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HCS Summer Learning Programs 2020 Parent FAQ

June 8, 2020


Dear HCS families:

This FAQ has been created to provide parents and guardians with information related to summer learning programs in Hampton City Schools during the months of June, July, and August of 2020. All programs will be offered in a fully virtual environment, and HCS will work to ensure families have the necessary technology to attend. Because this is a new format for the division’s summer learning programs, we have created an FAQ where you can find more information. You can use the following links to view the appropriate levels for your child(ren). Should you have additional questions regarding summer learning, we encourage you to contact the appropriate staff member assigned to oversee the respective summer learning opportunity. More information on summer learning can be found here.

Virtual Summer Learning Academy Elementary (K-5)

Virtual Summer School 2020 - Middle School

Virtual Summer School for High School Credit

Virtual S.T.R.E.A.M. program



Virtual Summer Learning Academy Elementary (K-5)

Program Supervisor - Mindy Long (mtlong@hampton.k12.va.us)


Logistical Questions

When will Elementary Summer School begin? 

Elementary Summer School will begin on July 6, 2020, and end on August 13, 2020. It will be a 6-week session that includes virtual learning and independent work time.


How will summer school work?

Students will receive direct teacher instruction through the use of the Zoom platform and independent work time in the area of reading in grades K-5; grade 5 will also receive instruction in mathematics. Once a teacher has been assigned to your child, the teacher will reach out to provide the time for his/her summer school session. There will be a portion of the learning time that is face-to-face. The particular time will be decided upon by the teacher and shared with parents. The teacher will also assign independent work to the student. While the times for the direct instruction will be somewhere between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., students will not be online for 3 hours; teachers will schedule themselves to work with different groups of students at varying points during this block of time. For example, students will have 45 minutes of virtual face-to-face instruction, followed by a 15 to 20 minute break, and then participate in 30 minutes of small group instruction.  


What will the independent work look like? Do I have to complete it with my student or will it be done on his/her own? 

The HCS Language Arts Department will be using the online program Lit Pro. Through this program, teachers will provide students with ebooks, assessments, and materials that they will need when completing independent assignments. This program allows for students in K-5 to access reading material that can and should be completed independently.


How are students selected to attend Summer School at the elementary level?

Students in K-2 will be selected based on their PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) data from the 2019-2020 school year. Students in grades 3-5 will be selected based on assessments such as running records, reading levels, and critical skills assessments, that were also completed during the 2019-2020 school year.


How will I know if my child was selected to attend Summer School?

Elementary schools are sending a Google form via email to parents on June 3, 2020. Also, a School Messenger phone call will be sent to parents to inform them of their child’s selection and to check their emails for the link. To ensure that schools have your correct email address, you can call the school and provide your updated email or you can update/confirm your email in the division’s Parent Portal.  


What if I work during the day? Can my child still attend the sessions?

Your child’s participation in summer school is based upon their ability to attend Zoom sessions between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and complete assignments over the 6-week period. If you are comfortable in your child’s ability to attend class virtually and participate actively, as you complete necessary daily tasks, we do not foresee any issues regarding the learning model. 



Technology Questions for Elementary Summer School 

Will my child be provided a Chromebook?

Parents/Guardians of students in grades K-4 who are in need of a chromebook may select option “yes” on the Summer School Google form (https://bit.ly/SummerSchool1920) indicating they are in need of a Chromebook. Students in Grade 5 should already have a Chromebook from the 2019-2020 school year. Information for Chromebook distribution will be provided at a later time.


What if the Chromebook or charger is not working properly?

Technology concerns such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the HCS Technology Team will be available to assist.


What if I do not have Internet access?

Technology concerns (such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi) can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the technology team will be able to assist.


Is the Zoom platform safe for my student to use?

Yes, the Zoom platform is safe for students. Zoom has recently implemented several safeguards to enhance their security features. All members of our summer school staff have been trained in the use of Zoom, including safeguards and options for teaching and learning.


If Summer School is virtual, do I need to be present for all Zoom meetings with my child?

Once a student is proficient with Zoom, parent or guardian attendance is not necessary. Teachers will establish and communicate Zoom meeting expectations with all students and families. Teachers will also conduct a parent meeting within the first two weeks of Summer School, providing an opportunity for questions/concerns for clarity and an opportunity for parents to sign up on their student’s Google Classroom account as a guardian.


Where can I get more information on how to use Zoom and the Chromebook?

Please visit the HCS Digital Learning and Chromebook Zone.



What if my question has not been answered here regarding the Elementary Summer School Program?

If you have questions regarding the elementary summer school program, please contact Mindy Long at mtlong@hampton.k12.va.us or 757-268-3926.  




 

Virtual Summer School 2020 - Middle School

Program Supervisors - James Jones (jhjones@hampton.k12.va.us) and Kimberly Riggs-Poole (kriggspoole@hampton.k12.va.us)


Logistical Questions

What are the dates and times for middle school summer school?

The virtual Middle School Summer program will focus on language arts and mathematics. The program will run from July 6 to August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  There will be two sessions each day, Monday through Thursday. Students recommended for both mathematics and language arts may attend both sessions.

 

How will I know which session(s) my student will attend?

Students and parents will be contacted via email and by phone with information regarding when summer classes have been scheduled. Information about the teacher and the session, or sessions, your student has been assigned will be communicated at that time.


Depending upon need, students selected for both math and language arts will participate in two Zoom sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students selected for a single session will be scheduled for session I OR session II. (This will vary based upon student participation). During each session, teaching and learning experiences will resemble the following: direct teaching with information shared by the teacher; opportunities for independent practice; and follow-up and closure with their teacher.


Will my child be expected to complete work outside of the live Zoom meetings with the teacher?

There may be assignments shared with students to complete when not in Zoom classes. Communication of expectations relative to this will be shared in a timely fashion by the teacher.


What platforms will teachers use to assign independent work?

Teachers will use Google Classroom for assignments and related communication. Your student should be familiar with this platform, as this has been used throughout the course of the school year. In addition, parents and/or guardians will be added to their student’s Google Classroom account as “guardians” to ensure they are up to date on completion of assignments and student progress. Questions regarding this process can be directed to your child’s teacher. 


How are students chosen to attend summer school?

Student selection for summer school was a data-driven process in which building principals identified and prioritized students based upon common assessment scores (Q1 & Q2); quarterly class grades; and previous Standards of Learning (SOL) scores. Additionally, students will be accepted based on space availability. While the division would like to accommodate all students, it is not feasible within the virtual summer school model. Should classes fill prior to your child’s admission, he/she will be placed on a waiting list.


What if I work during the day?

Your child’s participation in summer school is based upon their ability to attend Zoom sessions between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and to complete assignments independently over the 6-week period. If you are comfortable in your child’s capacity to attend class and participate actively as you complete necessary daily tasks, we do not foresee any issues regarding the learning model.


Technology Questions

Will students have access to Chromebooks?

All middle school students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer, and therefore, should have a device on hand. Technology concerns can be addressed by calling 850-6875, where a member of the technology team will be able to assist.


What if the Chromebook or charger is not working properly?

Technology concerns such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the HCS Technology Team will be available to assist.


What if I do not have wifi?

Technology concerns (such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi) can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the technology team will be able to assist.


Is the Zoom platform safe for my student to use?

Yes, the Zoom platform is safe for students. Zoom has recently implemented several safeguards to enhance their security features. All members of our summer school staff have been trained in the use of Zoom, including safeguards and options for teaching and learning.


If Summer School is virtual, do I need to be present for all Zoom meetings with my child?

Once a student is proficient with Zoom, parent or guardian attendance is not necessary. Teachers will establish and communicate Zoom meeting expectations with all students and families. Teachers will also conduct a parent meeting within the first two weeks of summer school, providing an opportunity for questions/concerns for clarity and an opportunity for parents to sign up on their student’s Google Classroom account as a guardian.


Where can I get more information on how to use Zoom and the Chromebook?

Please visit the HCS Digital Learning and Chromebook Zone.


What if my question about the Middle School Summer program has not been answered here?

If you have questions regarding the middle school summer school program, please contact James Jones at jhjones@hampton.k12.va.us or 757- 850-7448 or Kimberly Riggs-Poole at kriggspoole@hampton.k12.va.us  or 757 -825-4899. 


 


Virtual Summer School for High School Credit


Logistical Questions

Who is eligible to take a course(s) through Virtual Summer School for high school credit?

Virtual Summer School for high school credit is for any student who has taken a high school credit course and needs to recover that course or any rising grade 8 - 12 student who would like to take a course for advancement or to make room in his/her 2020-21 course schedule.


What courses will be taught in Virtual Summer School for high school credit?


  • English 9-11
  • Algebra I 
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Algebra, Functions, Data Analysis (AFDA)
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Biology II: Ecology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science (recovery credit only)
  • World Geography
  • World History I and World History II
  • VA/US History
  • VA/US Government
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • Health and PE I

Where will Virtual Summer School for high school credit take place?

Because the courses will be taught virtually, using the web-based Edgenuity platform (and Google Classroom for Health and PE I), students will be able to complete their virtual summer school course(s) anywhere providing access to the internet.  


When will Virtual Summer School for high school credit be held?

Virtual Summer School for high school credit will be held from June 29 - August 7, 2020.


When and how can I register my child for Virtual Summer School for high school credit?

Registration for high school credit Virtual Summer School will begin on June 8 and will end on June 24. Registration will open June 11 and must be completed online by visiting the 2020 Virtual Summer School site.  


How many high school credit courses can my child take in Virtual Summer School?

Students may register for up to two semester courses at the time of initial registration. If a student would like to take a third semester of a course, he/she may register once the second course is near completion and if there is enough time remaining in the summer school calendar to complete the third course. 


Will there be support for my child who has an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan?

Yes, students with disabilities will have support (based on individualized need), from special education teachers, to ensure that they have equitable access to the learning provided during our Virtual Summer School. 


What if my child needs courses for promotion, but is unable to attend virtual summer school?

If your child needs courses during the summer in order to remain on target for graduation with his or her class but is unable to attend, it is best to reach out to your child’s school counselor for other options that may be available to recover courses during the upcoming school year. 


Is there an orientation for families of students who register for virtual summer school?

Yes. There will be a parent and student orientation on Thursday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.  The orientation will be held online using the Zoom platform. Families can register to attend the orientation by visiting the 2020 Virtual Summer School site and clicking on the Parent Orientation sign up button. A meeting invite will be sent to registered families the morning of the orientation.  



Payment  Questions

What is the cost to take a course?

The courses in Virtual Summer School are based on semesters. Each semester of a course costs $200 for Hampton City Schools’ students. The cost for students who do not attend school in Hampton City Schools is $275 for a semester of a course. For example, a Hampton City Schools’ student needing to take only the first half of an English course would pay $200 for his/her course. A Hampton City Schools’ student needing to take an entire English course (2 semesters) would pay $400. Students can take a semester of one course and a semester of a different course, each semester being $200 (in-district) or $275 (out-of-district) each. 


What forms of payment are accepted?

Courses can be paid for with a cashier’s check or money order mailed to:

Hampton City Schools

Office of Student Development and Counseling

1 Franklin Street

Hampton, VA 23669


An online payment site is in the process of being set up. This site will allow families to pay using a credit or debit card. Once a family submits a registration form, they will be reminded of the acceptable forms of payment and the various ways to submit payment. Families will have until June 24, 2020, to submit payment. 


Are there funds available to assist with payment?

There are funds available to students who are served under the McKinney-Vento Act. These funds can be used to pay for one semester of a course needed for promotion to the next grade level at the high school. The funds are limited and are distributed as McKinney-Vento students register for summer school courses and until they are depleted. 




Technology Questions

What online platform will be used for classes?

Virtual Summer School courses for high school credit will be provided on the Edgenuity platform. This platform has been used in our high schools and some of our middle schools to offer credit recovery and Standards of Learning remediation to our students. Many high school students are already familiar with this platform. It is available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing flexibility to those students who will be working, traveling, or participating in other activities during the day, to still be able to complete coursework at night. Once a student registers for a course, a link to the Edgenuity Student Orientation video will be emailed to the student and parent. The video will provide a tour of the program as well as training on how to use the platform. 


Will my child need to login daily to complete work?

We want all of our Virtual Summer School students to be successful in completing their course(s) in the time frame allotted. If assignments are not submitted within three (3) days, the student and parent/guardian will receive notification from the teacher about the unacceptable pace for submitting assignments and the need for timely submission. If the student does not respond by submitting assignments within three (3) days of this initial contact, the teacher will send a No-Contact letter to the student’s school counselor, the student, and the parent/guardian. If there are extenuating circumstances that contributed to the student being unable to submit work, the family will need to communicate immediately with the assigned teacher so that a schedule can be developed to get the student back on track with assignments.  


How will my student be able to access his/her Virtual Summer School teacher?

Each Virtual Summer School teacher will be accessible to students in a variety of ways to include phone, email, and virtual office hours. Once a student registers for a course and payment is received, the assigned teacher will contact the student and family to share contact information and to schedule an initial class meeting.


Will my child have access to a Chromebook?

All high school students will be retaining their Chromebooks over the summer, and therefore, should have a Chromebook. Technology concerns can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the technology team will be able to assist.


What if the Chromebook or charger is not working properly?

Technology concerns such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the HCS Technology Team will be available to assist.


What if my question has not been answered here?

If you have questions regarding Virtual Summer School for high school credit, you can email the coordinators at hcs-virtual-summerschool@hampton.k12.va.us. 


Virtual S.T.R.E.A.M. program


Logistical Questions

What is Summer S.T.R.E.A.M.? 

S.T.R.E.A.M. stands for Science/Technology, Recreation/Redirection, Engineering, Art, and Math. It is an innovative, grant-funded, FREE summer extension program of 21st Century programs at eligible schools (Aberdeen, Bryan, Cary, Kraft, Machen, Smith, Lindsay, Syms and Tarrant). Geared to introduce students to S.T.E.M. content, a strong emphasis is placed on academic enrichment, healthy living, and building positive social relationships. The program focuses on a holistic approach to student development.

 

Who is eligible to participate in Summer S.T.R.E.A.M.?

Students who attend the schools listed above are selected to participate in S.T.R.E.A.M. by faculty and staff recommendations. The school coordinator will contact parents of invited students.

 

What are S.T.R.E.A.M. operation dates? 

S.T.R.E.A.M. will operate Monday through Thursday, July 6, through August 6, 2020, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

 

How will the S.T.R.E.A.M. Classes operate? 

Classes will be conducted using the Zoom platform. Participating students will receive instruction in the use of Zoom, and parents are always invited to observe. 


Will participants be required to have specific materials and supplies? 

The virtual program was designed to utilize minimal household supplies. However, we will provide items/supplies to students that may be picked up at a designated location to be determined at a later date. 


How will staff in the S.T.R.E.A.M. program communicate with parents?

Our S.T.R.E.A.M. social media, school websites, email, Class Dojo, ConnectEd, etc. will ensure that families are aware of pertinent information. 

 

How is S.T.R.E.A.M. different from summer school? 

Students will participate in six different classes (three classes-daily) to include: science, art, Flying Classroom, Sports Science, language arts, and math virtually that are project-based and hands-on. Students will also have guest speakers and participate in virtual field trips to enrich their learning experience.


Is S.T.R.E.A.M. or Summer School required?

If a student is selected to attend both programs, they are required to attend summer school in order to participate in S.T.R.E.A.M. (Students must complete the summer school program daily before they can take part in any S.T.R.E.A.M. activities.)

 

Can my student log on after the session starts? Will there be a penalty?

We encourage students to be on time to receive the full benefits of S.T.R.E.A.M. There will not be a penalty.  




Technology Questions

What if my child does not have a device? 

Hampton City Schools will provide one device for students to use for any summer program in which students are participating (summer school or S.T.R.E.A.M.). 


What if the Chromebook or charger is not working properly?

Technology concerns such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the HCS Technology Team will be available to assist.

 

What if we do not have internet connectivity? 

Technology concerns (such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi) can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the technology team will assist. 


Is the Zoom platform safe for my student to use?

Yes, the Zoom platform is safe for students. Zoom has recently implemented several safeguards to enhance their security features. All members of our summer school staff have been trained in the use of Zoom, including safeguards and options for teaching and learning.


If S.T.R.E.A.M. is virtual, do I need to be present for all Zoom meetings with my child?

We recommend that for younger children parents/guardians help students become comfortable with the Zoom platform. Teachers will establish and communicate Zoom meeting expectations with all students and families.


Is the screen time too much for my child?

The S.T.R.E.A.M. curriculum was developed to make sure the screen time was appropriate for each grade level, thus incorporating brain breaks and alternative learning methods embedded in the curriculum.


Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Your child’s school 21st Century Coordinator will provide their contact information.

 


Summer Enrichment Learning STEM Career Camp


Logistical Questions

What is Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp? 

As students transition from their Freshman Academy into their selected college and career academy, the Career STEM Camp gives rising high school sophomores a chance to spend three weeks immersed in career and academic explorative STEM projects. The STEM summer camp provides learning experiences within the four CORE career clusters of the Academies of Hampton model: Business/Information Technology, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, and Public Safety. 


The camp format creates greater career awareness while introducing concepts and technical content of the four career cluster pathways. Students have the opportunity to explore, experience, and prepare for their future careers from the comfort of their homes.

 

Who is eligible to participate in Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp?

Rising 10th-graders

 

What are Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp’s Operation dates? 


June 22, 2020 - July 9, 2020

  • Session 1: June 22 – June 25
  • Session 2: June 29 – July 2
  • Session 3: July 6 – July 9

 

How Camp Structure

    • Each career cluster will be divided into four days of morning and afternoon sessions. There will be a new group of students each week.

      • Morning Session 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

      • Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
    • Students are able to register for three different career clusters

      • Health Service 
      • Business/IT
      • Technology/Engineering 
      • Public Safety
    • Note: Incentives are available to encourage students to participate daily!


How will the Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp Classes operate? 

Students will:

  • Access their STEM Career Cluster Google Classroom to receive their Zoom information (Monday - Thursday)
    • 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
      • Meet with students via Zoom (review previous day’s topics and activities, provide new content and assign new activities) 

    • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

      • Meet with the students via Zoom and review the morning assignment, provide new content and assign new activity

    • Day 4 - Finish challenge presentations and conduct a student survey


How do we register for these opportunities?

Google phone number - (804) 446-1706

Summer STEM Camp: click here to register


Will participants be required to have specific materials and supplies? 

Students will be provided with free material kits for each registered summer camp session. For every session the student is enrolled in, the student will need a different material kit.

Each week material kits will be available for pick up the following days and times at the student’s zoned school: 

  • June 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • June 25, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • July 2, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

How will staff in the Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp communicate with parents?

Parents will be contacted using the Remind App or email, based on the indicated preferred method of contact.

 

How is Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp different from summer school? 

The camp is strictly focusing on career exploration and does not offer any recovery or remediation options. 


Can my student log on after the session starts? Will there be a penalty?

We strongly encourage students to log on at the start of each session. We understand that this may not be possible every time. Students will be allowed to log on after the start of the session if necessary. 


Who do I contact if I have any questions?



Technology Questions

What if my child does not have a device? 

Hampton City Schools will provide one device for students to use for any summer program in which students are participating. 


What if the Chromebook or charger is not working properly?

Technology concerns such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the HCS Technology Team will be available to assist.

 

What if we do not have internet connectivity? 

Technology concerns (such as broken Chromebooks or chargers and access to wifi) can be addressed by calling 757-850-6875, where a member of the technology team will assist. 


Is the Zoom platform safe for my student to use?

Yes, the Zoom platform is safe for students. Zoom has recently implemented several safeguards to enhance their security features. All members of our summer school staff have been trained in the use of Zoom, including safeguards and options for teaching and learning.


If Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp is virtual, do I need to be present for all Zoom meetings with my child?

Students have become familiar with the Zoom platform and should not need a parent present during the session. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions if they would like to. 


Is the screen time too much for my child?

The Virtual Summer Enrichment STEM Career Camp’s curriculum was developed to make sure the screen time was appropriate for each grade level, thus incorporating brain breaks and alternative learning methods embedded in the curriculum.



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Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.

DISCLAIMER

HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.