OVERVIEW OF BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN 2020
Parents may select their preferred option:
1.Full-time Remote Learning
2.Full-time In-Person Learning
Option Selection Considerations:
Remote learning and in-person learning will be as aligned as possible.
Academics will be data-driven to ensure any learning gaps are covered.
This is temporary – ideally we go back to normal after Fall Break or after Winter Break.
REMOTE LEARNING OPTION
The following students will be able to participate in Remote Learning:
Remote Learning Considerations:
IN-PERSON LEARNING OPTION
The following students will be able to participate in In-Person Learning:
Normal Schedule Considerations:
Cohort Schedule Considerations:
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (ECAs)
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND DISTANCING MEASURES
Sick Students and Staff:
Case Coordination and Communication:
Cleaning and Hygiene:
Masks and Protective Equipment:
Visitors and Volunteers:
Dates are tentative and subject to change slightly.
What is a flipped classroom? Many middle school classes will be using a flipped classroom model. This means that students listen to the lecture (a video) at home and use class time to ask questions and work on assignments that apply the lecture with the direct support of the teacher.
Are “cohorts” the same as homerooms? Yes, for Elementary students. If a cohort schedule is necessary to start out but we are able to return to our normal schedule, elementary “cohorts” become the homerooms. Remote learners will be assigned to a homeroom so that they know where they will land upon their return. In Middle School, the cohort will be their assigned ability group, which will also be their homeroom. Upon arrival to school, students will report to their first period class for homeroom time.
What about small-group ability group classes? Generally speaking, the very small group AG classes will be in the same cohorts so they can go to their small AG classroom for literacy and math. In middle school, students in small group classes will break from their ability group cohort to attend their small group for literacy and math.
Will the school take parent requests for cohort assignments? No – as with homeroom assignments, we cannot take parent requests due to the extreme complexity. However, if you feel that your child and another child should not be together due to potential issues, email your thoughts to your principal to take into consideration.
How much parent time is involved in remote learning? This is entirely dependent on the age of your children. The best source of information on this is your principal.
What will “ability grouping” look like for remote learners? Assignments and work will be differentiated to account for each student’s ability, consistent with what ability group assignments look like in person.
Is there a plan for remote learning for all learners if the school is forced to close? Yes. All teachers are receiving training on remote learning over the summer including the technology platform, expectations, and standards.
Will there be accommodations for allergies while eating in the classroom? If eating in a classroom is necessary, accommodations will be made for allergies such as requiring nut-free lunches for all students. Feel free to contact the school nurse with specific concerns.
Will families who travel for Fall Break be asked to quarantine? Only if the state or local health department require quarantine.
When will cohort/homeroom lists be available? Parents will receive assignments for their student(s) the first week in August. For privacy reasons, we cannot release the names of the other students without family permission.
REVISED CALENDAR FOR 2020-2021