Wicomico Co. Schools provide specific plans on virtual reopening for upcoming school year

WICOMICO, CO., Md. — Wicomcio County’s Board of Education, along with Supt. Dr. Donna Hanlin, held a virtual meeting to discuss specific plans on the 2020-2021 school year.

Dr. Hanlin says the board spent the summer revising curriculum guides to ensure every student would receive the same amount of attention from teachers, despite not having in-person instruction. She says the model is completely different from the spring, with students having daily instruction with their teachers during the fall semester.

Dr. Hanlin also says that the traditional grading policy will be back this semester instead of the pass or fail model that was used once schools were shut down due to the pandemic. She adds that they’ve modeled how students from pre-k through 12th grade will attend their virtual classes.

Pre-K students will have 80 minutes of live teaching a day, four days out of the week. On Wednesdays, pre-recorded sessions will be available for students to interact with.

Kindergarten to 5th grade students will operate on a similar model as Pre-K students, with with live classes on four days out of the week.

Students in the 6th grade through to the 12th grade will have three hours of live instruction four days out of the week, with Wednesdays left open for pre-recorded instruction.  School starts at 7:45 A.M. for secondary school students. Students in middle schools with have five virtual classes a day, both being 30 minutes each. High school students will have the option of taking up to five virtual classes, which will be 45 minutes each.

Dr. Hanlin says the plan is to have teachers more involved with students, than they were in the spring. During the virtual meeting she stated that, “teachers are going to be expected to connect with students every day, through live and recorded teacher lead instruction. Regular feedback on student work will be on-going.”

For now, Dr. Hanlin says the goal is to get students back to in-person learning as soon as it becomes safe to do so. She also says that they’ve been working towards executing a hybrid-model, where students would come to schools for in-person learning 2 days out of the week.

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