As you likely heard, the Mayor and the Chancellor met with principals yesterday morning to share some updates.
The chancellor also shared a letter for families that provides a great deal of information about the Fall; please read the Chancellor’s letter. Today, Lisa Seale Cruz and I will be hosting a Q&A for parents; in our Q&A we will review the details that we have been provided and answer any questions for you that we can!
Joining information for today's 1:00pm Q&A
Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/mca-umox-krw
Join by phone: +1 484-857-2660 (PIN: 452565734)
As was shared earlier this month, and is reiterated in the Chancellor’s letter–all families will have the option to choose a full time remote learning model. The DOE portal that will allow families to choose full time remote learning will open on July 15th. Families will have until August 7th to sign up for full time remote learning. Families that do not sign up for full time remote learning, will engage in learning five days a week in a blended model (a combination of in-person and remote learning.) We recognize that it will be very hard for families to choose a blended or full time remote learning model, without knowing more about both models. Two critical questions that we hope to have answers for soon are:
How, and by whom will instruction be provided for families who opt for full time remote learning?
Given that teachers will be engaged in live instruction with in person learners, what are the expectations and models for engaging blended learners on the days that they are slated to learn from home?
As soon as we are able to share more about either question and the two models we will, and we appreciate your ongoing advocacy and communication with us around what you hope for in both models.
At the Chancellor’s meeting, several models were shared for blended schedules, and schools have been asked to choose a model, or if the models are not feasible as a result of safety, staffing, or due to the number of students who opt for full time remote learning, schools can propose a school specific model and apply for an exception. Of the models presented, two apply to our K-12 community.
Model 1: 50% capacity–in this model, students attend school in 2 cohorts (A and B) Each cohort has 2 consistent attendance days- for example, Cohort A always attends on Tuesday/Thursday and Cohort B always attends on Wednesday/Friday, cohorts attend on alternating Mondays- Cohort A in week one, Cohort B in week two. In this model students have in person instruction for 2-3 days per week.
Model 2: 33% capacity–in this model, students attend school in 3 Cohorts (A, B, and C) Each cohort has one consistent day that they attend school in person- Cohort A always attends on Wednesday, Cohort B always attends on Thursday, and Cohort C always attends on Friday. Cohorts attend on Mondays and Tuesdays in a rotation- In week one Cohort A attends on Monday, Cohort B attends on Tuesday, and Cohort C is remote for both days. In Week 2 Cohort B attends on Monday, Cohort C attends on Tuesday, and Cohort A is remote for both days, etc.... In this model students have in person instruction for 2 days a week, except for every third week, in which they have 1 day of in person instruction.
Our capacity for daily in person instruction will be determined by safety regulations–6 feet of physical distance per person in the classroom, staffing, and the number of students who opt for full time remote learning.
We will also continue to study other reopening models that are being implemented elsewhere, and if we find a model that better meets the needs of our community, we will engage the community in evaluating it, and if it meets with approval, we will apply for an exception.
In terms of our planning, the most critical variable will be knowing the number of students who will be continuing with full time remote learning in the fall. We are sharing our internal family survey with you today. In the survey we ask if you are planning to choose full time remote learning in the fall- please know that this is not binding at all, it just helps us to get a more realistic sense of what the fall might look like. We are also sharing a survey to get more feedback from our Middle and Upper grades students about their experiences with remote learning this spring, and their hopes for the 2020-21 school year.
- The link to the survey for parents and guardians is here: Family Survey
- The link for the Middle and Upper grades students is here: Student Survey
We appreciate your voices and your help in planning for the fall.
I want to extend my gratitude to all of you who have reached out to share resources, concerns, ideas, hopes, and dreams. Please keep reaching out and sharing! I continue to remain confident that the creative problem-solving skills of the NEST+m community, combined with the love and empathy that abounds, will guide us to a safe, engaging, joyful learning model for the fall.