FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

CITRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS

COMMUNITY Q & A

March 2020

Please visit the Let’s Talk! feature on the Citrus County School District website to submit additional questions that are not answered below.

SCHOOL EVENTS & FIELD TRIPS

 

Will the remainder of the school year be online, or will students be able to return to school again this school year?

School employees will work on March 30th to plan for Remote Learning.  Remote learning will begin with students on March 31 and continue until April 14.  Decisions regarding students returning to campus after April 14 will be communicated as we receive updates from the state.

 

Will Grad Bash, Award Nights, Academic Achievers, and the Golden Citrus Scholar Award Ceremony continue as scheduled?

Events scheduled from now until April 15 have been cancelled. Future events are subject to change depending upon further information received from the state and CDC.  Please contact your child’s school for more detailed information.

 

Will Prom be cancelled or postponed?

As of March 23, Prom is scheduled for the dates below. Please remember that these dates are subject to change depending upon further information received from the state and CDC.

·          Crystal River High School-May 2

·          Lecanto High School-May 16

·          Citrus High School-May 23

 

If events or school field trips are cancelled, will we receive a refund?

Each individual school is working with individual vendors. Please contact your child’s school for more detailed information.

 

Is the Safety Patrol field trip to Washington D.C. cancelled?

Based on the information we have received from the Citrus County Sheriff's Department, the Washington D.C. Safety Patrol trip is still scheduled at this time. They are still in close communication with the State and CDC and will provide more updates as they are received. They plan to provide more information regarding a final decision by mid-May. The contact information is below for those who may need additional information.

 

 

Citrus County Sheriff's Department

Sergeant Michael Barry

mbarry@sherriffcitrus.org

352-726-4488 (main line)


HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

 

Will seniors who meet the graduation requirements still receive a high school diploma at the end of the school year?

Yes. Students who meet graduation requirements will receive a high school diploma at the end of the school year.

 

Will graduation ceremonies continue as scheduled?

As of March 23rd, graduation ceremonies occurring in May have not been cancelled. However, all events are subject to change depending upon further information received from the state and CDC.  Please contact your child’s school for more information.

 

How does the cancellation of state assessments impact CURRENT SENIORS’ graduation requirements?

If a current senior is expected to graduate in spring 2020 and has not met the exit criteria for Algebra I EOC, and/or grade 10 ELA FSA, or earned a concordant score, these criteria will be waived.   However, students still must earn the necessary credits and meet the GPA requirements to graduate.

 

How will the cancellation of state and national assessment administrations affect eligibility for Bright Futures?  
Information, from the state, regarding Bright Futures will be forthcoming.

STUDENT GRADING

 

Did the third quarter grades include all grades from the third nine weeks?

Yes, the third nine weeks should include all grades from the quarter.  If you have questions regarding your student’s grades, please contact your child’s teacher. 

 

Is it true that grades will not be issued for the rest of the school year?

No. Although school campuses are closed until April 15th, school is still in session and students are still earning grades following standard grading practices per the Student Progression Plan. 


REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME

 


How will remote learning work?

The teachers will be utilizing several modes of communication to work with your child.  The expectations for the student and teacher will be included in the Instructional Remote Plan which will be posted on the district website.  In addition, teachers will be contacting families regarding the remote learning expectations and resources available for the classroom. 

 

What will the online learning look like for a kindergartner?

The expectations for the student and teacher will be included in the Instructional Remote Learning Plan that will be posted on the district website.  In addition, teachers will be contacting families regarding their classroom remote learning routines and expectations. The plans will include paper-based options.

 

Will students be required to put in a certain number of hours for remote learning?

The expectations for the student and teacher will be included in the Citrus CARES! Remote Instructional Learning Plan that will be posted on the district website.  In addition, teachers will be contacting families regarding their classroom remote learning routines and expectations.

 

Are we required to teach the kids ourselves?

The expectations for the student and teacher will be included in the Citrus CARES! Remote Instructional Learning Plan that will be posted on the district website.  Teachers will be contacting families regarding their classroom remote learning expectations and how the parent can support the teacher’s instruction.

 

Which technological devices will work for the remote learning?

Due to the wide range of available platforms and versions of operating systems, we cannot guarantee which devices will work for the remote learning.  If you find that your device does not meet the system requirements, Citrus County Schools will provide an iPad for temporary checkout.  Paper-based options will be available upon parent request.  

 

Can families receive both paper-based and online learning?

Your teacher will be communicating with you starting on March 30.  If you are requesting both options for your student, please let your child’s teacher/school know. 

 

How do we let schools know that we would rather have paper packets over the online platform for learning?

Each school will develop a process on how to distribute the paper-based option.

 

What will we do about daycares that ban electronics for security purposes?

Our Citrus CARES! Remote Learning Plan includes flexible options and times for remote learning.  Students may work in the evenings or weekends if those times are more convenient. Paper-based options are also available upon request.

 

What if I do not have internet access at home?

The Educational Technology department has compiled a list of free or low-cost internet providers.  This information is posted on the district website.

Families that do not have internet access may request paper-based assignments from teachers and/or schools.  These assignments may be picked up from the school or emailed to the parent/student. 

 

What happens if my district-issued iPad and/or accessories need repair?  

Please contact your child’s school to notify them of what needs to be repaired.   

 

When do the devices have to be returned?

Elementary School Students- Mobile devices checked out during the district’s emergency closure are expected to be returned when schools reopen or no later than end of the 2019-20 school year (whichever occurs first).

 

Middle and High School Students- Mobile devices assigned to students are expected to be returned at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

 

If an iPad needs to be checked out from the district, does each student receive an iPad or is it one per family?

At this time, iPad's can be checked out to each student in need of a device. 

 

Is there an app to use for the remote learning?

Teachers will be contacting all families during the first week of remote learning, which starts March 31st, to discuss the specific digital platforms and resources that will be utilized.

 

ClassLink may be used as a way your child can access many of the apps that will be utilized for remote learning.  For personal technological devices, ClassLink can be accessed through the district website under the “Student” tab.  For district-issued iPad's, the ClassLink app is located on the home screen. 

 

 

How do I get access to my child’s Google Classroom?

If your child’s teacher is utilizing Google Classroom, you will receive the necessary information needed from your child’s teacher.

 

If we attend a private school, are we able to check out an iPad from the Citrus County School District?

No, your child must be enrolled with the Citrus County School District.

 

How does my student sign up for Dual Enrollment Central Florida classes?

Please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor for assistance.


TESTING

 

How will AP exams be handled?

The Advanced Placement (AP) program will administer an at-home testing option for the 2019-20 school year. Free AP review classes will also be available.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

 

Please visit the AP Central site by clicking HERE for further information regarding the revised AP testing schedule, access to FREE AP review classes, and AP exam specifications.

 

With the cancellation of state standardized assessments for the 2019-20 school year, how will schools receive their school grade?

The Florida Department of Education will not issue school grades for the 2019-20 school year. 

 

How does the cancellation of state assessments impact graduation requirements for students who are NOT currently high school seniors?

The Florida Department of Education is waiving the requirement for non-senior students who are currently enrolled in a course that requires an EOC to take the associated EOC. However, non-seniors who have yet to pass the Grade 10 FSA ELA must still meet the graduation exit criteria by passing that assessment during a future administration or earning a concordant score. Though non-senior students enrolled in the EOC course of Algebra 1 are not required to take the Algebra 1 EOC, they must still meet the mathematics assessment graduation requirement by either passing the Algebra 1 EOC (offered four times each year) during a future administration, earning a concordant score, or passing the Geometry EOC during a future administration.

 

How does the cancellation of state assessments impact 3rd grade promotion?

Generally, the grade 3 ELA FSA is a key component districts use to make promotion decisions.  Since this data will not be available due to the cancellation of state-wide assessments for the 2019-20 school year, promotion decisions should be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the students’ classroom performance and progress monitoring data.

 

How does the cancellation of state assessments impact EOCs counting for 30% of the students’ grades in Algebra 1, Geometry, Civics, US History, and Biology?

For students currently enrolled in courses that include a state-wide EOC to be factored into the student’s grade, this requirement will be waived.  Districts have the discretion whether district developed EOC assessments are necessary for these courses for the 2019-20 school year. 

 

How will the lack of standardized testing impact my child’s placement next school year?

We are in the process of identifying other data points that will be utilized for determining courses/grade placement for the next school year.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION (ESE)

 

How will the academic needs of students with disabilities be met during the remote learning window?

All students, including those with an IEP or Section 504 Plan, are included in the Citrus CARES! Remote Learning Plan.  This plan may include virtual instruction, as well as virtual specialized instruction and related services to the extent practicable.  All areas of the IEP and Section 504 Plan will be considered.   Please click HERE for further questions and answers on providing services to children with disabilities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

VPK/PRE-K

 

If all state testing is cancelled, how will evaluations for a Pre-K program be handled?

Exceptional Student Education evaluations to determine eligibility for a prekindergarten program for students with disabilities will continue as determined by the IEP team. If there is any type of delay in evaluations, the nature and extent of the delay along with a plan to minimize further delay will be documented and shared with parents.

 

Can PreK students check out an iPad?

No. District-provided iPad's are only available for K-12 students to check out.  Beginning Tuesday, March 31st, a calendar of activities will be provided for you to support your child’s learning. These developmentally appropriate ideas will give you strategies to help your child continue to grow and be ready for kindergarten. While links to online resources will be in the packet, PreK students are not eligible to receive an iPad for check out. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you beginning March 31st and will be available to answer any questions and support you may need.



RETENTION

 

Do parent/guardians have the option for their child to be retained?

Promotion decisions should be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the student’s classroom performance and progress monitoring data. 

 

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT

 

How do I enroll my child during this period of remote learning?

Please call and make an appointment with the zoned school to enroll your child.