Announcing our ReOpen Models and Staffing

Thank you for everyone’s time and feedback as we worked as a community to establish our plans for ReOpening.  Our LSAT and teaching teams spent countless hours working on models and reviewing your feedback.  Thank you also to all of you who attended our community meetings and provided feedback.  Below is key information for our ReOpening, including the models for each grade level, staff lists, and next steps for student selection for in person learning.

 

General Information

  • ReOpening is set for February 1st
    • This is a decision made by the Mayor and DCPS
    • The city metrics outlining this decision have not been shared
    • Lafayette must abide by the decision made by the Mayor/DCPS
  • Students may always remain virtual
  • Wednesday will remain an asynchronous day in order to provide teachers contractually required plan time
  • For ½ day models the hours are:
    • 8:15 am – 11:15 am
    • 12:15 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Specials will remain virtual
  • Students returning in person must be up to date with immunizations!

 

ReOpen Models and Staff List

 

Grade Level Model Description

PK

Students go to in person learning in the morning either Monday and Tuesday OR Thursday and Friday. All students who want in person learning would have access to 2 mornings of in person learning each week. 

 

✘ In the afternoons, all students will be virtual with their teacher and instructional aide. 

  

Wednesdays stay the same -virtual morning meeting for each cohort and virtual students with asynchronous activities.  

 

The children who remain all virtual will 

•complete asynchronous activities in the morning   

•join the class for a virtual special  

•meet their teachers in the afternoon online for small group lessons and a read-aloud. 

 

Full Model Explanation

 

KDG

AM/PM ½ Day Cohorts

·       Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a half day (AM Cohort- 8:15-11:15, PM Cohort- 12:15-3:15)

·       Students will attend small groups and receive core instruction while they are in-person and have Read Aloud and Specials virtually while they are at home.

·       Wednesday will remain the same- virtual Morning Meeting and asynchronous activities

 

Full Model Explanation

 

1st

AM/PM ½ Day Cohorts

·       Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a half day (AM Cohort- 8:15-11:15, PM Cohort- 12:15-3:15)

·       Students will attend small groups and receive core instruction while they are in-person and have Specials virtually while they are at home.

·       Wednesday will remain the same- virtual Morning Meeting and asynchronous activities

 

Full Model Explanation

 

2nd

AM/PM ½ Day Cohorts

·       Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a half day (AM Cohort- 8:15-11:15, PM Cohort- 12:15-3:15)

·       Students will attend small groups and receive core instruction while they are in-person and have  Specials virtually while they are at home.

·       Wednesday will remain the same- virtual Morning Meeting and asynchronous activities

 

Full Model Explanation

 

3rd

A Week/ B Week Full Day Hybrid

·       One teacher per team returns in person, the other remains all virtual.  A relief provider is also in person to help the in-person teacher manage the in-person students.  **Some teams may have both teachers return in person.

·       In person students are split into 2 cohorts of 11 students; Cohorts A and B. 

·       Virtual students would continue with their same schedule

·       When students are at home, they will continue with their same schedule – the teacher will teach virtually from the classroom

 

Full Model Explanation

 

4th

A Week/ B Week Full Day Hybrid

·       One teacher per team returns in person, the other remains all virtual.  A relief provider is also in person to help the in-person teacher manage the in-person students.  **Some teams may have both teachers return in person.

·       In person students are split into 2 cohorts of 11 students; Cohorts A and B. 

·       Virtual students would continue with their same schedule

When students are at home, they will continue with their same schedule – the teacher will teach virtually from the classroom

 

Full Model Explanation

 

5th

A Week/ B Week Full Day Hybrid

·       One teacher per team returns in person, the other remains all virtual.  A relief provider is also in person to help the in-person teacher manage the in-person students.  **Some teams may have both teachers return in person.

·       In person students are split into 2 cohorts of 11 students; Cohorts A and B. 

·       Virtual students would continue with their same schedule

When students are at home, they will continue with their same schedule – the teacher will teach virtually from the classroom

 

Full Model Explanation

 

 

Next Steps in Student Selection

  • An initial email will be sent on Monday, 1/11 offering students an in person learning seat.
  • Please complete the survey by Wednesday, 1/13 by 5 pm.
  • We will make calls and follow up with families if we don’t receive a survey response.
  • Your decision next week is for Term 3 and Term 4. We don’t anticipate revisiting our model or reopening seats in Term 4, unless something happens to significantly alter our decision making.
  • If you choose to return in person, you can always decide to return to virtual learning at any time.
  • We will do our best to provide sibling preference, but cannot guarantee it.
  • We will do our best to try and accommodate family schedules (both students in the PM; siblings on the same A Week/B Week).  However, we cannot guarantee these accommodations – we need to prioritize instructional grouping as well.  And there are a lot of us.  

 

Class Changes for Grades K – 2

Students in grades K – 2 may shift homerooms, have students join/leave their homeroom, or receive a new teacher.  To support our students, we will publish a calendar with closing activities, as well as “meet and greet” activities for students moving to a new room.  We will also host student support lunch bunches for any students who may experience this change.  New class lists will tentatively be published on Sunday, 1/24.

As a note for Kindergarten – we were able to accommodate one new section of 10 students not in the original proposal.  Ms. Martinez will be teaching one section of 10 students in the afternoons.

 

Safety Protocols and Responses

 

Upcoming Parent Meetings and Schedule Changes

  • Thursday, 1/14 – Parent Huddle for ReOpen Model Questions
  • Thursday, 1/21 – Parent Huddle for Safety Protocols and Drop off/Pick Up
  • Tuesday, 1/26 – ReOpen Back to School Night (or coffee)
  • Thursday, 1/28 – NO SCHOOL, PD Day. **this is a calendar change**
  • Friday, 1/29 – No School, ½ Day Records Day, ½ Day PD Day 

 

Want to know more about how these decisions were made?  Here are the full notes of the LSAT/RCC meeting from January 5th, 2021