Enhanced Distance Learning

What is Enhanced Distance Learning?

In the Enhanced Distance Learning model, students of all grade levels learn at home with the same teacher/teachers and classmates as they would if they were attending school fully in person. Students  have a predictable schedule, with multiple opportunities each week to connect synchronously (live via Zoom video-conferencing) with their teachers and peers. Informed by the feedback we gathered from families, students and staff members, our Enhanced Distance Learning model is a more robust version of the distance learning that families experienced in the spring of 2020. 


For Enhanced Distance Learning, attendance will be taken during synchronous (Zoom) classes, in conjunction with an “evidence of participation” approach. 

Grab-and-go meal program

During Enhanced Distance Learning, free grab-and-go meals for all Upper Arlington Schools students, including students in the UA Online Academy, will be offered through our Nutritional Services department. For more details about our meal program, please visit our Nutritional Services page.

Learning platforms

Students and teachers will utilize the following online learning management systems based on their grade levels. Parents will be able to monitor their students’ work and progress by using a parent account.

Canvas (grades 4-12) - student account and parent account
How to create a parent observer account in Canvas

SeeSaw (grades K-3) 

Learning resources

UA Mobile Learning Resources hub — Families may access our UA Mobile Learning Resources hub to learn more about our technology resources, how to support their students' learning, and how to get the most out of their district-issued iPad and other technology tools.

In addition to the above platforms, students will be using Zoom, our district’s video-conferencing tool, to connect with their teachers and classmates.

Student Services

Special education: Intervention specialists and related services providers will collaborate with the general education teachers in order to ensure all specially designed instruction is provided to students in collaborative, resource, and small group settings based on students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Gifted services: Gifted intervention specialists will provide gifted services based on students’ Written Education Plan (WEP) and Written Acceleration Plan (WAP) during their enhanced distance learning pull-out class.

Well-being supports

We are committed to supporting the well-being of every student always and especially during these unpredictable and uncertain times. The following well-being supports will be available to any student in any learning model, including Enhanced Distance Learning:

  • Focused support and programming in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • School counselors K-12
  • School nurses
  • School psychologists
  • Prevention clinicians (Syntero)
  • Referral services for mental health specialists
  • Community-based educational programs and supports
  • School counselor facilitated groups
  • Advisory groups

Please reach out to your school counselor, nurse or principal if you need support.

Flexibility as we move forward

Flexibility will be crucial as we move forward together in the coming weeks and months. All plans are subject to change based on evolving conditions, data about the status of the pandemic, and recommendations or guidance from public health authorities and the scientific community.
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