WW-P Learning Model Options

WW-P Learning Model Options
Posted on 07/09/2020
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Have a question regarding Fall 2020, please check out the district's FAQ document.



Dear West Windsor-Plainsboro Parents and Guardians,

On June 26, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released its return to school guidance document, The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education. The WW-P administration and school reopening committees have been thoroughly reviewing the State guidance and are in the planning stages as we work through the best learning model options available for our students, staff, and families this fall.

There are many components to a safe reopening plan for WW-P. The most important aspect of the plan is prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of students and staff. The information parents/guardians provided via our initial survey was integral as administrators have been planning out possible learning models for fall 2020. Although the State’s guidance core goal is for all students to be able to safely return to school in the fall, it is evident that many members of our school community are requesting an all virtual model based upon a multitude of factors. During the parent/guardian survey that closed June 30, 2020, approximately 60 percent of elementary parents, 55 percent of middle school parents, and 50 percent of high school parents stated that they would not send their children to school in the fall and want an option for an all virtual model.

Your selected programmatic desires will be critical to inform the framework and educational experiences ahead.

We know that our community needs as much information as we can provide regarding planning for fall 2020. Please know that we will do our best to provide this information while being mindful that reopening schools continues to be a constantly evolving plan and will likely be revised and adjusted based on public health trends and guidelines from the Governor and the NJDOE. At this point, the district will be providing parents/guardians with the opportunity to choose between two learning models for their child(ren). 

Parent/guardian decisions for fall 2020 need to be submitted in order to proceed with the appropriate planning. As such, parents/guardians are being offered a choice between an In-Person Hybrid Model wherein students would have some in-person instruction mixed with online work or a model following an All-Virtual Model learning experience. Short descriptions of both models follow below and a 16 minute more in-depth explanation is also available by clicking here.

In-Person Hybrid Model:

This model currently follows an “Hybrid Week 1” / “Hybrid Week 2” schedule following our established Early Dismissal Schedule. For one week, students will attend in-person classes during the morning and will be dismissed and will return home for afternoon virtual instruction. For the second week, students would be home for virtual synchronous instruction. While in the school building, students and staff will be required to wear a face mask and social distancing requirements will be followed. Enhanced cleaning protocols will be followed as well as health screening of all students and staff entering the buildings.

Our plan for our fall return is based upon the following considerations: 

  1. Schools will be physically open on a modified schedule.
  2. Based upon the parent selections into a hybrid schedule or virtual experience, the district will evaluate in-person configurations. The plan will be to split class rosters into a "Hybrid 1” and “Hybrid 2” model to ensure social distancing rules are followed. 
    1. Ex/ “Hybrid 1” - A class roster of 24 may be broken into two cohorts. Cohort 1 (12 students) would attend school for five days of in-person instruction while Cohort 2 (12 students) peers attend virtually. During a “Hybrid 2” schedule, Cohort 1 students would then participate via a virtual model, while Cohort 2 students would attend in-person. 
    2. Models may vary based upon the number of families that select an all virtual configuration. 
  3. The modified schedule will be based upon our previously established early dismissal schedule.
  4. Lunch will not be served on campus. Food distribution will continue for families that qualify for assistance.  
  5. All efforts will be made to ensure that siblings attending in-person classes in multiple buildings will be assigned to the same cohort rotation.
  6. Students that attend in-person instruction will be expected to wear masks unless specific medical concerns are documented by a healthcare professional. Accommodations would then need to be implemented to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of all students and staff members.
  7. Based on public health data, the school district will determine if after-school clubs, co-curricular activities, and athletic programs can proceed. Based on current health trends, there is a strong probability that district facilities will be closed to all after-school and weekend activities. Furthermore, there will be no public facility rental of district property until the public health crisis has been resolved.
  8. Special Education programming will be based on each child’s IEP.

All Virtual Model:

This model will be different from the virtual/remote learning that was used during this past spring. Virtual learning will include scheduled synchronous learning, live interaction with teachers, and mandatory participation times.

We recognize that there are many considerations that families will need to weigh when selecting an option that is right for each child. Any requested change made following a submitted decision will require advanced communication of at least four weeks so adherence to social distancing in classrooms and transportation can be thoroughly reviewed. The administration is currently building individual class schedules, as well as creating bus routes for those students who are requesting transportation. We will continue to share our planning considerations throughout the summer.

Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

David Aderhold, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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