At-Home Learning in the Mat-Su Borough School District
Dear Parents and Students:
This webpage is intended to help parents and students who have selected at-home learning during the 1st semester of the 2020-21 school year (Hint: bookmark it in your browser.) The MSBSD will be giving students the choice to engage in at-school, at-home learning, or both (hybrid model: at-home and at-school).
You will find a collection of Apex Learning (secondary), Mat-Su Virtual School (elementary), and digital citizenship and safety resources on this page. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please reach out to either your child's teacher, the school’s principal, or the MSBSD.
Options for receiving core and electives classes for middle and high school students include the following:
- Middle school students will take their four core classes (math, English language arts, social studies, and science) on the Apex Learning platform and can either take their electives at-school (brick and mortar), or they can access free online elective and enrichment resources provided by the school or the MSBSD. These elective courses will be self-paced, self-directed, and ungraded. Lastly, middle school students can also access high school Apex courses for early high school credit (please discuss this option with your school’s counselor).
- High school students will be using the Apex Learning platform for their six classes, or they can select a hybrid option, e.g., they can take their core classes through Apex Learning and attend their school face-to-face for their electives. For example, an at-home learning student can take all six courses using the Apex platform, or they can use Apex for their core academics and attend school for one or several elective offerings.
- At-school elementary students will be in the building assigned to a teacher's class and may participate in specials such as music and library.
- At-home learning students will be part of the Mat-Su Virtual Learning School who will be assigned to a teacher who will meet with the students on Zoom and guide them through the selected computer-based curriculum. Parents will act as learning coaches for students in this model.
- The hybrid model will offer students, who are being taught in the building, access to the same online curriculum being used by virtual students. This virtual curriculum will be blended into lessons along with other activities. If the school needs to close, the students will use this online curriculum for remote learning.
This is an unprecedented challenge for our community and nation, but the same innovative and collaborative spirit that has allowed us to increase academic achievement and growth for our students in the MSBSD will likewise carry us through these trying circumstances. From your home in the Mat-Su Valley to wherever this message finds you, we wish you and your family the very best.
Dr. Justin Ainsworth, Associate Superintendent of Instruction