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Phased Return to In-Person High School Services

Throughout the 2021 Spring Semester, we want to keep you informed and engaged throughout the decision-making process as we work to expand in-person high school services. This webpage is dedicated to informing and engaging the community throughout the decision-making process.
 
Phased Return to In-Person Instruction Introduction 
 
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the beginning of the pandemic and our schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Our students, staff, and parents quickly shifted to distance learning for what we thought was going to be a two-week closure. Now, a year later, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and challenge all of us as we try to make sense of the ever-changing health guidance and requirements for reopening high schools.
 
It has not been an easy journey, but with more education staff getting access to vaccines and the loosening of restrictions to reopen high school campuses at the state level, we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. As we have seen since the beginning of the school closures, distance learning can never truly replace what can be offered face-to-face in a classroom. We have been committed to bringing back students as soon as it is feasible because we know it is in our students’ best interest socially, emotionally and academically.
 
During the April 15, 2021, Regular Board Meeting, Superintendent Robert Bravo informed Trustees that we intend to welcome students whose families opted them into the hybrid program four days a week, beginning April 26 based on the success of our current hybrid program and available space at the school sites. Please see our updated timeline below for upcoming milestones in the next phase of our transition to in-person instruction. To provide some level of consistency for our students and staff, we anticipate this being the final transition for this year.
 
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Parent/Guardian Preference Form 
 
Thank you to all of the families who submitted their preferences for their student’s learning program last week. This information has been crucial to solidifying our framework for reopening campuses. Approximately 30 percent of respondents indicated a preference for participating in a hybrid program.
 

School

A: Distance

B: Hybrid

Both

Missing

Total 

#

%

#

%

#

%

#

%

#

%

Boynton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

25

30%

14

17%

 

0%

43

52%

82

100%

12

29

25%

29

25%

 

0%

56

49%

114

100%

Del Mar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

136

39%

116

33%

5

1%

90

26%

347

100%

10

124

37%

79

24%

2

1%

128

38%

333

100%

11

122

38%

78

25%

1

0%

117

37%

318

100%

12

112

35%

81

25%

3

1%

124

39%

320

100%

Leigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

191

42%

202

44%

3

1%

59

13%

455

100%

10

222

48%

161

35%

3

1%

77

17%

463

100%

11

243

56%

116

27%

3

1%

75

17%

437

100%

12

212

48%

137

31%

3

1%

88

20%

440

100%

Westmont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

172

40%

159

37%

5

1%

97

22%

433

100%

10

205

42%

122

25%

2

0%

160

33%

489

100%

11

180

45%

83

21%

1

0%

132

33%

396

100%

12

162

43%

82

22%

5

1%

132

35%

381

100%

Branham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

204

39%

218

42%

4

1%

98

19%

524

100%

10

245

52%

130

28%

3

1%

92

20%

470

100%

11

245

52%

116

25%

3

1%

106

23%

470

100%

12

174

42%

111

27%

3

1%

125

30%

413

100%

Prospect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

146

33%

154

35%

 

0%

136

31%

436

100%

10

180

47%

80

21%

 

0%

122

32%

382

100%

11

189

48%

80

20%

2

1%

126

32%

397

100%

12

128

39%

67

20%

1

0%

134

41%

330

100%

 

Across all our high schools and regardless of selecting a distance or hybrid program, the majority of students' guardians stated that it was "very important" that their students' schedules remain the same across sites. For those who selected distance learning this preference ranged from 83% to 90%. For those who selected hybrid the preference ranged from 53% to 70%. With these findings in mind, we are focusing on program models that largely avoid schedule changes while providing most families with their preferences.

Updated Timeline to Return to In-Person Instruction
 
  • April 15-18: Phased Return Feedback Surveys to Level 3 families, students and all staff to learn what they perceive as going well and what needs to be improved.
  • April 19: Boynton High School students begin Level 4 services four days a week. 
  • April 20: Any requested changes from distance learning to the hybrid program may be accommodated up to this date, space permitting.
  • April 26: Level 3  and Level 4 students tentatively begin in-person instruction four days a week, space permitting.

We should note, if a family selected distance learning or their student was not able to be accommodated for the hybrid program, they will still have the opportunity to participate in on-campus events or activities.
Highlights of Hybrid Learning Program
 
  • While some schedule adjustments may be needed, there will not be large-scale changes to schools’ master schedules.
  • At a minimum, students on campus will participate in supervised online learning, in which students report to their classrooms and the teacher will continue to provide instruction through Zoom and the current learning management system while both the students in the room and their classmates learn online.
  • Additional Learning Models may be selected to enhance the experience for students.
  • For those classes in which the teacher is approved for a remote-only assignment and a long-term substitute has not been secured, on-campus students will attend the class via distance learning either from a study hall or Connectivity Hub/Learning Lab at the school site or from home.
Community Webinars
 

As we continue to implement the Phased Return to In-Person High School Services plan, we remain committed to providing timely communication and community engagement opportunities. Below you will find our most recent Community Webinars to address parent/guardian questions and provide information on our phased return plans.

 

 

 

 
 
Archived Live Q&A Sessions
 
 
 
Fall 2020 Surveys 
 

Thank you to the nearly 3,000 parents, 600 students and 400 staff members who recently participated in our Spring 2021 planning survey.   Your input is crucial as we explore our options for next semester