TOPS FAQs

Please check back regularly as FAQs are subject to updates and additions.

Enrollment

Little Girl in Pink, Learning at HomeCan I get into TOPS after the registration deadline has passed? After the school year begins?
(September 1) Please see the TOPS Important Dates and Registration information on the primary TOPS web page for continuing registration information.

What will happen to TOPS if the whole district is moved to remote learning after school starts?
(July 27) LPS is committed to TOPS for the 2020-2021 school year. Many families need consistent, on-going education options regardless of changing health guidelines this year. Students who register and enroll in TOPS will remain part of TOPS even if the rest of the district moves to remote learning (see registration timelines for more information). Students wishing to return to their school of in-person learning will follow the outlined timeline; elementary school – anytime, middle school – at a quarter, and high school – at the semester.

Will enrolling in TOPS affect my student’s open enrollment status at their current school?
(July 23) Open enrollment status is not affected by TOPS registration. Students will have to remain in good standing and complete the annual intent to renew enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. See additional information regarding optional/open enrollment.

How many students are in TOPS? 
(September) There are roughly 1758 students in TOPS, grades K-12 (+).  

Curriculum / Program Info

When can I see what classes are offered? 
(August 17) TOPS Course Catalog  //  TOPS Catálogo de Cursos 

What will the TOPS day be like?
(August 18) TOPS Elementary Bell Schedule

(August 14) TOPS Grades 6-12 Bell Schedule

(August 5) Schedules will depend on grade level. Please see an EXAMPLE schedule here. Specific daily schedules will be released by August 28th (updated August 24) the week of August 20

(July 23) Students will have weekly learning plans to engage in each of their courses. An LPS teacher will help facilitate a student's learning through synchronous opportunities during the program day (8:30-3:30). When not participating in synchronous learning activities a student will complete work independently.

Child Learning on Computer, Teacher on VideoWhere are you finding the teachers to teach the TOPS program?
(July 27) All TOPS teachers (to the degree possible) will be LPS teachers from LPS schools. TOPS will not be affiliated with a specific school as it is a stand alone program, students and teachers will be from all schools. Some advanced courses may be taught by high school teachers (with advanced training) in addition to their responsibilities at their high schools.

What online curriculum will TOPS use?
(August 17) TOPS K-12 will be using Pearson Connexus as their online curriculum and learning platform. Additional information can be found here.

(July 27) TOPS secondary students (6-12) will be using Pearson Connexus as their online curriculum and learning platform. Additional information can be found here.

(July 23) TOPS will be using age appropriate, standards-aligned curriculum chosen by LPS educators. While materials are not the same as materials used in the classroom for in-person learning, they will address the same standards and concepts. Every effort has been made to ensure students have an engaging, robust learning experience that challenges them and ensures a smooth transition back to in-person learning.

What will the learning experience through Pearson Connexus be like?
(August 5) Please see this student experience demonstration for more information about how students will use Pearson Connexus. Depending on courses and level not all features may be available. 

What will TOPS students do for P.E. credits? (other electives?)
(July 27) TOPS is a program, with likely a smaller student count and therefore staff count than a comprehensive high school. With those limitations, we won’t be able to offer the range of courses that we could in a comprehensive, brick and mortar school. Likewise, not all classes lend themselves to online learning, especially in the areas of performing arts. Students will have some choice in electives, including taking P.E. and all graduation requirement courses for high school students. 

What are the concurrent enrollment options for students?
(July 27) Concurrent enrollment courses will be offered through online options at Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University.

What are the Honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate opportunities for high school students in TOPS?
(July 27) Honors and Advanced Placement courses may be available based on TOPS program enrollment and student request. International Baccalaureate courses will not be offered in the TOPS program.

How will students be graded?
(July 27) TOPS staff and students will have the same grading practices as their in person school of attendance. This will help facilitate transitions back to the in-person schools.   

Will students still have their picture in the yearbook? Have the opportunity to go in for school pictures?
(July 27) Yes. Students will have their picture in their in-person school’s yearbook.

My high school student needs credit recovery courses, will they be available?
(August 2) Yes, the TOPS program will use the same credit recovery program that is used at the other high schools. 

How will TOPS know which classes my student needs?
(August 3) We will be working with in-person school staff-counselors, teachers and administrators to identify previously requested courses as well as in-person schedules that may have been created over the summer. Not all these classes may be available at TOPS so we will be connecting with families, as needed, to resolve the differences. This process will take place over the next couple of weeks so that students can have schedules for the week of August 20. 

Elementary FAQs

Why is the school day longer than LPS elementary schools? Does my child have to start and end at those times?
(August 20) The TOPS schedule allows for the teachers to schedule synchronous events throughout the day and week. Your child may start earlier or later, but synchronous events may need to be provided during the blocks of time shown on the schedule. The longer school day allows for students to take breaks from the computer throughout the day, but can be modified to fit your child’s needs. 

Will my child  be sitting in front of a computer all day? How long will my child spend on the computer?
(August 20) Your child will participate in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities on the computer, but teachers will also provide learning opportunities that do not require a screen. The total time spent online may vary from day to day, but teachers will never expect your child to sit in front of a screen for the entire school day. Synchronous and asynchronous lessons for literacy and math will be between 15-45 minutes and will require computer use. Follow up learning activities will include a balance of online and offline time. Breaks will also be built into lessons and school day. 

The schedule does not work for my family, can we create our own household schedule?
(August 20) Your child may work on recorded lessons and teacher assigned learning activities at times different than those shown on the schedule. It is important to stay on track with lessons and learning activities, but we understand that the exact timing may look different in each household. Synchronous events will be scheduled during the blocks shown on the schedule. Teachers will work with families to schedule synchronous events and some flexibility is possible.  

How many synchronous events will my child be expected to attend?
(August 20) We would like for students to participate in at least three synchronous 15-30 minutes events per week. One synchronous meeting for peer connection and social emotional learning, one synchronous meeting for literacy, and one synchronous meeting for math. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule these events

Middle School FAQs

SCHEDULES

Why don’t have classes scheduled in every block?
(September 1) TOPS students have all been scheduled for six classes giving them full time status.  In an online program, students are given unscheduled time to do independent work.

Why do I have an 8th grade class when I am in 7th grade (or 7th grade class if in 6th grade)? 
(September 1) This is specific to math classes only. If you are in an accelerated class, the title of the class will be the grade level above. For example, if you are a 7th grader in “8th grade math,” that means you are in accelerated math. Algebra and geometry are titled as such in schedules.

Why is there not a teacher listed for my class?
(September 1) Some teachers are still in the hiring process.  The names of teachers will be added to your schedule as soon as possible.

Why do I have three electives?
(September 1) Students should only have two elective classes and four core classes. If you have more than two electives, please complete the schedule change form.

Why is my second semester such a mess?
(September 1) Second semester is still a work in progress as we put priority on first semester classes. The classes for second semester will be taken care of in November and students will have access to their schedules before the end of this semester.

What if I already took a higher math class and I have it on my schedule again?
(September 1) Please complete the schedule change form and the counselor will make the appropriate change

High School FAQs

SCHEDULES

Why don’t have classes scheduled in every block?
(September 1) TOPS students have all been scheduled for six classes giving them full time status and enough credits to remain on track for graduation. In an online program, students are given unscheduled blocks of time to do independent work. There will be some exceptions for students who are in OJT and ACTS.

Why can’t I take two classes in math?
(September 1) This may be allowed only if the math sections are not overloaded with limited staff. Students will be able to take the math class in line with their grade level graduation requirement.

Why am I not in the honors class I chose (English 10 honors instead of just English 10)? 
(September 1) We are working with information from spring registration and counselor information from your in person school. This may be an oversight on our part-this would be a scheduling error that we can fix.

Why am I in Western civilization when that is a senior class and I’m not a senior?
(September 1) Western Civilization is a course that is scheduled at different grades at different high schools. Western Civilization is the equivalent of World History at Littleton High School. 

Why am I not in Integrated Science? 
(September 1) TOPS does not have Integrated Science. We have talked with administrators at each of the high schools and have aligned it to the TOPS offerings. Integrated Science or Integrated Science i/II students will be enrolled in Physical Science. Integrated III/IV students will be enrolled in Biology, Honors Integrated III/IV students will be enrolled in Chemistry. 

Why is there not a teacher listed for my class?
(September 1) Some teachers are still in the hiring process. The names of teachers will be added to your schedule as soon as possible. Please check the TOPS high school website for directions to access these classes through Pearson.

Can I sign up for more than six classes to get ahead?
(September 1) TOPS is limited on the number of staff who are available to teach classes. Therefore, we have to limit all students to no more than six classes.

What should I do if I’m taking one of the classes I got for TOPS online through BYU?
(September 1) Please complete the schedule change form and we will double check with your in-person counselor. 

What should I do if I am missing an upper level class like Spanish 3?
(September 1) As long as you have completed the prerequisite for the upper level class prior to enrolling in TOPS, you can complete the schedule change form to have the change made.

What do I do if I have a job and one of my classes is during the time I have to work?
(September 1) Please work with your employer to make changes to your work schedule. 

Why is my second semester such a mess?
(September 1) Second semester is still a work in progress as we put priority on first semester classes.  The classes for second semester will be taken care of in November and students will have access to their schedules before the end of this semester.

My student needs additional support classes that aren’t on his/her schedule-why not?
(September 1) Our special service provider team is continuing to work on student schedules and are adding appropriate support classes that will support student needs.


GRADUATION

Will my high school student continue to make progress toward graduation requirements?
(July 23) Yes-high school students will be enrolled in a full schedule of courses that will be aligned to the graduation requirements of his/her in-person school. 

Can students participate in graduation or continuation ceremonies at the in-person school of enrollment?
(July 23) Yes, students who complete their senior year in TOPS and meet LPS high school graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in their in-peron high school’s graduation ceremony at the end of the year. Elementary students and middle school students will be allowed to participate in their in-person school’s continuation ceremonies.

Support Needs

Little Girl Online Learning, Teacher with A Book on ScreenHow will my student’s IEP or 504 Plan be implemented if they are in TOPS?
(July 28) Students who require the support of an IEP or Section 504 Plan will receive comparable services based on their current needs. There will be licensed special education staff available to provide virtual direct instruction and related services to students as indicated on their IEP.  Reasonable accommodations will be implemented to ensure students have access to their education and make progress on their IEP goals. Plans will be updated annually, just like when students attend their in-person school of enrollment.

If my student has a disability that requires significant support, can they still participate in TOPS?
(July 28) TOPS staff will work to accommodate, modify and supplement coursework so that every student is able to meaningfully participate in online learning activities.

Will my student receive their Special Education support from the team at their school or from new people?
(July 28) Depending on program need, LPS will utilize a team of professionals to meet the special education needs of students in TOPS. This may or may not include staff from your current in-person school of enrollment. If not, you can expect that your current team will collaborate with the team at TOPS and that they will have a representative at the IEP meeting.

Meals for TOPS Students 
(August 15) Families with students who are learning from home will have the opportunity to pick up breakfasts and lunches once per week for the whole week. Temporary Online Program for Students (TOPS) families will be able to get up to five breakfasts and five lunches for each student, and families with students in a hybrid in-person/remote learning model will be able to get up to three breakfasts and lunches for each student (schedule below). Students do not have to be present at meal pickup, but their student ID number must be provided to the Nutrition Services team for their point-of-sale system. Meal prices will be based on student eligibility, just as they would be if the student was eating in the school (click here to fill out a 2020–2021 free and reduced price meal application).

TOPS families’ meal pickup will take place outdoors at hub schools, similar to Nutrition Services’ “Grab & Go” service over the summer. Middle and high school students participating in the hybrid in-person/remote instruction model will be able to pick up their meals at their school or at the hub schools identified for TOPS students on Mondays/Fridays. All food available for pickup is prepackaged. If your family has students with food allergies or sensitivities, please call Nutrition Services to make arrangements for special meals at your family’s pickup location (303-347-3355).

Information is always changing, so be sure to follow Nutrition Services on their website (www.lpsnutrition.com) and social media (Instagram @lps_nutrtion_services or Facebook @lpsnutritionservice) for the most up-to-date information.

 

TOPS Families Meal Pickups
Pickup days are Mondays or Fridays starting August 31

In-Person School of Enrollment

Hub School
(Pickup Location)

Pickup Times

(Mondays/Fridays)

Centennial, Goddard, Wilder

Goddard Middle School

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Lenski, Newton, Peabody, Sandburg, Twain

Arapahoe High School

1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Euclid, Hopkins, Powell, Runyon, Options, Redirections, Transition, Littleton Academy

Heritage High School

1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

East, Field, Highland, Franklin, Moody, Littleton Prep

Littleton High School

1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

 

Middle and High School In-Person/Remote Hybrid Meal Pickups
Meals are picked up by students through the cafeteria; meals can also be picked up by families from Hub School locations listed for TOPS

Cohort Group

Middle School Pickup

High School Pickup

Group A

Mondays 3:50 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Mondays 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Group B

Tuesdays 3:50 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Tuesdays 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Internet & Technology

What about families with connectivity/internet access issues? 
(July 23) TOPS staff will work with LPS on access strategies and resources. Reliable internet is critical for your student’s success.

Will LPS be issuing Chromebooks for TOPS students?
(July 23) Yes. It is preferred that students use their LPS assigned device. Tech support will be available for staff and students through a central depot.