Return to School Survey 2020-2021

  • Background Information

     As the 2020-2021 school year progresses, there may be a time that the division is able to return to in-person instruction for all students.  Providing in-person instruction requires a great deal of planning and preparation to ensure that student needs and Covid-19 mitigation strategies can be met.  With the exception of some of our students with disabilities, our division is currently operating in a distance learning model.  In this model, students receive 4 days of live instruction and one day of asynchronous instruction.  At the October 27, 2020 school board meeting, division staff presented two potential models for what a return to offering in-person instruction might look like.  These two hybrid models are very different.  Which one we offer depends on teachers testing and giving feedback on new technology and our ability to acquire additional live video streaming technology in our classrooms.

    In an effort to gather information to continue our planning, MCPS needs to hear from you. Households with students who had at least one parent with an email address on file were sent a survey link via email.  If a student did not have at least one parent with an email address on file, a paper survey was mailed to the student's home on November 16th and 17th (please allow a couple days for the paper survey to arrive in your mail).  The online/paper survey are child specific.  If a parent has multiple children attending MCPS, he/she will need to complete an individual survey for each of child.  All survey responses are due by November 30th.  Please return paper surveys by mail or dropped it off at the school.  If you have any questions about the survey or need assistance, please email dlyon@mcpsva.org.    

    The survey presents information about two potential hybrid model and asks a parent to indicate whether he/she prefers to return his/her child to in-person learning for part of their instruction or to keep him/her a 100% distance learning student. The two potential models for instruction are very different and parents may select different choices based on each model.  If MCPS does not receive a survey response, MCPS will plan for your child to return in-person.  Please complete your online/paper survey by November 30, 2020.

     

    Possible Instruction Models

     

    Model 1: Hybrid Teaching With Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms

    If the division is able to successfully test and acquire additional live video streaming technology in the classrooms prior to returning students to in-person instruction, the instructional model would change.  In this model, live instruction continues 4 days a week but may happen in person, via Zoom, or a combination of the two.  In this model, teachers may have students in the classroom and others at home and he/she will be teaching the two groups of students at the same time.  Individual student schedules and teacher changes are possible but should be minimal

     

    OPTIONS

    Hybrid Teaching: With Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms
     

    In-Person Option

    Hybrid Teaching: With Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms
     

    100% Distance Learning Option

    • Live Instruction:
      • 4 days:  2 days in person and 2 days from home via Zoom
      • Students may report in-person but have a teacher teaching from home via Zoom 
        • In this case, classes will be monitored by other staff
    • Asynchronous Instruction:
      • 1 day:  students will work at home on Mondays
    • Individual teacher or schedule changes should be minimal
    • Live instruction: 
      • 4 days from home via Zoom 
    • Asynchronous Instruction:
      • 1 day:  students will work at home on Mondays 
    • Individual teacher or schedule changes should be minimal

     

     

    Model 2: Hybrid Teaching Without Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms

     If the division is unable to successfully test and acquire additional live video streaming technology in the classrooms prior to returning students to in-person instruction, the instructional model would change.  In this model, live learning time would decrease and asynchronous learning time would increase for all students.  With in-person students, individual student schedules and teacher changes may occur.  Students will be at school 2 days a week for live instruction and working asynchronously from home 3 days a week.  With distance learning students, individual student schedules and teacher changes are likely. 

      

    OPTIONS

    Hybrid Teaching:  
    Without Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms

    In-Person Option 

    Hybrid Teaching:
    Without Additional Live Video Streaming Technology in the Classrooms

    100% Distance Learning Option

    • Live Instruction:
      • Students attend school for live instruction 2 days a week 
      • Students may report in-person but have a teacher teaching from home via Zoom
        • In this case, classes will be monitored by other staff
    •  Asynchronous Instruction:
      • Students independently work at home on recorded lessons, assignments, etc. 3 days a week
    • May require schedule and/or teacher changes
    • Students will work solely from home
    • Some combination of live and asynchronous instruction (TBD)
    • Will likely require schedule and/or teacher changes
    • Students may be working within other platforms and/or with teachers as appropriate for their age level