• Remote Learning Information - 2021-22 School Year

    Michigan City Area Schools intends to be back to a regular schedule of 5-day per week, in-person instruction to begin the 2021-22 school year on August 18th. Our district believes that for the vast majority of students, this is the best and most effective model for learning.

    MCAS acknowledges, however, that some families may wish to opt for a remote learning option for their students, for reasons related or unrelated to the current pandemic. As a result, our district will offer the following options for the 2021-22 school year: MCAS Online for Grades K-6 and Michigan City Virtual Academy for Grades 7-12. (See descriptions below)

    Requests must be submitted by FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021. Please complete a separate application for each student in your household.

    If you are participating in traditional, in-person learning for your student in the fall, you DO NOT need to complete this application.

    Families will receive confirmation of student placement by June 4, 2021. 
    About the Options

    MCAS Online (GRADES K-6)
    Students in the K-6 program will receive online instruction five days per week from certified MCAS teachers. This will be a blend of live instruction via internet tools such as Zoom and posted lessons on platforms such as Schoology, Seesaw, iReady, Google Classroom, Kami, Pear Deck, Quaver, etc. All Indiana standards will be taught, in both the core subjects of Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies and in related areas, including Art, Music, Computer Science, and Physical Education. Students must participate in scheduled live online interactions with teachers and peers each school day, during regular school hours. Adult supervision and engagement at home (a “home learning coach”) is required for all students participating in MCAS Online. All students and parents (and/or the adult serving as the home learning coach) must attend meetings in-person at school for one half-day each month, to receive important supports and materials. MCAS Online is a trimester-long commitment.
    Michigan City Virtual Academy (GRADES 7-12)
    Lessons for students in grades 7-12 will be provided through the Edmentum online curriculum, including mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, and electives. Students can access lessons and coursework at any time of the day or night, however, occasional live online check-ins during the school day will be required. The online curriculum is aligned to Indiana Academic Standards. Each course will have units, modules, recorded lessons, assignments, and assessments. Students must demonstrate mastery of material before they can move on to the next unit or module. Under the guidance of certified MCAS teachers, students will set their own pace as they work through course material. At the high school level, numerous elective offerings, including Advanced Placement courses and some world languages, will be available. High school students can earn a Core 40 Diploma or an Academic Honors Diploma through this program. MCVA is a semester-long commitment for all students.
    Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities in-person at school.
    Social-emotional resources and lessons will be included for all students.
    Social work and school counseling services are available for all students.
    These programs are not recommended for students with IEPs who require a modified curriculum or intensive support.
    School meals will be available for pickup on a weekly basis for remote learners and must be ordered in advance.

    IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS for All Students Learning Remotely (K-12)
    Reliable home internet connection is required.
    All students and parents (and/or the adult serving as the home learning coach) must attend an in-person meeting prior to the start of the school year.
    All students K-12 will report in person for state- and district-mandated testing including but not limited to the ILEARN, IREAD, IREADY, WIDA, ASVAB, PSAT, and/or SAT.
    Parent/guardian must provide transportation for required in-person meetings and testing given at school.
    Failure to remain current in coursework will result in removal from the remote program.
    Failure to meet at least a 90 percent attendance benchmark will result in removal from the remote program.
    Adherence to a virtual school handbook will be required.
    Questions? Please contact your child's school principal.