Frequently Asked Questions - Blended Learning Option
***THE BLENDED LEARNING OPTION IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12***
IMPORTANT UPDATE: With new recommendations published last week from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the deadline to opt-in to the Trojan Connect Program (virtual option) or the blended option has been extended from July 31 to August 7. This extension allows more time for JPS parents/guardians to make an informed decision about the best option for their student(s) and family, and also allows JPS administrators more time to monitor the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and update the return to learn plan accordingly. More information will be shared after the JPS Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 3.
How do I sign up my child for Blended Learning and what is the deadline?
Students must opt-in to Blended Learning by August 7. To select blended learning or increase the number of virtual hours a student who is already enrolled in virtual classes, click here.
What's the schedule for the Blended Learning option?
Students opting for Blended Learning take courses that follow the regular school calendar. Students attend classes at school daily for courses taken face-to-face, Students have flexibility to do virtual coursework at times that are convenient for them as long as they are keeping up with the recommended pacing of the course.
Will my child be able to pick classes they want to take online and the classes they want to take in-person?
The enrollment form for Blended Learning requests that students indicate which courses they would like to take online. However, not every course offered at school has an equivalent Edgenuity course. See the list of available options for Edgenuity for Middle School and Freshman Academy/High School to guide the selection process.
Will students be able to select the hours they take virtual coursework?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee which periods will be virtual when a student selects Blended Learning. In the past, we have tried to accommodate extenuating needs for a specific virtual hour, but we cannot guarantee this for all virtual requests because a student’s at-school courses may only be available for specific periods. When in Blended Learning, many students will end up with a schedule where virtual will be in between two traditional/face-to-face periods at school. In the past, students have used their virtual period that falls in between traditional periods either to work independently in an approved area on campus or to leave campus with parent permission. These areas are not available at Jenks Middle School.
Right now, we can only tell you with certainty the courses in which your student is currently enrolled. We will not have student schedules finalized until August after all virtual course requests have been made and processed.
How many hours a day are available for Blended Learning?
A student may select up to five (5) courses online and remain in the blended model. Only courses listed on the Edgenuity course lists may be taken online.
Can my child attend classes in person on some days and virtually on other days? For example, can they take Chemistry online but attend labs in person?
No, the blended model requires that students attend courses taken at school daily. Individual courses will not be split between online and in-person delivery.
Are classes taken virtually through the blended option approved by the NCAA for athletic eligibility purposes?
NCAA-approved core courses that are taken virtually this year will be eligible for NCAA purposes. Click here for more details from the NCAA.
What should students do if they want to take classes at Tulsa Tech? Are they considered “blended”?
Yes, students enrolled at Tulsa Tech are considered to be in the blended program. If a student is happy with his/her current schedule, the student does not need to opt-in to the blended program. However, if a student wishes to increase his/her number of virtual hours, the student needs to opt-in to the blended program and make those changes official.
Are advanced courses offered in Blended Learning?
Pre-AP courses are not available outside of the at-school option. A limited number of AP courses are available online. This is due to guidance and course approval requirements from The College Board.
Will there be transportation provided for students choosing the Blended Learning option to return home?
Transportation will not be provided outside regular bus route times. Students opting for Blended Learning will need to provide their own transportation to and from school when their at school courses begin later or end earlier than the regular arrival and dismissal times.
If we choose the blended option, how will we know which hours of the day and which courses will be at school and which will be virtual?
Students may select up to five (5) classes to take virtually in the blended option. Preferences will be submitted for virtual coursework when parents/guardians complete the blended request form. Due to scheduling constraints, an alternative schedule may be provided. A JPS staff member will be in contact with families prior to the first day of school to confirm enrollment.
Will buses run during the middle of the day or do parents need to pick up and/or drop off according to the class schedule?
Buses will not run outside of the regular route schedule. Parents/guardians opting-in to blended and/or Trojan Connect will need to arrange personal transportation so that the student is in class at the appropriate time and is picked up once the face-to-face classes conclude.