Hello Sakai Families,
I hope you had a restful and joy filled Thanksgiving weekend. I cannot believe tomorrow is already December. At the same time-hooray, it’s finally the last month of 2020! Certainly this year has been like no other, and we look with hope to 2021.
As mentioned last Wednesday, in the upcoming weeks students will be accessing more asynchronous work on Fridays to allow teachers time to prepare for our Hybrid reopening. This will mean more independent work time for your student. In this Friday's COHO lesson, teachers will be discussing time management and how to prioritize assignments. Students will also be given Zoom links to access help and enrichment work during this asynchronous time, such as art with Mrs. Hitchcock, PE with Mr. deGuzman, Library with Mrs. Grant, Academic Enrichment with Mrs. Lockett and Academic Support from me.
Over the last few weeks I have been providing information and updates on our Hybrid Model and reopening plan. This week, I want to highlight a few answers to some common questions I have received.
With the move to Hybrid, are we still having January conferences?
Yes, conferences will be held on Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January 22nd via Zoom. There will be no school on those days. Look for more information to come.
How will instruction be impacted by the move to the Hybrid Model?
Students at Sakai will be given face to face instruction on all four of their core subjects, as well as specialist classes. They will also be provided with assigned work and enrichment tasks to complete asynchronously. Because teachers will be instructing all day, while working asynchronously students won’t have direct access to their teacher. Support services, such as specially designed instruction to meet student IEP goals, may be offered via Zoom to students while not on campus.
What will arrival and dismissal look like in the Hybrid Model?
We are creating procedures for the safest and quickest way for students to enter the school. We will have four COVID screening areas for students to access and are hopeful we can get it down to under 10 seconds per student. It will take all of us to do our part to ensure this is as efficient as possible. There will be more information on this coming, including maps and directions for parents and students.
Does the Hybrid Schedule impact the 100% Online classes?
Yes, it will. Even though students will not be coming into school, they are Sakai classes and will follow our Specialists schedule. Additionally, teachers in the 100% online classes need to be available to attend building meetings with colleagues and families, which will take place in the middle part of the school day instead of before or after school due to the hours of teachers contracted work day.
I will be continuing to share information each week with the goal of all us being informed and ready for our move to the Hybrid Model. As always, please reach out to me with questions you may have.
Have a wonderful week Sakai!