• Link to Mr. Wynne Presentation on 8/11/2020

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    To access Mr. Wynne's presentation from the Virtual Community Meeting on 8/11/2020, please click here.

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  • Why did you choose the hybrid model instead of five days/week, especially for K-5 children?

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    The district considered a whole range of potential models before settling on the every-other-day hybrid. Using survey data, health agency literature, state education guidance, and conferring with our staff and other local school districts, we ultimately settled on a solution that seemed to best fit our local context.
     
    Throughout this process, we took a hard look at models that might allow elementary children to be in school five days per week, as we recognize that distance learning is more challenging for younger children. For example, we explored bringing all elementary students back at regular density using three-sided desk barriers. We soon realized, however, that the movement patterns of younger children would not enable them to remain within the confines of the barriers consistently enough to meet the current regulations. We also felt that this might force more families to elect to remain home in a fully remote situation.
     
    We also explored having high school students receive fully remote learning and distributing K-5 students throughout the district at half density. The big problem we ran into with this model is the exceptionally high cost of staffing. By effectively doubling the number of K-5 sections, we would have added approximately sixty classrooms, each needing a teacher or teacher assistant to supervise the learning. While we could redeploy some of our teachers and teachng assistants for this purpose we still would have had to hire dozens of teaching assistants to assist with the alternate classroom cohort while the classroom teacherteachers alternated between both cohorts of students. The cost of this plan was simply prohibitive.
     
    We also considered alternating half days, which would have alowed all students to be in school every half day. Not only was this model somewhat unpopular in the survey, posing difficulty for most family work schedules, but it would have necessitated doubling the number of daily transportation runs, dramatically increasing transportation costs. In addition, the time necessary to complete the thorough cleaning protocol required between morning and afternoon cohorts would have substantially lengthened the overall school day.
     
    It is true that a few school districts in the region have been able to make some of the above approaches work. However in such cases, districts either had no transportation to consider, smaller scales of operation, or differences in funding or staffing to enable the viability of some of these approaches. It appears that the majority of districts in our region are doing something similar to what we are doing for the same reasons-- at least as a start. Our intent is that we can start the hybrid with success and then adapt from there.
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  • Will a fully online option be offered to families who are not comfortable returning to school?

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    Yes. If your family is not comfortable sending your child(ren) to school under the every other day hybrid model, the district is planning to make fully remote learning available as an option. To access this option, you MUST OPT IN using this Google Form. Completing this form as early as possible within the week of August 10 will greatly assist with our ability to staff all programs accurately. 

    For K-5 elementary students, the fully remote option would consist of an online learning experience delivered both synchronously and asynchronously by a teacher assigned to a specific grade-level cohort of students. This cohort would follow curriculum standards but with lessons, assignments and activities that are independent of the every-other-day hybrid students. 

    For 6-12 secondary students, the fully remote option would consist of the student receiving the same online teaching that is being delivered virtually to students at home in the every-other day model. On Wednesday mornings, students in the fully remote option would have the opportunity to check in live with teachers via office hours.

    Families opting into the fully remote model are asked to make a commitment to stay within the program through the first semester (late January) so that we can maintain stable staffing in both the hybrid and fully remote models. There would be an option for families to opt in or out of the fully remote model for the second semester.

     

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  • If I select the fully remote option, how long must I commit? Can we move back to the hybrid anytime?

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    We are asking families opting into the fully remote option to commit to remaining in the fully remote option through at least the first semester, which is typically in late January. At that time, families will have the option to consider opting in or out of the fully remote option for the second semester.

    We ask for this commitment because students moving between the hybrid and full distance learning programs could cause class sizes in either program to suddenly become too large or too small. This could cause us to have to create or collapse classrooms, which would necessitate reassigning students and teachers in the middle of a marking period. As much as we would like to be flexible, we are concerned with maintaining as much program continuty and quality as possible.

     

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  • What will the layout of classrooms look like?

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    Most classrooms will have 12-15 desks arranged in rows, all facing the same direction, spaced 6 feet apart.  A classroom by classroom determination will be made regarding all other furniture to provide the most space possible for instructional purposes.

    Here is a typical classroom layout diagram provided by Education Week

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  • Will students be able to use lockers?

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    At this time, students will not be able to use lockers.  Students will be able to carry their backpack from class to class at the secondary level.  Teachers will work closely with students to determine what supplies/resources are needed on a daily basis to prevent the unnecessary carrying of materials that are not needed.

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  • Will live and remote students be interacting?

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    While a teacher may choose bring students together for selected activities from time time, the primary method of instruction will involve the teacher delivering an online lesson suitable to both to students in school and at home.

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  • Will live lessons be recorded for later viewing?

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    Live lessons will not be recorded. In grades 6-12, lessons will be delivered to both in school and online to students according to a regular daily schedule. In grades K-5, ELA and Math lessons will be delivered live according to a schedule. 

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  • Will students in the classrooms also be on computers?

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    We are planning for this to be the case. Through a combination of students bringing their own devices to school and the school making one of its 700 Chromebook devices available for students, we belive we should have enough devices for all students to carry from home to school.

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  • What is the status of devices? May students use their own? Will the district provide devices to use?

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    According to a recent survey, many families within the district indicated a willingness to provide devices for their students to use at home and also bring to school. Our in school wireless networks can accommodate use of personal devices in school. In addition, the district has 700 Chromebooks available for student loan, and these can be used both at home and in school. 

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