Concord to consider extending remote education into February

  • Concord High School.

Monitor staff
Published: 1/12/2021 12:47:39 PM

Concord’s interim superintendent Kathleen Murphy will be recommending to the school board’s instructional committee that Concord High School remain remote until February 1, based on COVID-19 activity in the region and the impact it has on staff resources. CHS had been slated to return to a hybrid model on Jan. 19, along with Concord elementary and middle schools.

At a meeting Wednesday night, Murphy will also be recommending a revised approach to hybrid learning for CHS and Rundlett Middle School, that will have students attending online classes with live instruction on days they aren’t in school. The previous hybrid model had students doing independent “asynchronous” work on the off-days. The school board has received some parent feedback that students weren’t getting enough face-to-face instruction time in the previous approach. Wednesdays will remain asynchronous “flex days.”

“Under the new hybrid model for grades 6-12, students have four days per week of synchronous instruction with their teachers, two days in person and two days online remotely,” Murphy wrote in a letter to families Sunday. “The elementary grades will deliver instruction as they did before the break in December.”

Regionally, there are three new student cases of COVID-19 at Franklin Middle School, Superintendent Dan LeGallo announced Monday. One of the students is remote, and the other two have not been in school since before winter vacation. One student has also tested positive at Franklin High School.

There are five new cases of COVID-19 at Belmont High School, according to the Shaker Regional School District’s COVID-19 dashboard, which was last updated Jan. 9. There is also one new case of COVID-19 at Belmont Elementary School and one new case at Belmont Middle School. 

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