The release of the three school option model for the Dysart Unified School District, 15802 N. Parkview Place, July 6, left parents diving deeper into details.
DUSD Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis said in a video posted on the district’s Facebook page, providing three options for students and families was imperative. Concerns were raised via Dysart Unified’s Facebook page with Amberly Purkey posting she is “disappointed that the hybrid option is not available for high school."
DUSD Director of Communications and Public Relations Renee Ryon said a hybrid option at the high school level would not look the same as it would at the elementary level and would not allow for reduced class sizes, which is the main benefit of a hybrid model.
“Unless we eliminated or drastically reduced electives. In high school, students do not move around by entire classes like they do at the K-8 level. They each have individualized schedules with six classes, where they are placed in core classes at the appropriate level and are also able to choose from numerous electives. These individualized schedules do not make it possible to have half the students at home,” she said.
She added the online iSchool model that has been in place for district high school students since 2012 is available. Saying it is possible to do a mix of in-person classes and online iSchool courses to create the student’s own modified version of a “hybrid” model.
“It is important to note that this would not reduce class sizes, but it would allow students to reduce their time on campus. Students interested in doing this, should contact their school counselor, and look into Dysart iSchool options at Dysart.org/iSchool,” Ms. Ryon said.
Jen Bove posted to the Dysart Unified Facebook page asking in part, “How is this new remote learning format viable for working parents? Unfortunately, we can’t all work from home or not work at all.”
Ms. Ryon said teachers will be conducting class and interacting online during the regularly scheduled class times. Saying, specifically what that looks like will vary by class, but as usual, homework and projects may be assigned, which can be completed after hours, as needed.
For those students taking part in the hybrid option, Mondays are reserved for virtual enrichment or remediation, according to Ms. Ryon and students will be required to log in to participate in one of those activities throughout the day.
“Students will attend classes in-person either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday, and attend class remotely on the alternating days. This year, teachers will use a consistent learning platform in all school models, so that at any point during the school year, students and teachers will be able to seamlessly transition back to remote learning, should school closures become necessary again. We are planning to use Florida Virtual Curriculum across the district, which is the same curriculum we use for our Dysart iSchool program. It will be delivered through Schoology for all platforms,” Ms. Ryon said.
Meghen Alt asked via the Dysart Unified Facebook page, “Face coverings for kindergarten students?”
Ms. Ryon said face coverings shall be required at school when social distancing is not possible, with the exception of students with medical conditions, during lunch, recess or other outdoor activities. Any student who has difficulty breathing or who is incapable of physically removing the face covering on his own will not wear cloth face coverings and alternate methods of protection will be discussed by parents and staff.
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