News on Hybrid
March 17, 2021
Dear Roseway Heights’ families,
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and getting ready for a little break from the regular schedule with spring break around the corner. This year has been one of change and one of firsts. With the 4th quarter approaching we have another change on the horizon.
The district sent out surveys earlier this week to determine who is interested in returning to school in a hybrid model. If you did not receive the survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I know there are lots of questions out there. While we will be providing opportunities to hear about: (1) health & safety; (2) teaching and learning; and (3) systems and routines. I wanted to make sure you had enough information to make the appropriate decision for your family and your student.
Right now we are working to identify those students that are interested in returning and determining the number of cohorts Roseway Heights will need in order to ensure social distancing and safety protocols. Cohorts will be adjusted to accommodate the number of students returning.
Assuming we will have 2 cohorts, we would be able to bring back groups for two days a week. All students, hybrid and distance only, would participate in distance learning in the morning. Students opting in to hybrid would then come to the building for 2 ½ hours in the afternoon on two consecutive days. During that afternoon session students would rotate between the three classes they had that morning. While students at home would be working through the applied learning assignment, students in the building would be covering the same material but perhaps using a different instructional mode.
Classrooms and Learning Spaces
Earlier this year the district identified capacity for each classroom (ensuring 6ft. social distancing measures). As a result, our rooms hold on average 10 - 14 people. In addition to removing furniture to facilitate distancing requirements, our classrooms have sinks for regular handwashing (hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building) and HEPA filters have been purchased.
Roseway Heights will outline safety protocols for students, staff, and families after spring break. It is important to point out that the district has identified standard operating procedures that meet (or exceed) OHA/CDC guidelines. These protocols include: masks and social distancing, hand washing and surface sanitization, screening processes, identified symptom spaces and Covid protocols, We are also planning specific protocols for arrival, dismissal and passing periods etc. Much more information will be coming out in April - including videos for families and others specifically for students that will be shared in advisory.
It has been rewarding having a small number of 6th graders in the building for LIPI, and we look forward to connecting with more students soon. While there will be much more information shared in the coming weeks, and we have a schoolwide virtual information night scheduled (below), if you have questions that need answering before you make your decision about Hybrid participation, please do not hesitate to reach out (email@example.com).