More Details About Hybrid Plan

PreK – Grade 5:

Four Days on Campus/All Remote Wednesdays

Community safety depends on our successful commitment to maintaining the integrity of our grade level clusters. While we can confidently contain our PreK through Grade 5 students within their clusters and superclusters without meaningful loss to the program, we believe the challenge of operating in a fully masked, socially distanced way for five consecutive school days is too much for younger students to manage. Teaching remotely on Wednesdays also allows the School to thoroughly clean the facilities, purposefully evaluate the state of health and safety in the School and surrounding community, and give students and teachers a break from the restraints that are inherent while operating in the COVID context.

On Wednesdays, students and teachers will follow a synchronous schedule focused on core curricular content areas and providing space for social-emotional learning and connection.

PreK & K:
8 a.m – 3 p.m. M/T/Th
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. W remote
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. F

Grades 1-4:
8 a.m – 3 p.m. M/T/Th/F
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. W remote

Grade 5:
8 a.m – 3 p.m. M/T/Th/F
8 a.m. – 2:25 p.m. W remote

The primary classroom teacher will lead humanities and math instruction in the classroom. Each cluster will have an assistant teacher and a PE teacher specifically focused on their supercluster. Science, music, and art will all take place within their clusters as well, with teachers joining the class remotely, and a special library plan is in the works to support extra reading, discovery, and exploration. This structure will allow students to experience the energy and camaraderie of learning with peers in a classroom rather than alone on a screen even if sometimes that teacher is teaching remotely.

In addition to PE with their peers, students will have recess together, and multiple opportunities for socially distanced mask breaks through the day. Coupled with the All-Remote Wednesday plan, which will provide PreK - Grade 5 students with a welcome break from the restrictions of physical distancing and masks, we believe this schedule strikes an effective, age-appropriate balance between in-person and remote learning. 

Additional details about PreK – Grade 5 schedules

Grades 6 – 8:

Two Days on Campus/Three Days off Campus

While PreK through Grade 5 classes are built on a tight homeroom model that naturally supports the integrity of our cluster system, the academic experience for Grades 6 through 8 requires students to be taught by multiple teachers across the full array of disciplines. 

In the hybrid model, half the students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 will learn on campus two days a week — either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday — and remotely the other three days. Because only half the students in each grade will be on campus at a time, those students who are on campus will have the ability to move around the building more safely and teachers will be exposed to fewer students on a per day basis. Additionally, critical programs such as World Language, advisory, Growth Education, and student clubs and other activities, which require teacher and student mixing, can happen remotely in the hybrid model.

Students will be assigned an AB schedule (on campus Monday, Tuesday) or a CD schedule (on campus Thursday, Friday). Students and teachers will follow the same synchronous schedule when they are off campus that they would have followed on campus. 

8 a.m – 3 p.m. M/T/Th/F
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. W remote

The move to the hybrid plan for Grades 6 – Grade 8, though designed to protect cluster integrity, yields other benefits as well, allowing Park to sustain the expansive learning opportunities in which our older students thrive and grow beyond their core academic subjects. Critical pieces of our academic program and our whole-child approach cannot happen on campus without mixing students and teachers across clusters and superclusters. They include:
  • World Language study, an essential academic program that is also the foundation of our transformative international travel program in Grade 8. 

  • Advisory, the program that ensures that Upper Division students are most effectively supported by a singular adult who is aware of every aspect of their advisees’ experience. 

  • Growth Education, a cornerstone of the Upper Division experience which provides important guidance on topics such as bullying, healthy relationships, boundaries, conflict resolution, and sexuality, as well as a safe place to reflect upon stories in the news and shared experiences surrounding questions of empathy, anti-racism, and identity.

  • Clubs, providing opportunities for students to explore student-directed work and develop as leaders. 

The hybrid schedule creates the room we need to create cross-cluster and cross-supercluster gatherings in virtual classrooms that will support these essential programs. 

Additional details about Grade 6 – 8 schedules