The online option (Viking Online School) allows students to receive their education completely online. The district is using Acellus as its online curriculum provider with a North Canton City Schools teacher connected to each student (there could be a few exceptions to this). With Acellus, all lessons and assessments, aligned to standards, are already created and will permit the student to work through instructional lessons and assessments with the North Canton teacher serving as a resource. At the elementary grades, the contact with the teacher will be more frequent whereas at the middle and high school levels, students will need to work more independently but will still have access to teachers to provide assistance. Due to having to coordinate district staffing, students who choose Viking Online School at the beginning of the school year will be required to stay online for at least the entire first semester. Students will then be able to transition back to attending school in-person beginning January 19, 2021, or may choose to continue their online learning for the entire second semester of the school year (1/19/21 - 5/27/21) if they choose. Exceptions may be made for IEP students in permitting them to return to in-person learning sooner than specified above.
ONLINE LEARNING: ACELLUS
The Acellus curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards in math and English Language Arts, just like North Canton's curriculum is aligned with Ohio Standards which is aligned to the Common Core. At the K-3 level, there's a very strong emphasis on math and English Language arts in the North Canton schools, and Acellus will have that same emphasis. However, there will be content work in Social Studies and science, and the standards are very similar to the Ohio standards in those two subjects. Also, our North Canton teachers will have the flexibility to adjust what is taught to ensure that it aligns the best that it can. The benefit of having your child in North Canton’s online program is that we will have North Canton teachers connected to your child whereas if you work through Acellus, you will not have a local teacher.
The decision was made to go with an online curriculum provider where the content is already created so that teachers can spend their time actually instructing students instead of spending time creating the curriculum and putting it into an online platform that students could access at home. While we feel our teachers did the best that they could with that in March through May of this past school year, the reality is that they spent far more time creating the curriculum/putting it into the online platform, creating materials that could be accessed online, that they had less time to spend actually teaching students.