Precautionary measures in place for Hybrid learning

25% hybrid model to begin Oct. 26


Photo illustration by Talia Lissauer.

Photo illustration by Talia Lissauer. “Please keep 6 feet distance” stickers have been placed throughout the hallways at Park. Other precautionary measure have been put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including following social distancing guidelines and the use of face coverings.

Talia Lissauer and Maddie Schutte

After completing the first seven weeks of the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning, Park will transition into a 25% hybrid model beginning the week of Oct. 26. According to assistant principal Jessica Busse, students have been split into five cohorts so only 300 students will be in the building at a time.

While in the 25% hybrid, cohort A-1 includes students with last names beginning with A-E, A-2 includes F-K, B-1 includes L-Q, B-2 includes R-Z and cohort C includes students who have opted into distance learning. 

During hybrid, both online and in-person students are expected to check into all class periods, including asynchronous classes. In asynchronous classes, there will be a mandatory check-in lasting between 5-20 minutes, the rest of the period will be used as work time for students in the physical classroom as well as students doing distance.

Wednesdays will continue to be a time for small group work and catch up. Additionally, Busse said this will also be a time for teachers to focus on students in cohort C, students who are fully distance learning.  

Park has implemented a series of precautionary measures for the return to school. According to Busse, it is crucial students and staff put in the effort to follow them.   

“The fact of the matter is that we are opening and able to open as long as we can stay safe,” Busse said. “So if we don’t follow the guidelines, we have to potentially close down and that doesn’t benefit anyone and that only hurts other people. So as a community, we have to think about the people around us.”

Below is an infographic laying out procedures for in-person learning.