Instructional Information - 2020-2021

Student Symptom-Free Assurance Form

On days when students will be on-campus, parent/guardians must complete a Covid-19 Daily Screening for Students Form and submit it prior to students' arrival. Information on the form, including instructions on where to find it in Aspen, are posted on the Covid Information Webpage


Overview of Instructional Plan:

As our regional activity level index has shifted from “orange” to “yellow”, Hunterdon Central is expanding in-person instruction for all of our students.

Beginning in March 2021, we are offering a four-day program for all students, in addition to continuing to offer a two day hybrid program and a fully remote program.

Parents and students will have the following instructional choices:

Four-Day Program:

  • In the Four-Day Program, students will attend classes on-campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

  • We will continue to operate on our hybrid bell schedule, with Block 4 on-campus ending at noon and a remote instructional block occurring at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. During the remote instructional block, students may attend class sessions, meetings with teachers or staff members, school-hosted workshops, or other relevant virtual meetings.

  • We will continue to have a virtual day on a full day bell schedule for all students and staff on most Wednesdays.
  • Wednesdays will alternate each week between A days and B days.

Two-Day Program:

  • In the Two-Day Program - our current hybrid program - students have been divided into two groups.

  • Group 1 attends on-campus classes on Monday (A day) and Tuesday (B day). Group 2 attends on- campus classes on Thursday (A day) and Friday (B day).

  • We will continue to follow our hybrid bell schedule, with Block 4 on-campus ending at noon and a remote instructional block occurring at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. During the remote instructional block, students may attend class sessions, meetings with teachers or staff members, school-hosted workshops, or other relevant virtual meetings.

Please Note: Both staff and students must bring and wear their own masks on campus at all times (inside and outside buildings). The masks should follow this guidance from the Department of Health. Social distancing must be maintained wherever and as much as possible. Please note that this will not be possible in classrooms at all times.

Full Time Remote Program:

  • Parents may also enroll their children in full-time remote learning using a workflow in the Aspen parent portal; these students will still be assigned to a hybrid group.

Selecting an Instructional Program:


The request to change to the Four-Day In-Person Program is now available: Instructional Change Request Form.

This new parent form will accommodate all requests for a change in a student's learning environment. This includes a change to Full-Time Remote Learning, a change to the Two-Day In-Person Program, and a change to the Four-Day In-Person Program. (Please note that the “Full-Time Remote Learning” request form previously used has been removed from the Aspen parent portal.)

If there is no change being requested to a student's instructional program it is not necessary to complete this form.

The first deadline for parents for the initial phase of in-person learning expansion is the end of the day on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Parents and students will receive information about the start date of this change request after submitting the form.

The following is the cycle of future request deadlines and effective dates (that date on which we anticipate the student actually moving to their new program:


We will revisit the cycle before mapping out for May and June.


A/B Day Calendar for March - June 2021



Remote Learning:


Wednesdays - in a 5 day week:

Wednesdays will follow a regular bell schedule virtually. We will alternate A and B days from week to week. For example, September 16 is an A day.

The type and form of instruction on Wednesdays will be determined by individual teachers. For example, the entire class (both students who attend on-campus and full remoter students) may work together as one learning community, or teachers may work with students individually or in small groups. Teachers may work within their departments and with their supervisors to develop ideas and best practices for the full remote learning day.

1:00 PM - 2:03 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

This is a time for students and staff members to connect on a more individualized basis. Some uses for the time are listed below:

  • Intentional/planned work with students
  • Work with small groups/targeted groups (failing students, at-risk students, full-time remote students)
  • Individualized meetings with students
  • Collaboration time/student meetings for co-teachers
  • Counselor meetings
  • Wellness programming

Class meetings will be held virtually during this time in the first week of school. There will also be designated wellness programming options for students.


Tutorials:


Tutorials will be held virtually from 2:03 PM to 2:50 PM on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Students will be provided with a recurring virtual meeting link in either Google Meet or Zoom, which will be posted in Google Classrooms.


Attendance:

Student attendance is required daily, whether the student is in person or virtual. Teachers may mandate attendance for remote/virtual students during scheduled class time for synchronous interactions - this includes livestreaming classes, a live lesson or demo, a scheduled meeting or small group session with the teacher, a scheduled session for group work with other students in the class, etc.

Students will be required to wear IDs this year to assist with identification. Lanyards will be provided.


Passes:


This year, we wil not be distributing paper passes to students. We will be utilizing google calendar invites for student appointments. Students will have the ability to show the invite to the teacher either on their chromebook or their phone.

All students will be reminded to check their school email during the first 15 minutes of block 1 each day.

Please note that counselors will be meeting with students virtually and in-person during the school year.


Technology:


Helpdesk/Central Hub Information:


Please use the following protocols when seeking support from the IT Department.

Students without Wireless Internet Access:

Students without wireless internet access should see their counselor in order to expedite the process of obtaining a jetpack device.


Reopening Plan & Frequently Asked Questions