Elementary Hybrid Model
BUSD has proposed a hybrid model that maintains most elements of Distance Learning in the morning and adds in person time with smaller stable cohorts of students who choose to participate in the afternoon. This model allows classes to stay intact and makes it easier to move in and out of fully remote learning if classes need to quarantine or community spread forces school closures. BUSD has not yet been able to answer questions about staffing the in person portion of classes whose teacher had been granted medical accommodations to continue working remotely.
BUSD considered full day hybrid models, but logistical, scheduling and staffing issues were particularly challenging.
The BUSD proposal includes approximately two hours of in person teaching in the afternoon. Content will be at the discretion of the teacher. The proposal asks teachers to supervise during arrival and dismissal procedures, as well as while students eat a “grab and go” lunch in their classrooms. Site based TSA’s will be asked to perform screening procedures during students’ arrival. Under the BUSD proposal release/enrichment teachers will stay fully remote but will shift their work hours to slightly later in the day.
Special Ed case managers will be allowed to pull out small groups of children from a single cohort, but may not mix children from different cohorts. They will not be able to do any “push in” work in classrooms. They may do 1:1 support or assessments in person. Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe case managers will join the BFT Negotiations team to discuss Sped issues in greater detail on December 11.
BUSD has also proposed that elementary teachers provide in person support for up to six students per day in their classrooms while simultaneously teaching their morning Distance Learning sessions. BFT is seeking clarification about how this could actually work given the schedule proposed.
BFT has been adamant that teachers cannot do two jobs at once. Our counterproposal regarding the schedule will be based on BFT survey results about how to balance Distance Learning and in-person responsibilities.