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The district is weighing two models: one to have staggered learning in classrooms, and another that's all online.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Fitness guru Jake Steinfeld stands with students and officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils at Neil Armstrong Middle School on Sept. 21, 2017.The Forest Grove School District will hold public question-and-answer sessions on reopening schools Thursday, July 23, in English, and Friday, July 24, in Spanish.

The sessions, both starting at 5:30 p.m., will offer community members an opportunity to ask questions real-time or submit them ahead of time by way of the Forest Grove School District website. Additionally, recordings of the sessions will be posted to the district website for viewing at a later time.

In a statement on the FGSD website July 17, Superintendent Dave Parker laid out a two-pronged plan following the Oregon Department of Education's guidelines as district officials work to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

Parker said the district is striving to create an education model that will "facilitate the possibility of having to move in and out of an in-person experience," dependent upon the fluctuating severity of the ongoing pandemic.

Although it remains subject to change, at this point, families can elect to participate in two possible scenarios, with the intent of minimizing potential exposure while maximizing in-school instruction and social distancing.

The hybrid model is a live instruction model designed around an "A" (in class Mondays and Tuesdays) and "B" (in class Thursdays and Fridays) rotation, with Wednesdays open for homework and independent practice.

All instructional sessions will also be recorded and posted in virtual "classrooms." Students will remain enrolled in their current school and will be regularly assessed and receive grades.PMG FILE PHOTO - Parents and children walk into Dilley Elementary School on the first day of classes on Sept. 4, 2019.

The comprehensive distance learning model is designed for families who remain uncomfortable sending their students back to school, and is a "more in-depth and enriched way for students to learn online while staying engaged with teachers and their classmates," as Parker put it.

Students will be able to access all classroom sessions in real time, and teachers will be able to see all students remotely as lessons are presented.

Additionally, the format will allow teachers the ability to respond to questions, see student's desktops, and assign and grade work.

As in the hybrid model, students will remain enrolled in their current school and will be regularly assessed and will receive grades.

Parker said in his statement that he and his staff are excited about the learning solutions identified, and especially that students will remain at their neighborhood school and will be assigned to their classroom teacher; as well as that they'll have access to live instruction four days per week.

In addition to the number of other details yet to be ironed out, a handful of other items currently being worked on include: sanitation of buildings and buses, serving meals, special education, and options for childcare.

Each school has a "reopening team" that will continue to work on finalizing the logistics required by the state of Oregon and determining the final state of the instructional options.


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