It’s hard to believe that we’re more than halfway through the 2020-2021 school year. We know it’s been a challenging year for students, families, and staff. The success of our hybrid mode thus far has been the result of all stakeholders working closely together. We thank you for the role you’ve played in supporting your child’s schooling on the days when they’re not in person with us.
As stated in previous Superintendent’s communications and at recent Board of Education meetings, the District continues to increase in-person learning time for K to 12 students in a variety of ways. To that end, the current hybrid model will be modified to add one day of in-person instruction every other week for students in grades 1 through 4. For the moment, Kindergarten and students in grades 5 through 12 will continue following their current schedules.
Starting Wednesday, March 10, 2021, students in grades 1-4 will attend school between 9:25 and 12:15 p.m. on alternating weeks by blue and orange cohorts (see below). Transportation will be provided, and breakfast and lunch will be available. Additionally, if parents are interested in child care beyond those hours, there is limited availability in the SACC program. More information about this opportunity will be forthcoming.
The additional day is intended to provide targeted academic instruction. With this goal in mind, students in K-4 will continue to have live PE provided but the learning for other specials will become asynchronous. PE schedules will be adjusted to allow the in-person time to focus on academics. Starting March 10, the Wednesday schedule for all PE classes will be as follows:
- Kindergarten: 10-10:20
- Grade 1: 1:45-2:05
- Grade 2: 2:10-2:30
- Grade 3: 2:35-2:55
- Grade 4: 3-3:20
The schedule for upcoming Wednesdays will be:
- March 10-- Blue, Grades 1-4
- March 17-- Orange, Grades 1-4
- March 24--Blue, Grades 1-4
- March 31-- Orange, Grades 1-4
- April 7--Blue, Grades 1-4
- April 14--spring vacation; no school
The hybrid model continues to evolve as the District takes steps towards providing full in-person schooling for all students in a sustainable and safe manner. The impact, if any, this adjustment has on our ability to keep schools open for in-person instruction regardless of staff and student quarantines, along with our ongoing assessment of the public health conditions and the vaccination rollout for the BPS faculty, will inform decisions regarding the continued evolution of our learning model at all levels, including the intermediate and high schools.
We thank you in advance for your flexibility and on-going support as we navigate the challenges of this year. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s principal.
Jim O’Connor, Robin Goeler, Maria Clark, Lauren Skultety