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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for K-8 TCO

  • How do I know if a student is a good candidate for participating in TCO?

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    There are several attributes that will help support TCO student success.

    Assets of students who successfully engage with online learning are students who: are self-motivated to complete work; can recognize when they could benefit from support and clarification; and have an affinity for engaging collaboratively with their peers during group learning times.

    Households that support a positive learning environment for students in TCO include households where there is a responsible adult dedicated to helping students monitor and pace their work. This may be in the form of an older, responsible sibling or another family member.

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  • What’s the enrollment deadline?

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    The registration form will remain open until August 23rd, 2021.

    (The original deadline was Friday, April 23rd, 2021.)

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  • What if we change our minds? Can a student switch back to in-person learning from TCO?

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    TSD is asking for a one-semester commitment for enrollment in TCO.

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  • How does online-only learning (TCO) differ from in-person or hybrid learning?

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    For students choosing the online option, all instruction will be "remote", meaning the work will all be online. No in-person attendance is required. However, there will be synchronous ("real-time" or "at the same time") instruction opportunities (using Google Meet) and asynchronous instruction (recorded or independent work with digital content) each day. 

    In-person instruction, in "brick-and-mortar schools" (which is the non-online option and is the typical enrollment for all TSD students in their "school buildings") has “hybrid” learning opportunities. For example, students in an in-person setting may still use Google Classroom to access recorded content or turn their assignments in digitally. Students who are enrolled for "in-person" learning will be expected to attend “in-person”, even if they may also have online activities to complete.

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  • Will each TCO course include daily synchronous instruction or will it be primarily asynchronous?

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    This depends on the grade band and subject. For Thompson Connect Online (TCO) K-8, here's the plan:

    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in K-8 mathematics with a TSD Teacher each day.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in K-3 reading and/or writing with a TSD Teacher each day.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online instruction in grades 4-8 reading and writing with a TSD Teacher 3 times a week.
    • Synchronous ("real-time") online connection (e.g., Class Meetings) and opportunities for support (e.g., Office Hours) with a TSD Teacher each day.
    • Asynchronous ("anytime") digital content for K-8 science and social studies each week.
    • Asynchronous ("anytime") individualized digital content exploration (i.e., for specials and enrichment) each week.
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  • Who will be the TCO teachers, and what will be taught?

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    TCO will be staffed by highly-qualified licensed TSD staff with specialized training in both blended and online instruction. Standards will be taught using digital content. For grades K-8, the FLVS curriculum will be used; these resources will be accessed through a learning management system called Buzz. Instruction may be supplemented with additional materials at the instructors’ discretion. All K-8 content will be posted in either Buzz OR Google Classroom.

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  • My student receives services from specialized program staff. Will those still be available in TCO?

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    Yes. Daily learning will include specialized support for student learning as needed (for: ESS, ELD, GT, and/or Counseling). Please see below for the 2020 - 2021 FAQ that includes more information.

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  • In TCO, how much learning time will be scheduled, and how much will be flexible?

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    About 20% of each learning day for TCK K-8 is online, with synchronous ("real-time", at-the-same-time) learning. At those times, students will be engaged in learning with a small group or the whole-class. The rest of the day will be flexibly-scheduled learning either "online", doing digital tasks, or "offline" doing "hands-on" activities. There is no requirement that students come to school grounds to complete TCO work.

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  • What if a student has questions? When will the teacher be available for one-on-one support?

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    TCO teachers will hold office hours. These hours will be clearly communicated so that students and families can access them as needed.

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  • What about specials and electives?

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    Specials at the elementary level will be provided using digital content. Specials will be individual, asynchronous work monitored by the classroom teacher and will include Art and PE.

    Middle school electives will be a combination of digital content courses and individual projects based on student interests and passions. 

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  • Will students in TCO have access to school-building resources like the library and Give Next?

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    If a student is choosing TCO, library resources may be accessed online, as well. Through being enrolled in TSD, students may access various digital resources through the Loveland Public Library.

    Students will have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities (such as clubs and sports). For example, ff a school is engaging in Give Next programming before or after school, then students in TCO may choose to participate. 

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  • Will TSD provide a computer? What else might be needed?

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    TSD will continue to provide devices to students in TCO. A strong and reliable WiFi connection will be helpful in ensuring a student has consistent access to online learning materials. Any WiFi connection capable of streaming a movie (from an online app) without interruptions (or "buffering") is adequate for online learning. Printed handouts may also be provided for "pick-up" at scheduled times. To complete "hands on" activities, a student may need the supplies. The TCO staff will provide supply lists if materials are needed.

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