The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal to bring back all 6th graders for four days a week of in-person learning at Howard L. Goff Middle School while maintaining the required 6 feet social distancing requirements set by New York State.
Starting Monday, May 10, 6th grade students can report to school four days a week. A Day and B Day students in 6th Grade would learn at school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the use of learning pods.
This change requires the elimination of the current hybrid model at 6th grade. This means there will be no more remote days or remote assignments for 6th grade students.
Live Virtual Wednesdays will continue because several 7th grade teachers also teach 6th grade students and all special area teachers including physical education, art, music and technology teach all grade levels, 6-8. The school cannot operate two separate master schedules on the same day because of shared staffing.
The Full Remote program will still be available to families who choose that option.
The two instructional models for 6th Grade would include:
- In-Person Instruction 4 Days Per Week – 6th grade students will attend school for in-person instruction, 4 days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday following the regular school day schedule AND attend live virtual on Wednesday following the virtual Wednesday schedule.
- Full Remote Learning – 6th grade students will attend their classes virtually on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday following a regular school day schedule AND attend live virtual instruction on Wednesday following the virtual Wednesday class schedule.
Additionally, the Board of Education approved live virtual instruction on remote learning days for Grades 7-12. Effective May 10, all teachers will provide synchronous instruction for all students, both in person and remote, through live streaming access to classroom instruction each day of the week, Monday through Friday. This means students will be able to watch classes and participate virtually from home on their remote learning days.
The district continues to evaluate and adjust its K-12 Hybrid Model based on changing state regulations and increase in-person learning for students where possible. Kindergarten (March 1), Grade 1 (March 29), Grade 2 (April 13) and Grades 3-5 (April 26) have all returned to full time in-person learning. Grade 6 will return to four days of in-person learning starting next week. Additionally, more middle school and high school students have returned to four days a week of in-person learning based on student need and for remedial help before and after school.