Frequently Asked Questions - Responsible Restart

  • Latest update from the Board of Education Meeting on Oct. 26, 2020

    Latest update from the Board of Education Work Session on Oct. 12, 2020

    Click below to review the most recent Responsible Restart presentation from the Special Board Meeting held on October 1, 2020. 

    Based upon the information presented at tonight’s Board of Education discussion, the Board of Education adopted a resolution affirming that all in-person students (maroon and gold groups) will begin daily attendance at school beginning Monday, October 5, 2020. All Virtual Learning Plan (VLP) students will continue uninterrupted in the VLP through at least January 15, 2021. ALL parents will have the option to elect to enroll for “in-person” or “VLP” for the second semester beginning in late October or early November.

    The slides were updated for the Responsible Restart Plan as of August 7, 2020 at an emergency board meeting. You may view the meeting video here. The updated slides are below. 

    Superintendent Michael Sawyers presented the proposal for a safe return to school for fall 2020 at the Board of Education Meeting on July 9, 2020. The video and more may be viewed here. You may also view the presentation slides below. 

    Option 1:  Face-to-Face Instruction
    Five days a week, Hybrid or Off-Site as determined by New Albany-Plain Local Schools

    Option 2:  Online Instruction
    Developed and delivered by SchoolsPLP

    As a result of the presentation, the district realizes that many families have questions for what the Option 1 and Option 2 scenarios would mean for their student and family. Our administrators have been working on responses to the questions received. Many of these are similar for families and we will provide the general question below and we have categorized them for easier viewing. To view the response simply click on the question below. The FAQ will enable you to expand the question to review the answer or collapse it after you have viewed it. The district will keep adding questions as they are reviewed for a response. 

    Thank you to all of our families for your patience as we work through all of this together.      


  • Aug. 27, 2020 - Why are some of the schools K-5 not changing their school day start and end time or duration of school day?

  • Aug. 27, 2020 - Why is the high school bell schedule and school day start time changing?

  • When will school begin for 2020-21?

  • How do I make the decision whether or not to send my child(ren) back to school in the fall?

  • For students attending in Option 1, how will my child’s IEP and/or 504 services and accommodations be met?

  • If we don't transition to a new model immediately when the county announces a change in the health advisory level, can parents have students work remotely?

  • What Can Parents Do Now to Ensure a Smooth Start to School?

  • What happens to students that return to campus for the second semester - if they are ahead/behind, in what courses or classrooms will they be placed?

  • What Happens if Our Family Needs Technology?

  • Will Back to School Events Still be Happening?

  • Can my child use a locker?

  • What Social and Emotional Resources Will Be In Place as Students Return?

  • What will the school day look like in the hybrid model?

  • Can I request a hybrid learning group?

  • How will students be split into maroon and gold groups for the hybrid model?


  • Are all students who rode the bus with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 automatically required to quarantine, or does it depend on how close your child was to the confirmed case?

  • What Will Happen if Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19? (safety)

  • Where can I get a COVID-19 test for myself or a member of my family?

  • Will Masks be Required?

  • Will Social Distancing be Required?

  • What Changes Will be Implemented in School Health Clinics?

  • What Cleaning Enhancements are Being Implemented in Buildings?

  • What Changes Will Students See in the Cafeteria and at Water Fountains?

  • What Will be Different on School Buses?

  • If Franklin County moves from red to orange or yellow, will face masks still be required for students?

Virtual Learning Program (all online)

  • High level overview of the SchoolsPLP

  • How did the district make the selection of SchoolsPLP?

  • Is SchoolsPLP accredited?

  • Will courses taken in SchoolsPLP meet NCAA requirements?

  • Is coursework completed on SchoolsPLP count towards high school graduation credits?

  • What will the Virtual Learning Program (100% online learning) look like?

  • What if I already submitted a commitment to the Virtual Learning Program for my student, but the information in this FAQ makes me want to change my choice?

  • Will my student be able to complete the same courses in the Virtual Learning Program as they would in the building? Will Band, Orchestra, or Choir be offered in the Virtual Learning Program? Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus?

  • Who will be my student’s teacher in the Virtual Learning Program? Will my student be in a “class” with other NAPLS students?

  • Will I have the possibility of changing from the Virtual Learning Program to face-to-face or vice versa once the school year begins?

  • Will special services such as EL, special education and gifted programming be provided in the Virtual Learning Program?

  • How will standardized assessments such as state tests, and gifted /accelerated placement assessments be administered to students in the Virtual Learning Program?

  • Will the Virtual Learning Program be rigorous yet flexible enough to accommodate student schedules at home?

  • How will seniors participating in the VLP be supported for college readiness such as applications, registration deadlines, scholarships etc. and for senior seminar?

  • Will VLP students be eligible to participate in school sports and other activities if/when they are available?