School Board Weighs Starting on-campus Hybrid Learning in January

A plan presented to the board at the Oct 13 meeting would divide the student body. The plan would have to be approved by the board to take effect.

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A worker sanitizes a restroom at Mira Loma High School in a photo that was included in the slide presentation shown to the school board on Oct. 13. Enhanced cleanings would be part of bringing students back on campus part-time.

Mirada Staff

District Superintendent Kent Kern presented the school board with a plan to re-open high schools in January at Wednesday’s board meeting, one day after Sacramento County amended its public health guidance to permit schools to resume on-campus instruction with COVID-19 modifications.

The plan, similar to the one the district considered in July, would bring back students in two cohorts, each on campus two days a week, and also allow students the option to continue learning entirely online. The plan must be approved by the board be taking effect.

California uses a color-coded chart to determine how counties can reopen schools and businesses.

Following the state’s multi-tier Covid-19 reporting system, the county moved from Purple Tier — the most restrictive reopening guidelines — to Red on Sept. 29. The county remained in the Red tier for two weeks, and as of Oct. 13 schools could legally reopen with restrictions.

San Juan officials have said they would give at least two weeks’ notice before reopening schools. The plan presented to the board Wednesday proposed beginning hybrid instruction on Jan. 5, with the start of the new semester.

Under a plan for high schools, half of the students would attend classes on Monday and Thursday, the other half on Tuesday and Friday. All students would continue to participate in distance learning when not on campus, and Wednesdays would be used for cleaning sites as well as asynchronous work for students.

In the presentation to the board, staff acknowledged that the plan could present several challenges, including:

  • Hybrid models may reduce the amount of synchronous instruction and increase asynchronous instruction
  • Choice of continuing in distance learning is not always available
  • Potential for significant staffing changes and shifts in teachers for students
  • Families must commit now to whatever model they intend to stay in for the remainder of the school year
  • Keeping cohorts pure is important, but gets more challenging at the secondary level

The slide presentation presented to the board is available here.

The agenda for the board meeting is available here

Minutes have not yet been posted.

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