For a succinct overview of our tentative schedule for reopening school in September, watch the video on the left!
If you'd prefer to take your time reading through the details of our reopening schedule, scroll down for more.
Restarting School: Continuity of Learning
In developing plans for in-person instruction in the Fall, our top priority is to ensure the safety of students, staff, and the larger school community. This presents a series of complex logistical challenges in that general health and safety concerns (specifically, with regard to the risk of COVID-19 spread) increase every time that:
Students change classes (“passing time” in the halls)
Students cannot maintain social distancing (6’ distance in classrooms)
Students sit at a desk or use equipment that was just used by other students
Students cannot wear masks (while they eat lunch)
Students intermingle with other cohorts (an AM session and a PM session)
In light of these concerns, a hybrid model for in-person instruction was developed that prioritizes the safety of students, staff, and the larger school community while simultaneously providing students with daily structure and an in-person learning experience.
In our hybrid model, students were originally going to be divided into three cohorts in order to enable social distancing in even the largest traditional classes. (For example, a class that would traditionally be composed of 27 students would instead meet across three cohorts, in a new class size of approximately 9 students.)
In August 2020, over one third of the student population in each building has opted into fully remote learning. As a result, the NVRHS hybrid model will be divided into TWO cohorts instead of three, while still maintaining the same small class sizes as originally intended.
In order to minimize the number of times students change classes, and in order to prevent the intermingling of different cohorts in the school on any given day, cohorts will rotate days for in-person instruction and school days will be limited to two periods taught in extended time. Interactive video conferencing software (Zoom) will be used to broadcast and engage students in other cohorts from home in real-time.
Additionally, a “synchronous E-day” will be incorporated into the meeting cycle, enabling all students to meet with all of their classes virtually (via video conferencing) following an E-day bell schedule. The table below shows a visual representation of what this schedule looks like in practice:
The table below demonstrates what a full cycle looks like across three weeks:
Another way to consider the days of the cycle is by the cohort and periods that are meeting in person on that day. Using that convention, a full cycle is X,1-2 / Y,3-4 / X,5-6 / Y,7-8 / E! / Y,1-2 / X,3-4 / Y,5-6 / X,7-8 / E!
You can also view a sample of this cycle on the 2020-21 calendar for September, October, and November below. *Note that these sample calendars are subject to change, and may not represent the most up-to-date daily rotations:
Traditionally, students participate in six 56-minute classes during the school day, for a total of 336 instructional minutes (approximately 5.5 hours). The NJDOE requires a minimum of four hours of standards-based instruction on any given day in order for the school day to count.
In the hybrid model, every five-day cycle provides students with:
720 minutes of live instruction (in-school or joined via Zoom)
Two 90 minute class periods every day, except for synchronous E days
320 minutes of synchronous instruction (synchronous E day)
A synchronous E day with eight 40-minute periods (all classes meet) at the end of every five-day cycle
640 minutes of asynchronous instruction (80 minutes of asynchronous instruction per class, per week)
The total instructional minutes is exactly equivalent to what students would be receiving in the traditional NVRHS in-person bell schedule.