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Secondary Hybrid FAQs

Questions are categorized the following ways:  Most Frequently Asked, General, Transportation, and Hybrid.  Scroll down to view specific categories.

Last updated Jan. 25, 6:45 p.m.


Most Frequently Asked:

Why did the start and end times change? A 7:20 am start for JH is unreasonable.
To provide transportation effectively for all three levels (elementary, junior high, and high school), we needed all schools to go back to the traditional bell schedules they utilize when school is normally in session.

Will there be bus transportation?
If your student normally has access to bus transportation then, yes. Students in walking distance to school would not have access to transportation.

It appears live learning has been reduced, regardless of whether one picks remote or hybrid. Is that accurate?
The number of live sessions with teachers stays the same as what students are currently receiving (2 live sessions per week). In terms of minutes, yes, there is a reduction of 10 minutes (total live time per week).

Will my student keep the same teachers?
Yes. Regardless of whether you choose the remote or hybrid option there will be no teacher changes.

Can I request which cohort my student will be in? Can I request which 3 classes my student is on-site for?
No. Cohorts will be assigned by the school to ensure the balance necessary to meet social distancing requirements. Your student will either be on-site for periods 1-3 or 4-6

Do students have to use a mask the entire time they are on school premises?
Yes, they do. The exception is for students with a verified accommodation per their 504 plan or IEP and/or if they are eating before school. Students can request a mask break as needed. 

When will these changes take place? 
We are committed to, and planning for, multiple start dates dependent on current guidance and COVID-19 metrics.  This multiple ‘entry-point concept’ allows staff and families to plan for various dates of return based on disease metrics that guide our decisions.  Given this concept, junior high students would start Feb. 16 and high school students would start March 2.  If the district determines that the COVID-19 metrics or other factors do not support a return on those dates, the next entry point date becomes the new start date.

 

Entry Point 1

Entry Point 2

Entry Point 3

Entry Point 4

Grades 7-9
(Includes EJH 6thgrade)

Feb. 16

March 16

March 30

April 20

Grades 10-12

March 2

March 23

April 6

April 27


General Questions:

How will the 9th graders who take classes at the high school be handled?
We are working through that right now.


It appears live learning has been reduced, regardless of whether one picks remote or hybrid. Is that accurate?
The number of live sessions with teachers stays the same as what students are currently receiving (2 live sessions per week). In terms of minutes, yes, there is a reduction of 10 minutes (total live time per week).

What if a student’s live instruction periods are PE, art and choir while another student’s in-person periods are math, Eng. and sci? How is that equitable?
All subjects and classes offered in the PSD are treated equitably as they support student learning and growth in developing well-rounded and critically thinking members of society. That said, our primary focus of these models is to provide a way to bring students back on-site in a safe manner and within the social distancing guidelines we need to follow. Unfortunately, the size of our schools, in general, and the size of individual classrooms are major constraints on what we can offer.

Why is school for secondary in the afternoon so parents that work can’t get kids to and from school if our students live too close for transportation but too far to walk without our kids walking through the woods?
We placed the hybrid students in the afternoon to help support extracurricular activities and sports, which occur after school.

Do students have to use a mask the entire time they are on school premises?
Yes, they do. The exception is for students with a verified accommodation per their 504 plan or IEP and/or if they are eating before school.  Students can request a mask break as needed.  

Will the “academic support” time be mandatory or optional? 
It is an optional time. However, individual teachers may make it mandatory based on student need (i.e., student is failing and needs one-on-one support) or curriculum need (i.e., AP classes).

If I choose hybrid, but later on choose to change my mind, can I have my student go back to remote learning?
Yes. The reverse (choosing remote now and then wanting to go to hybrid) is not a possibility. This is due to the social distancing guidelines we must follow.

Can I request which cohort my student will be in? Can I request which 3 classes my student is on-site for?
No. Cohorts will be assigned by the school to ensure the balance necessary to meet social distancing requirements. Your student will either be on-site for periods 1-3 or 4-6.

Why did the start and end times change? A 7:20 am start for JH is unreasonable.
To provide transportation effectively for all three levels (elementary, junior high, and high school), we needed all schools to go back to the traditional bell schedules they utilize when school is normally in session.

If the Covid #'s go way down in the spring, is there any chance that ALL the students will be able to go back to the buildings this school year?
Yes. Absolutely. It is also possible that if we start with a four-cohort model, we could shift to a two-cohort model if rates continue to go down.

Have you considered just continuing with distance learning? Why more change?
Yes, we did consider that. Ultimately, our conversations with students and teachers coupled with community feedback made it evident that we needed to create some opportunity to have students on campus to better support their needs.

I am a Running Start student. Do I have to pick a certain learning model?
You do not have to choose a certain model. You can choose the model that works best for you and your Running Start schedule.

When will I find out which cohort my student will be assigned?
At least one week before the first day that on-site instruction begins.


Transportation Questions:

Will there be bus transportation?
If your student normally has access to bus transportation then, yes. Students in walking distance to school would not have access to transportation. 

Where will the bus stops be located?
If your student normally has access to bus transportation then, yes. Students in walking distance to school would not have access to transportation. 

If siblings go to ERHS and Glacier View and are on site, wouldn’t it make sense to have the start and end times for on-site be closer together than 50 minutes apart?  Could the start and end time for ER and Glacier view be altered to be closer together?
From just an ERHS and GV perspective, you are correct. However, our transportation network is a  districtwide interdependent system. We cannot just make school by school changes without causing a change somewhere in the system.

Will PAGE student still have access to busing?
Yes. Transportation for PAGE will still be accessible and similar to how it was before where there are elementary hubs used as pick up/drop off stops.


Hybrid Schedule Questions:

What does on-site learning mean? Will students be interacting in person with their teacher?
It means students will meet in their teacher’s classroom along with some of their peers. Students will interact with the teacher, to the extent possible given social distancing expectations.

If I pick hybrid how many times will my student be on campus?
Under the two-cohort model it would be 2 half-days a week.  Under the four-cohort model it would be 2 half days once every two weeks.


In the on-site model, when students are on-site are teachers teaching them in person or via the computer (like was originally proposed)?
When on-site, students would receive in-person instruction, not through the computer.

Will the remote students be “streaming in” in the afternoon during the on-site classes?    
No. They will not. Remote students will not be streaming in to live sessions at any point.

In the on-site model, will students be switching classes every period? Or will they remain in one classroom all afternoon?
Students will be moving each period.

Where will students eat lunch?
Lunch will not be served at school. Instead, the five-meal pack system that is currently in place will continue for students who need school lunch. Given the start time for hybrid learning, we are anticipating that several students will eat lunch prior to coming to school. To be sure, a designated area will still be available for any students who need a place to sit and have lunch prior to the start of classes.

If we pick hybrid, will students play instruments in band? Sing in choir?
As of Jan. 15th, playing instruments and singing are not allowed. We continue to work with our teachers on they can mitigate this issue prior to students transitioning to hybrid.

Will teachers be teaching both hybrid and remote students at the same time?
No, they will not. They will teach strictly remote in the morning and only in-person in the afternoon.