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Hybrid Learning Change

Good afternoon,
 
As discussed at the parent meetings prior to reopening, we have been closely monitoring the reopening, and one area of concern is the implementation of hybrid learning for grades 7-12
 
When we created our plan, we did not anticipate the amount of kids who would opt for virtual learning. Additionally, we have had 45 students who started the year in-person change their learning mode to virtual. What this has ultimately means is that approximately 1/3 of our students are 100% virtual, 1/3 of our students are on the red team, and 1/3 of our students are on the blue team.
 
We are noticing a tremendous level of disconnectedness from students who are on the strictly virtual model.
 
On a typical day, a secondary teacher with 100 students assigned to them will teach 33 students throughout the course of the day, and then have 60 minutes at the end of the day to reach out, connect, and work with the 67 students they have who are virtual that day. Continuing to operate this way without making changes is a recipe for failure. Quite simply, it is impossible to connect with that many students during office hours.
 
Therefore, effective Monday, November 16, the instructional model at Medina High School (Grades 7-12) will be changing to a 2-1-2 Hybrid Model.
 
What does this mean?
- Students on the Blue team will attend school on MONDAY AND THURSDAY
- Students on the Red team will attend school on TUESDAY AND FRIDAY
- Wednesdays will be a 100% Virtual Learning Day
 
 
What does the structure of a Virtual Learning Day look like?
 
Teachers will be expected to connect with their students virtually, synchronously, during the time their classes would normally be scheduled. Meets can be scheduled for students for class discussions, check-ins, collaborations, or whatever is needed in the professional judgement of the teacher. Additionally, our counselors will be able to visit the homes of students who need home visits.
 
There will be NO changes to the learning model at grades PK-6 at Oak Orchard and Wise Middle School.
 
We understand that this adjustment to our learning plan may cause disruption, and for this we truly apologize. The Medina Central School District thanks everyone for their continued support.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Kruzynski
Superintendent of Schools