2021-22 Teaching and Learning Plan
Note: This plan is subject to change.
Updated August 6, 2021
Traditional Learning Model
In the Traditional Learning Model, students will meet on campus each day for a full day of learning and activities. Lessons, content, and instruction will be provided by VHCS teachers, and content will be aligned to Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Content Standards. Students who cannot attend school because of close contact or a COVID-19 positive diagnosis will use the Week-At-A-Glance from their teachers for lessons to complete while at home.
Virtual Learning Model
The Virtual Learning Model will be offered for students in grades K-12 who notify the school system by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 that they wish to receive instruction virtually. Vestavia Hills City Schools teachers will not be teaching the virtual courses. All courses and grade levels will receive instruction from certified teachers employed through a virtual provider. Curriculum for virtual learning is aligned to the Alabama State Department of Education Content Standards. In some instances, specialized courses for secondary grades may not be available. In those cases, a student can choose to take the course on campus. Students who enroll in the Virtual Learning Model for the 2021-22 school year will remain in that model through the end of the first semester, at which time they can continue or return to the traditional learning model. As is the case with the Traditional Learning Model, all students in the Virtual Learning Model will receive a VHCS Chromebook to use for the entire school year. Students who are in the Virtual Learning Model will be able to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities at their base school.
Emergency Triage Model
In the event of a school closure mandated by state or local officials, all K-12 students enrolled in the Traditional Learning Model will shift to the Emergency Triage Model. This instructional model is designed to be used only in the event that students, faculty, and staff are unable to return to their campuses for an extended period of time. The Emergency Triage Model will include required daily and/or weekly work, and assignments will be graded. The model will be a continuation of the traditional model offered virtually.