Online-Only FAQ

Online-Only Frequently Asked Questions
Posted on 08/10/2020
For parents and guardians of Perkins School students in Grades K to 8, the district is offering an Online-Only Option through North Point Educational Service Center’s Schools PLP program. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Schools PLP program.

If parents and guardians still have questions, please contact the district's curriculum director, Rena McClellan via email

What kind of "face time" will students opting into online have with teachers – will there be a set time each day or even weekly when they will be able to talk to their teachers or other students in their classrooms?
Answer: Students/parents would have the opportunity to have a scheduled Zoom meeting with teachers as requested. Teachers will also have the opportunity to chat with students directly with Schools PLP through a chat format.

Will there be a daily/weekly lecture time when the teachers are actually teaching lessons? The video the district provided showed basically 'bonus materials' that would back up a teacher's instruction, without that instruction I don't see those materials having a big impact on our students.
A: Perkins Local School District has their own teachers and they would have the flexibility to deliver lectures.

If students are not understanding something through the digital portal, what are the options for getting in touch with a teacher or proctor?
A: Students/parents would have the opportunity to have a scheduled “Zoom” meeting with teachers as requested. Teachers will also have the opportunity to chat with students directly with Schools PLP through a chat format.

Are students expected to be 'in their seats' for virtual learning from 7:55 until 2:55 every day?
A: Our Perkins Local School District online teaching staff will work with your children to develop the best possible learning experience for their individual needs.

Will there be lunch breaks/study hall breaks away from the computer?
A: Lunch and study hall breaks would be set up by the Perkins Local School District online teaching staff.

Will students opting in to online have the same holidays/breaks from school as traditional? Will online students' Thanksgiving/Christmas breaks begin/end the same days as traditional?
A: Yes

Is there a school supply list for the online program?
A: Yes, there will be a supply list.

What IEP and gifted services will be offered through Schools PLP?
A: IEP’s are to be kept with the school district. Schools PLP offers customization regarding read aloud content, eliminating time on exams, and limiting options on testing materials. It would be up to the local school district/teacher to be sure that students with IEP’s are noted correctly in the system. There are also ways gifted services can be provided with schools PLP.

Our district set a parent deadline of us needing to know by August 21, what would the next steps in the process be for parents to communicate with your people about registration?
A: Once the district has a signed contract, North Point Educational Service Center will work with Perkins Schools to help get students signed up. The parents will not be registering the students directly through schools PLP; the district will do this.

Is it possible for students to “enroll” for first nineweeks only and then return to the traditional classroom? If the teacher chooses the first nine weeks assignments, will there be a smooth transition back into the traditional classroom?
A: Yes, this is an option. If a student chooses to come back to a traditional classroom and another student wants to do an online remote option, licenses are transferable from student to student. Ultimately each district will decide the policy for students to return.

How many students can a district teacher be responsible for?
A: One teacher per 75-100 students. One teacher can easily be responsible for multiple grades.

How often will teachers be grading? Daily?
A: Remember: Students will be going through the coursework at different times. Grading will vary day to day, some days there may be much less to grade. Grading may be more demanding on other days.

For district report cards, how does that work?
A: Districts would have to manually enter grades for students participating in Schools PLP.

Will Schools PLP provide training modules for district teachers?
A: Yes, training videos will be provided and are 90 minutes long. We are looking at dates for this.

Is there any training for parents?
A: Yes, please feel free to share this video with parents. For more information, watch this video.

Does Schools PLP have accreditation?
A: Providers to Schools PLP have all the accreditation. For example: Lincoln Learning provides all the accreditation, not Schools PLP directly.
 
Would training be provided for teachers?
A: Yes, professional development will be provided to teachers from North Point Educational Service Center. Training can also be provided from Schools PLP.

How many students do you think a teacher can reasonably be able to monitor?
A: There are two options: teacher vs. mentors.
Schools PLP recommends 50 students per mentor and 100 students per teacher.
Grading for the teacher depends on which courses are selected.

Will students have multiple teachers or will a single instructor oversee all of a child's coursework?
A: A single instructor will oversee the student’s work. NPESC also has a facilitator for Schools PLP that will also be monitoring students and will then contact the school district if any issues are being noticed.

Has the district identified teachers who are opting to go into the North Point /online option from the district? Who are these teachers? And, again, will online students have a single instructor overseeing all of their work or will there be different teachers?
A: Please contact your local school district. The local school district can also select a teacher from Schools PLP if needed.

Will students opting in to online be allowed to take part in clubs/sports after regular classroom hours? For example: Choir?
A: Yes

Will online students have access to 'special/elective classes' via the North Point solution or are they only getting ELA/science/math/social studies?
A: The local school district will have the option to select electives.

Will we need to "lock in" the courses that we want to offer at each level for grades K-5? For instance, Handwriting looks like it is offered at several grade levels, but we may want to just include it at two grade levels.
A: Yes, districts will need to set up their courses for students for all grade bands as they see fit.

Will grades only be available through their website or will grades somehow connect with ProgressBook? How will grade cards be issued?
A: Progress monitoring and grades can be viewed through the web portal. Final grades and grade cards will have to be done in district via import to ProgressBook. The North Point facilitator can assist with final grade drops.

How are students' classes scheduled? For example, an incoming 9th grader who selected her classes in the spring with my school counselor – would we simply forward her requests to you?
A: In general, you would purchase the license through NPESC. Once that is done and all students are registered for the on-line the process for classes would start. We are working with Schools PLP for a training session on course set-up.
 
 
We are on a block schedule. Can kids take the three to four classes and knock out the whole year's course in half the year?
A: Yes, if the district allows for this it can be done.

Are there special education teachers?
A: The district holds the IEP so district special education teachers will still need to be involved. In some cases, the Schools PLP platform might not be the most educationally appropriate format for the student.

How will the teachers from PLP communicate with students?
A: Students/parents would have the opportunity to have a scheduled “zoom” meeting with teachers as requested. Teachers will also have the opportunity to chat with students directly with Schools PLP through a chat format. Students would not be able to talk to other students that are attending school in person.

At the elementary level, what do you feel the daily time commitment is?
A: This is flexible and should be aligned with the time commitment expected from a student attending in person.

How do we code the classes for funding purposes?
A: This question will require more clarification as it deals with EMIS and funding. Typically the student would be linked to a district’s teacher of record. Possibly the teacher they would have had they been in attendance.

Is it possible for students to “enroll” for 1st 9wks only and then return to the traditional classroom? If the teacher chooses the 1st nine weeks assignments, will there be a smooth transition back into the traditional classroom?
A: Yes, this is an option. If a student chooses to come back to a traditional classroom and another student wants to do an online remote option, licenses are transferable from student to student. Ultimately each district will decide the policy for students to return.

What is the enrollment process and who is handling that? Districts or do we direct parents to someone at North Point?
A: Districts will complete the Schools PLP On-Boarding Document that has been sent and return that to NPESC - bmoore@npesc.org . Districts will then start to receive information on how to enroll students in Schools PLP. Parents will NOT enroll their students directly in Schools PLP.

I need more clarity on how you define and record attendance.
A: Daily activity automatically timestamps each login session. Students are required to access their courses regularly. To ensure regular access, districts should monitor the “disengaged” status for each student. Partly disengaged means the student did not access at least on course within the designated period of time, and full disengaged means the student did not access all of their assigned courses within that period. The North Point Liaison will be assisting and communicating with districts in attendance matters.

What do special ed accommodations look like?
A: SchoolsPLP allows educators to meet student’s individualized learning needs with special user set-up options, group and individualized setting choices, and access to educational content such as lessons and videos from a variety of publishers and open source education providers. Teachers can easily customize SchoolsPLP curriculum or add personalized content to meet each student’s intervention and enrichment needs.

Any plans for offering electives? Intervention for non IEP students.
A: From a principal: How does the instruction align to / with the work we have done with mapping, pacing, vertical alignment, and assessment? How will RIMPs be determined for third graders? And, will North Point administer the third grade reading test in the fall?

Will there be any parent training
A: Yes, this can be provided per the districts request

When will they have a password and additional information prior to start?
A: When the students are enrolled, log in information will be available to the local school district.

Are our staff mentors or do you provide those? Is that a district choice like teaching?
A: The local school district will provide teachers/mentors if they choose. If you would like teachers from Schools PLP that will be an additional cost.

There are a lot of things that won't be covered in this meeting, can we talk to someone individually after this meeting? email? phone number?
A: John Ruf - jruf@npesc.org ; 419-627-3905; and Sheldon Van Deventer - Schools PLP Rep: sheldon@tech-excellence.com

We need course information as well.
A: Please see the link below for Schools PLP course catalog
https://schoolsplp.com/wp-content/uploads/SchoolsPLP-Curriculum-Catalog-PK-12.pdf

Will there be training for parents whose children will attend the online learning?
A: Yes, this will be provided per the district's request.