Many questions remain about how release teachers will work. Under public health guidance, release teachers can work with multiple classes per day IF they are outside or in a space that allows at least 6 feet of physical distance. However, fitting the typical 45 minute periods into staggered schedules will be difficult and so far it is unclear how teachers will continue to serve the students who remain in Distance Learning.
Music teachers face even greater challenges. Singing and playing wind instruments is not recommended. Since groups cannot consist of students from multiple classes, the typical fourth and fifth grade instrumental schedule for instruction will not work.
BUSD has agreed that release teachers will not be required to work more instructional minutes than classroom teachers, but they cannot guarantee that release teachers will be able to keep the same schedule of classes they have had in the past. This is likely to be a site based scheduling decision in most cases.