This option places your child in the care of their classroom teacher and provides a supportive in-class instructional environment to enhance their academic and social emotional development. To reduce the number of students and staff from different Learning Groups that interact, while still maintaining important peer connections, students will be enrolled in the quarter system. In the quarter system:
The quarter system reduces the number of Learning Groups with which students and staff interact during instructional time, as well as the number of transitions between classes. Anytime multiple learning groups are in close proximity and cannot maintain physical distancing (for example, moving through hallways), masks will be required. In any block of instructional time where multiple learning groups are enrolled in the same course, students will reduce their physical contact within their learning group in that classroom and will maintain 6 ft of physical distance from the other learning groups.
- students take 2 courses a quarter, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon;
- there are 4 quarters; and,
- each quarter is approximately 9 weeks.
Most schools and classrooms have the space needed to maintain these safety protocols. In any course/block where the space does not permit these safety protocols to be maintained, other measures will be applied which continue to maintain maximum classroom instruction. For example, that course could be moved to a new location, students may need to wear masks, etc. Finally, in any course/block where all of the enrolled students cannot safely maintain the safety protocols, a hybrid model with reduced numbers of students seated in the classroom at any time, will be created. Any students not seated in the class during such a hybrid will be rotated into the classroom on a schedule so all students get in-class instruction. All students not seated in a class during their block should be able to work in a different environment within the school, rather than going home.
Overview of a typical day:
- On arrival, students will be directed by staff and clear signage to hand washing / sanitizing stations.
- Where needed to reduce crowding, some sites will have staggered entry, break, and exit times.
- Clear signage will direct movement through the schools, and provide physical distancing and hygiene reminders.
- Students will attend their morning and afternoon classes. Hand hygiene stations will be available in every class.
- Where students from 2 or more Learning Groups are in the same class, there will be clear signage indicating where each Group sits to maintain physical distance. A larger learning space may be assigned; where physical distancing by members outside of a Learning Group is not possible, masks will be worn.
- During breaks and lunch, students will wear masks when not in their Learning Group, and all times when moving through hallways.
If you choose this option, there is no further action needed. We're looking forward to welcoming your child back to school!
Please note: If you are concerned about your child attending school in September due to a significant mental health or medical condition or due to the medically supported condition of someone else in your home, contact the Director of Learning Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about staying enrolled in your school, and in a Learning Group cohort, but remaining at home with Homebound Program Support.