Armorel HS revises virtual learning policy for spring semester

Armorel keeping virtual students more engaged

ARMOREL, Ark. (KAIT) - Armorel School District posted on Facebook on Tuesday a “Declaration of Intent” form for parents of virtual high school students to sign.

Students are required to meet with the administration before Jan. 8th to discuss expectations of virtual learning for the spring semester.

This is to hold students more accountable for remaining engaged in their schoolwork in the upcoming semester by adhering to the guidelines listed on the form.

The guidelines include that: students are required to check emails at least once a day, communicate with their teachers at a minimum 3 times a week, and must be passing their classes at midterm.

Below is the full copy of the intent form:

High School Parents: If you wish for your child to be enrolled in Armorel Virtual Academy for the Spring Semester,...

Posted by Armorel School District on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Tony Crowell, Principal of Armorel High School, says that while it may not be listed on the form, there are exceptions to the guidelines.

For example, if a student is placed under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, or they came in close contact with someone who tested positive, these requirements would not apply to them.

Crowell says that he will work with parents on different scenarios which could be considered an exception to the guidelines.

“There are still those exceptions to the rule, and area’s that we’re going to work through the parents with,” said Crowell. “Unfortunately, every situation is not the same, so there’s so much of it that as situations arise, there is definitely room for communication there.”

An isolation room will be available for students who are virtual and do not feel comfortable working from home, have an underlying medical condition, or if parents feel conflicted about sending their child to school.

Crowell says that space is limited in the isolation room, but it should be enough to serve the students who may need it.

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