Learning Model 2nd Semester 20-21

Synchronous Live Streaming Approach for Remote-Only Students & Hybrid Students*

Published 12/21/20

*We are set to return to a hybrid learning model on Tuesday, January 19th. The 19th is the first day of the second semester.

Project Edgenuity students are set to return to Macomb High School for second semester.  We will adjust our current model to provide instruction remotely for those students returning to us and for hybrid students on their scheduled day at home.

Please note, we will continue to use our A & B groups, with those students attending in the building either on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday.  However, we do plan to change our model so that teachers are conducting the same lesson on a given day to all students, regardless of where they are learning from.  Rather than running an alternating day schedule, we will conduct 5 lessons of synchronous learning a week for each course. Our teachers will conduct classes face-to-face with hybrid students (on their day at school) while allowing students at home to view and listen to class sessions using Microsoft Teams.

Teachers will continue to use their Daily Tasks pages with the modification of having items for just one group per day rather than listing “A” assignments and “B” assignments on the same day.  This will hold true except for some occasional anomalies where teachers may need to assign alternate activities to students learning from home.

Below is a summary of the weekly schedule, beginning January 19, 2020 (if we are able to return to hybrid learning)

“A” days: Monday & Thursday

  • Run our regular bell schedule
  • Hybrid A Group Students attend in person
  • Hybrid B Students view from home via Microsoft Teams following the regular bell schedule 
  • All Remote-Only Students view from home via Microsoft Teams following the regular bell schedule 
  • Participating on Teams: Hybrid & Remote students attend class online to view/listen to instruction. Teachers have the discretion to determine how long students on Teams are involved in the lesson. Teachers may approach this for students on an individual basis, depending on need.
  • Teachers will continue to take attendance, marking students as “Remote Present,” “Present,” or “Absent.”

All groups online: Wednesday

  • We will continue to use the adopted Wednesday schedule.  All students will participate in online classes on Teams.
  • Teachers will continue to take attendance, marking students as “Remote Present,” “Present,” or “Absent.”

“B” days: Tuesday & Friday

  • Run our regular bell schedule
  • Hybrid B Group Students attend in person
  • Hybrid A Students view from home via Microsoft Teams following the regular bell schedule
  • All Remote-Only Students view from home via Microsoft Teams following the regular bell schedule 
  • Participating on Teams: Hybrid & Remote students attend class online to view/listen to instruction. Teachers have the discretion to determine how long students on Teams are involved in the lesson. Teachers may approach this for students on an individual basis, depending on need.
  • Teachers will continue to take attendance, marking students as “Remote Present,” “Present,” or “Absent.”

 Bell Schedule Mon/Thur & Tue/Fri

1st Period

8:05-8:56

Teachers have the discretion to involve remote learners as long as they deem necessary during the length of the period. Most days, this might be about 30 minutes. For the remaining class period time, teachers will determine when remote learners will be staying online in the session or if they will be logging off.  Teachers may base this on the individual needs of students.  Again, this is a guide and teachers may need students to attend remotely for more minutes.

2nd 

9:00-9:51

3rd 

9:55-10:48

4th 

10:52-11:43

5 & 6th  1st Class

11:47-12:38

5 & 6th  2nd Class

12:25-1:16

7th

1:20-2:11

8th

2:15-3:05


Q and A

published 1/14/21

Will my student will be online all day from 8:05 to 3:05 second semester?

No, students will not be in Teams meetings from 8:05 to 3:05 continuously. We, too, want to find an appropriate balance of instruction by actual teachers and time spent online in Teams meetings.

Will students participate in a streaming Teams meeting for every course each day?

No, given the specific needs of some courses, students will not view (via Teams) the lessons taking place in the classroom. In these circumstances, teachers may assign students an alternative activity to do at home while students present in the room participate with the teacher. Examples where this might occur are science labs, lessons involving physical performance such as PE, Music, Ag mechanics, etc.  ASC coaches may also dismiss students from attending ASCs online for those caught up with assignments. Other individual lessons might also be handled this way.

Again, why is the high school adjusting their instructional delivery?

A benefit of this change is that it will provide a way to increase the amount and frequency of contact between teachers and students. We feel students will benefit from the structure of scheduled meeting times. In addition, teachers will be able to provide instruction to students 5 days per week rather than 3 days per week during first semester.

What will my "A-Day" student do on Tuesday, January 19th?  What will "Remote" students do on Tuesday, January 19th?

A-Day and Remote students are expected to attend class online from home at the scheduled class period times.  Our teachers, in most cases, will be teaching to both students in the room and students at home simultaneously.

My student will be on the hybrid model schedule. What are students expected to do on the days when scheduled to learn from home?

Please see the descriptions at the top of this page. In this scenario, the student will attend class from home by logging into Teams meetings with the teachers at the scheduled class times.

Are we still having Early Bird PE?  What else should I know about Early Bird?

Yes, we are having Early Bird, however, we will not start early bird until Wednesday online. Wednesday online Early Bird starts at 7:30.  The first day students will go to Early Bird at the school will be Thursday, January 21st for A-Day and Friday, January 22nd for B-Day. Students are expected to complete an online component for Early Bird during their scheduled time when at home.

Students that drive can park in the East lot (tennis courts) and use Entrance A.  Miss Allen will be there until 7:10 to let students into the building.

Parents dropping off students can continue to use the circle drive so their student can use the gym/pool entrance doors (O) to enter the building. Mr. Horrell will be there until 7:10.

Will the school provide a laptop to hybrid model students?  What if a hybrid student already has a device at home and would prefer to use it rather than the school device?

Yes, we issued a laptop to each hybrid student in August.  Any student that does not yet have a laptop, specifically those returning to the high school from Project Edgenuity, should contact Amy Howe at (309) 837-2331.  We prefer that students use our device rather than a personal device, especially while here at school. Our tech support staff will not be able to support the variety of personal devices that students might choose to use including Chromebooks, MacBooks, and a number of tablets. We understand that some parents might not want the added responsibility of their student caring for a school device 24/7. In this case, a solution is for the student to use their assigned school laptop while at school but then leave it at the school at the end of the day. In essence, the student would pickup their assigned laptop from their cart in the morning and return it to the cart before going home. 

Will the school provide a laptop to remote only students? 

Yes, we will issue a laptop to each remote only student that requests one. Parents of remote only students should contact Amy Howe, building secretary, at howea@mcusd185.org to request a laptop. Requests should be made ASAP.

Are masks required to be in the building?

Yes, all employees, students, and visitors must wear a mask appropriately while at the Jr-Sr High School.  The mask must cover the nose and mouth completely. According to guidance from the health department and ISBE, individuals may remove their mask during meals while eating. Individuals will be spaced appropriately in the Commons during meals. We take the use of masks very seriously at Macomb Schools. This is a very effective method of keeping the transmission rate low.

Our students were terrific at meeting this expectation during first semester.

Will the high school use the same format as first semester for lunches? Will MHS still use an "open campus" concept at lunch?

Yes, the format will be the same as first semester. Traditionally, MHS has used one lunch period (5th) for all faculty and students. In order to best meet guidelines, we will create two separate lunch periods.  To do this, we will combine the clock times for 5th and 6th periods, then split the courses originally scheduled during 6th into two groups. Half will start class at 11:46 and then eat lunch afterwards. The other half will eat first at 11:46 and then go to class at 12:25.  See the schedule below.

  1. HS 1st Lunch:  11:46-12:21
  2. HS 1st Class: 11:47-12:38
  3. HS 2nd Lunch: 12:41- 1:16
  4. HS 2nd Class: 12:25-1:16

The "open campus" policy at lunches is still available for grades 10, 11, and 12. 

What about drinking fountains and restrooms? Will the fountains be turned off and will there be a limit to the number of students allowed in the public restrooms?

The hand operated water fountains will be temporarily turned off. There are two water fountains with foot pedals; these will remain on so that students may fill a water bottle. Students will not be allowed to drink directly from the fountain.

How will the hallway traffic be minimized?  Will students use hallway lockers, at least for the time being?

The hallways will be marked on the floor to create two lanes of traffic, along with signage promoting the proper direction of traffic to minimize the likelihood of passing closely next to another person facing one another.  Lockers will not be used, and students will be permitted to travel to classrooms with a book bag to carry items.  The book bag provision is temporary.

Teachers are already assigned to assist with normal supervision of hallways during passing periods. Our adults will be there to reinforce best practice for moving from point A to point B in between classes.

What is the weekly schedule for Hybrid Model students?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

A Roster
students attend in person.

B Roster 
students attend in person.

A & B Students Meet online with Teachers in Microsoft Teams. See Below for Details

A Roster 
students attend in person.

B Roster 
students attend in person.

Roster 
students attend from home via Teams

Roster 
students attend from home via Teams 

B Roster 
students attend from home via Teams 

A Roster 
students attend from home via Teams 

Remote Roster students attend from home via TeamsRemote Roster students attend from home via Teams
Remote Roster students attend from home via Teams
Remote Roster students attend from home via Teams
Remote Roster students attend from home via Teams


What is the Wednesday Schedule for A, B, and Remote rosters online?

Wednesday Schedule

Period

Purpose

Early Bird

7:30

7:55

All Students: Online Class Session with Course Instructor & Support Personnel

1

8:00

8:25

2

8:30

8:55

3

9:00

9:25

4

9:30

9:55

6

10:00

10:25

7

10:30

10:55

8

11:00

11:25

Lunch

11:30

12:05

 *Note-HS Choir Scheduled for 8th period will take place at 11:30 rather than 11:00.

9

12:20

1:00

Teacher Office Time

10

1:00

3:05

Student work time for individual daily assignments and long-term assignments, single student or small group work online with teachers, Teacher PLCs, Professional Development & SIP


As a parent, where online can I see what my student needs to work on when at home?

Students and parents should start at Clever.  Clever is a brand name for a software service that provides Macomb Schools with several nice features including SSO (Single Sign-on). This allows Clever to be the launching pad to district services such as Microsoft Teams, IXL, digital versions of textbooks and more.  Once logged into Clever, the user is automatically logged into the connected services.  More information about using Clever can be found at https://www.macomb185.org/560/Clever including a video produced by Katie Hoge, Macomb Director of Technology.

Where are assignments posted? 

We will continue to use Daily Tasks during second semester. Teachers will post a “Daily Tasks” document that can be viewed in both in Clever and Teams. Think of this document as a helpful summary to point you in the right direction.  For actionable items, teachers will continue to post content, directions, and assignments in Microsoft Teams. Only students have a login to Teams while both parents and students can login to Clever.  To learn more about Teams, please visit https://www.macomb185.org/563/Microsoft-Teams---Getting-Started for another video produced by Katie Hoge

How will attendance be taken for hybrid students on the days they learn from home?

Attendance will by taken by teachers when students participate in online Teams meetings.  Microsoft Teams keeps timestamp data of when students enter meetings and when they leave meetings.

For Hybrid Students at school, will PE be conducted similar to first semester?

Yes, it will be the same. Students will not change into PE clothes nor will they use the PE locker rooms.  In addition, some traditional PE activities will either be put on hold or modified this year so students and faculty can adhere to guidelines. Students enrolled in PE should wear appropriate clothing and shoes to school. 

Will there be an attendance incentive program this year?

As a reminder, we made this change at the beginning of the school year. Due to the circumstances related to the pandemic, the attendance incentive program will be suspended for the 20-21 school year.  If an individual is ill, they should not come to school. Again, there is no incentive program related to attendance this year.

Will there be final exams this semester?

We did not conduct final exams for first semester. A decision about second semester will be communicated at a later date.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Scott Sullivan
MHS Principal
sullivans@mcusd185.org