To ensure the district is able to follow all NYSDOH and NYSED guidelines for the health and safety of all students and staff, in-person instruction will begin this fall using the hybrid model, meaning that students will attend school at 50 percent capacity. To do this, students will be assigned one of two teams. Team A will attend in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday. Team B will attend in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a virtual learning day for all students. There will be five days of instruction per week. Two days will be in-person, and three days will be remote learning.
After multiple conversations with our teachers about virtual teaching and learning, the district has concluded that offering a 100% remote-only instructional choice for families is possible. Families who choose this option must be willing to commit to this model for the entire 2020-2021 school year. All instruction, hybrid or remote-only, will include daily digital lessons covering all curriculum content. The digital lessons will be asynchronous instruction, meaning students do not have to attend a live webcast of a lesson. Instead, they can access the lesson at the convenience of the family. Families may express their interest in this option by completing the 100% Remote Learning Enrollment Form. Parents of students with an IEP or 504 plan that choose the remote-only option should recognize that all special education services will be offered virtually to the greatest extent possible.
The district will be using online learning platforms and will provide resources and training to students, families and staff. Grades PK-2 will use the Seesaw online platform. Grades 3-12 will use Google Classroom. Teachers will provide correspondence and instruction for students and parents using these platforms.
In addition to virtual instruction, remote learning also could include students using hard copy textbooks and/or learning kits. When these methods are used, teachers will establish a plan for delivery of materials, if necessary, and submission of student work.
Most remote learning will be asynchronous, meaning students will complete work on their own schedule, to provide flexibility for families. Some remote activities on virtual day (Wednesday) may be synchronous, and students will be encouraged to be online at a specific time, to allow for the whole class to engage with each other.
There will be an expectation for daily attendance and full participation of all students. Attendance will be taken whether students are in-person or remote, and students will earn grades.
In the event the schools are shut down due a COVID-19 outbreak, the district will be prepared to easily transition to remote-only learning for all students. A limited number of chromebooks are available to families that do not have a computing device in the household and can be signed out from any of the building’s main offices. Wi-Fi is available in the Jr./Sr. High School student parking lot to download materials or to work live on instruction. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for free at the Brownville-Glen Park Public Library parking lot.