Dear Parent and Students,
I am sending my weekly message early to share information from last night’s Board of Education meeting.
Last night the Board approved the recommendation to offer hybrid in-person instruction starting March 8. This decision is possible because of access to the vaccine, the move into Phase 4 with declining infection numbers, and the masking, distancing, and cleaning plan we have put into place.
Remote or Hybrid Choice
Parents took a survey in the fall to let us know if their student would take classes remote or hybrid. If you selected hybrid, we will email your group and schedule on February 24. If you cannot remember if you chose remote or hybrid, contact your student’s school counselor.
Switching from Hybrid to Remote or Vice Versa
Students can change their schedule to remote at any time. Students can switch to hybrid only if there is room in all their classes.
Hybrid Model of In-person Instruction
Our hybrid model divides students into 3 groups: Group A, Group B, and Group C. On days when students are not in the building, they are learning remotely. View the Hybrid Schedule.
What Does Hybrid Learning Look Like?
Teachers are in front of their camera and the lesson is live streamed. This allows remote students to receive the same instruction as hybrid students. Students attending class in-person will use their earbuds or headphones to participate in the lesson with the remote students. All students and staff wear masks and maintain six feet of distance. There is no gathering in the hallways, working closely in groups, or sharing materials. Students will not dress for Physical Education, use locker rooms or any school lockers. Students receive a free bagged meal when leaving the school. There is no eating in the building or buses.
Transportation is provided to hybrid students who live within school bus boundaries. Students must wear masks on the bus, maintain 6 feet of distance, and sit one person to a bus seat, unless students reside in the same household.
Entering School & the Bus
On days when the student is attending school in person, a parent or guardian must pre-certify that his/her student does not have COVID or COVID like symptoms. Parents/guardians pre-certify their student by completing a short survey accessible through a mobile app or electronic device. When students enter the building their temperature is taken, and they must show proof of pre-certification. We will send specific directions for parents and students prior to March 8.
Sanitation & Cleaning
The school building is cleaned throughout the day and at the end of each school day. Students wipe down and sanitize their desk each period. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available in all classes.
If necessary, the hybrid learning structure allows us to take an “Adaptive Pause” for reasons such as increased positivity rates, COVID transmission, and quarantines. During an Adaptive Pause, students do not come to school. Teachers deliver their lessons remotely. An Adaptive Pause can take place for the entire school, or a specified class or area of the school. Every situation is different.
This is new to all of us. If something makes sense to change, we will change it. We are flexible so we can improve hybrid learning.
Answering Questions & More Info
We will communicate more information closer to March 8. If you have a question and can’t find the answer on the Remote & Hybrid Learning Webpage, fill out the Hybrid Learning Question Form. A staff member will answer your question.
Next Week’s Schedule
The schedule for next week is below.
Have a great week.
Dr. Karla Guseman