Camden outlines hybrid plan for schools


CAMDEN — The Camden school district is planning a schedule with pre-set days for students to have in-school and/or remote learning when schools reopen following closures due to COVID-19.

A “Hybrid Learning Schedule” involving pre-K through grade 12, with students to be in four groups for scheduling, was announced today by district Superintendent Dr. Ravo Root.

“We will be either hybrid or remote due to current guidelines” from the state, said Root. In a video message today on the school district’s Facebook page, he noted a state decision that is anticipated in early August would determine whether students could return to school under a hybrid learning model or if all would be under remote learning.

For the district’s proposed learning schedule, a “student intent form” is being sent home for families to “let us know” if they want to send students to school for some designated days each week or if they want students to fully learn remotely, said Root. For families that can provide appropriate WiFi arrangements at home, students “can learn from home through remote learning,” he commented regarding the option for all remote learning.

The district’s scheduling document says that after reviewing the Education Department and Health Department guidelines for reopening schools in September, the district “has determined that a hybrid learning model is the best option to address health and safety concerns for our students and staff.”

The document added, “on pre-determined days, some students will learn remotely while others will learn in school. This will allow...district students and staff to get back into their classrooms while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines,”

The schedule for students would include Group 1 attending school on Tuesday and Thursday, with remote learning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while Group 2 would attend school on Wednesday and Friday, with remote learning on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

In Group 3, some special education students in self-contained classrooms would attend school Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to the document, which indicates Monday as a remote learning day for Group 3. Meanwhile, Group 4 would include “remote learning students” who would be on a remote learning schedule on Monday through Friday.

“A student’s assigned group will be announced the first week of August 2020,” the document said. “Special considerations are being made to keep families on the same learning schedule.”

The document additionally said “students will receive breakfast and lunch during both in-person and remote learning options.”

In the Facebook video message, Root said “we want our students back in the worst way. We can’t wait to have our kids come back to us.” He also thanked parents for “all that you have done to hang in there,” adding “we’re hoping for a safe return in the fall.”

The approximately 17-minute message also detailed the district’s plans for busing procedures and classroom configurations in consideration of safety requirements relating to COVID-19, along with arrangements for personal protective equipment and sanitizing.


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