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SLT Family Communication - Return to Hybrid Learning Model - January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Dear RPS Families and Students: 

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) conducted a survey to identify the amount of structured learning time (SLT) students spend in synchronous learning (“live” instruction from a teacher, whether in-person or online) and in asynchronous learning (including independent work, pre-recorded video lessons, etc.). In order to meet DESE’s new target, RPS has increased live teaching to meet the 35-hour (over a ten-day span) mandate. 

In our current fully remote model, we are meeting and exceeding the new DESE SLT requirements. Our students and educators have combined cohorts into blended classrooms in our fully remote model, preparing us for a seamless shift into live streaming daily. As we return to a hybrid learning model, we will continue to meet these requirements with an increase in our hours of direct teaching in a livestream model on hybrid out (at home) or remote independent days. Schedule specifics will be communicated by school leaders.  

Return to Hybrid Learning Model 

Over the next three weeks we will be returning all students to the hybrid model in a staggered approach. Please see the details below for specific information about the return to the in person learning for hybrid students. The dates below are subject to change as we monitor COVID-19 data and collaborate with the Randolph Board of Health. 

Week of January 18th

Grades PK-12 Substantially separate special education programs (Rise, GROW, LBLC, TLC, ILC, AIM, Transition) and PreK return to in person instruction 

Week of January 25th

Grades K-5 return to in person instruction in the hybrid model 

  • Expect livestream instruction with teachers on hybrid out (at home) or remote independent days. 

Week of February 1st

Grades 6 - 12 return to in person instruction in the hybrid model 

  • Expect livestream instruction with teachers on hybrid out (at home) or remote independent days. 

We are proud of the way RPS has approached this exceptionally challenging time. We continue to forge forward with grace, effort, and care.  

Sincerely,

Thea Stovell