English Learners

  • Elementary Online Learning FAQ for Parents

    Elementary In-Person Learning FAQ for Parents

    Secondary Online and In-Person Leaerning FAQ for Parents

    CPS Fall 2020 Plan - English Learners CPS English Learners (EL) and CPSElementary@Mizzou (Elementary Online Learning)

    If my student is an EL student, can he/she enroll in the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program? 

    Yes. All CPS elementary students, including those who are identified as EL, are eligible to enroll in CPSElementary@Mizzou. 

    Will my EL student continue to receive EL support in the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program? 

    Yes. All students who are eligible for English Learner (EL) support will continue to receive direct and indirect EL support while taking part in the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program. The curriculum used in the CPSElementary@Mizzou program was designed for English Learners, as part of the Mizzou Academy. The Mizzou Academy is an elementary online program that currently enrolls students from many countries around the world. Students who are learning English as a second language make up about 75% of the students who are enrolled in the online classes through the Mizzou program. 

    EL instructional supports are built into the curriculum that will be used in CPSElementary@Mizzou; however, it is important to note that the teachers working in the CPSElementary@Mizzou program are not necessarily certified EL teachers. CPS EL teachers and EL administrators will work closely with the teachers in the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program to ensure that EL supports are implemented in the courses. 

    Students will have the option to receive direct EL services from a CPS EL teacher through one of the following ways: 

    1. Go to their assigned elementary school building and join EL groups there during regular school day hours. There will be specific times and days that the student must be present to participate in their designated EL groups. Transportation will not be provided. 
    2. Work with a CPS EL teacher in online meetings and groups via Zoom during regular school day hours. There will be specific times and days that the student will need to log into the Zoom meetings with the EL teacher to receive EL support. 

    What if my student is unable to attend CPS in-person EL sessions or online EL groups for direct EL support? 

    Parents who are unable to bring students to EL sessions at their elementary school or have their student attend online EL groups must sign an opt-out form that states they are opting out of direct EL services. Students in this category will continue to be identified as an EL student and will be required to take the annual EL test, the ACCESS. CPS online teachers working in the CPSElementary@Mizzou program will receive support and coaching from the CPS EL department in order to meet the needs of the EL students in the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program. 

    If I choose to have my student attend EL groups in-person, will that be in our assigned elementary building (home building or current EL building)? 

    Most likely, yes. If you choose for your student to attend EL in-person groups, we will make every effort for the student to attend those sessions in your regular assigned elementary building (the one you attend now). However, if the district has to reassign buildings based on enrollment and health concerns, we may have to make adjustments for EL in-person groups, as well. CPS EL teachers will determine the times and days for those sessions. The frequency and duration will be based on the individual student’s English language level and his/her need for language support. 

    If we choose to attend EL sessions in-person, will transportation be provided to and from the school for those sessions? 

    No. All students participating in CPSElementary@Mizzou will be required to provide their own transportation to and from school to join EL groups in person. 

    If I choose to have my student receive direct EL support through an online environment, will there be specific times and days for the online EL sessions? 

    Yes. Students who do not attend in-person EL groups will be required to join online EL groups at certain times and days each week during regular school hours. This will be determined by the online EL teacher and will be based on the student’s individual English language level and his/her need for language support. Students who participate in online EL support will be required to have access to Zoom and other online resources for their EL groups. 

    If we choose to receive direct EL support online, will my student continue to work with the same EL teacher who is assigned to our current EL elementary school? 

    The online EL teacher may or may not be your student’s current EL teacher. Online groups will be created based on the number of EL students who are enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou. If the teacher is not your current EL teacher, your student will work with another CPS EL teacher. 

    Is the CPSElementary@Mizzou online learning program appropriate for EL students who are just beginning to learn English (newcomers)? 

    This is a decision that will need to be discussed with the family and CPS EL teachers and administrators. The online environment requires more independent learning and organization, and some students will be very successful in this environment, regardless of English language proficiency. However, there will not be the same level of direct EL support for beginning level students, so that is something the family will need to consider. The EL department will discuss this with your family at any time. 

    If I choose CPSElementary@Mizzou online, will my student continue to be identified as an English Learner? 

    Yes. All EL students will continue to be identified as English Learners (EL) until they test out of the program and meet the criteria to reclassify out of EL. 

    Will the annual EL test (ACCESS) be given to students who choose CPSElementary@Mizzou online? 

    Yes. All EL students enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou will be required to take Missouri’s annual English language test, which is called ACCESS. EL students enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou will be required to attend an in-person test session. The test dates are set by the Missouri Department of Education and typically occur in January or February of each year.  The exact date, time, and place of this test will be determined by the CPS EL department, and we will communicate the schedule and other information directly with families in December 2020. 

    Will CPS screen newly enrolled students for EL support if they choose CPSElementary@Mizzou? 

    Yes. All enrolling students who meet the criteria for English Learner testing will be given the EL screening test during the enrollment process, even if the family chooses to enroll the students in CPSElementary@Mizzou. The EL department will work with the family to schedule the screening test for newly enrolled students. 

    If we choose CPSElementary@Mizzou, will my student have access to the general education classroom in his/her regularly assigned elementary building?

    Students enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou will not have access to the general education classroom in their regularly assigned elementary building; however, students will work with general education students in the online classes in CPSElementary@Mizzou. In addition, they will work with other CPS EL students through in-person groups at the elementary building or through online EL groups. They also will have access to CPS PE, art, and music through courses shared online. Families will be able to contact the school’s media specialist and counselors to assist, as needed.  

    If my family chooses the CPSElementary@Mizzou online program and finds that our student needs more direct EL support, can we switch back to traditional in-person school in our home building after school has started? 

    If you feel that your student needs more EL support and you would like to consider moving back to in-person school after the school year has begun, please contact your EL teacher and/or the EL department to discuss options and the best plan for your student. 

    How can I contact the CPS EL department? 

      1. Email - ELDepartment@cpk12.org
      2. Phone - 573-214-3965
      3. Twitter - @CPS_EL
      4. Facebook group - Columbia Public Schools English Learners (ELL)

     

    CPS English Learners (EL) and Elementary In-Person Classes


    Will EL students continue to receive EL support if we choose to send them to school for in-person classes? 

    Yes. All EL students will continue to receive direct EL support from EL teachers in our elementary buildings that have EL programs (all buildings except Alpha Hart Lewis, Benton, Midway, Ridgeway, Two Mile Prairie). 

    Will the EL services look different than they usually do for in-person students? 

    Yes. We are following guidelines from the CDC, the MO Department of Education, and the Boone County Health Department to establish best practices for in-person classes. One of those recommendations is to establish and maintain stable groups among students. Therefore, most of our EL support will be provided by teachers who are pushing into the regular classroom, rather than the typical model of pulling students out of multiple classrooms into small EL groups. We will reevaluate this practice as we go and make adjustments as possible. If the situation with the virus changes to be less of a concern, we will make changes to our EL support services accordingly.  

    If CPS has to close my student’s school or the entire district because of health concerns, will my student continue to receive EL support? 

    Yes. If CPS has to close your student’s school because of a health concern, the classes will move online. Your student’s EL support will be provided online, as well. Your student’s EL teacher will establish a schedule to meet with your student via Zoom and communicate that information with your family directly. If the entire school district has to close because of health concerns, we will follow the same process and provide EL support online.  

    Will the annual EL test, the ACCESS, be given to students who attend school in-person? 

    Yes. All EL students will be required to take Missouri’s annual English language test, which is called ACCESS. The test dates are set by the Missouri Department of Education and typically occur in January or February of each year.  The exact date, time, and place of this test will be determined by the CPS EL department, and we will communicate the schedule and other information directly with families prior to testing. 

    Will CPS screen newly enrolled students for EL support if they attend school in-person? 

    Yes. All enrolling students who meet the criteria for English Learner testing will be given the EL screening test during the enrollment process. For elementary students in EL buildings, the EL teacher will administer the test and report the results to parents/guardians immediately after testing. For students who live in the attendance areas of Alpha Hart Lewis, Benton, Midway, and Two Mile Prairie, or who will attend Ridgeway will need to come to the EL office to complete EL testing prior to starting in-person classes. Students who are enrolling in any of these five schools can make an appointment for testing by calling 573-214-3965. 

     

    English Learners (EL) and Secondary CPS Virtual (Online) 

    If my student is an EL student, can he/she enroll in the CPS Virtual courses? 

    Yes. All CPS secondary students, including those who are identified as EL, are eligible to enroll in CPS Virtual.  

    Will my EL student continue to receive EL support in the CPS Virtual program? 

    Yes. All students who are eligible for English Learner (EL) support will continue to receive direct and indirect EL support while taking part in the CPS Virtual program. CPS EL teachers and EL administrators will work closely with the teachers who are teaching the CPS Virtual courses to ensure that EL supports are implemented in the courses. 

    CPS Virtual EL Students will receive direct EL services from a CPS EL teacher through Zoom during regular school day hours. There will be specific times and days that the student will need to log into the Zoom meetings with the EL teacher to receive EL support. 

    What if I choose for my EL student to not attend the CPS Virtual EL groups for direct EL support? 

    Parents who do not allow their students to attend online EL sessions must sign an opt-out form that states they are opting out of direct EL services. Students in this category will continue to be identified as an EL student and will be required to take the annual EL test, the ACCESS. CPS Virtual teachers working in the CPS Virtual program will receive support and coaching from the CPS EL department in order to meet the needs of the EL students in the CPS Virtual courses. 

    If I choose CPS Virtual, will there be specific days and times that my student must meet on Zoom for the online EL sessions? 

    Yes. Students will be required to join online EL groups at certain times and days each week during regular school hours. This will be determined by the online EL teacher and will be based on the student’s individual English language level and his/her need for language support. Students who participate in online EL support will be required to have access to Zoom and other online resources for their EL groups. 

    Will there be EL resource classes available online? 

    Yes. We will provide an online EL resource class that is similar to our in-person resource classes. The structure of this course will depend on the number of EL students who enroll in CPS Virtual. The resource class(es) will meet via Zoom on scheduled days and times during regular school hours. The online EL resource teacher will communicate the times and days directly to the students and families. 

    If we choose CPS Virtual, will my student continue to work with the same EL teacher who is assigned to our current EL school? 

    The online EL teacher may or may not be your student’s current EL teacher. Online groups will be created based on the number of EL students who are enrolled in CPS Virtual. If the teacher is not your current EL teacher, your student will work with another CPS EL teacher. 

    Is the CPS Virtual learning program appropriate for EL students who are just beginning to learn English (newcomers)? 

    This is a decision that will need to be discussed with the family and CPS EL teachers and administrators. The online environment requires more independent learning and organization, and some students will be very successful in this environment, regardless of English language proficiency. However, there will not be the same level of direct EL support for beginning level students, so that is something the family will need to consider. The EL department will discuss this with your family at any time. 

    If I choose CPS Virtual, will my student continue to be identified as an English Learner? 

    Yes. All EL students will continue to be identified as English Learners (EL) until they test out of the program and meet the criteria to reclassify out of EL. 

    Will the annual EL test (ACCESS) be given to students who choose CPS Virtual? 

    Yes. All EL students enrolled in CPS Virtual will be required to take Missouri’s annual English language test, which is called ACCESS. EL students enrolled in CPS Virtual will be required to attend an in-person test session. The test dates are set by the Missouri Department of Education and typically occur in January or February of each year.  The exact date, time, and place of this test will be determined by the CPS EL department, and we will communicate the schedule and other information directly with families in December 2020. 

    Will CPS screen newly enrolled students for EL support if they choose CPS Virtual? 

    Yes. All enrolling students who meet the criteria for English Learner testing will be given the EL screening test during the enrollment process, even if the family chooses to enroll the students in CPS Virtual. All secondary students who are enrolling in CPS must take the screening test at the district office. Students can make an appointment for testing by calling 573-214-3965. 

    If we choose CPS Virtual, will my student have access to the general education classroom in his/her regularly assigned secondary building?

    Students enrolled in CPS Virtual will not have access to the general education classroom in their regularly assigned secondary building; however, students will work with general education students in the online classes in CPS Virtual. In addition, they will work with other CPS EL students through online EL groups. As stated above, students will be able to attend both online and in-person classes for certain specialized courses that cannot be presented in an online environment.(See bullet point #3 on page 1 of this document.) 

    If my family chooses the CPS Virtual online program and finds that our student needs more direct EL support, can we switch back to traditional in-person school after school has started? 

    Students who begin the year in CPS Virtual can move into in-person classes in January, when the second semester begins. If you feel that your student needs more EL support than he/she is getting online, please contact your student’s online EL teacher or the EL department to discuss options and the best plan for your student. 

    How can I contact the CPS EL department? 

      1. Email - ELDepartment@cpk12.org
      2. Phone - 573-214-3965
      3. Twitter - @CPS_EL
      4. Facebook group - Columbia Public Schools English Learners (ELL) 

    English Learners (EL) and Secondary In-Person Classes

    English Learners (EL) and Secondary In-Person Classes

    Will EL students continue to receive EL support if we choose to send them to school for in-person classes? 

    Yes. All EL students will continue to receive direct EL support from EL teachers in our secondary buildings that have EL programs (all buildings except West Middle School and John Warner Middle School). 

    Will the EL services look different than they usually do for in-person students? 

    Students enrolled in in-person classes will receive EL support as they typically do in all school years. 

    If CPS has to close my student’s school or the entire district because of health concerns, will my student continue to receive EL support? 

    Yes. If CPS has to close your student’s school because of a health concern, the classes will move online. This will include EL Resource, if your student is enrolled in that course in-person. Your student’s EL support will be provided online, as well. Your student’s EL teacher will establish a schedule to meet with your student via Zoom and communicate that information with your family directly. If the entire school district has to close because of health concerns, we will follow the same process and provide EL support online.  

    Will the annual EL test, the ACCESS, be given to students who attend school in-person? 

    Yes. All EL students will be required to take Missouri’s annual English language test, which is called ACCESS. The test dates are set by the Missouri Department of Education and typically occur in January or February of each year.  The exact date, time, and place of this test will be determined by the CPS EL department, and we will communicate the schedule and other information directly with families prior to testing. 

    Will CPS screen newly enrolled students for EL support if they attend school in-person? 

    Yes. All enrolling students who meet the criteria for English Learner testing will be given the EL screening test during the enrollment process. All secondary students who are enrolling in CPS must take the screening test at the district office. Students can make an appointment for testing by calling 573-214-3965.