Reopening Schools: In-person/Hybrid School

The district’s full reopening plan includes an In-person/Hybrid instructional model for students for the 2020-21 school year. On Aug. 10, parents were asked to register their children for either the In-person/Hybrid or Fully Virtual model. Nearly 75% of the student population selected In-person/Hybrid for September. Below are some details about the In-person/Hybrid model. Certain details, such as pick-up and drop-off procedures, specific schedules, etc., are still being worked out and will be shared with parents closer to the start of school.

In-Person/Hybrid School refers to the model whereby students will attend school in-person. In order to meet or exceed the NYS Department of Health and NYS Department of Education guidelines for safe in-person education, we are implementing modifications to the students’ schedules and daily routines. These modifications vary by level:

  • Elementary In-Person/Hybrid Model: Students in Grades 1-5 will attend school daily.  Elementary class sections are divided into two “pods” of 10-12 to maintain social distancing.  All students in each pod will be taught by a certified BHBL elementary teacher.  Pods are also supervised at times by a second adult when the primary teacher is physical with the other pod. Technology and socially distant spaces (i.e. outside) will be utilized as appropriate to “join” the pods.  Special area classes will be provided to the pods on rotation utilizing a combination of remote and in-person delivery models.
  • Kindergarten In-Person Model:  Kindergarten students will attend every other day for in-person instruction.  Students will not receive formal instruction on alternate days.
  • Secondary In-Person/Hybrid Model: Students in grades 6-12 will attend school on a rotating basis (2 days in-person and 2 days virtual from home on an alternating, predetermined schedule).  Teachers will provide instruction to both sets of students using synchronous and/or asynchronous instructional strategies.

Guidelines for the BH-BL In-Person/Hybrid Model

Curriculum, Content, Concepts & Skills

The NYS Education Department expects 180 days of instruction aligned to the outcomes in the NYS Learning Standards.  Departments and Curriculum Councils will Identify a concise plan in defined intervals (10 weeks, quarterly, trimester, etc.) that include the major concepts, essential content, and priority skills they plan to cover for each grade level and/or course generating consistency in overarching instructional design.  Weekly plans for learning will be guided by this essential content. Total content covered over 180 days of school should be essentially the same as in traditional school. Individual teachers develop lessons and instructional delivery.

Pedagogy

All teachers in grades 3-12 will use Google Classroom as their primary instructional platform. All teachers in grades K-2 will use Class Dojo or Google Classroom as their primary instructional platform.

Teachers will be provided with professional development in August and September (and ongoing throughout the year) to self certify on the BH-BL standard digital platforms for virtual and hybrid learning. Teachers will utilize these platforms to differentiate instruction, accessing a variety of delivery methods that best suit their course, grade level and teaching style.  Instructional approach may include a combination of:

Grades K-5
  • Core Instruction is provided in “pods” through a combination of methods.
  • In-Person Instruction in Multiple Settings. Teachers will use a variety of methods to teach core instruction in one pod, while a second adult works with students on specific activities in a second pod.
  • In-Person Instruction with Streaming. Teachers will use a variety of methods to teach core instruction in one pod while streaming that instruction to a second pod being supervised by another adult.
  • Pure Streaming. Classes may be streamed into pods from fully remote locations. This may be a primary mode of delivering special area classes. Teachers who are teaching classes in a pure streaming model will be provided with a “studio” space specific to their subject area (i.e. from a piano, an art studio, or a library reading area) that will allow them to seamlessly broadcast lessons. Elementary special area teachers would be able to attend in-person whenever they wanted to, with the streaming from a studio always available as a back-up.
Grades 6-12
  • In-Person Instruction with Streaming. Using Google Meet along with other digital platforms, teachers will deliver in-person instruction to half of the students while streaming to the other half all or a portion of the class in real time. Teachers may incorporate asynchronous or project based opportunities within this model.
  • In-Person Instruction with Asynchronous “Flipped” Instruction. Using a variety of digital platforms, teachers will deliver in-person instruction to half of the students while providing captured or recorded lessons with associated expectations for the other half of the students.  These activities may include teacher/student synchronous interactions for a portion of the lesson.
  • In-Person Instruction with Authentic Independent Instruction. Using a variety of methods, teachers will deliver in-person instruction to half of the students while engaging the other half of the students in high quality independent learning activities.  These activities must engage students in the learning process. Examples include project-based learning, computer aided instruction, independent research/writing.) Teachers will provide assistance to students in this mode of instruction through asynchronous and synchronous methods outlined above.

Class Meetings

  • Kindergarten: Kindergarten students will attend every other day for in-person instruction.  Students will not receive formal instruction on alternate days.
  • Grades 1-5: Students in Grades 1-5 will attend school daily.  Grade-level Elementary class sections are divided into two “pods” of 10-12 to maintain social distancing.  All students in each pod will be taught by a certified BHBL elementary teacher.  Pods are also supervised at times by a second adult when the primary teacher is physical with the other pod. Technology and socially distant spaces (i.e. outside) will be utilized as appropriate to “join” the pods.  Special area classes will be provided to the pods on rotation utilizing a combination of virtual and in-person delivery models.
  • Grades 6-12: Teachers will make daily personal connections with students through live instruction and via Google Meet.  These connections will allow teachers to take attendance, introduce new content or skills and will allow students to connect with their teachers and peers in order to be guided through lessons, ask questions, and maintain personal relationships. The duration of the virtual connections depends on the daily instructional plan but should be substantial enough to guide learning. Teachers may use non-instructional time to provide additional assistance to students during the school day at their discretion.  MS and HS teachers must be on site and available for academic support during AAP for students seeking assistance in-person or virtually.

Daily Schedule

The HS, MS and Elementary School will follow a specific schedule.  This will prevent conflicts from arising in scheduling and allow a consistent plan for student instruction. Students will attend all assigned classes at their scheduled time, whether in-person or hybrid.  The method of instructional delivery will vary.  Teachers will be expected to make synchronous connections with all students daily for the purpose of attendance and orienting the instructional day.  Daily Schedule Outline

  • The HS schedule will follow a modified block schedule.
  • The MS will follow the traditional schedule at all grade levels
  • We will follow a modified elementary school schedule with staggered drop off and pick up times.  The instructional day will include times for core instruction as well as specials.  Grade level schedules will be posted soon.

Communication Protocol: Assignments

Teachers will streamline regular communication about assignments and announcements to hybrid students through the use of school approved platforms at grade level.  All teachers in grades 3-12 will use Google Classroom.  All teachers in grades K-2 will use Class Dojo or Google Classroom.

Student Support

Student engagement and performance will be tracked regularly through the student management system and other measures.  Interventions will be established through pupil assistance team meetings and other plans including the input from teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, related service providers, school resource officers, and administration.  The professionals listed will also intervene on individual students based on reports of concern received from teachers.