Howland Local Schools will be starting the school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, under a hybrid learning model that blends both traditional on-campus face-to-face learning with remote online learning. We view this as a responsible starting point to ensure the district is in compliance with the six feet social distancing guidelines and other recommendations and directives. This plan was designed with built-in flexibility for the district to rapidly transition to a traditional full-time, five day on-campus learning model when local social distancing guidelines are lifted or proven resolutions to the virus are in place.
Students will be divided into two cohorts; Cohort A attends school on campus face-to-face Monday and Thursday each week with remote learning on Tuesday and Friday, while Cohort B attends school on campus on Tuesday and Friday with remote learning on Monday and Thursday. Wednesday, in this model will be utilized for additional remote online learning, teacher office hours for students and families to communicate concerns and needs, as well as other family engagement opportunities or meetings. Among other pertinent considerations, cohort assignments will be based on families as priority to assist in keeping siblings together at home and school. Cohort assignments will be announced by Friday, August 14, 2020.
More information regarding our reopening plans can be found here: https://5il.co/j2ye
Students who are either unable to return or choose not to return to school under the hybrid learning model have the option to sign up for a full-time remote online learning option through Friday, August 7, 2020, by clicking on the following link: https://forms.gle/jPEJru9CLVnxX6Yr6
Students have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020, to decide which learning model they will choose (hybrid or full-time online remote). Students choosing the full-time remote online learning option will be required to remain on this option through the end of the first semester.