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Transition Back To Campus Timeline

When will Inspire reopen for in-person instruction?

Distance learning will continue through Periods 3 and 4 (Oct. 19 – Jan. 11). Parents and students will be able to choose an in-person instruction model beginning on January 19. Keep in mind that this plan is contingent on Inspire Board approval and a re-appraisal of community COVID spread at that time.

I heard that some students will be allowed on campus during Periods 3 and 4 (Oct. 19 - January 11). Can I choose to send my child to school during that time?

Inspire will have some small-group instruction and support on campus during Periods 3 and 4. However, teachers will determine which students will be allowed on campus using a variety of factors (student learning and technology needs, level of comfort with in-person learning, etc.) Please do not reach out to Inspire staff during this time to request in-person instruction for your student. 

 

 

What will in-person learning look like after January 19? Will the daily schedule remain the same?

Inspire will continue on the 1 X 8 Block Schedule for the remainder of the year. Students on campus will:

  • Begin class at 8:30 and leave at noon
  • Continue to work on extended learning online from home in the afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00
  • Continue to log into Advisory Zoom on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Need to arrive no earlier than 8:15 and leave no later than 12:15
  • Need to bring their Chromebooks or laptops each day, along with any other materials required for classes
  • Possibly attend only on Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays; for classes larger than 15, we will need to split the in-person group into two cohorts

 

 

If I choose the Independent Study model when school re-opens, will my child be able to be a part of Inspire?

If Inspire is able to go back to campus in-person, we will continue to have an independent study model available for families who don’t feel safe sending their students back to school in-person. These students would be enrolled in the online program, and their work would be guided by an Inspire teacher dedicated to supervising all Independent Study students. These students would have opportunities to engage in the life of Inspire through virtual Advisory meetings, virtual clubs, and by reaching out to their teachers. If they want to transition back to learning on-campus, they can as long as they have finished the class they are currently enrolled.

Safety Measures

Masks
Are masks being required? We have multiple vulnerable people in our household, and this piece is critical for everyone’s protection if in-person student attendance will be happening.

  •  Yes, masks are required for all students and staff.

Can students bring their own masks?

  • Yes

Are both face masks and shields acceptable?

  • If a student wishes to wear a face mask, it must have a drape attached.

 

Temp Checks
Will teachers also have daily temp checks? 

  • Yes

Will temps be taken in the family car or after drop off?

  •  As students are entering the classroom in the morning.
Given that the CUSD decided to do an a.m./p.m. model that still has half their students arriving at 8:30, will this affect our start and end times so that we can minimize contacts with all the Chico High Kids?

We have a plan to ensure only Inspire students may enter and exit via the gate closest to the parking lot.

 

With 6 ft of distance, can all students (Who want it) be on campus and in classrooms safely? How many students will be in the classrooms?

We plan to have no more than 15 students in a classroom at any one time.

Resources

Materials and Office Info

Office Hours

The office is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Main Phone: (530) 891-3090

Attendance: (530) 891-3133

Emails: lholcomb@inspirechico.org | mmendoza@inspirechico.org 

 

Tech

  • If you need tech materials, we need to know what you need BEFORE you come to the office so we can get it ready for you. The process is much easier if the student is present as we will need them to sign into their accounts to register the device. 
  • If you need to pick up or drop off materials, you don’t need to schedule an appointment.
How will lunch/food services be handled?

Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am – 12:30 pm at Chapman Elementary, Citrus Elementary, Little Chico Creek Elementary, Chico Jr. High and Bidwell Jr. High. 

Who should parents contact for mental health services for their child?

The best contact for mental health support is your student’s academic counselor, Ms. Teeter (tteeter@inspirechico.org) or Mr. Hopkins (mhopkins@inspirechico.org) (specific to last name/alphabet).

How will students with IEP’s needs be met?

We will continue to work with parents to implement Individualized Education Plans, and support will be delivered virtually.

In-Person vs. Distance Learning

If I am not comfortable sending my child back to school on January 19, will they have options for learning from home?

Yes. Inspire teachers are planning to provide hybrid instruction, teaching students at home and students in the classroom simultaneously. For this reason, students will continue to keep their current schedule and teachers, and will have the option of learning in-person or virtually.

How effective is hybrid learning? Will students at home have a compromised experience?

The hybrid model, like distance learning, is not ideal for either teachers or students. This will be a completely new style of teaching, and it will be a challenge for our staff. However, we have a group of teachers piloting this model during Periods 3 and 4, and we are working hard to support them with technology, training, and resources. We have built-in four days between Periods 4 and 5 for teachers to train and prepare for the challenges of delivering instruction in the classroom and online.

 

What will the distance learning model look like?

Inspire teacher will teach their class on a 1×8 block model – meaning that a student will take their first period for 4.2 weeks, then transition to period 2 for 4.2 weeks, and at the end of the year will have completed 8 courses. This is the safest option when it is safe to transition back to on-campus learning.

Inspire will continue on the 1 X 8 Block Schedule for the remainder of the year. Students on campus will:

  • Begin class at 8:30 and leave at noon
  • Continue to work on extended learning online from home in the afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00
  • Continue to log into Advisory Zoom on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
  • Need to arrive no earlier than 8:15 and leave no later than 12:15
  • Need to bring their Chromebooks or laptops each day, along with any other materials required for classes
  • Possibly attend only on Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays; for classes larger than 15, we will need to split the in-person group into two cohorts

 

 

What is the daily schedule for distance learning?
What will the independent study model look like?

When a family chooses the Independent Study model, the student will be automatically enrolled in an online learning program. Students who are participating in concurrent enrollment courses must take at least one online course every 4.2 weeks for the 2020-2021 school year. Independent Study will be supervised by a dedicated independent study teacher. It will be structured on the 1X8 Block Schedule.

How do you intend to keep the students who choose to do independent study included in the Inspire community?

  • Virtual Advisory on Fridays is one way students can be involved. 
  • They can also access class content through Schoology, and can engage in clubs, which will be held virtually.

Academics

How will majors work?

Students will meet with their major advisors consistently throughout the year (virtually). Students completing a Capstone project will start planning with their major advisor, then work intensively on their projects while in the actual class. 

Will AP tests be offered directly after the 4.2 week time or will students have to wait until the end of the year?

All students will take the AP tests in May but some refresher courses may be offered before the tests. 

Are there any plans to allow or encourage students to do long term projects? Will there be an opportunity for some review for the classes that they take at the beginning of the year either at the end of this semester or beginning of next?

Yes, we will be working on creative solutions for students who need: math review, AP review, Student Government engagement, Major Capstone projects, etc. Many of these reviews will happen virtually in the afternoons. We know that for many courses and disciplines, the 1X8 Block is not ideal, and we will build in opportunities for students to practice, review, etc. over the course of the year. 

What about students who have an open period or a TA/Peer Tutor period?

Students will be approved as TAs on a case-by-case basis. Students will not have the opportunity to take an open period. 

What accommodations are being made for AP students who plan on taking multiple classes?

We are working on a schedule that would allow for students to take multiple AP classes.

Will Independent Study Physical Education (ISPE) be happening this year?

Yes. While ISPE minutes can be accomplished by students at home, Dance PE is working on a plan for safe physical activity for students on campus.

How will the performing arts look this year?

The performing arts will be happening, please take a look at the document outlining the upcoming year. 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

  • Only students whose families choose this model will be placed in independent study
  • Independent study is supervised by Mr. Isern and Mr. Kauffman
  • Students work independently at home
  • Instruction delievered via Edgenuity curriculum

DISTANCE LEARNING

  • All Inspire students will be placed in distance learning, unless famlies choose to place them in independent study at Inspire
  • Inspire teachers deliver instruction
  • Students engage in the class from home
  • Instruction delivered via Schoology platforms; teachers develop curriculum

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

At Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, students have the opportunity to explore and deepen their passions in different career and technical education (CTE) pathways. Most students at Inspire complete a pathway before graduation. Each pathway offers hands-on learning experiences in their career or technical education area of interest. These experiences include but are not limited to SkillsUSA, theatre productions, college visits, career speakers, workplace tours, industry mentors, festival competitions, and internships.

Inspire offers the following pathways:

– Design, Visual, and Media Arts.

– Production and Managerial Arts.

– Performing Arts.

– Engineering and Architecture. 

 

Production set design student, sitting at desk, reviewing design sketches.
Two engineering students, posing for the camera with their robotics project.

Majors

Academic majors allow a student to focus on a specific area of study and prepare for specialized university programs, technical schools, conservatories, or to simply gain deeper understanding and experience in a field of study while in high school.

Students can declare a Major upon starting at Inspire and are encouraged to do so no later than the spring of their sophomore year. Requirements to graduate with a major include attendance at major-specific meetings, a meeting with their major advisor once a semester, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA, and grades no lower than a B- in any major class. Students meeting these requirements will wear a colored cord at graduation that corresponds with their major.

Inspire offers the following majors: