Suffolk Public Schools

Hybrid/Virtual Model

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated February 2021

General Questions

When will the district move to a Hybrid Model?

The Suffolk School Board decided on February 11, 2021 to return to school in a hybrid model beginning on March 15, 2021. The current recommendation outlines a start for Hybrid learning for Pre-K through 5th grade for March 15, 2021 and grades 6-12 on March 22, 2021. These students will return to school two (2) days a week.  Students in Special Education Specialized programs will return to school on March 15, 2021 four (4) days a week.

What safety procedures will be in place in the Hybrid Model?

All safety procedures outlined in the Suffolk Public Schools’ COVID Health Plan Resource Guide will be followed in the Hybrid Model. Please see the link to that document here: COVID Health Plan-Resource Guide. Additionally, students will be expected to follow certain guidelines while attending school.  Please see the Hybrid Student Expectations Document for more information.

What is the Hybrid Learning Model? What is the Virtual Learning Model?

Hybrid learning is where students learn through a mix of face to face and online activities. In this model, students attend school 2 days a week and complete work at home on the remaining 3 days. Virtual learning is where students learn through live online instruction 4 days a week. Friday is designated as an independent virtual learning day for all students.

Elementary:

My Child Is Hybrid. What Does this Mean?

Elementary Hybrid students will receive 2 days of face to face instruction and 3 days of independent learning activities via Canvas.  For example, if your student is an A Day student, they will attend school Monday and Wednesday and on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday they will not attend school and will complete assigned coursework in Canvas.

My Child is Virtual. What Does this Mean?

All virtual students will log in daily, Monday-Thursday, for live instruction. Friday will be an independent virtual learning day. Virtual students will not receive live resource (Art, Computer, Music, P.E.) at this time, the resource team will provide pre-recorded videos for students who remain virtual. The Canvas platform will continue to be used for the virtual setting for completing assignments.

Middle and High:

My Child Is Hybrid. What Does this Mean?

Secondary Hybrid students will receive 2 days of face-to-face instruction and 2 days of live virtual instruction.  For example, if your student is an A Day student, they will attend school Monday (Even) and Wednesday (Odd) and on Tuesday (Even) and Thursday (Odd) they will log in to their classes virtually for instruction. Friday is designated as an independent virtual learning day for all students.

My Child is Virtual. What Does this Mean?

All virtual students will log in daily, Monday-Thursday (Monday-Even, Tuesday-Even, Wednesday-Odd, Thursday-Odd), for live instruction. Friday will be an independent virtual learning day. Virtual students will follow the school bell schedule and teachers will communicate to parents/students the times students need to log in for live instruction. The Canvas platform will continue to be used for the virtual setting for completing assignments. Friday is designated as an independent virtual learning day for all students.

When will I know what days my student will attend school in the Hybrid Model?  

Parents will receive a letter to their mailing address that will outline the student’s schedule and expectations.  Bus routes will be posted prior to the start of school on March 15, 2021.  Students will be expected to remain on the learning model selected for the remainder of the year. We will reevaluate the learning model options at the end of the 3rd nine weeks.

What if a student on the Hybrid Model becomes ill and must stay home for an extended period of time?

Secondary students in the Hybrid Model will be able to participate in the Virtual Model if they become ill or must quarantine for a specified amount of time.  Elementary students in the Hybrid Model will be able to work on activities and assignments from home, but will not receive direct instruction from the classroom teacher during the school day.   Student work will continue to be assigned in Canvas so students can continue learning until they are able to return to school. Please see the COVID Health Plan-Resource Guide for more information on notifying the school about Covid related illness procedures.


Elementary Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the current schedule change for elementary students?

Yes, all SPS students will return to the tiered schedule. The elementary school day will run from 9:25 AM - 3:50 PM. for all students.

What will virtual instruction look like in the 2nd nine weeks?

100% Virtual students will continue to use Canvas for assignments and learning materials. A teacher will be designated as the 100% virtual teacher by grade level and will provide instruction Monday through Thursday on a modified schedule. Resource teachers will be providing asynchronous materials for Art, Music, Library, Computer Resource, and PE. A sample schedule is provided below:

Elementary Sample 100% Virtual Student Schedule

Instructional Schedule

Time

Homeroom

Morning Meetings and Warm-up Activities  

9:25 A.M. - 9:50 A.M.

Core Integrated Instruction

(synchronous or asynchronous)

9:50 A.M. - 10:50 A.M.

Brain Break

10:50 A.M. - 11:05 A.M.

Core Integrated Instruction

(synchronous  or asynchronous)

11:05 A.M. - 12:05 P.M.

Lunch

12:05 P.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Resource Class--Asynchronous

12:45 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.

Small Group Intervention/Enrichment

Independent Practice

(Building Specific Schedule)

1:45 P.M. - 3:50 P.M.

Will my student have the same teacher they had 1st nine weeks if I choose 100% Virtual?

While we will try to keep students with their homeroom teacher, virtual students may be instructed by a different teacher at the grade level. Your building principal will notify you if your student’s teacher will change.

What will hybrid instruction look like in the 2nd nine weeks?

Hybrid students will attend school two days a week and have asynchronous learning the remaining 3 days. Student work will continue to be assigned in Canvas for continuity. Students will be assigned to attend either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for a full day of instruction.Students will follow the regular building schedule and receive resource instruction each day.  Students will participate in Art, Music, PE, and Computer Science each day over the course of 2 weeks. The remaining 3 days of the week students will complete activities and lessons in Canvas to support the instruction given on the face-to-face days.


Secondary Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the schedule change for middle and high school students?

Yes, all secondary students will return to the tiered schedule. Middle school will be 7:20 AM to 2:00 PM. and high school will be 8:20 AM to 3:00 PM.

What will virtual instruction look like in the 2nd nine weeks?

100% Virtual students will continue to use Canvas for assignments and learning materials. Students will receive two days of face-to-face instruction each week (1 Odd and 1 Even) and will receive live virtual instruction the two days a week. Friday will be an asynchronous learning day for all students. Teachers will choose from one of 3 models for instruction: Hybrid 45, Hybrid Sync, and Hybrid Flipped.  Teachers will communicate the model for instruction prior to March 15th.

Will my student have the same teachers they had in 1st semester if I choose 100% Virtual?

Most secondary teachers will remain the same.  In some cases, teachers may need to teach virtually while an adult facilitator monitors students in the hybrid setting.  This model may need to be adjusted based on survey responses and staffing.

If my student attends College and Career Academy at Pruden (CCAP), will they be able to remain 100% virtual?

Students enrolled in CCAP courses will gain the best instructional experience from the  selection of a Hybrid learning format. This is  due to the onsite availability of laboratories/shops, tools, equipment, and supplies necessary to perform required tasks/competencies.   CCAP Hybrid students will attend their home base high school and CCAP with their cohort. However, a student attending academic classes virtually could still opt to attend CCAP classes face-to-face through a hybrid format. It is important to note that a 100% virtual setting may not be available for all CCAP courses, please contact CCAP if you have any questions.

 

If my student attends Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), will they be able to remain 100% virtual?

GSA students return to school will be based on the GSA Return to School Plan.  If GSA returns to a hybrid or face-to-face model, Suffolk students will be provided transportation if they select the Hybrid learning model in their SPS survey and request transportation.  They will receive transportation from their base school to GSA on the days they attend their base school (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Suffolk students who select 100% virtual will remain 100% virtual for all core classes and will be required to provide their own transportation should GSA return hybrid or face-to-face.