• Blended Learning FAQ

    For questions about the health and safety protocols in our schools, please see the Health & Safety Plan

    What will change during virtual instruction for those students who have opted for the Blended Learning Plan?

    During Virtual Learning, those students who had chosen the Blended Leaning Plan will learn synchronously on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Wednesday is designated for asynchronous learning, teacher office hours, etc. whether learning in the Cyber Academy, Virtual, or Blended Model.

    Wednesdays will be reserved for office hours, asynchronous learning, etc., no matter what other days we are in school--including shortened weeks. 

    What do you mean by synchronous learning? Synchronous learning is direct interaction with your teacher and other students. It includes various learning activities, projects, labs, assessments, etc. It is not just students watching a teacher lecture. Teachers engage students in a way that strengthens and deepens the learning process.

    What does asynchronous learning look like? Students are not required to participate in learning at a designated time. The teacher delivers instruction through a recorded video, projects, virtual labs, assignments, etc.

    When will we find out which group I am in for the Blended Program? - The District will be sharing which group students will be assigned to as we get closer to the start of the school year.

    What happens if I am absent, out sick or have a scheduled day off? - Staff will post their substitute plans in a asynchronous model (just as if school was in session traditionally)

    If I select the OJR Cyber Academy, am I still able to participate in clubs, music, sports, etc? - Yes, these activities will be available to all students as long as they are being offered.

    Will my child’s IEP or GIEP be implemented with fidelity? Yes, all Special Education and Gifted Education services will be provided to students in the Hybrid and Virtual models.

    What happens if schools are forced to close for in person learning due to a PA mandate? OJR reopening plans were created with this possibility in mind. Since Virtual Instruction, the Blended Program and OJR Cyber Academy are taught by OJR teachers using the district’s curriculum, all content and pacing remains consistent. All students and teachers will be able to seamlessly transition to a full virtual model. Our teachers will be highly trained and prepared this time. We will be well-positioned in the event the Governor shuts down schools.


    Will my child’s AP and Dual classes be taught by teachers who are trained in this? Yes, all AP and Dual Enrollment courses will be taught by teachers who have taught this before and are trained in the program.

    What does scheduling for students going into our Technical Programs look like? - We are working with the various programs to get more information, including transportation details as soon as possible. We are working to make EVERY student experience a successful one.

    Can my child start the year in the Cyber Academy but have the option to return to the high school and vice versa? Yes.

    Will it be easier to navigate Canvas? Last year course pages looked different.
    Yes. All teachers will utilize a standardized Canvas template.

    My child attends TCHS. How will the OJR Cyber Academy work with their program? If TCHS has in person instruction, we will transport them from home to TCHS (part-time and full-time students).

    How will the Blended Learning Plan work if school has to go remote? Whether we have to go temporarily remote (cleaning for positive case) or if we are fully remote, virtual instruction will continue on pace.

    How will attendance be taken for Blended Program students? Attendance will be taken once a day by 1st period teacher.

    If all restrictions are lifted will my child be able to finish the year in a Blended Program? Will their schedule change? We expect school to resume in the traditional manner if PA restrictions are completely removed. Blended Learning would not continue, but could be reactivated if events trigger that.  Cyber Academy will continue.

    For additional questions, please email Mr. Tom Hankel, interim principal, thankel@ojrsd.net