We expect the governor to determine whether or not schools may open in the fall during the first week of August; however, we have been preparing for any decision. We also know that the complex nature of the pandemic may require a combination of these scenarios over the course of the year. In all cases, we know that this has been a stressful time for children and we will be devoting a great deal of planning to making sure that our school cultures remain joyful and nurturing.
In-Person or Hybrid Instruction
The following scenarios will be used if schools are allowed to reopen in the fall for in-person education until such time as guidelines around social distancing relax.
Grades UPK-6: In Person
Student classrooms will be able to accommodate approximately 15 students. For example, a grade consisting of 45 students will require three rooms instead of just two. In order to provide maximum support and supervision, two classroom teachers, a support staff member and a special education teacher will separate duties and rotate between these three classrooms. All three rooms will also be connected via distance conferencing technology. We hope that having access to these additional staff members will help students learn and succeed in this different environment.
Students will be assigned work spaces within the classrooms, and travel between different parts of the school will be minimized to avoid cross contamination. In addition, students will eat in classrooms. Special classes (art, music, library, and PE) will typically meet in students’ classrooms, though students may travel with special area teachers to other locations which will be cleaned and disinfected between groups using these areas. Recess is an important part of the school day and will still take place, though in smaller groups than in the past and with practical distancing and hygiene considerations. Students need not wear masks during recess.
Grades 7 and 8: In Person
We anticipate all students in grades 7 and 8 attending school in person every day with the following period schedule:
Period 1 – 7:55-8:52 a.m.
Period 2 – 8:55-9:52 a.m.
Period 3 – 9:55-10:52 a.m.
Period 4 – 10:55-11:52 a.m.
Period 5 – 11:55 a.m.-12:52 p.m.
Period 6 – 12:55-1:55 p.m.
Students in 7th and 8th grade will take all core classes and specials. As in the Elementary School, students will be assigned workspace in socially-distanced classrooms, kept in cohort groups of approximately 15 students, and travel will be minimized. In some instances, teachers may be connected to two or more rooms via distance conferencing technology, though we will always have teachers in rooms live with students to provide extra support and supervision.
Grades 9-12: Hybrid
Senior High School students in grades 9-12 will be on the following rotating schedule of in-person and remote instruction:
Grades 9 & 10
Monday – In-Person Instruction
Tuesday – Remote
Wednesday – In-Person Instruction
Thursday – Remote
Fridays with Odd Numbered Dates – In-Person Instruction
Fridays with Even Numbered Dates – Remote (except Oct. 16 & Dec. 4, which will be in-person)
Grades 11 & 12
Monday – Remote
Tuesday – In-Person Instruction
Wednesday – Remote
Thursday – In-Person Instruction
Fridays with Odd Numbered Dates – Remote
Fridays with Even Numbered Dates – In-Person Instruction (except Oct. 16 & Dec. 4, which will be remote)
Period Schedule (whether in-person or remote):
Period 1 – 7:55-8:50
Period 2 – 8:50-9:45
Period 3 – 9:45-10:40
Period 4 – 10:40-11:35
Period 5 – 11:35-12:05
Period 6 – 12:05-1:00
Period 7 – 1:00-1:50
When in school, students in grades 9-12 will be assigned workspace in socially-distanced classrooms, kept in cohort groups of approximately 15 students. While travel will be minimized, students may be going to other locations for classes. In addition, students will eat in classrooms.
In some instances, teachers may be connected to two or more rooms via distance conferencing technology, though we will always have teachers in rooms live with students to provide extra support and supervision. In-person instruction will primarily center on core area classes such as ELA, math, social studies, foreign language, and science. Remote classes will primarily focus on elective areas.
Individual student schedules with both classroom numbers and Google Meet links will be sent home in August.
There may be the need to phase into and out of remote learning during the course of the year. Though we encourage all students who are able to attend in person classes when they are offered, we know that some students may be medically unable to attend school. We also know that some parents may be uncomfortable allowing their children to return to school at this time.
While students electing to stay home may stream instruction during the day following their grade’s in-person schedule. Recordings of classes will also be made available upon request. If the entire school needs to transition to remote learning, core classes will be streamed at the following schedule:
ELA – 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Math – 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Lunch Break 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Social Studies/Science – 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Support Services – 12:30-1:15 p.m.
These streaming services will be recorded and provided synchronously so that students have the opportunity to interact with their teachers. In addition, substantive feedback will be given on work completed by students.
Please note that support service teachers may join students in their core instruction to help differentiate their instruction. Please also note that class lengths will be variable depending on a child’s developmental level.
Jr./Sr. High School
Because all classes will be streamed, students who are not in school may also connect to them from their homes remotely. The same period schedules will be followed whether instruction is in person or remote. Recordings of instruction will also be made available upon request. Schedules with both Google Meet classrooms and physical classrooms will be provided to students in August.
For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.
Interscholastic sports are not permitted at the time of publication of this guidance. Low-risk activities, such as those outlined in the DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” will be permitted if they can be conducted in a safe way following social distancing and cleaning protocols.
More specific information on extracurricular activities and athletics will be forthcoming.