Third and Fourth Graders to Return to Hybrid Learning Model October 26th
On Monday, October 26, 2020, Allegany County Public Schools will begin the implementation of the hybrid learning model for third and fourth grade students. Third and fourth graders will report to their bus stop for their normal pick-up time. Schools will be dismissed daily at 1:30 p.m.
Students in Grades 3 and 4 will report to school Monday through Thursday on an A-B-A-B schedule. A student’s last name will determine which days he/she will attend. Students with last names that begin A-L will attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and students with last names that begin M-Z will attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday will be a virtual day, and the current virtual day schedule will be followed. If a parent has elementary children with two different last names that would cause them to attend on different days, the parent should call the principal to arrange whether the siblings will attend on an A Day or B Day.
Parents will be provided with their child’s in-person learning schedule for his or her grade level and will also be provided with a parent letter, COVID symptom checklist, and mask requirements and guidelines. Parents have been informed that they had the right to “opt out “of the in-person/hybrid learning model and have their child remain in a virtual learning environment. The deadline for completing the opt-out form was September 28, 2020.
As Grades 3 and 4 enter school for in-person learning next week, these children will participate in a “Virtual School” facilitated by a certified teacher. A parent who has opted out of in-person/hybrid learning can select to “opt-in” at the end of the nine-week marking period, with a start date activation for the next marking period.
Central office staff are currently working on logistical details for phasing in Grade 5 students in the near future. Additional information will be forthcoming once staffing and schedules have been finalized.
Please keep in mind that hybrid learning structures are subject to change based on health metrics and guidance provided by the Allegany County Health Department. Any changes will be communicated to parents through the ACPS website and messaging system.