  • 2. What should we do if we have technical issues during the eLearning and hybrid phases of the Phase-in Model?

  • 3. What can I do now to help my child recover any learning loss that may have occurred?

  • 4. What curricula will be used while my child is in the eLearning or hybrid phases of the Phase-in Model?

  • 5. How will I know what work my child is expected to complete?

  • 6. Will my child be expected to do more or less work during the eLearning or hybrid phases?

  • 7. Will schedules look different this year?

  • 8. Will students be sitting at their computers for long period of time listening to lectures? What will class periods look like?

  • 9. My child’s experience with eLearning last spring was not positive. How will eLearning be different this year? What is being done to ensure eLearning is more effective this fall, in the event we have to begin the school year in the eLearning phase?

  • 10. How will course offerings be determined, and how will the master schedule be built?

  • 11. How will students be graded?

  • 12. Will attendance be taken during the eLearning and hybrid phases of the Phase-in Model?

  • 13. Will state assessments be given this year?

  • 14. Will direct instruction be provided by a teacher?

  • 15. Will every class in the Phase-in Model at high schools have a teacher?


Virtual School Program FAQs

  • 1. Does my child have to remain in the R1 Virtual School Program for the entire year? Will you give consideration to allowing a transfer back into the Phase-in Model at any other time?

  • 2. What if we do not have a computer or internet access in our home?

  • 3. What should we do if we have technical issues?

  • 4. What can I do now to help my child recover any learning loss that may have occurred?

  • 5. How will I know what work my child is expected to complete?

  • 6. Will schedules look different this year?

  • 7. Will students be sitting at their computers for long period of time listening to lectures? What will class periods look like?

  • 8. My child’s experience with eLearning last spring was not positive. What has been done to ensure the Virtual School Program experience will be different?

  • 9. How will course offerings be determined, and how will the master schedule be built?

  • 10. How will students be graded?

  • 11. Will attendance be taken in the Virtual School Program?

  • 12. Will state assessments be given this year?

  • 13. Will teachers be teaching from home, as they did last spring? Teaching from home seemed to limit their access to materials.

  • 14. My child has an IEP. How will his needs be addressed in the Virtual School Program Model?

  • 15. How will the needs of ESOL students be met?


Montessori FAQs

  • 1. Will there be a Montessori teacher for the Richland One Virtual School Program?

  • 2. If I enroll my child in the Richland One Virtual School Program for the 2020-2021 school year, will my child’s Montessori slot at Brockman, Caughman Road, or Logan be saved for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • 3. If I withdraw my child from the Montessori Program at Brockman, Logan, or Caughman Road for the 2020-2021 school year and enroll my child in a private school, will my child’s slot be saved for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • 4. If I withdraw my child from the Montessori Program at Brockman, Caughman Road, or Logan for the 2020-2021 school year and homeschool my child, will my child’s slot be saved for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • 5. What online resources will be used to support instruction in the eLearning or hybrid phases of the Phase-in Model and in the Virtual School Program?


Technology Support for Parents and Students FAQ

  • 2. My child has been issued a Dell Latitude 3190 laptop. How do I use it?

  • 3. It is exciting to know our district will be using the Teams platform this year, but I honestly don’t know how to use it? Is a basic overview available for me? Is an overview available for my child?

  • 4. I have watched the videos that provide information about using the Teams platform, but I need additional information in writing. Is there a document that I can review, as well, for more information?

  • 5. I have been told that my child will be joining Teams meetings for instruction. Is information available to help me understand how to do that so I can help my child?

  • 6. I have watched the videos that provide information about joining Teams meetings for instruction, but I could really use some additional information. Is there a document that I can review, as well, for more information?

  • 7. Will Richland One students be given hotspots for the 2020-2021 school year?

  • 8. My child used my personal device when schools were closed during the spring. Why does my child have to take home the district laptop to use for virtual learning during the new school year?


Students with Disabilities (IEP and 504 Plans) FAQ - Parent Essentials

  • 1. How can I request an Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan meeting?

  • 2. How can I participate in the district Child Find meetings?

  • 3. Who should I call if I have a concern related to my child’s IEP or 504 Plan?

  • 4. What do I do if I do not agree with my child’s IEP or 504 Plan?

  • 5. What if my child requires additional services as a result of distance learning, but those services are not in their current IEP?

  • 6. Is the district still required to hold annual IEP meetings based on established timelines during emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic?

  • 7. Is the district still required to conduct three year re-evaluations based on established timelines during emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic?

  • 8. Are my child’s student records available?

  • 9. When will annual IEPs that were postponed at the end of last year be completed?

  • 10. When will my child’s individual IEP or 504 Plan meeting be held?

  • 11. For students with an IEP, are there any services or programs that will not be available online?


Students with Disabilities (IEP and 504 Plans) - Instruction

  • 1. How will my child receive IEP services during Richland One’s Phase-In or Virtual School Program Models?

  • 2. How will services that are typically provided by paraprofessional staff (such as instructional assistants (IAs) and therapeutic assistants (TAs)) be implemented in virtual and in-person classes?

  • 3. What daily schedule will Special Services follow?

  • 4. How will testing accommodations be provided to students with disabilities?

  • 5. Will special education teachers and related service providers be instructing my child in a small group, or will it be individualized?

  • 6. How will special education students who are accessing an adapted curriculum and are assessed with the SC Alternate Assessment be instructed during both the virtual learning and face-to-face with social distancing options?

  • 7. How will vision and hearing services be provided during the online and in-person instruction with social distancing options?

  • 8. How will students with 504 Plans be provided services during Richland One’s Phase-In or Virtual School Instructional Models?

  • 9. How will the district provide services to students who receive instruction in self-contained settings?

  • 10. How will Richland One support special services during distance learning?

  • 11. What sanitation measures are being put in place for children with physical disabilities who require high levels of support for activities of daily living, such as toileting, feeding, and use of a wheelchair?



Students with Disabilities (IEP and 504 Plans) - Related Services

  • 1. How will related services be provided in the Phase-in and Virtual School Program Models?

  • 2. Are students who receive instruction online (either in the eLearning Phase of the Phase-in Model or in the Virtual School Program) able to receive face-to-face related services?

  • 3. Are technology devices available for check out to ensure students have access to accommodations, assistive technology, and communication apps?

  • 4. Will students continue to receive instructional services (Speech/Adapted PE) and related services during distance learning (eLearning and Virtual School Program)?

  • 5. How will common accommodations such as movement breaks, chewies, fidgets, flexible seating, etc. be administered in online and in-person options?


FAQs for ESOL Families

  • 1. Will my child still receive ESOL services in the Virtual School Program?

  • 2. How will my child receive ESOL services during the eLearning and hybrid phases of instruction?

  • 3. Who should I contact if I do not understand what my child is doing at school or if I don't know how to help him/her?

  • 4. How do I know which school my child should attend?

  • 5. Will my child still be able to exit from ESOL services this year?

  • 6. I usually sign a waiver for my child each year. Will I still need to do that this year?


FAQS for PreKindergarten

  • 1. When will my child begin the Prekindergarten Program in the Phase-In Model?

  • 2. Will my child receive a device?

  • 3. What will my child do prior to receiving his/her device?

  • 4. How will I know what work my child is expected to complete?

  • 5. What will a typical day look like for my child?

  • 6. Will state assessments be administered in Prekindergarten?

  • 7. Will my child have a home visit this year?

  • 8. How much time will my child be in front of a computer?

  • 9. How much time will I need to spend supporting my child as s/he completes assignments?

  • 10. What do I do if an assignment calls for materials I do not have in my home?

  • Sample Traditional Prekindergarten Daily Schedule


Safety FAQs

  • 1. What safety precautions are being taken in schools to ensure my child will be safe?

  • 2. What will happen if someone in my child's class (either his teacher or a student) gets COVID-19? Will the whole class stay home?

  • 3. Will I be told someone has COVID?

  • 4. If someone in my house has COVID-19 and my child is asymptomatic, can I send him to school?

  • 5. If my child develops symptoms of COVID during the school day, what will happen to her?

  • 6. If someone in my child's class develops symptoms of COVID during the school day, will I be told?

  • 7. What will happen if someone who rides my child's bus tests positive for COVID?

  • 8. Will temperatures be taken every day at school?

  • 9. I want to see for myself that safety precautions are in place in my child's classroom. Can I observe in the class one day during instruction?


Career and Technical Training FAQ

  • CTE Program: Automotive

  • CTE Program: Barber/Master Hair Care

  • CTE Program: Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Esthetics

  • CTE Program: Firefighter

  • CTE Program: Health Science

  • CTE Program: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

  • How can students access the PLTW end-of-course portal?

  • Work-based Learning Opportunities