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Remote Learning Guidance and Supports

Update on Remote Learning Flexibilities for the 2022-23 School Year  

The Department has recently received questions from schools and districts about flexibilities for remote learning due to COVID-19 in 2022-23. Starting next school year:

  • The Department will continue to offer flexibility for districts to provide temporary remote learning options as a result of COVID-19 health concerns.

  • The Department will discontinue flexibilities for districts to provide 100% remote learning options to students enrolled in brick-and-mortar schools due to COVID-19.

“Temporary remote learning” flexibility means that there may be local needs for brick and mortar schools to temporarily suspend in-person learning due to COVID in the 2022-23 school year. This may include the need to temporarily move a classroom, a grade level, or the school to remote learning. It may also result from workforce shortages due to a COVID-19 outbreak. A school or district may need to temporarily move to remote learning in these instances for a short period of time (i.e. the rest of the week/two weeks). When a school/district suspends in-person learning in this way, it will continue to be important that the school/district has the appropriate plan and policies in place to account for a transition to remote learning. The existing guidance document for temporary remote learning can be used to help inform a school’s/district’s planning for next year to ensure it has the appropriate policies/plan in place.

The Department will not continue offering flexibility to provide a 100% remote learning option due to COVID-19 health concerns for brick-and-mortar students in 2022-23. As an alternative, schools and districts may use existing online structures to continue to offer a fully-remote option for students. State law allows schools and districts to offer single-district online schools (no cap on in-district students, but does cap enrollment for out-of-district students at 10), single-district online programs (can enroll up to 99 students and caps enrollment for out-of-district students at 10), and multi-district online schools (no caps on enrollment for either in-district or out-of-district students so long as students are residents of the state). Thus, beginning in 2022-23, students who wish to pursue a fully remote learning option will need to be enrolled in either an online school or online program.

If you have any questions, contact Renee Martinez in the Office of Online and Blended Learning.


Remote Learning Options for the 2021-22 School Year

100% Remote Learning due to COVID-19 Health Concerns

The 100% Remote Learning due to COVID-19 health concerns (PDF) provides comprehensive guidance for implementing a full-year option for 100% remote learning for K-12 students enrolled at a traditional, brick-and-mortar school during the 2021-22 school year when there is a COVID-19 health concern. 

Considerations:

  • Districts and schools are not required to offer a 100% remote learning option to students enrolled at traditional, brick-and-mortar schools as a result of COVID-19 health concerns.
  • If a district or school chooses to offer a 100% remote learning option to families as a response to these concerns, it may do so for the 2021-22 school year only.
  • The decision to participate in a district or school’s 100% remote learning option rests with a student’s family. However, the district or school may further define how families choosing to participate will demonstrate that the decision was a result of COVID-19 health concerns.

Temporary Remote Learning Options

The Temporary Remote Learning Options document (PDF) provides best practices and expectations for schools and districts when students, cohorts, or an entire school respond to COVID-19 outbreaks, public health orders, or executive state orders by shifting to a temporary remote learning option. These options can include Quarantine (Individual or Group), 100% Remote Learning Option for an Entire School (Temporary), or Hybrid Learning Option (Temporary).

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