School Board Approves Plan to Provide More On-Campus Time for Some Secondary Students

At the Monday, March 8, 2021, School Board meeting, the Board approved Dr. Cotton’s recommendation to increase on-campus learning time for Option 1 middle and high school students who need additional support. 

Currently, the number of days students enrolled in the On-Campus Continuum (Option 1) report to campus varies by grade level. All of our Kindergarten- fifth grade classrooms are operating on a Traditional Model (5 days a week) of instruction. Our secondary classrooms, grades 6-12, however, continue on the Blended Model, providing Option 1 students with 2 days on campus and 3 days of online learning.  Physical distancing requirements prevent the full return of students in grades 6-12, but administrators are determined to provide as much on-campus time as possible for students who are struggling to find success with the Blended Model. 

Option 1 PyramiAs shown in this pyramid model, schools will continue to serve the majority of Option 1 secondary students through the Blended Model until physical distancing requirements are rescinded or relaxed. However, as illustrated in the second level of the pyramid, school principals have the authority to provide some Option 1 students with additional on-campus time if they are not showing success with the blended model or have extenuating circumstances, based on their school’s capacity. 

It’s important to note that all principals will use the same criteria for consideration; however, the number of additional students they can accommodate will be based on seat capacity, which will vary from class to class and is therefore highly dependent on the identified student’s schedule and transportation needs.  

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Seniors in jeopardy of not graduating
  • High school students with a D or E average in two or more classes
  • Middle school students with a D or E average in two or more CORE classes
  • Chronic absenteeism
  • Students experiencing homelessness
  • English Learners
  • Medical documentation noting major impact on mental health condition
  • IEP, 504, or school-based intervention team decision

Adjusting on campus learning time for individual students who meet the criteria for consideration will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Administrators will begin contacting families of Option 1 students who qualify on March 15, 2021.