ABIGAIL KESSLER Journalist Sun
While the plan for the future is to run the school primarily in person, students in the Flagstaff Unified School District will still have the opportunity to learn online. Starting in the fall, FUSD will also be offering Flagstaff Online Academy, a K-4 online school.
FOA will be based at Thomas Elementary, but it is its own school, with dedicated teachers and a version of the district curriculum developed specifically for online learning. It is headed by Thomas Elementary Principal Ginni Biggs, who has been with the district since 2005.
“As a district, we just wanted to provide this option for our families when they are sailing… what’s best for their kids next school year,” Biggs said. “If our community shows an interest in this, then we want to meet them at that time. “
FUSD will not be offering a hybrid option this year where teachers simultaneously teach students online and in person. Families who want their children to continue online school must do so by applying for FOA.
The FOA schedule will be the same as the rest of the district, including breaks, holidays, early exits and snow days. Like other FUSD elementary schools, it will run from 8:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday and drop out at 12:25 p.m. on Friday.
The program will be a combination of teacher-led education and independent work. It covers the same material as the rest of the district and students will also have the opportunity to interact with teachers and other learners online.