Instructional models




Instructional Models for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • The Flagstaff Unified School District intends to provide in-person learning for students during the 2021-2022 school year as its primary model of instruction for most students. In recognition that flexibility may be needed, including the ability to provide remote instruction when deemed necessary, and to provide options for distance learning for students and families, the following Instructional Model Plan for the 2021-2022 school year has been developed.

    Background

    During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Arizona State Legislature passed HB 2862 (schools; instructional time models) which was signed by the Governor on April 28, 2021. With authority to provide distance learning, under Executive Orders issued last summer, expiring on June 30, 2021, HB 2862 gives school districts new flexibility to meet the instructional time requirements in statute including the ability to provide remote instruction in School Year 2022 after holding at least two public hearings on the proposed approach before utilizing the new flexibility.

     Instructional Calendar, Time Requirements, and Funding

    A school year shall begin no earlier than July 1st and end no later than June 30th. The first 100 instructional days at each school will be the basis for calculating average daily membership (ADM) according to A.R.S. 15-901 (A) (1). Annual instructional calendars in Arizona public schools should be at least 180 days or may provide equivalent instructional time based on a different number of days in the school year, provided the school district governing board approves.

    The following table is a summary of the minimum instructional hours required for a 180 day school year, or the equivalent hours, for an instructional program (A.R.S. 15-901).

    Grade Range Minutes per Week 

    Instructional Hours Required for the Year

    PSD 360 

    216

    KG (Half Day) N/A 

    356

    1-3, UE N/A 

    712

    4-8 N/A 

    890

    9-12 (in-person) N/A 

    720

    9-12 (AOI only) N/A 

    900

    In addition to annual instructional hour requirements, programs for students in Grades 9 through 12 have subject requirements. High school students must be enrolled in 4 or more subjects which count towards graduation as defined by the state board of education. Each subject must meet at least 123 hours for the required number of days (180 days or an equivalent number of instructional hours) during the school year, or the equivalent. For the purpose of this section, equivalent may include:

    • 4 or more subjects offered 1 or more at a time;
    • 4 or more subjects offered on alternating days; or
    • 4 or more subjects offered through other schedules

    A full time-time brick and mortar or alternative education high school student is required to be scheduled for a minimum of 720 hours. The 720 hours must include 4 or more subjects each meeting 123 or more hours over the course of the year. In addition to required subjects, the balance of hours needed to meet the 720 hour requirement may be filled by scheduling:

    • subjects longer than 123 hours,
    • additional subjects,
    • study hall,
    • lunch (when scheduled between subjects),
    • music instruction, or
    • other classes that advance the academic instruction of pupils.

    The Governing Board of the Flagstaff Unified School District approved the 2021-2022 school year calendar on January 26, 2021, which reflects 180 instructional days and at least the minimum instructional hours required for the year. Instructional time in excess of the requirements may help ensure that in the event of unexpected closure, including weather, each grade will still meet the minimum number of required instructional hours based on a different number of days. In the event that school for the entire District needs to be cancelled due to weather or other conditions, instructional time will first be made up using the designated days on the approved calendar. Next, the Superintendent will evaluate if instructional time in excess of the requirements is available so the instructional day does not need to be made-up. The Superintendent may determine it is necessary to transition to temporary remote learning depending on the condition or available instructional hours.

    The Flagstaff Unified School District defines instructional time and hours to include any combination of in-person and remote instruction. HB 2862 limits the amount of instructional time a school/District may provide in a remote setting without impact to state funding. During the 2021-2022 school year, up to 50% of total instructional time may be provided in a remote setting without impact to state funding. The percentage of instructional time provided by remote instruction above the 50% threshold will be funded at 95% of the base support level.

    Attendance Tracking

    Action Step(s) 

    Person(s) Responsible Frequency and/or Timing 

    Evidence of Implementation

    Daily attendance will be taken for elementary, middle, and high school students.

    Classroom teachers Daily in homeroom (elementary) and daily by period (middle and high school)

    Synergy documentation, in-person or remote participation, assignment completion, parent communication, Zoom reports

    Instructional Models for the 2021-2022 School Year

    The Flagstaff Unified School District intends to offer four instructional models for the 2021-2022 school year:

      • In-Person Brick and Mortar Instruction (grades PreK-12)
      • Temporary Remote Instruction when deemed necessary by the District (grades PreK-12)
      • Full-Time Remote Instruction for students enrolled in the Flagstaff Online Academy at Thomas Elementary (grades K-4).  For information and to apply visit www.fusd1.org/foa 
      • Distance Learning for students enrolled full-time or concurrently in Northern Arizona Distance Learning (grades 5-12).  For information and to apply visit www.fusd1.org/nadl

     

    Instructional Methods, Content Delivery, and Monitoring Student Learning

     

    Educational Delivery Methodologies

    Content Provider/Program Used Formative and Summative Assessment Strategies and Frequency
    In-Person
    Brick and Mortar
    (grades PreK-12)

    Direct Instruction and small group
    focused instruction, supplemental
    or intensive interventions,
    independent and project-based
    learning may be used
    to supplement or extend direct
    instruction

    Classroom Teacher

    Resources aligned with State and District Standards

    Daily/Weekly monitoring and checks for understanding, quizzes, and unit/course assessments

    AIMSWeb+ and Study Island benchmark assessments for ELA and Math administered in Fall, Winter, and Spring. (grades K-8)

    State Assessments: AASA (grades 3-8), ACT Aspire (grade 9), ACT (grade 11), AzSCI (grades 5, 8, 11)

    Temporary Remote Instruction when deemed necessary by the District due to COVID-19, weather, or other conditions
    (grades PreK-12)

    Direct Instruction and small group
    focused instruction via a video
    conferencing tool, recorded
    instruction, independent and
    project-based learning may be used
    to supplement or extend direct
    instruction
    Classroom Teacher

    Resources aligned with State and District Standards

    Daily/Weekly monitoring and checks for understanding, quizzes, and unit/course assessments

    AIMSWeb+ and Study Island benchmark assessments for ELA and Math administered in Fall, Winter, and Spring. (grades K-8)

    State Assessments: AASA (grades 3-8), ACT Aspire (grade 9), ACT (grade 11), AzSCI (grades 5, 8, 11)

    Full-Time Remote Instruction for students enrolled in the Flagstaff Online Academy at Thomas Elementary
    (grades K-4)
    Direct Instruction and small group
    focused instruction via a video
    conferencing tool, recorded
    instruction, independent, and
    project-based learning may be used
    to supplement or extend direct
    instruction
    Classroom Teacher

    Resources aligned with State and District Standards

    Daily/Weekly monitoring and checks for understanding, quizzes, and unit/course assessments

    AIMSWeb+ and Study Island benchmark assessments for ELA and Math administered in Fall, Winter, and Spring. (grades K-8)

    State Assessments: AASA (grades 3-8), ACT Aspire (grade 9), ACT (grade 11), AzSCI (grades 5, 8, 11)

    Distance Learning for students enrolled full-time or concurrently in Northern Arizona Distance Learning

    (grades 5-12)

    Interactive online courses

    Approved for Arizona Online Instruction (AOI)
    Certified Teacher associated with MDLP sponsored by Mesa Public Schools

    NADL courses are aligned to state standards and FUSD curriculum maps

    High school courses count for high school graduation credit
    Weekly progress reports

    Required to take state-required assessments for grade level

    COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

     All school districts receiving ESSER III funds through the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act must develop and make publicly available on their website, a plan for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.  FUSD has revised its Mitigation Plan for the 2021-2022 school year to reflect the most recent COVID-19 guidance for schools.  The plan must be updated at least every six (6) months or more often depending on updates in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.  The plan will also address student and staff needs including academic, social emotional and mental health, and other needs. 

    Enrollment Registration and Verification

    To assist the Flagstaff Unified School District in preparations for the 2021-2022 school year, all parents/families are required to update records online and verify student enrollment through the online registration and verification process.

    • If your student is NEW to FUSD schools- visit the Online Registration Website to complete the registration process.
    • If your student is CONTINUING and was enrolled in and completed the previous school year in an FUSD school- visit the Online Verification Website to complete the verification process and update school records in ParentVUE.
    • If your student is RETURNING to FUSD and did not attend in the previous school year or complete the semester in an FUSD school, including any FUSD preschool program, please call the school to indicate your intent to re-enroll your student.  The school can search for your student if you are unsure.  You can then utilize your existing ParentVUE account once the school creates an activation key or guides you in using the Forgot Password feature.
    • To apply and register for the Flagstaff Online Academy (grades K-4) and Northern Arizona Distance Learning (grades 5-12) programs, follow the links listed above.