As part of the logistics of returning to campus, the Educational Program group brings questions and proposals to our Advisory Board of medical and infectious disease specialists. This past Monday the Advisory Board provided guidance on cohorting students at both the Mission Hills and Linda Vista Campuses. With programmatic needs very different for our JK-Grade 5 students than our Grade 6-12 students, the cohorting models will be different, with Bubble Cohorts at the Mission Hills Campus and Stable Cohorts on the Linda Vista Campus.
Bubble Cohorts and Stable Cohorts are one of many community mitigation strategies to reduce the risk of infection while on campus. (See below for a description of each.)
The guidance provided by the Advisory Board with respect to cohorting allows us to take the next step in modeling the Parker Hybrid daily schedule for all three divisions.
In addition to the logistics of returning to campus, the Educational Program group is reviewing all that we learned during Parker Online with an eye to incorporating effective practices into our continuing instructional repertoire while revising in areas that require it. With Parker Hybrid expected to be the primary instructional model in the fall, the Educational Program group is focusing on the research and instructional practices that will make the learning model most effective. While further details will be forthcoming about Parker Hybrid, it is the model that will allow our families the most choice. We encourage all of our families to return to campus, yet realize that there are many reasons that a family might choose not to do so. Parker Hybrid will allow us to serve our families in either case with live face-to-face instruction in a classroom setting streamed, real-time to students who choose to remain at home. Along with the Educational Program workgroup, our Operations workgroup continues their work to develop the technology solutions to launch Parker Hybrid.
What is a Bubble Cohort?
A Bubble Cohort is a group of no more than 12 children, plus classroom teachers and assistants, that exist within a defined location with no mixing between any other groups or individuals for a period of three weeks. Teachers and staff remain solely with their Bubble Cohort. The understanding is that if a bubble is intact, then students do not need to wear face coverings or practice physical distancing and may engage with each other as in typical play. The Bubble Cohort is most easily applicable to elementary grade level settings because of the similarity of the grade level schedules.
What is a Stable Cohort?
A Stable Cohort refers to a defined group of students whose size is dictated by the ability to implement physical distancing within a physical space. A Stable Cohort aims to minimize the mixing of group members with others but allows for necessary and practical considerations in a student’s educational program. For example, a Stable Cohort may have more than one teacher during the instructional day, and students, though assigned to a particular area of campus, may move to classrooms as necessary to access required courses. The intent of the Stable Cohort is to create as stable an environment as is practicable by reducing numbers of students and the movement of students across campus. Face coverings must be worn by students and faculty while in Stable Cohorts.
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