JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools released an update on their plan to reopen school this fall following the COVID-19 shutdown.
The district provided the update Friday evening following modifications to its original plan.
School officials say the district will open the school year with a hybrid learning model for grades UPK-9; with PK-4 grade levels receiving more face-to-face instruction through a four day per week in a morning/afternoon model, grades 5-9 meeting on alternate days, and a remote learning model for grades 10-12.
The district will also offer parents the opportunity to request full-time distance learning as an alternative to hybrid learning for students in grades UPK-9.
Whether attending in person or remotely, all students will begin the first day of school on September 8.
The hybrid learning model for grades UPK-4 will assign students to two groups: Group A will attend in person Monday through Thursday morning, with remote learning taking place each afternoon, with Group B attending Monday through Thursday afternoon, with remote learning taking place each morning.
High-needs students may attend Monday through Thursday all day with Fridays are reserved for remote learning for all students.
The hybrid learning model for grades 5-9 will include in-person instruction two mornings a week with remote instruction for the remainder of the week. Group A will attend in person on Monday, Wednesday morning with remote learning taking place Tuesday and Thursday each afternoon.
Group B will attend Tuesday and Thursday mornings with remote learning taking place Monday and Wednesday each afternoon. High-needs students may attend Monday through Thursday all day.
Fridays, for all students, are reserved for remote learning, professional development and planning, student/teacher meetings and support and cleaning/disinfecting of buildings.
Hybrid attendance groups will be determined by each school and mailed to parents after August 24.
School officials say every effort will be made to keep siblings who attend elementary and middle school on a similar schedule.
Jamestown High School 10th to 12th graders will receive full-time remote instruction Monday through Friday. High-needs students may attend Monday through Thursday all day with remote learning on Fridays. This model will be reviewed every 5 weeks for the potential addition of classes/students as well as any other modifications necessary.
For more on the plan, visit JPSNY.org/remote.
The school will hold three virtual Q & A sessions for parents and students through Facebook Live & Zoom next week with Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker regarding reopening. More information on the virtual parent/student Q & A sessions will be communicated through the district’s communications channels.