Face-to-Face Learning

How will social distancing be achieved?

In buildings, HCPS will implement a combination of face coverings and a minimum of three feet distance between everyone present. On buses, HCPS will require a face mask and seat students 1 child per seat. Students that live in the same household may share a seat.

Will students be able to have recess?

Physical activity will be incorporated into each school day.

Will students eat in the lunchroom?

Meals will be consumed in the classroom or in an outdoor setting. Staggered schedules will be developed for students to purchase meals from the cafeteria.

What will class sizes be with the full face-to-face model?

We expect class sizes to be similar to the normal school year to the extent that 3 feet of social distancing of desks can be achieved. The class size may vary based upon the room size. Principals and facilities staff are working to reconfigure learning spaces to achieve greater distance.

How will music and theater education be handled in a face-to-face environment at the middle and high school level? Will students still participate in electives such as music and theater classes?

As a community, we value our performing arts classes, and we are going to do everything possible to provide opportunities for our students. We will continue to explore extra-curricular opportunities for performing arts that can be provided in a safe manner. However, while the state is in Phase III or lower, face-to-face performance music classes are challenging. In this model, we will be building online course material for secondary students that students can access either in the face-to-face or in the online school. These components will cover aspects of the curriculum such as theory and history. Students will also continue working on their own performance material individually in consultation with their music/theater teacher. This can be accomplished through a wide variety of technologies available.

Will more teachers/staff be hired to spread children out?

There is no funding to hire additional teachers or other staff. Principals and facilities staff are working to reconfigure learning spaces to create greater distances.

What are the expected school schedules for next year?

The elementary instructional day will begin at 8:10 AM and end at 2:15 PM. Due to transportation capacity issues, student arrival and departure for both buses and parent transportation will be staggered over 30 to 40 minutes. No morning bus stops will be scheduled prior to 7:00 AM.

The secondary instructional day will begin at 9:15 AM and end at 3:30 PM. Due to transportation capacity issues, student arrival and departure for both buses and parent transportation will be staggered over 30 to 40 minutes.

What are the student arrival and departure times for next year?

Elementary:
Student Arrival - 7:30 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
Student Departure - 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Secondary:
Student Arrival - 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Student Departure - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What will the school day look like for my child in the face-to-face model?

Elementary: Students will have a schedule to participate in instructional activities in the core subject areas with a strong emphasis on literacy and math. Resource teachers (music, physical education, library, art) and school counselors will come to the students’ classroom to provide instruction and give classroom teachers opportunities for planning and breaks. Teachers will utilize outdoor spaces as much as is practical for both learning and play.

Middle School: Students will be clustered by a team approach. Over a two-day period, students will have instruction in science, history, language arts, and math for the entire school year. Greater emphasis will be placed on literacy and mathematics instruction. They will also have a student elective outside of their cluster. Other elective opportunities will be provided in a project-based, push-in format at the team-level. Physical education will also be scheduled in a rotation. Teachers will utilize outdoor spaces as much as is practical. The schedule will look similar to an A-day/B-day block schedule, but students will remain with their core cluster of peers for most of the instructional blocks.

sample schedule middle

High School: In order for high school students to make progress towards graduation requirements while still reducing the remixing of students, high school schedules will follow a modified 4x4 schedule. Each student will be assigned up to four classes that will meet each day. These classes, with the exception of some IB, ACA, and AP classes (see below for more information on these programs) will be completed at the end of the first semester in January. In January up to four new classes will begin and conclude in June. Principals will work to create master schedules that cluster students as much as possible, and travel between classes will be carefully orchestrated to create social distancing.

sample schedule high

How will students in the Advance College Academy take their classes in the upcoming year?

Reynolds Community College has announced an all virtual fall semester, and HCPS will follow this approach with some modifications. All junior and senior ACA courses will be taught in a virtual setting so that students in both the face-to-face setting and the online school can have the same program. Students who elect face-to-face will meet with their teachers at the ACA sites; students who choose the online school will join the class in real time. Rising ninth and tenth grade students will take the required classes in their home schools for the fall semester.

How will students in the International Baccalaureate program take their classes in the upcoming year?

Principals at all four schools and the online school will be working together to create year-long opportunities for IB classes that juniors and seniors need to complete diploma requirements. These classes will be clustered in order to provide for a block of instruction every other day for a year, rather than a daily block in just one semester. Cross-school classes may be offered in a synchronous or asynchronous format in order to create workable schedules with limited student remixing. For sophomores and freshmen, pre-Bacc classes may be combined with advanced level classes; however, students can be assured that they will be prepared for the rigor of IB classes in the junior and senior years. IB classes may not be available to juniors and seniors who are not pursuing a full IB diploma this year.

How will AP classes be offered in the 2020-2021 school year?

In order for students to be prepared for the AP tests offered by College Board in the spring, principals at all four schools and the online school will be working together to create year-long opportunities for AP classes. These classes will be clustered in order to provide for a block of instruction every other day for a year, rather than a daily block in just one semester. Cross-school classes may be offered in a synchronous or asynchronous format in order to create workable schedules with limited student remixing. Students may be limited in the number of AP classes that can be accommodated in this format. School counselors will be in touch in August to discuss any limitations and opportunities.

Will the Health Sciences Specialty Center and The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology have face-to-face learning this fall?

Both locations will offer face-to-face learning opportunities this fall in the 4 x 4 block. Our CTE staff is working within the specific industries to make sure that any work-based learning follows all appropriate guidelines. Many of these classes are longer in length and carry 2 or 3 credits, so the time spent in these classes will be greater. We anticipate transportation being available from hubs, but families are encouraged to provide transportation whenever possible.

Will classroom lectures be videoed and provided to students in case he/she needs to miss a class?

In the face-to-face setting, students will have access to their instructional materials through Schoology. At this time, we are not considering recording every classroom lecture. A wide variety of teaching methods will be used in our classrooms this fall. Teachers will work with students who miss class to assist them with make-up work.

How will they make up the end of 2019-2020 academically?

Throughout the school year, teachers will use a variety of assessment strategies to identify learning gaps from the previous year. Teachers will then use instructional methods to support the prior learning while introducing new content.

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