Hybrid Plan Update 9-30-2020

September 30, 2020
Hybrid Plan Update 
Oxford Hills School District
 
Dear Parents, 
 
I want to thank you for your patience as the district moves to adapt to a recent change in the County’s COVID 19 rating from green to yellow.  The change in status is not what we had hoped for, so we have been revising our plans to ensure as much continuity while at the same time ensuring that students and staff remain safe. MSAD 17 is the only district in the county that was able to provide in-person learning for a majority of our students when school opened earlier this month.  When the county’s community spread is reduced and relabeled green we will try to return to the in-person and remote learning options that have been in practice since the start of school.   
 
The state allows some discretion when creating a hybrid plan and encourages districts to address the needs of their youngest and most fragile populations while continuing to provide educational opportunities for our older students. 
 
What does this mean for MSAD 17?  Grades 7-12

  • We will phase into a hybrid model over the next two weeks.  
  • Students in grades 7-12 have been divided into Pod A and Pod B
  • Pods at the high school level will remain as is.   
  • Households with multiple children will be placed on the same pod to the extent possible.  
  • Each pod will attend in-person learning two days a week and remote learning three days a week.  
  • All students will learn remotely on Wednesdays to allow the custodial staff time to deep clean facilities.  
  • Grades 7-12 will begin the new hybrid learning schedule on Monday, October 5.  
  • Students currently enrolled in the remote learning plan will continue to learn remotely. 
  • Students receiving programming in special education self-contained settings will attend school in-person 4 days a week, with Wednesday a remote day for all.   

 
What does this mean for MSAD 17?  Grades 4-6

  • Students in grades 4-6 will begin hybrid learning on Tuesday, October 13.  
  • These students will also be divided into two pods as well.  
  • Each pod will attend in-person learning two-days a week and remote learning three days a week.  
  • Students currently enrolled in the remote learning plan will continue to learn remotely.
  • Students receiving programming in special education self-contained settings will attend school in-person 5 days a week.  
  • Parents do not need to purchase technology for their students.  
    • The district has ordered technology to support learning from a distance for each child in the district. 
    • As soon as it arrives, we will get devices out to students.  
    • If parents are able to subscribe to an internet provider that works in their town, it will support student learning.

 
What does this mean for MSAD 17?  Grades PK-3

  • Students in Prek-grade 3 will not be moved to a hybrid model at this time.  
  • These students will continue to attend school 5 days a week in-person.  They will be the only students in school on Wednesdays.
  • We have enhanced the distancing of students and can accommodate those already participating in-person.  
  • Students currently enrolled in the remote learning plan will continue to learn remotely. 

 
Parents of students in grades 4-8 will be notified by building principals this week of their child(ren)’s team assignments and schedules.  Principals and teachers will communicate with parents the schedule for in-person and hybrid learning.  Parents with questions about the team assignment or schedule should contact the principal directly. 
 
We understand the difficulty a hybrid option creates for working families.  We have tried to minimize the impact by focusing our limited space for in-person learning to our youngest students.   Our hope is to return to in-school learning if the county’s community spread is reduced and relabeled green.