Hybrid Learning

In this scenario, districts must limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times. If distancing cannot be achieved in a space or on a transportation vehicle, the number of occupants must be reduced. This scenario may be implemented if COVID-19 metrics worsen at the local, regional, or statewide level. This scenario may also be implemented within a school if they experience clusters of cases within a classroom or the school.

Hybrid learning defined – Hybrid is commonly used to describe classes in which some traditional face-to-face instruction has been replaced by distance learning activities. A hybrid class is designed to integrate face-to-face and distance learning activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate on one another, instead of treating the online component as an add-on or duplicate of what is taught in the classroom.

  • Dawntaya Fullilove and Jason Helm will act as RP’s COVID-19 program coordinators.
  • Rosa Parks will post updated crisis plans (fire, lockdown, tornado drills, etc.) which follow fire marshal and CDC guidelines.
  • Students will be encouraged to wash hands throughout the day.
  • All classrooms and homeroom pods will have hand sanitizer dispensers.
  • Staff will provide students with lessons in handwashing hygiene, proper mask-wearing, and other preventative measures. 
  • Signage about COVID-19, safety, and social distancing will be posted around the school.
  • RP will continue to follow the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and CDC guidelines for air quality.
  • Distance learning will be available to students who may be medically vulnerable or unwilling to return to in-person or hybrid learning.

  • All individuals, staff, and students, two years of age and older, will be required to wear a mask at school and during transportation.
  • The school will supply students with masks. If students have masks at home, they will be encouraged to bring their own.
  • Exceptions to mask use will be determined on an individual basis, based on medical needs. Documentation will be required. 
  • Breakfast/Lunch - masks may be removed for eating and drinking once students are seated.

  • There will be frequent cleaning of high-touch areas such as desks, tables, pods, door handles, the water fountain, keyboards, the stair rail, etc.
  • All classroom surfaces will be wiped down and disinfected after each class.
  • RP will increase the frequency of restroom and kitchen cleaning.
  • Staff members will disinfect their offices daily.
  • All seats and plastic shields in the van will be disinfected after each trip. 
  • PR will follow guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding safe and effective chemicals.

  • Students will need to register to ride the van, signing up for one of two time slots in the AM.
  • We will continue to use vans to transport students, making two trips.
  • Social distancing requirements will apply in the vans with one student/family per seat, every other seat, loading back to front.
  • We will provide plastic shields in the van.

  • Students and staff will fill out an online screening tool at home before arrival. Individuals with symptoms or exposure should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider.
  • Households will receive a COVID-19 family/student agreement to complete and sign.
  • Students and staff will enter at the front of the building and exit at the back per social distancing requirements.
  • Students will be screened and have their temperatures taken by the COVID-19 program coordinators before entering the building.
  • Signage and floor marking tape will identify traffic flow and social distancing requirements.
  • All students will remain in school during school hours; campuses will be closed except for students that need to leave for post-secondary or personal appointments.

  • Students will avoid sharing learning materials.
  • We will limit the number of students attending school each day.
  • We will limit the number of students in each classroom at a time.
  • We will create at least six-foot of spacing between students. 
  • Each class will be extended to two periods, satisfying .5 credits. 
  • Google Classroom will be the foundation on which all curricula are built, lessons are found, and assignments are assigned. 
  • Teachers will use the same platforms and organizational style to present material, resources, and assignments. 
  • Teachers will have one Block per day to interact with and assist distance learners.
  • Students will remain in their respective rooms, with teachers rotating after each Block.

  • Shared items such as art supplies and learning materials will be sanitized in between use or quarantined for 24-72 hours, depending on the equipment.
  • Hand washing will be required before and after the use of shared equipment.

  • Teachers will rotate classes to prevent students’ from grouping or having to pass closely by one another. 
  • The number of students utilizing restrooms at once will be limited.
  • Break times will be staggered. They will happen at different times for each class.
  • Students will be required to continue social distancing outside.

  • Distance learning will be available to students who may be medically vulnerable or unwilling to return to in-person or hybrid learning. 
  • Video lectures and other distance learning activities will be used during in-person lessons.
  • Students will receive in-person training on how to use all distance learning materials. 
  • Distance learning will be completing the same lessons as the in-person learners, albeit delivered in differing formats or by setting appropriate approaches.  
  • Students will receive instruction in-person two days a week and through distance learning three days a week.
  • Students will sign up for one-on-one online conferences with their teachers.
  • Staff will address instructional needs for students with IEPs, 504s, and health plans on an individual basis.
  • Student support will continue to be provided through the work of paraprofessionals and other staff.
  • Teachers will post weekly schedules in advance on Google Classroom. 
  • Staff will continue to build positive relationships with students and families. 
  • Advisory will include the All-School Reading and a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum.
  • Teachers will embed Social-Emotional Learning into lessons.
  • The Student Handbook rules apply to all students during distance and in-person learning, on transportation, and during other school activities.
  • The school will develop grading guidelines to be shared before the start of the school year.
  • Field trips will not occur until further notice.
  • The school will develop a plan to offer art, PE, and some secondary electives.
  • The school will provide opportunities for professional development for all staff on effective online learning, restorative justice, and instruction for equity, including but not limited to white fragility, micro-messaging, implicit bias, and systemic racism, throughout the year.

  • Advisors and the Fernbrook staff (for specified students) will provide support to address students’ mental and emotional wellness. This may occur face-to-face, virtually, or as a combination of both.
  • Signage identifying hotline numbers will be posted to better assist with the response to the crisis for students.
  • The RP Social-Emotional Learning team will identify and communicate which staff are available to support students, staff, and families and the types of support they can provide.
  • The school will send information and resources to the students’ households about the availability of services and resources.

  • Staff will build time into the schedule to allow students to connect socially with one another.
  • Led by the Social-Emotional Learning team, staff will provide students with instruction and support around successful practices such as time management, organization, mindset, self-esteem management, and self-regulation. 
  • Advisory will include a Social-Emotional Learning curriculum.
  • Students will be provided with instruction and resources for self-advocacy.
  • Homeroom advisors will maintain a relationship with students and families to provide a sense of belonging and support through activities such as circles, games and activities, phone calls and emails home, interest surveys, and virtual check-ins.

  • We will be taking daily student attendance.
  • Families will be notified via Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) of a confirmed case in close contact with their child.

  • If used, tables and chairs will be brought out into the open space between the science area and the pods and cleaned in between use. 
  • Lunches will either be served in classrooms or one by one in the open space between the science area and the pods.
  • Self-serve items, such as condiments, will be minimized. 
  • Lunch lines will follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Grab and Go meals will be provided on distance learning days. Students who are not able to get to the school on distance learning days can request a Grab and Go meal on their in-person days to be counted for the following day.
  • Meals will be fee-based unless students qualify for free meals. If the USDA waives this requirement, as it did in spring/summer, we will adjust our process.

  • Students should bring personal water bottles to refill. The fountain will be off-limits.
  • Students will not be allowed to share food or drinks.
  • Birthday treats will not be allowed.
  • Students will be discouraged from bringing extra personal items to school.

  • Households will be asked to complete a “needs assessment” to discover their device and connectivity needs. 
  • Schools will prioritize device distribution (Chromebooks) based on family needs, including 1:1 sites.
  • The school will do all it can to ensure every household has Internet access.
  • Resources and training will be made available to families to familiarize themselves with technology.
  • Communication with families will still be delivered by advisors and the office manager via email or phone calls.
  • Devices including keyboards, printers, and other high touch surfaces will be cleaned in between users.

  • We will follow the Minnesota Department of Health exclusion guidance. 
  • Students and staff will fill out an online screening tool at home before reporting to school. 
  • The COVID-19 program coordinators will also run students through the screening checklist upon entry.
  • The purple room will remain an isolated space for suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • OCPHS determines the communication of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Families will be notified if their child was in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case.

  • The building will restrict non-essential visitors and volunteers.
  • Parents will be asked to make appointments for in-person meetings or participate in meetings online.