Estacada schools will offer hybrid and virtual learning options
Families in the Estacada School District will have the option to choose a combination of in-person and online learning or a completely virtual program for their students during the upcoming school year.
On Friday, June 19, Estacada School District leaders released additional details about the plan for the 2020-21 school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Community feedback is sought on the proposed plan, and a survey will be open through Wednesday, June 24, at estacada.k12.or.us.
Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter will host a Facebook Live where families can ask questions and provide suggestions about the reopening process at 4 p.m. Monday, June 22.
Students who participate in the hybrid model will attend school in-person 50% of the time, while virtual students will have class completely online.
"We are pleased to be able to offer parent choice based on these two models," a news release stated. "We are confident that we can provide high-quality instruction to virtual learners alongside their in-person peers via technology and district support. Our district also has prioritized creating options that allow students with illness to work from home, and this model allows flexibility for online learning if there is an outbreak that requires campus closures."
Because of the current public health crisis, the building capacity for the upcoming school year is estimated at 50% of the student population at one time. There will only be approximately 15 students per classroom. Additionally, social distancing will limit school buses to 25 students.
Several schedules for the hybrid model are being considered, including 50% of students learning in-person Monday through Thursday one week and learning virtually the next week, while the remaining 50% of students are in school buildings, or half of the students are learning in-person two days a week and learning virtually for the remaining two days. In either scenario, schedules for siblings would be aligned.
"Pandemic conditions will be assessed regularly throughout the year, and a 100% in-person option will be offered as soon as circumstances allow," a news release stated.
The plan is expected to be considered by the Estacada School Board next month. Additional details are available at estacada.k12.or.us.
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