[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
63°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
August 4
1992 - Pardee House (ex-Good Templars Lodge) moved to Heritage Junction/Hart Park [story]
Pardee House


| Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020
blended
Cash Heter, 7, participates in theater practice with his class for the "Wizard of Oz." | Photo courtesy of Brendie Heter.

 

Most of the Santa Clarita Valley school districts are working on a “blended” learning model for the coming school year, meaning there will be options for students to spend some days on campus and other days distance learning, officials said Tuesday.

However, parents are expected to be given an option to adopt a 100% distance-learning style through individualized online learning academies in most school districts.

Although the final decision has yet to be made for a number of the districts — the William S. Hart Union High School District, Saugus Union School District, Newhall School District, Sulphur Springs Union School District and Castaic Union School District — all have reached out to parents to discuss which model families would prefer, whether it be entirely at home learning or a hybrid of a blended model.

The Hart District last week reported a large amount of support for having students return to campus, according to a parent survey.

One model considered by the Hart District, which breaks students into cohorts, has students attending on alternating days for two days a week; while the other model has two cohorts attending school, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

Versions of these two models are being discussed by all the districts. While the details are still being worked on, the Castaic, Hart and Saugus Union districts are expected to create a two-day, full-day model, with the Newhall School District deciding on the a.m./p.m.-model. Sulphur Springs officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A.M./P.M. model

An a.m./p.m. model differs slightly from district to district, but essentially would have students in school four days a week, but for half-days, with there being time between each cohort for staff to clean school spaces.

The two-day model, which the majority of districts appear to be leaning toward, would have students coming to school two days a week, with each cohort taking alternate days. Staff would then have time to clean at the end of each full day of class.

Wednesday, for the elementary schools, would be distance learning and would be alternating distance learning for high school and junior high cohorts, with one cohort having Wednesday class one week while the other had distance learning and then vice-versa.

“We’re the only ones doing the a.m./p.m. model. Everyone else is doing a very similar model to Hart,” said NSD Superintendent Jeff Pelzel. “We felt the continuity for learning for elementary students was really important, and having that ongoing, regular face time with their teacher four days a week versus two days a week was really important.”

Some districts, such as the Newhall School District, have said they will be providing adapted child care and after-school services to account for parents’ work schedules.

Blended model

On Tuesday, Saugus Union School District Superintendent Colleen Hawkins said the SUSD board is expected to commit to a blended model on July 7 along with the Saugus Digital Learning Academy for students whose parents do not want them to return to campus at all.

“The registration for (Saugus Digital Learning Academy) begins July 6 and then goes through July 24,” said Hawkins. “And the blended model, they don’t have to register for it, it’s just how we do it at the individual schools.”

Hawkins said the five districts had been working closely together in order to have consistency between siblings, and say, for instance, if a family needed assistance with child care provided by older siblings, that could occur with the new schedule.

Castaic Union’s governing board approved the blended model similar to Hart and Saugus, which will allow half of the students to attend on Monday and Tuesday (for a full day) and the other half on Thursday and Friday (full day), according to Superintendent Steve Doyle

“(On) Wednesday, students would have distance learning from home as well as the days they aren’t in attendance,” said Doyle. “Wednesdays would also be used for teacher planning and collaboration as well as sanitizing the schools. We still have many details to work through.”

Also on Tuesday, the Hart District governing board directed staff to move forward with blended model 1, which calls for two days on campus, and will include the option for students to pursue a completely online curriculum. The motion also asked for staff to work further for the improved fully online learning model.

Before voting, Hart District board member Joe Messina emphasized his desire to have the language of the motion include the district’s need to get students back on campus in a traditional setting as soon as it is safe to do so. Kathy Hunter, assistant superintendent of educational services, said there would be a “stage four” included in model 1 to allow for that.

Sulphur Springs Union School District officials were not available for comment Tuesday. However, a survey asking parents which model they would prefer had been posted for parents to answer. The survey, after being up for some time, closed at noon Tuesday.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LOCAL SCHOOL LINKS
Related Content
LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
Friday, Jul 31, 2020
A new charter school, Eagle Collegiate Academy, is coming to Acton after the state Board of Education approved the school's petition earlier this month against the recommendation of local, county and state education officials.
Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020
William S. Hart Union High School District governing board members extended the superintendent’s emergency powers and allowed teachers to instruct from home during the pandemic at a Wednesday morning meeting.
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District will hold a special virtual meeting Wednesday, July 29, at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, Jul 25, 2020
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and leaders serving on the Closing the Digital Divide Task Force identified new resources and partnerships Friday to support California schools preparing for distance learning this fall.
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
There are no teacher layoffs planned for William S. Hart Union High School District for the coming fall, district and teacher representatives confirmed Thursday.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1992 - Pardee House (ex-Good Templars Lodge) moved to Heritage Junction/Hart Park [story]
Pardee House
L.A. County Public Health officials expressed "cautious optimism" on Monday, confirming 12 new deaths and 1,634 new cases of COVID-19, with 4,465 cases confirmed to date in the Santa Clarita Valley, including 2,228 in the city of Santa Clarita.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup: ‘Cautious Optimism’ from L.A. County; SCV Cases Total 4,465
Los Angeles County, L.A. city and Angeles National Forest firefighters were attacking a brushfire, dubbed the Elsmere Fire, late Monday afternoon near Newhall Avenue and Highway 14 in Newhall.
‘Elsmere Fire’ Breaks Out Near Newhall Avenue and Highway 14
The 2020 Santa Clarita Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars, has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related public health concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff and event partners.
Santa Clarita Marathon Canceled for 2020 Due to COVID-19
Single-use plastics do not break down and contribute to a large portion of the waste found in landfills and in our rivers and oceans.
How to Reduce Waste from Single-Use Plastics
In his August message, Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth urges residents to prepare for and help prevent dangerous brushfires.
Mayor Smyth’s August Message: Help Prevent Dangerous Brushfires
Recently, Santa Clarita business partners came across something new and useful in the fight against COVID-19: a nano copper film, which provides an extra layer of protection from bacteria and viruses on high-touched surfaces.
Nano Copper Film: A New Weapon in Battle Against COVID-19
A fast-moving brush fire dubbed the Post Fire scorched more than 100 acres in Gorman Sunday night, while parts of northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 138 remained closed Monday morning.
Post Fire Held at 120 Acres, Continues to Slow Traffic on Interstate 5
California’s plan to address a backlog of about 1 million unemployment benefit claims could take two months to clear.
SCV Lawmakers Respond to Newsom’s Plan to Clear Backlog of Unemployment Claims
A fast-moving, 170-acre brush fire near Castaic Lake dubbed the Castaic Fire reached 50% containment by Sunday morning, according to Angeles National Forest officials.
Castaic Fire Burns Nearly 180 Acres, 50% Contained
1975 - Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opens with 100 beds [story]
HMNMH
1935 - Newhall deputy Archie Carter sentenced to 1 year in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after his wife fatally shot his 20-year-old mistress (the age of majority was 21). [story]
Archie Carter
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday 50 new deaths and 2,303 new cases of COVID-19, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reported two additional COVID-related deaths to date, bringing SCV’s total to 48.
Saturday COVID-19 Roundup: 2 Additional Deaths at Henry Mayo; California Surpasses 500,000 Cases
Fast-Moving Castaic Fire Erupts to 160 Acres
Fast-Moving Castaic Fire Erupts to 160 Acres
The first shutdown in March was tough for longtime hairdresser Mona Huckaby but the second and current one is worse, she said Saturday.
SCV Salon Workers Hold Reopening Rally
1963 - Leona Cox Community School breaks ground in Canyon Country [story]
Leona Cox
California State University, Northridge administrators informed educators, students and staff Friday that they may have all been affected by a massive security breach suffered this spring by Blackbaud, CSUN's third-party technology provider.
CSUN, Others Possibly Affected by Massive Hack of Tech Provider Blackbaud
Throughout the pandemic, healthcare workers, such as doctors and nurses, on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight have been dubbed heroes.
Henry Mayo’s Darby Kyhl: Frontline Hero of a Different Kind
L.A. County Public Health officials on Friday confirmed 69 new deaths and 2,652 new cases of COVID-19, with 4,380 cases confirmed to date in the Santa Clarita Valley, including 2,152 in the city of Santa Clarita, as California marked the first death of a teen COVID patient.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: SCV Cases Total 4,380; California Marks First Teen COVID Death
The Santa Clarita Public Library invites city residents of all ages to join the “Imagine Your Story” Photo Contest, with entries due by Monday, August 24.
Santa Clarita Public Library Hosts ‘Imagine Your Story’ Photo Contest
Santa Clarita city mascot Sammy Clarita is excited to participate in the city’s Recycle Hero campaign to break down recycling misconceptions and encourage residents to help the city win the fight to recycle right.
Sammy Clarita is Santa Clarita’s Newest Recycle Hero
A new charter school, Eagle Collegiate Academy, is coming to Acton after the state Board of Education approved the school's petition earlier this month against the recommendation of local, county and state education officials.
Eagle Collegiate Academy Approved as New SCV Charter School
Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau have started an investigation after the body of a man was found at William S. Hart Park Friday morning.
Man’s Body Found in Restroom at Hart Park; Detectives Investigating
The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Friday extended the public review period for the Burbank to Los Angeles Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement an additional 31 days to Aug. 31, 2020, bringing the total comment period to 94 days.
High-Speed Rail Extends EIR Review Period for Burbank-L.A. Section to Aug. 31
%d bloggers like this: