Discussion about fall school reopening is hot-and-heavy these days.
Here’s my latest thinking – for what’s worth:
Lots of districts have already made a definitive decision to reopen in various ways – five days per week for everybody, hybrid models, etc.
I wonder if districts like ours who have not made determination yet should plan on opening with full-time well-planned remote learning for the first two months or so for most students, but make exceptions for students who can benefit most by five-days-per-week classes that are socially distanced:
- English Language Learners
- Kindergarten-through third-or-fourth graders
- Students with special needs
- Students of parents who are deemed “essential workers” (though I don’t know who make that determination)
- Perhaps other vulnerable populations
Then, after the first six weeks, see what has been happening with the schools that have opened-up – what’s going well, which models – if any – have “gone south.” Combine that data with the status of local community spread, and then make a decision of what should happen the rest of the year.
I’m sure there are lots of holes in this idea. Let me know what you think…..