Grade 5 Students to Return to Hybrid Learning Model Beginning November 2nd
On Monday, November 2, 2020, Allegany County Public Schools (ACPS) will begin the implementation of the hybrid learning model for fifth grade students. Fifth 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 grade 5 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.
Please note that there is NO SCHOOL on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020, in observance of Election Day. Students who are to be in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays (last names M-Z) will not start in-person learning until Thursday, November 5, 2020. The elementary hybrid schedule this first week will be A-OFF-A-B-Virtual.
Parents will be provided with their child’s in-person learning schedule for his or her grade level as well as with a parent letter, COVID symptom checklist, and mask requirements and guidelines. Parents were also 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 grade 5 enters 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 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 students at the middle school level. The phased-in approach will begin with grade 6 students. The tentative start date for grade 6 students will be Monday, November 16, 2020. Students in grade 6 will report to school Monday through Thursday on an A-B-A-B schedule. Middle schools will be dismissed daily at 12:30 p.m. 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.
Principals at the middle and high school levels are in the process of providing opt-out information to parents over the next few days. The opt-out letters provide an overview of the daily instructional day. Students at both the middle school and high school levels will have all of their classes through a shortened class period. Friday will be a virtual day, and students will follow their hybrid schedule for the virtual day. Determining how many students will be opting out of in-person learning is critical to determining staffing needs for the hybrid schedule at the middle and high school levels. Please note that we are only in the initial stages of planning the secondary transition. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we work out all of the logistical details.
Additional information will be forthcoming for middle and high schools in the near future as the hybrid schedules, staffing, and phase-in dates are finalized. Updates on the secondary hybrid plan will be discussed at the November school board meeting.
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 Blackboard notification system.