To ensure students are safe and learning, using space and time effectively will be more critical than ever. Schedule guidelines allow teachers to plan learning experiences with prioritized goals in mind; set clear expectations and communicate them to students and families; and, most importantly, build continuity, routine, and connection for students in a time of uncertainty.
All schools should plan for students to be taught both on and off campus. Schools will have to plan for fewer students on campus at once and possibly some students doing distance learning full-time. While the use of space will be different for each campus, there are some common themes and opportunities for leaders to structure time for students and staff. Do not spend time trying to replicate how things were done previously. Instead, think about how they need to be done now. Below we offer possible scheduling models for hybrid learning and guidance on how to pick one that works best for your schools and families.
ACSA provides a detailed report that considers various options for scheduling on-campus time, including:
Picking a model for your students will depend on your staffing, available space, and community needs, but here are a few considerations as you choose your model:
As you consider which models will work best for your families and staff, you may also want to take into account these additional considerations: