District Moves to Hybrid Learning Model

District Moves to Hybrid Learning Model
Posted on 09/28/2020
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(Oct. 5, 2020) – The Board of Education voted tonight to follow the district administration’s recommendation to move to a hybrid learning model beginning Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. 

During the past week the district has seen an increase in the number of school staff members who have tested positive or are quarantined due to a close contact with a positive person. Finding substitutes to fill some of the positions has been extremely difficult. 

In-person classes will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 6, but schools will be closed the remainder of the week – Oct. 7, 8 and 9 in preparation for this transition – this includes students who attend Hillyard Technical Center. No remote learning will take place on those three days for in-person students. 

This is how the district’s hybrid learning model will look starting Monday, Oct. 12:

  • Pre-K and Elementary students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be for remote learning.
  • Middle and high school students will be divided into two groups or cohorts based on last name. 
  • Cohort A will attend in-person learning on Monday and Thursday (last names A-K). Remote learning will occur on all other weekdays. 
  • Cohort B will attend in-person learning on Tuesday and Friday (last names L-Z). Remote learning will occur on all other weekdays.
  • Hillyard students will attend classes 4-days a week. Remote learning will occur on Wednesday.
  • All activities and practices will remain in place at this time. 
  • Student transportation routes will not be affected.

This move to a hybrid learning model and this week’s schedule will NOT impact students who have selected to attend the SJSD Virtual Academy. 

More information will be provided to middle and high school students about the remote learning schedule for days the students are not participating in face-to-face learning. If students don’t have internet capabilities at home, parents are encouraged to notify their child’s school by 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7 to secure a hotspot. One hotspot per family will be provided by the district. If parents have multiple children, they should make the request to only one school. Parents will be able to pick-up the hotspots on Thursday or Friday of this week at the school they contacted.

Meal pick-up will be available for all hybrid students on Wednesdays from 12 – 12:30 p.m.  

  • Families will have to submit their meal request form by 1 p.m. tomorrow October 6 for meal pick-up on October 7 and 14. The meal request form is now closed.
  • For subsequent weeks, families will have to submit their meal request form every week by Thursday at Noon to pick up meals the following week. An email reminder will be sent. 
  • Meal pickup locations will be at all school sites EXCEPT Central, Bode, Ellison, Field, Oak Grove, and Webster. You may choose any pick-up site, it does not have to be your home school.
  • Meals must be picked up between 12 – 12:20 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Pick up will take place drive-thru style at each school.
  • Meals will consist of items that must be refrigerated and reheated.
  • Meals will not be delivered to homes at this time.
  • Meals will be provided to hybrid students free of charge at the designated pick-up locations through December as part of the Seamless Summer Option program that was extended by the USDA.

Special education and ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) will attend in-person classes all four days at the secondary level.

When the district developed its reentry plan over the summer with input from staff, parents and the community, it was stated that the plan was fluid; and the district would have to make shifts or changes if the health and safety of students and staff became an issue. “This is not an easy decision because we know this will impact our families,” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl. “We are trying to reduce the number of people in our buildings at any given time which we hope will reduce the likelihood of spread. We can’t stress enough the importance of staying home if you are sick. The number of cases in our district is one factor that determines when we will return to a regular schedule.”

The administration and Board of Education will re-evaluate the hybrid learning plan at its regularly scheduled meetings on the 4th Monday of the month. 

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