Frequently Asked Questions
Can non-HCS Students apply? If so, what is the cost?
This program is free to any student within the state of Virginia. If accepted into the program, you will need to submit an Out of Division Request form to become a student with Hampton City Schools. If you do not live within Hampton City limits, you will need to provide your own device and high-speed internet access, and you will be required to travel to a Hampton campus to take any required end of the year Standards of Learning Assessments.
What grade levels will there be for the 2023-2024 school year?
We will be taking students in grades K-8 for the 2023-2024 school year. In the 2022-2023 school year, we piloted grades K-5 and are excited to expand into middle school!
Are special education, English Language Learner, and gifted services available for students? If so, what do those look like?
Yes, those services are available for students. Their format and frequency will depend on the individual needs of the students.
For Special Education, services will be provided to students with disabilities in the program based upon individual needs. We are committed to providing the services and support students in the FLEx program require in order to access the program curriculum.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public school districts to provide students with disabilities with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Once made eligible for special education services under one of the disability categories under IDEA, an IEP is developed. The IEP is legal documentation of how that FAPE is provided for a particular student across a program of special and related educational services, as well as how specially designed instruction will be provided to the student to meet his/her individual learning needs.
Students enrolled in the FLEx program who have an IEP will receive accommodations from their teacher(s) in the FLEx program. Students will receive special education services virtually when appropriate. Students may also need to report to a Hampton City Schools location in order to receive some special education and related services. Families must make arrangements for students to report in person for these services as necessary.
If a student with a current IEP or 504 plan enrolls in the FLEx program, a school team will convene an IEP or 504 meeting prior to the start of the school year to review the current plan and outline the implementation of services and/or accommodations during participation in the FLEx program.
How long will my child actually be online each day?
Monday-Thursday, times in live Zoom lessons are as follows:
Grades K&1: 110 minutes (1 hour, 50 minutes)
Grades 2&3: 155 minutes (2 hours, 35 minutes)
Grades 4&5: 160 minutes (2 hours, 40 minutes)
On Fridays, times in live Zoom lessons are as follows:
Grades K&1: 70 minutes (1 hour, 10 minutes)
Grades 2&3: 115 minutes (1 hour, 55 minutes)
Grades 4&5: 115 minutes (1 hour, 55 minutes)
Students complete their classes either mostly in the morning or mostly in the afternoon, and families can structure the rest of the day however they like. Note that there are breaks between Zoom times.
You can view the full schedules here.
How do assessments work in the FLEx program?
Students will need to come to campus to take any required Standards of Learning assessments. All other assessments are given online. Assessments are a combination of traditional style assessments (though shorter than what you would see in a traditional classroom), oral examinations, and performance assessments.
Can we move in and out of the FLEx program as our needs change?
The FLEx program is a year-long commitment. Students can be moved out if they are not seeing success in the virtual classroom, although several layers of support will be used to make every effort for student success. If families choose to remove their child(ren), they will not be allowed back into the FLEx program unless there are extenuating circumstances.
What are the class sizes?
We are committed to keeping class sizes small to ensure the greatest interaction possible!
In grades K&1, students are in small groups of no more than 8 students, and each teacher has no more than 16 students total.
In grades 2&3, students are in groups of 9 or smaller for the bulk of their reading and mathematics instruction, and groups of no more than 18 for their class meetings, whole group reading, and science/social studies instruction.
In grades 4&5, students are in groups of 10 or smaller for the bulk of their reading and mathematics instruction, and groups of no more than 20 for their class meetings, whole group reading, and science/social studies instruction.
Class sizes in middle school will vary based upon enrollment numbers, but we will work to limit most groups to 10 or fewer students.
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