Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Phase 1 Distance Learning: March 31—April 10

Packets can be found on the LCS website in the following locations https://www.leonschools.net/LearnAtHome and at each school’s website. 

For those families without access to a device or access to the Internet, printed materials will be available for pick up at school sites or at food distribution sites.

The packets were created by the Academic Services subject-area curriculum developers. Each of these FLDOE-certified, highly-qualified Leon County Schools instructors created packets which were intended to provide a review of instruction that would have been provided at the grade level during the previous three quarters of the school year using the district’s pacing guide.

Review packet contents are aligned to grade-level appropriate Florida Standards, which are available for parent review at https://www.cpalms.org/Public/

Printed packets will be available at school sites. For further assistance or information please contact your child’s school site.

Packets will be returned to the school. Each school will be making the decision regarding how the packets will be incorporated in grades.

Students and parents can feel free to contact their teachers through email with questions about the work.

Tutorials were placed on the Leon County Schools Learn At Home page, https://www.leonschools.net/Page/45400.

Decisions regarding when and how packets will be returned and how credit will be assigned for work done in packets will be made at individual school sites. For information on how your child’s school plans to handle this, you can use your child’s school website to contact teachers and school administration.

Decisions regarding when and how packets will be returned and how credit will be assigned for work done in packets will be made at individual school sites. For information on how your child’s school plans to handle this, you can use your child’s school website to contact teachers and school administration.

Some teachers may decide to assign additional work or to replace the district work packets with their own materials. Please contact your child’s school with further questions.

Please contact your child(ren)’s school(s) for how to return the instructional packets.

Review packets were being provided for core instruction. The method of delivery of content for non-core or elective courses will be determined by individual sites by administrative teams and their faculty.

FAQ - Phase II Distance Learning: April 13—beyond

March 23-30: All students were considered to be on an extended “Spring Break” until Monday, March 30th.

Phase I - March 30-April 10:

Beginning on Monday, March 30th, students are provided with review packets of academic materials created by LCS curriculum developers. The review packets will be available either online at https://www.leonschools.net/LearnAtHome, school websites in paper form for pick up at school sites, or at food distribution sites.

In the two weeks between March 30th and April 13th, teachers and schools will be moving to distance learning using a blended model.  All teachers will be in contact by April 1.

Phase II - April 13 and beyond:

Beginning on April 13th, schools and teachers will be delivering distance  learning. Specific communication regarding students learning from home for instruction for April 13th and beyond will come from school sites.

Individual teachers or school sites will also deliver information on how students will turn completed review packets in for credit, how to receive assistance with the work in the review packets, and how credit or grades will be awarded for the work in the review packets. A district hotline will also be set up to share this information.

Information about new assignments will also be communicated to students and families no later than April 13th.

Please note Gov. DeSantis has orderes all K-12 schools to remain closed for the remainder of academic year and all instruction will continue through distance learning.

By now, you should have heard from your child’s teacher or school. Please call your child’s school between the hours of 8 am-3 pm. You are also encouraged to email your child(ren)’s teacher or school. All of our school websites with contact information can be found at https://www.leonschools.net/schools.

We understand that hearing the same message in many different formats is overwhelming. Please communicate with your child’s teacher(s) about your preferred communication method so that we can help manage this with you.

Please contact your child(ren)’s school to determine what next steps should be taken. Expectations and levels of support for student will vary depending on the age, grade level, and type of course work expected. Similarly, schools can provide the most direct support to families in need of help with technology, such as connectivity or access to devices.

 

FAQ - Computer and Internet Access

At this time we are working individually with families to ensure student(s) have access to instruction. We have provisions in place through the end of the year that allows for students to receive paper copies of work should the need arise. In addition, we are conducting a technology access survey that should be completed and submitted to your student(s) school either in paper or online regarding your family’s potential technology needs. Once a need has been identified and verified, your child’s school may be able to assist. Please work with your student(s) school.

At this time we are directing families to a variety of resources including Comcast who is offering free Internet for 60 days. We have provisions in place through the end of the year that allows for students to receive paper copies of work should the need arise. Please work with your student(s) school.

FAQ - Assessments

Aligned with the state, Leon County Schools is exempting all secondary end of semester exams. Course grades will be calculated as if those exams never existed.

The Florida Department of Education has waived all state assessments for the year. This means that any EOC course has had this assessment requirement waived. Therefore, there will be no EOC exam. This also means that the EOC exam will not count as 30% of the student’s course grade. The final course grade will reflect the report card/classroom grades of the student only.

For those students graduating this school year (2019-20), the graduation requirements related to the ELA and the Algebra I exams are waived.

Non-senior students enrolled in Algebra 1, have three options: the student can take the Algebra 1 EOC exam on a subsequent test administration, earn a concordant score, or the student can take Geometry and use that EOC exam as a replacement for the Algebra I graduation requirement.

No. Students will not be required to take any of the other EOC exams (i.e. Civics, Geometry, US History, or Biology) if they are enrolled in that respective course in the 2019-20 school year.

Students who are in third grade no longer have to take and pass the 3rd grade FSA ELA in order to be promoted. However, promotion decisions should be based on the student’s classroom performance and progress monitoring data in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders.

Schools and districts will not receive a grade. In the 2020-2021 school year, schools will continue to receive their level of support from the 2019-2020 school year.

The answer will vary based on students’ grade level.

Current seniors: If a senior is expected to graduate in spring 2020 and has not met the exit criteria for Algebra I EOC and/or Grade 10 ELA FSA, or earned a concordant score, this criterion will be waived.

However, students still must earn the necessary credits and meet the GPA requirements to graduate.

Non-seniors: The Department is waiving the requirement for non-senior students who are currently enrolled in a course that requires an EOC to take the associated EOC.

However, non-seniors who have yet to pass the Grade 10 FSA ELA must still meet the exit criteria by passing that assessment during a future administration or earning a concordant score. Though non-senior students enrolled in the EOC course of Algebra 1 are not required to take the Algebra 1 EOC, they must still meet the mathematics assessment graduation requirement by either passing the Algebra 1 EOC (offered four times each year) during a future administration, earning a concordant score, or passing the Geometry EOC during a future administration.

Grade 3 students: Since the grade 3 FSA data will not be available due to the cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, promotion decisions will be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the students’ classroom performance and progress monitoring data.

30% for final grade: For students currently enrolled in courses that include a statewide EOC to be factored into the student’s grade, this requirement will be waived for the purposes of calculating the course grade. However, students enrolled in Algebra 1 must still complete the assessment required for graduation.

Any questions regarding promotion or retention decisions should be directed to the school administration.

Information regarding Bright Futures will be forthcoming.

As teachers resume class instruction on April 15th, instruction in these courses will resume. Please contact your student(s) school for assessment information from either College Board (Advanced Placement/AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme.

Please contact your child’s school for a schedule and time for each course.

At this time, the IB exams have been cancelled.

FAQ - Grading/Workload/Accessing Work

Please reach out to your child’s teachers and let him/her or them know. Each family circumstance is unique and LCS teachers remain committed to helping our students be successful. Your child(ren) teacher and school can help with the workload.

Please contact your child(ren)’s school to determine what next steps should be taken. Expectations and levels of support for student will vary depending on the age, grade level, and type of course work expected. Similarly, schools can provide the most direct support to families in need of help with technology, such as connectivity or access to devices.

Yes, although campuses are closed, school is still in session and students are still earning grades. Schools will incorporate the process for assigning student grades.

Students’ work will be graded by their classroom teacher as it normally would. The district is working to develop one grading practice for the fourth nine weeks grades/report card and will be communicating this update as soon as possible. Parent(s) are encouraged to speak with their child(ren)’s teacher or school administration with any concerns.

FAQ - Promotion/Retention

Parents play an important role in planning for their students’ education. Promotion decisions should be made in consultation with parents, teachers, and school leaders based on the student’s classroom performance and progress monitoring data.

Yes, both our Adult and Community Education (ACE) program and our traditional schools are open. Please contact both ACE and your student’s school for more information.

FAQ - Graduation - Moving Up Ceremonies

Every effort is being made to accommodate some kind of ceremony for seniors. Once plans are finalized- with the input of local and state health care officials- the Superintendent will make an announcement. Please stay tuned!

At this time, we ask for some patience as we work through the next few weeks of our distance learning. With the Governor’s announcement regarding our students not returning to school, we will work with our schools to creatively celebrate these important milestones in a way that is consistent with past practice yet reflects the recommendations of local and state guidelines.

FAQ - Information for 2020-2021

If your student is currently enrolled in one of our Leon County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten programs, you do not need to do anything else. If you have any questions, you may contact the school in which your child will be enrolled in Kindergarten.

If your student is not currently enrolled in one of our Leon County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten programs, you may start the registration process in FOCUS, our student information system. Please go to https://www.leonschools.net/ParentPortal. You can create an account and follow the directions found on that page.

Each of our schools has been doing the work necessary to get ready for the 2020-21 school year. With that said, each school will be reaching out to their students to communicate when students can select courses online. Be on the lookout for emails from your Principal or Assistant Principal of Curriculum.

No. On Saturday, April 18, Governor DeSantis announced that students won’t return to traditional school this school year. Our distance learning plan will continue.

 

FAQ - General Information

Please see a list of LCS schools, addresses, and phone numbers below.

https://www.leonschools.net/schools

You can begin by
  1. Calling your child(ren)’s school directly. Our school offices are open from 8am-3pm daily.
  2. Calling the LCS after hours helpline at 850-518-0077. LCS staff will be available to answer questions from 3 pm-6pm.
  3. Emailing your child(ren)’s teacher. Teacher email addresses can be found at each school website.
  4. Emailing your school Principal and/or Assistant Principal. Their contact information can be found at each school website.
  5. Calling the Superintendent’s office at 850-487-7147.

At this time, please work with your child(ren)’s school or teacher for this situation being mindful of current national and federal requirements related to stopping the spread of COVID 19. This may mean that the instrument may not be readily available.