Katie Buckman, R.N.
In agreement with APS’s directive, our staff are serving as a support and resource for students and families. We are focused on providing access to online learning experiences, not facilitating them.
Additionally, at VCS, we serve a diverse population of students and families. It is extremely important that we provide equitable support to our community. In this unique situation, we cannot guarantee access to and participation of all of our students. We also find it unfair to ask families to incur the expense of internet access and technology devices in order to engage in the activities that support virtual connections with Vanguard staff.
Through our weekly conversations, we are able to stay connected with our community. Our wonderful teachers are available to our students and families Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 am-3:30 pm.
Though there is no perfect way to manage remote learning, we will follow state and APS guidelines regarding student promotion. However, at VCS, during the COVID-19 closure, we feel that providing our students with choice menus along with online resources, our students will not only retain the information we’ve already presented this school year, but they will also continue to grow particularly in Reading, Writing, and Math.
Tips for maintaining content knowledge during remote learning:
High School Students:
VCS is currently able to provide school-issued Chromebooks for families with students in grades 9-12 and students who are receiving special education services. These students are required to have a device which can access technology and the internet (tablet, laptop, computer, chromebook, etc.) in order to meet graduation requirements and/or receive legally mandated special education services as outlined in their IEP.
Reasons VCS currently cannot go to 100% online instruction:
The limited technology we have will go to…