What is the a.m./p.m. schedule being proposed for elementary students?
Under this proposal, elementary students would increase consistency and contact time with teachers by attending in-person instruction for 3 hours every day of the week.
8:10-11:10 a.m. - A.M. Group
11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Cleaning, transition, staff lunch, band and orchestra
12:15-3:15 p.m. - P.M. Group
Does my student gain instructional time in the A.M./P.M. Model?
The chart/graph below shows the increased, in-person instructional time our elementary students will receive in the A.M./P.M. Model.
Does my child remain in the same cohort?
Yes, students will remain in their A group and B group cohorts to honor the relationships created so far this year. Exceptions may be made for students who receive specialized services and any changes will be communicated by building principals.
Is morning or afternoon better for student learning?
While many may believe students learn better in the morning or afternoon or have a family preference, there is not consistent evidence to show one is better than the other. However, there are many studies that show contact and interaction with a teacher is one of the most determinative factors in student achievement and learning. Increasing time with teachers, whether it is in the morning or afternoon, is one of the best ways to increase student achievement.
What does my child do when they are at home?
Students will utilize Google Classroom to access health, science, and social studies assignments. Additionally, asynchronous learning will allow students to practice literacy and numeracy skills and engage in a deeper exploration of content.
What does my child do when they are at school?
Students will be engaged in focused learning on reading, language arts, and math. These key foundational skills are the building blocks of elementary education. Students will also be able to receive intervention and gifted services while in-person at school.
Allied arts programming will also be integrated into the weekly in-person schedule with two 40-minute allied arts classes per week. Additional allied arts programming will be provided virtually on Wednesdays.
How will the band and orchestra time work?
Band and orchestra will be offered during the transition period between the A.M. and P.M. groups. Band will happen twice a week with 35-minute sessions. Orchestra will take place once a week, with a 60-minute session.
How will the classrooms be cleaned and disinfected in between the AM and PM cohorts?
Each teacher will be supplied with disinfectant cleaning supplies and will disinfect common surfaces such as desktops and door handles in between classes. We have continued to learn more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 and it has become increasingly evident that surfaces are not the primary way the virus spreads. Cleaning will still be completed between groups but the cleaning process will not be as extensive as the process required at the start of the pandemic.