Safe Return to School FAQs

FAQs Topics

Reopening Details

Students will continue the first quarter with the learning option they initially selected, either in-person learning or online learning, starting Monday, Aug. 24.

Yes, with the exception of Wednesdays. Each Wednesday will be a half day for in-person students.

Students will be dismissed starting at 11:40 a.m. prior to lunch. Grab and go meals will be available to all students at dismissal. Exact dismissal times by grade level will be shared by your campus.

A half day on Wednesday will allow us to:

  • Complete additional cleaning and sanitization of the campus.
  • Support teachers in facilitating important instructional items for online students in Schoology.
  • Provide the required number of instructional days for the school year for in-person students, while supporting the education of all our students.

Families who are in need of after-school care on Wednesdays between early release and normal dismissal time may register for Legacy Kids Care (LKC). Students will have the option to purchase lunch if they are participating in LKC.

Selecting My Child's Learning Option

Yes. All students will have the option to choose online school or return to the traditional school environment at the end of each quarter. In addition, students will have a weeklong grace period after the first official day of school to alter their selection.

Not this year. The options for the 2020-21 school year are either in-person learning or online learning, not a combination of both.

If a situation arises where it is unsafe for the campus to operate, the school will transition to online learning, using the Schoology online learning management system.

You will be prompted to select your child’s learning option as part of the enrollment process.

Yes. Students will have the option to switch their learning selection at the end of a quarter/grading period.

In-Person Learning

Students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings while on campus when 6 feet distancing is not possible as required by state/local authorities. If the authorities lift this restriction, face coverings will then become recommended but optional.

If a student with a disability needs consideration of accommodations, parents should contact the school’s principal.

Face coverings and gloves are required for food services employees.

Staff and students may remove their face coverings for PE classes when outdoors and when observing physical distancing of 6 feet.

Students will need to wear a face covering during band class and will not be able to play instruments at this time. Band class will consist of general music instruction until further notice. When face coverings are no longer required by state and local authorities, band class may resume as normal.

Choir classes will be held as scheduled. Face coverings will be required while singing unless there are changes to municipal, county or state mandates.

No, please provide your child with their own face covering.

No. But please consider the school setting and ensure that symbols, brands and statements are not controversial, advocacy or promotionally oriented.

Yes. We are allowing any face covering including face shields.

Capacity limits will be set for all rooms on campus and the limits will be enforced at all times.

Classrooms: Only students enrolled in each class will be allowed in their respective classrooms. Students may not visit classrooms they are not assigned to throughout the day.

Gymnasium: No more than three classes of students at a time will be allowed in the gymnasium.

Cafeteria: No more than three classes of students at a time will be allowed in the cafeteria. Tables will be set up single-sided and students will sit with a maximum of four students per bench.

Playground: Only one grade level will be at recess at a time. Campus administration will create a staggered schedule for their school.

Class sizes may be smaller, depending on the number of students who choose online learning. Since all students have the option to choose online learning, there will likely be fewer students in every traditional classroom.

Schools remain closed to all parents, visitors and guests, with the exception of parents picking up a child from school early or dropping off a child late.

Before entering the office, parents must read all signage and be prepared to comply with active municipal, county or state mandates related to face coverings. If a mandate is in place and a parent does not have a face covering, entry will be denied.

With the current COVID-19 situation, we will be erring on the side of caution when children are showcasing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19. So, children will get sent home for symptoms that may seem like everyday illnesses, but could be linked to COVID-19. Those symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

If a student or staff member has been required to stay home from school: (a) following a positive test for COVID-19; (b) after showing symptoms of COVID-19; or (c) after recent close contact with a person with COVID-19, the school will implement the following mitigation strategies related to re-entry on the school campus. Such individuals will be permitted to return to school for on-site support services or in-person instruction, upon compliance with CDC and local health official guidelines, which currently provide:

  • Following an Illness Suspected or Confirmed to be COVID-19: After …
    • At least 10 days* since symptoms first appeared; and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without use of fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms (such as cough or shortness of breath) have improved.
      *20 days if severely ill or immunocompromised.
  • Following a Positive Test for COVID-19 but without Symptoms: At least 10 days have passed since the positive test.
  • Following Recent Close Contact with a Person with COVID-19: 14 days after the exposure.
  • Following a Negative Test but with Symptoms:
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without use of fever-reducing medication; and
    • Symptoms (such as cough or shortness of breath) have improved.

Student Health Services personnel will be available in front of the school to receive student medication during your campus’ back to school event. Parents will need to drop off medication in original prescription bottles and adhere to the medication policies in the Student Handbook.

Students in K-6 grades will alternate between eating in the cafeteria and eating in the classroom to decrease the size of group gatherings.

Students in 7-8 grades will eat in the cafeteria daily but will alternate meal and recess times to decrease group gathering size.

There will be no more than three classes of students in the cafeteria at a time. Cafeteria tables will be set up single-sided and students will sit with a maximum of four students per bench.

Markings will be placed on the floor to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet while in line.

Students will not touch a device to type in their number to pay for lunch, only staff members will.

The campus facilities team will oversee cleaning and sanitizing efforts throughout the campus for daily routine cleaning, sanitizing of high touch surfaces, and deep cleaning after large group gatherings. They will wear gloves while cleaning and wash their hands afterwards, using hand washing and hand sanitizing procedures.

If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 within the building, a deep cleaning protocol will be initiated.

If a classroom is implicated, efforts will be made to move students to another room. If another room is unavailable, students may be asked to stay home for the day and participate in online learning while the room is sanitized.

Staff and students are required to wash their hands every two hours with warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Grades K-5 students should wash their hands when entering class each morning, at 9:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m.,1:30 p.m., before and after all special area classes, when leaving the room, before and after lunch, before and after recess, and before and after leaving class to use the restroom.

Grades 6-8 students should wash their hands when entering class each morning, when entering each new class of the day, before and after lunch, and before and after leaving class to use the restroom.

Students leaving class for any outside services should wash hands before and after leaving the classroom.

Hand sanitizer will be available in the office and classrooms to be used throughout the day. Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer as well.

Yes. All students will be required to wash their hands before and after lunch.

Yes. Shared playsets, swings and balls will be cleaned using sanitizing/disinfectant spray between each lunch or recess period. Playground aides will assist with this process.

Students and staff safety is a priority. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, then the principal will consult with the District COVID Task Force to determine if it is safe to continue operating the school, or portions of it. The Task Force will determine whether or not an interim closure should be implemented.

Additionally, if there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, the school will issue a notification to the parents of students who have affiliation to the individual who tested positive in alignment with county and state health regulations.

Yes. In the event that a student is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the student can transition to interim online learning. During this time, students will receive access to core academic instruction, as well special education and related services, as appropriate. To the extent possible, access to learning opportunities will also be provided for special area classes.

The same policies apply in the event that school operations are determined to be unsafe. Notice will be provided to parents and all students will convert to an online learning environment until it is safe to return to the school building.

Online Learning

Yes. Students who learn online will be taught core course content (math, reading, science and social studies) through Schoology (which is replacing Google Classroom) using Legacy’s curriculum. The only difference is that electives (specials) classes will be limited.

Online learning will include two live tutoring sessions a week where students can interact with teachers and ask questions. No live teaching will take place but students and teachers will be able to interact daily through Schoology discussion boards using text, audio or video messages. Lessons, discussion posts, assignments, quizzes and tests will be mapped out in advance for families at the beginning of every week.

The method for grading students who are learning online will be similar to the method for grading students who are learning in-person. When participating in online learning, students will receive feedback on individual assignments in Schoology. However, all final grades will be posted in PowerSchool.

Legacy campuses will be using Schoology instead of Google Classroom as an online learning system for the 2020-21 school year. Students will submit assignments through Schoology. Specific details about submitting assignments will be communicated to you by your child’s teacher.

Yes. Students will need to login to Schoology daily. If a student does not login, they will be counted as absent for the day. Please see our Online Learning Attendance Policy for more details.

No. Students will need to log in to Schoology every day, however, they can do this at any time during the day or night.

Students will need to login to Schoology daily. If a student does not login, they will be counted as absent for the day. Please see our Online Learning Attendance Policy for more details.

Students who are in kindergarten – grade 2 will need significant support from their parents when completing online classes. While the content developed is age appropriate, navigating through an online class requires parental support. While, of course, we want to encourage independent learning, parents should be actively reviewing participation and completion of online course material for all students.

This may vary based on the student’s grade level and the number of students enrolled in each online classroom. All students will have multiple online courses to complete including math, language arts, science and social studies. Due to this, it is likely that grade 6-8 students may have different teachers for each subject.

Students will be able to interact with their classmates through Schoology discussion boards using text, audio or video messages.

Additionally, campuses may choose to offer virtual clubs and teachers may choose to offer virtual field trips to enhance socialization and learning.

If your child selects online learning, they will need a device to complete their schoolwork. Due to this, you will need to provide a tablet or laptop for your child to use. If your family is unable to provide this, you will have the option of borrowing a device from campus for the duration of the school year.

If your child is participating in online learning, we encourage you to consider what your backup plan could be in the event of a temporary internet outage. Could you visit a friend or family member’s house to use their WiFi, could you use an internet hotspot from a cell phone, could you visit a nearby location that provides wifi to the community or customers? Keep in mind, there will be flexibility on the time of day that students can participate in online learning, so in most cases, a temporary outage will not derail a full day’s work. However, if your WiFi and backup plan fall through, reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss the possibility of an accommodation.

The time will likely vary for each child. However, we estimate that it will take an average of four hours to complete online learning daily.

No. All content will be available online through the Schoology platform.

Yes. All students will have the same learning options and support. Virtual ESS services will be provided based on each individual student’s IEP status. Feel free to contact your campus administrator for additional information.

Legacy Kids Care (LKC) & Extra Curricular Activities

Yes, Legacy Kids Care will be open.

Legacy Kids Care administrators will assign classrooms to be utilized for homework times according to grade level. Gym, cafeteria, and outside time will be on a rotation with assigned homework classroom times, to ensure that groups are never in one area at the same time.

Legacy Kids Care drop-off procedures will be sent to those enrolled in a separate communication.

LKC will be offered and begin again once schools are able to resume in person, per the governor’s directives and guidelines.

Sports will be taking place this year.

Only athletes and coach will be allowed at practices. Sports equipment will be cleaned after each practice and game.

Athletes will use hand sanitizer before and after games and practice. Water and personal athletic equipment will not be shared. Only immediate family (parents and siblings) may attend games as spectators. Spectators are asked to adhere to physical distancing. Spectators must comply with face covering mandates in the municipality, county, or state in which the game is held upon entry and for the duration of the game. Face coverings will be required for athletes and coaches in alignment with active municipal, county, and state proclamations and executive orders.

After school clubs, field trips and musical performances are postponed until further notice.

General

Only Wednesdays will be shortened for students who are learning in-person. Each Wednesday will be a half day for in-person students. Students will be dismissed starting at 11:40 a.m. prior to lunch.

Yes.

If your child selects in-person learning, you can contact your teacher like you normally would via email and phone.

If your child selects online learning, the teacher will be available online to answer questions for you and your child. You will also have an opportunity to speak with your child’s online teacher during live tutoring sessions twice a week.

Back to School Night will be held as a minimal contact/online event. Teachers will be available live via videoconferencing to “meet” their students. The date and time for meeting your child’s teacher will be arranged and communicated by the school. Teachers will pre-record a video message for any students who are unable to attend the live, remote event.

A few Legacy campuses are offering tours at this time. Please click here to discover if tours are available at your campus.

Incoming students will have an opportunity to meet their teacher during their campus’ virtual Back to School event.

Loaner Laptop Program

HP Chromebook 11 G8 – Education Edition

In the event that your loaner laptop gets lost or stolen, please reach out to campus secretaries.

In the event that your loaner laptop gets damaged, please reach out to campus secretaries.

If it is completely unusable, please reach out to campus secretaries. If it is usable, but there are issues, open a ticket with support.

Internet:
The online learning platform that we are going to use for the 2020-21 school year is Schoology and in order to access it, your child will need access to the internet. Here are some things to consider regarding your internet set-up:

  • A minimum of 5 Mbps
  • DSL, Cable or Fiber Optic servicer preferred
  • Dial-up connections are not supported

Schoology will support any of the following web browsers:

  • Firefox (latest version recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 11+ (for Windows 7 and Windows 8)
  • Edge (for Windows 10 or higher)
  • Safari 10 and 11
  • Google Chrome (latest version recommended)

No, all assignments will be submitted electronically so you will not need to print anything off (unless you really want to).

Arizona Parent Submitted Questions

We’ve gone through all parent submitted questions and answered them in the link below:

Arizona Parent Submitted Questions