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Back to School Information 2020-2021

As the School District of Janesville (SDJ) plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to keeping our families, staff, students, and community members informed. While there are still many uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are working hard to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience. We are in regular contact with the Rock County Public Health Department, seeking details and clarification on their guidance regarding health and safety protocols.  

This web page serves as a hub for updates related to the reopening of our schools. Here, you will find information on potential school schedule changes, cleaning protocols in our buildings, health and safety measures, meal service procedures, and more. It also includes information on athletics and activities, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve. We will update this page as our plans continue to take shape. We encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information. 

Next Steps Frequently Asked Questions

Back to School - Face-to-Face Instruction and Alternatives

SDJ leaders developed a plan for returning to school for the 2020-21 academic year, which was approved by the School Board at their July 14, 2020 meeting.

The plan is to welcome students back into our buildings with face-to-face instruction, resuming a mostly normal school day schedule. This would involve attentive cleaning protocols, a degree of physical distancing among students, possible adjustments to how students enter and exit buildings, and changes to how we manage transitions between classrooms throughout the day.

Traditional - Full-time enrollment in SDJ Schools
(For students in grades K-12)

This will be the 'default' option for students, with the first day of school remaining September 1, 2020. 

Alternative Options

If your family would feel more comfortable with virtual/online instruction at home for your student, SDJ offers the following options (depending on student grade level):

Alternative Option #1
Full-time enrollment in
ARISE Virtual Academy
(For students in grades K-12)

Alternative Option #2
Hybrid (part-time) enrollment in ARISE Virtual Academy
(For students in grades 6-12 only)

Families that are concerned about a return to regular school day/schedule may request enrolling their child(ren) full-time in the School District of Janesville’s online charter school -- ARISE Virtual Academy, (AVA) which has been operating for nearly 15 years.

Students would spend their time engaged in online/virtual learning from their home.

NOTE: online instruction in AVA’s comprehensive educational program that is accessed by students from home is not the same as the online experience families had during the school closure from March-June of 2020. Choosing this option means full-time enrollment in the virtual school (taking courses from home). AVA serves students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Is full-time online enrollment at AVA right for your child? 
Click here to see checklist to find out

For students in middle and high school, parents/students may request a ‘hybrid’ solution offering some course work in the traditional face-to-face school setting, and other coursework provided online through ARISE Virtual Academy, (AVA).

Students would spend part of their school day at their regular school, and the remaining time engaged in online/virtual learning from their home.

NOTE: online instruction in AVA’s educational program that is accessed by students from home is not the same as the online experience families had during the school closure from March-June of 2020. The part-time, or "Hybrid" online option is only available to students in grades 6-12.

Is hybrid (part-time) online enrollment at AVA right for your child?
Click here to see checklist to find out

For both AVA virtual options, understand that the educational program requires a commitment of time very much like attending school in a traditional setting, but it provides flexibility for when students/parents are able to complete school work. Generally speaking, the required time for AVA courses is equivalent to being in a traditional school setting.

School District of Janesville Instructional Programing Options

AVA values parents as partners. While AVA teachers deliver regular instruction, parents/guardians play an integral part in their student’s education. Teachers are available for personalized, one-on-one instruction throughout the week as needed, however, younger students may require additional parental supervision and support in course navigation and progressing through coursework. It is important for the parent to ensure their child is completing his/her own work so teachers know how to provide additional learning support.

Students enrolled in ARISE may participate in grade/age appropriate athletics, clubs, and other activities, such as show choir, offered through Craig or Parker High Schools. Further details can be provided by ARISE and the high school at which the student is seeking to participate in extracurricular or other club activities. 

Seniors in 2020-21 that have attended Parker or Craig high schools and decide to enroll in ARISE virtual education full-time for their senior year, and they complete the SDJ requirements for graduation, may choose to have their diploma from Craig or Parker High School instead of ARISE.

Next Steps: Online Registration via Infinite Campus

All students regardless of their intent to attend school in-person or online through AVA must register for the 2020-21 school year via the Infinite Campus portal

  • Parents wishing to have their children attend school in the traditional face-to-face school setting do not have to do anything extra beyond registering their student(s) for school via the Infinite Campus portal
  • Parents wishing to choose one of the virtual options for their student(s) are asked to indicate their preference during the online registration process via the  Infinite Campus portal.
    Please make this request via Infinite Campus by July 31, 2020. After parents indicate their preference to enroll their child in one of the virtual options, SDJ staff will contact parents to discuss the next steps in the process. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding a Face-to-Face Return to School

We hope to use this page to provide you with the most up to date and current information the School District of Janesville has regarding face-to-face return to school for the 2020-21 school year. The procedures outlined allow for the District to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection in students and staff to the largest extent possible and within reason based upon the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. As information is added and/or updated during this ever changing and fluid time, it will be shared out.

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