Instructional Models

  • Vestavia Hills City Schools has designed four learning models to deliver instruction to students during the 2020-21 school year, along with a focus on social and emotional support. Prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year, students and families will have the opportunity to review these models and make a selection between the Traditional Learning Model and the Remote Learning Model. To support all of these models, VHCS will provide every student with a Chromebook to use for the entire school year on campus and/or at home. Details regarding each model are listed on the following pages. Screening, revising, and developing student IEP, 504, healthcare, EL, and intervention plans will be supported in each instructional model.learning model overview

    Traditional Learning Model

    The Traditional Learning Model will take place on campus in Vestavia Hills City Schools. Students will meet on campus each day for a full day of learning and activities while practicing the 4Habits 4Health. Lessons, content, and instruction will be provided by VHCS teachers, and all content will be aligned to Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Content Standards. In the Traditional Learning Model, teachers will use Google Classroom, Seesaw, and the Week-at-a-Glance to provide consistency and flexibility for ongoing access to learning.


    Blended Learning Model (for students in the Traditional Learning Model)

    We recognize that there will be instances during the 2020-21 school year when some students may need to be absent from school for a brief period of time due to illness or for other personal reasons. During these instances, Traditional Model students will shift to the Blended Learning Model which will allow those students to continue their learning while away from campus. Students will remain enrolled in their existing classes and will utilize Google Classroom, Seesaw, and the Week-at-a-Glance to correspond with their teachers and remain current on classwork. When these students are able to return to campus, they will shift back to the Traditional Model.


    Remote Learning Model

    The Remote Learning Model is designed for students and families who desire to engage with school exclusively from home. The Remote Learning Model will be facilitated by VHCS faculty using content providers and learning management systems called Edgenuity (grades 6-12); Accelerate Education (K-5); and TeachTown and Unique Learning for Pre-K. Classes offered by Edgenuity and Accelerate Education may differ slightly from traditional offerings. In those cases, we will work with individual students to provide options for taking those classes. Students using the Remote Learning Model will be able to utilize Clever, which gives them access to the VHCS on-line learning resources (I-Ready, Scholastic News, IXL, etc.) used in the Traditional Learning Model. As is the case with the Traditional Learning Model, all students in the Remote Learning Model will receive a VHCS Chromebook to use for the entire school year. All courses will be aligned to ALSDE Content Standards and critical standards and will also be NCAA-approved.

    Students who enroll in the Remote Learning Model must make a commitment to remain in that model until the end of the semester in which they enroll. Beginning with the 4th quarter through the end of the 2020-21 school year, students can no longer switch to the remote instructional model unless they have to quarantine for close contact or a positive COVID-19 test. Students who enroll in the Remote Learning Model will still be able to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities at their base school. VHCS Teachers will be assigned or reassigned to traditional and remote instruction based on several factors including the number of students participating in each option. Teachers for traditional and remote are subject to change to best accommodate a quality learning experience for students. learn more about remote learning here.


    Emergency Triage Model

    In the event of a school closure 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 through the blended approach.

    Students will have access to lessons that are aligned to ALSDE Critical Standards, and these lessons will be prepared and delivered by VHCS teachers. Students will continue using Google Classroom, Seesaw, and the Week-at-a-Glance to continue their learning. All online resources will be made available through Clever. Teachers will use synchronous and asynchronous instructional methods including Google Meet and other prepared instructional videos and materials. There will be no changes for students enrolled in the Remote Learning Model in the event of a school closure.


    General Information About Each Model

    • VHCS will utilize baseline assessments listed on the chart to inform and adjust teaching and learning strategies for traditional and remote students. Timelines will be provided by each school.

    • VHCS will provide intervention and supports for students in all four options consistent with the Alabama Literacy Act

    • Students who receive services

    • VHCS will provide virtual or in-person meetings as needed with parents of students who receive additional or related services through an IEP, 504, healthcare, or EL plan. Parents can contact the Director of Exceptionalities with questions.

    • Each school will develop a schedule for distribution of Chromebooks and supplies for remote and traditional students. Fee schedules can be found by visiting each school’s website