Wicomico Co. Schools provide update on possible fall instruction plans
SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County School Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin has released an update on planning for schools in the fall.
Hanlin says they have developed three possible instructional scenarios, or models, that they consider most likely to be in place as the 2020-2021 school year begins. These include the following:
- Green Model: Traditional Learning – all in-person school activities may fully resume, and schools return to normal operations; would take place once we are in Stage 3 of recovery
- Yellow Model: Hybrid of In-School & At-Home Learning – most likely scenario at this time; students would be in school for instruction 2-3 days per week or in a school all or most days every other week, with distance learning on other days, to allow for physical distance in classrooms. Families not comfortable with their students returning would have the option of choosing a virtual program that would allow learning from home 100% of the time
- Red Model: Distance Learning – All school activities would be conducted online and through distance learning platforms
Officials say if the county went for 100% distance learning in the fall (red model), it would look different from the distance learning done back in the spring. Students would receive letter grades instead of Pass/Incomplete, and attendance would be monitored. In order to ensure that students can participate in distance learning, school officials have purchased more than 8,000 new laptops, which would allow for every student in kindergarten through 12th grade to have a laptop.
Parents are asked to complete a survey that they will soon receive, indicating whether they would like their student to attend in a hybrid model or through a virtual program. This commitment would be for the entire first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.