Request to Change Learning Options

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    District 7 middle and high schools are opening an online process for families to request learning model changes for second semester which begins on January 5, 2021. As a reminder, elementary selections for virtual or in-person learning are for this entire school year. This process is for our middle and high school families only. 

    Middle and high school families may request one of the following:

    1. Change from in-person learning to District 7 Virtual School’s Apex self-paced curriculum
    2. Change from District 7 Virtual School to five-day, in-person learning (NOTE: At this point, District 7 expects all in-person students will be attending five days each weekfor second semester.)

    If you are pleased with your current learning option, no action is necessary.

    In-Person to Virtual Requests

    Requests to change from in-person to the District 7 Virtual School’s self-paced Apex curriculum will be granted based on available virtual teacher staffing. Once the District 7 Virtual School is chosen for second semester, there will not be an option to return to in-person learning this school year.

    Virtual to In-Person Requests

    All students will be considered for returning to in-person learning, but space is limited. The following priority considerations will be given:

    • Space availability (Space will depend upon the number of requests the school receives and the staffing within that school. For middle school students, if classes are full at your home school you may be offered the opportunity to enroll in another middle school that has room.)
    • Special needs students
    • Struggling learners
    • Seniors

    ​Once in-person learning is chosen, there will not be an option to return to the District 7 Virtual School this school year.

    Online Request Period: November 18 – 29

    Your home school will email its online request form on Wednesday, November 18. The form will remain open through Sunday, November 29NO REQUESTS WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER THIS DEADLINE. One request form must be submitted for each student. This is NOT a first-come, first-served process – all requests will be considered equally.

    Your home school will notify you of the status of your request by mid-December. If approved, the learning model transition will begin on January 5, 2021.

    All decisions regarding requests to change a learning option will keep the health and wellness guidelines set forth in the district’s Return to Plan at the forefront. Thank you for your continued partnership as we do our best to serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic.