KSD Online Learning Academy
What is the KSD Online Learning Academy?
KSD Online Learning Academy is a fully web-based education program for students in grades K-12.
It is designed for families who do not wish to have their children return to school for on-site, in-person learning in 2020-21. While all KSD students will begin the school year remotely – or online – because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the KSD Online Learning Academy will remain fully online even when the district is approved to move to in-person learning.
Read about our district's Safe Start KSD Phased Reopening Plan here.
The KSD Online Learning Academy is centered around computer-based instruction and individual learning rather than the classroom-based instruction of remote learning. Students will be expected to remain enrolled in the KSD Online Academy for a full term and may only transfer in or out of the academy at the trimester or semester.
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Watch as KSD leaders provide details about the online learning academy in a webinar. Captions are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Ukrainian.
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For more information on the KSD Online Learning Academy, contact Ron Williamson, Online Learning Academy Coordinator, at (509) 222-7047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance in Spanish, contact Sarah Del Toro, migrant and bilingual coordinator, at (509) 222-6491 or email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is KSD Online Learning Academy?
KSD Online Learning Academy is a tuition-free, online public school option for students in grades K-12 that utilizes high-quality online curriculum, is supported by Kennewick School District teachers in the role of online support coaches, and allows students to experience their public school learning offsite.
Q. How do I register my child for KSD Online Learning Academy?
Registration is available using the link above. Once the registration is received, students will be added to the enrollment list. Parents will be notified when students will be able to start. This may take two to three weeks due to a high level of demand for the program. Students should be enrolled in their school’s remote learning program while enrollments are processed. KSD Online Learning Academy will be an option for families to access throughout the school year.
Q. How is KSD Online Learning Academy different from remote learning?
KSD Online Learning Academy is designed for families who do not wish to have their children return to school for on-site, in-person learning in 2020-21.
KSD Online Learning Academy will provide engaging, flexible instruction for students. KSD teachers will act as online support coaches, providing instructional plans that are carried out by students, with parent help. Parents and students will determine the day-to-day schedule, and work will be completed independently.
Q. I need more information about remote learning to help me decide if the KSD Online Learning Academy is right for my family. When is that expected?
More information about remote learning may be found here.
In remote learning, instruction will be provided by the classroom teacher with parent support. The model includes a mix of synchronous (live or real time) and asynchronous (happening virtually, within a flexible timeframe) instruction. Eventually, students in remote learning will transition to hybrid learning (a mix of remote and on-site learning) and/or full-time on-site, in-person learning, when it is safe to do so under the district’s Safe Start KSD Phased Reopening Plan.
Q. Will my child be provided with a computer for KSD Online Learning Academy?
Yes, your child will receive a Chromebook or other compatible device, plus other instructional materials needed to complete their assigned work
Q. Can my child transfer out of KSD Online Learning Academy at any point?
Students will need to remain enrolled in the KSD Online Learning Academy for an entire school term, which is a trimester for elementary school students and a semester for middle and high school students. They will only be able to transfer in or out of the online learning academy at the trimester or the semester.
Q. Who will teach KSD Online Learning Academy courses?
Kennewick School District teachers will serve as online support coaches for KSD Online Learning Academy. Their responsibilities will include:
- Responding to students/parents in a timely manner and making contact weekly.
- Responding to student work with instructional feedback aimed at student growth and aligned to the standard that are being measured.
- Posting weekly announcements that identify clear learning targets, discuss important content and clarify the week’s pacing/assignments.
- Maintaining scheduled office hours.
- Providing individualized progress evaluations to students and parents monthly.
- Creating a Success Plan when students are not making progress.
- Completing final grading as per school district guidelines.
Q. How many students will be assigned to each online support coach? Will my child’s online support coach be a teacher from their home school?
Secondary online support coaches can serve up to 90 students and elementary support coaches can support up to 50 students. We cannot promise that a child’s online support coach will be from their home school, but it is our desire for students to maintain connected to their home school to the extent possible.
Q. How do I determine if KSD Online Learning Academy is right for my child?
KSD Online Academy is ideal for elementary and secondary students who can work independently and complete tasks without consistent external reminders. It is beneficial for students to have an adult at home who can supervise, provide support and monitor for student progress.
Q. Will the online academy include any synchronous (or real-time) instruction?
Online support coaches will check in regularly with their students, answer questions and provide some tutorial help, but that is the extent of the synchronous instruction. KSD Online Learning Academy is designed for students who can work independently through their coursework.
Q. What about students in special education or dual language programs?
KSD Online Learning Academy will have program supports available for some special education students. It is not a good option for dual language students because of that program’s emphasis on interaction and oracy.
Q: If I choose to pull my child from dual language to enroll in the online academy, will I get my spot back when we return to on-site, in-person learning?
If your child is in kindergarten or first grade, we would refill their spot with the next student on the waitlist and your child’s name would be added to the bottom of the waitlist. If your child is in grades 2-8, we cannot guarantee a spot when you are ready to return, but it is possible depending on space. If you have more questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 222-6422.
Q. What about students in KOG, AP, Honors or Hi-Cap programs? Is KSD Online Academy compatible with the IB program?
KSD Online Learning Academy can be individualized for students in KOG, AP, Honors and Hi-Cap programs. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the IB program. Additionally not all AP courses may be offered via the program. The APEX classes the district can offer as part of the online academy are not, at this time, NCAA eligible courses for the purposes of athletic participation. If a student has enrolled in the online academy and has aspirations to participate in NCAA athletics, they will be allowed to transfer back to their home school program, prior to the end of the semester. Likewise, they may also be dually enrolled in the online academy and their home school classes that would meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Please contact your home school for more information.
Q. What kind of learning management programs will be used?
All coursework for grades K-2 will be accessed using Seesaw, and grades 3-12 will use the Google Classroom platform, with PowerSchool used for tracking assignments and grades. The free text message app Remind will be used as an additional way to contact students. KSD’s Information Technology Helpdesk will provide technical support for KSD Online Learning Academy.
Q. Can you provide more detail on the elementary course of study/learning plan?
Students in grades K-5 will use MobyMax, Imagine Learning, Imagine Math and Khan Academy curriculum, and they will be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements.
Placement assessments will help in developing students’ learning paths within the online curriculum. For students in grades K-2, MobyMax and Imagine Learning/Math placement assessments will be used, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments will be used for grades 3-5.
Q. What would a typical day look like for an elementary student?
We’ve created an example of an online learning plan for elementary students.
Q. Can you provide more detail on the middle school course of study/learning plan?
Middle school students will use MobyMax, Imagine Learning, Imagine Math and APEX. Additionally Khan Academy may be assigned or accesses for instructional support. Students may also be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements. Credit-bearing classes, such as Algebra 1, Spanish and Washington State History, will be provided via APEX.
Students will be enrolled in courses based on the classes they selected last spring for the 2020-21 school year, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing will help in developing learning paths within the online curriculum.
Q. Can you provide more detail on the high school course of study/learning plan?
High school students will use APEX. Additionally Khan Academy may be assigned or accesses for instructional support. Students may also be provided with additional curricular materials as needed depending on course requirements. Their classes will be determined by the courses they selected last spring for the 2020-21 school year. All course work provided for high school students through will be credit-bearing and aligned to requirements.
Q. How will attendance and grading work?
Grading will be scheduled at the end of each term, with final grades reported on the student’s KSD report card. Courses will include pacing guides to help students and families with a reference for creating consistent routines to complete weekly assignments and stay on pace for the term.
To remain in active status attending the KSD Online Learning Academy, students must complete a minimum of one assignment per week and have personal contact with their online success coach at least once a week.
Q. What about band and orchestra?
When the district returns to on-site, in-person learning, students in KSD Online Learning Academy will be able to participate in band and orchestra at their home schools. We will provide other music options for online academy students while school buildings are closed and the district remains in remote learning.
Q. What about sports, clubs and similar activities?
Students may participate in extra and co-curricular activities when available at their home school.
Q. Will there be a cap on the number of students who can enroll in KSD Online Learning Academy?
No, we are not capping the number of students who can enroll in KSD Online Learning Academy. However, it is important that we know as soon as possible how many students will participate so we can have enough staff in place.
Q. What about state testing? Will online academy students participate?
State testing is usually done in person, and if state testing happens in 2020-21 we will arrange times for KSD Online Learning Academy students to participate.
Q. Do Chromebooks have safeguards for child online safety?
Yes. We’ve had students safely using Chromebooks for some time through our one-to-one computer device initiative. We have a robust system for maintaining online security that’s part of the Chromebook software package, and we can provide more detailed information for families if desired.
Q. Will there be a school supply list for KSD Online Learning Academy?
We’re developing a KSD Online Learning Academy handbook, and it will include a school supply list.
Q. Will there be opportunities for KSD Online Learning Academy students to interact virtually with other students who are in the program?
For now, students in the online academy will work independently. However, as the program develops we hope to add opportunities for collaboration among students, such as study periods.
Q. Will KSD Online Learning Academy students have access to school meals?
Yes, online academy students will be able to pick up school meals at the bus stops in the morning.