Special Announcement Update 9.9
New Deadline for Questionnaire is Friday, 9/11
I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. I continue to hear great feedback regarding our virtual start to the school year. Students are engaged and our teachers are doing a fabulous job delivering instruction with this new format. Thank you for your partnership during this time.
As you have been made aware through Dr. Thacker's communication, we are starting our return to in-person learning on September 22nd. We are excited to begin welcoming students back into the building. Please complete this Penn High School Intent To Return Questionnaire regarding your intentions for your child to return to school. Two options are offered. Please compete this form by September 4th. If we don't receive a response, we will assume your child will be returning per our in-person Hybrid schedule. Details concerning the Hybrid schedule are included in the questionnaire. All students will remain with their current teachers regardless of the option selected.
Virtual Learning and Instruction
Virtual learning will continue to be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous work. Virtual learning will vary depending on the courses your child has. Teachers will be starting class live with virtual learners but depending on what is planned for the day, teachers may assign virtual learners independent learning and asynchronous work. In addition, some teachers will keep virtual learners live with the class the entire time. It will depend on the activities planned. Either way, students at home receive the same curriculum but there might be times when a lab is planned in the classroom that is not feasible for the student to do at home. Will it be the exact same experience virtual learners are experiencing now? I think it is fair to say that at the beginning it will look different but as our teachers begin to get more comfortable with this platform, I envision virtual learners being a part of the in-person classroom for longer periods of time. Our teachers have grown tremendously in their ability to deliver instruction to virtual learners in the first few weeks of school. I am confident the experiences of our students will continue to improve as we navigate this school year.
Sample Student Schedule during Hybrid Model
All class periods will start with a live Google Meet where virtual students will connect with their teacher/class.
Teachers have the option to extend the live Google Meet portion of the class period if they desire to do so.
30 minute late start will allow teachers to connect with virtual students needing live academic support.
9th Grade and New Students
September 10th and 11th
Classrooms and Additional Safety Measures
Hybrid School Schedule
Mondays - All students will attend virtual instruction at home. Students will connect live with their classes. The school day will be from 8:25am - 3:17pm.
The in person school days (Tuesday-Friday) start time will be delayed by 30 minutes in order for teachers to connect with those students who have chosen virtual instruction. Bus schedule pick up times will be adjusted to accommodate for the later start.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - Students with the last name beginning with A-L will attend in person instruction. As a result of the delay, drop off time will be at 8:35am and the in person school day will be from 8:55am - 3:17pm. Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend virtual instruction at home with the school day running from 8:25am - 3:17pm.
Thursdays and Fridays - Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend in person instruction. As a result of the delay, drop off time will be at 8:35am and the in person school day will be from 8:55am - 3:17pm. Students with the last name beginning with A-L will attend virtual instruction at home with the school day running from 8:25am - 3:17pm.