February 26, 2021
Dear BSD Elementary Families,
Thank you for completing the survey indicating your student’s choice between Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and In-Person Hybrid Instruction. We’ve analyzed the results, and those results have presented us with an opportunity to modify the model in such a way as to provide the vast majority of families with what they truly wanted — the ability to remain with their existing teachers. Please allow us to explain.
While there was some variation by school, the elementary survey results were roughly split down the middle: 50% of students opting for CDL and 50% of students opting for Hybrid. Here’s what that allows us to do:
- All students who opted for Hybrid will come to school for a morning session. During that time, students will receive live in-person instruction from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. In the afternoon session, those students will be learning online at home asynchronously. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some other health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. Students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
- All students who opted for CDL will be learning online at home asynchronously in the morning. They’ll be working independently on social studies, science and some health lessons. Students may use Dreambox, our self-directed math program. They’ll also have music and P.E., either with live or recorded lessons. In the afternoon session, those students will receive live instruction online from their teachers in reading, writing, math and some health subjects. Students will have live online instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; Wednesdays will be devoted to asynchronous learning online, much like it is right now in CDL.
- The model for Grades 6-8 at our K-8 schools (Aloha-Huber Park, Raleigh Hills and Springville) is not impacted by this plan.
Again, the vast majority of students will not need to change teachers. However, there will be a few instances where — because of student numbers and the required 35 square feet of space per student — this will not be the case. We’ve done our very best to accommodate the largest number of families.
In addition, the District has been working with our local child care providers. The following vendors have been given permission to operate in our schools once students return for Hybrid. It’s important to note that we do not run these programs. The providers still need to ensure that they have the proper staffing levels and the ability to adhere to enhanced health and safety protocols. To check on availability, you’ll need to contact the provider directly. We’ve provided contact information on our Return to In-Person Instruction webpage under the Child Care tab.
- Bethany Child Care - Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Springville, Sato
- Champions - Cooper Mountain
- Club K – McKinley, Oak Hills (maybe), Scholls Heights (maybe), Terra Linda, Vose
- Mari’s Little Lambs - Sexton Mountain
- REACH - Ridgewood
- Student Stop – Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill (maybe)
- Vermont Hills - Montclair
(A few of the programs are marked as “maybe.” We’re still evaluating space implications at these schools.)
If this new information or the information that we announced last week regarding the start of Hybrid at our middle, high and option schools has caused you to change your mind, here are your options:
- If you previously chose Hybrid but would like to switch to CDL, you can do that. Contact your school office to request the move.
- If you previously chose CDL but would like to switch to Hybrid, you may be able to do that. You’ll need to contact your school principal to see whether the class counts and space availability will allow for the change. If not, your student will be put on a waiting list.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of remaining flexible. We continue to work each day to find the best path forward for our students and staff. Thank you for your continued patience and support.