Hybrid Learning Plan Information

Posted: 9/20/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Back to School 2020
September 20, 2020

Dear Gahanna-Jefferson Families:

We are all learning together how we best assure consistent, high-quality educational
experiences for our students. As we prepare for our transition into the hybrid learning
model on October 13, we understand no solution works for everyone, and we recognize
not everyone agrees with all the decision-making that is happening. It is important for
you to know:

● Our leading objective is to mirror the traditional school environment for all
    students and staff as much as possible – we believe our hybrid learning structure
    is the best opportunity to replicate the school day.
● Our teachers are working very hard and we appreciate all they are doing to
    engage our students. We will continue to support them with professional
    development, learning opportunities with technology, and the time they need to
    plan instruction.
● We want to meet the needs of all our students, with their individual learning
    considerations, whether they are in their homes or in our buildings.
● We intend to be innovative and nimble in our approach to create a strong year of
    learning for our students and to position the district to adapt as necessary should
    the current situation change.
● We remain fully committed to the health and safety of our school community.
    What you should understand about this hybrid model:
● We plan to leverage live streaming to allow for more teacher and student
    interaction. Most hybrid learning models give students access to only 50% of
    in-class time and 50% of the curriculum, while our plan in most grade levels
    allows for more engagement. Our plan also allows for equity and access to our
    teachers and curriculum for all students.
● All students, whether in 100% distance learning or in the hybrid model, will have
    a full-time Gahanna-Jefferson teacher, who will teach our own district curriculum,
    not that of a third-party education provider.
● Our hybrid model preserves access to our strong GJPS curriculum, which
    maintains consistency in learning opportunities.
● The hybrid model is tailored to the unique requirements of different grade levels,
    to best meet the specific needs of our students and teachers. It builds in live
    streaming from classrooms, when possible and practical to do so.
○ PK-2 students will have both in-classroom, teacher-directed learning,
combined with at-home practice and extension, without live-streamed
classrooms.
○ For grades 3-5, students in the hybrid model will have streamed
classroom learning on at-home days; distance learning students will be
separated and will not be live streamed.
○ In grades 6-12, all students will stream into the classroom in both the
distance learning model and hybrid model, when they are not physically in
school.
■ This model prevents the need to adjust staffing and change student
and teacher schedules at the 6-12 level.
■ This model allows our 6-12 students to have access to the full
program of studies offered by GJPS that no online or third party
provider could replicate.
● Live streaming in particular allows students in the distance
    learning model to continue with many classes at the middle
    school level and over 50 classes at GLHS that would
    otherwise not be possible.
● This model provides the best opportunity for connectedness with peers and
    teachers by maximizing learning experiences for both the at-home student and
    the in-class student.
● Our hybrid learning model leverages technology where it is most useful, while
    also integrating personal experiences.

We will continue working together and in a responsive manner to make the 2020-21
school year the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Hybrid Learning Plan Information

Posted: 9/20/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Back to School 2020
September 20, 2020

Dear Gahanna-Jefferson Families:

We are all learning together how we best assure consistent, high-quality educational
experiences for our students. As we prepare for our transition into the hybrid learning
model on October 13, we understand no solution works for everyone, and we recognize
not everyone agrees with all the decision-making that is happening. It is important for
you to know:

● Our leading objective is to mirror the traditional school environment for all
    students and staff as much as possible – we believe our hybrid learning structure
    is the best opportunity to replicate the school day.
● Our teachers are working very hard and we appreciate all they are doing to
    engage our students. We will continue to support them with professional
    development, learning opportunities with technology, and the time they need to
    plan instruction.
● We want to meet the needs of all our students, with their individual learning
    considerations, whether they are in their homes or in our buildings.
● We intend to be innovative and nimble in our approach to create a strong year of
    learning for our students and to position the district to adapt as necessary should
    the current situation change.
● We remain fully committed to the health and safety of our school community.
    What you should understand about this hybrid model:
● We plan to leverage live streaming to allow for more teacher and student
    interaction. Most hybrid learning models give students access to only 50% of
    in-class time and 50% of the curriculum, while our plan in most grade levels
    allows for more engagement. Our plan also allows for equity and access to our
    teachers and curriculum for all students.
● All students, whether in 100% distance learning or in the hybrid model, will have
    a full-time Gahanna-Jefferson teacher, who will teach our own district curriculum,
    not that of a third-party education provider.
● Our hybrid model preserves access to our strong GJPS curriculum, which
    maintains consistency in learning opportunities.
● The hybrid model is tailored to the unique requirements of different grade levels,
    to best meet the specific needs of our students and teachers. It builds in live
    streaming from classrooms, when possible and practical to do so.
○ PK-2 students will have both in-classroom, teacher-directed learning,
combined with at-home practice and extension, without live-streamed
classrooms.
○ For grades 3-5, students in the hybrid model will have streamed
classroom learning on at-home days; distance learning students will be
separated and will not be live streamed.
○ In grades 6-12, all students will stream into the classroom in both the
distance learning model and hybrid model, when they are not physically in
school.
■ This model prevents the need to adjust staffing and change student
and teacher schedules at the 6-12 level.
■ This model allows our 6-12 students to have access to the full
program of studies offered by GJPS that no online or third party
provider could replicate.
● Live streaming in particular allows students in the distance
    learning model to continue with many classes at the middle
    school level and over 50 classes at GLHS that would
    otherwise not be possible.
● This model provides the best opportunity for connectedness with peers and
    teachers by maximizing learning experiences for both the at-home student and
    the in-class student.
● Our hybrid learning model leverages technology where it is most useful, while
    also integrating personal experiences.

We will continue working together and in a responsive manner to make the 2020-21
school year the best it can be.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools