Back to class, sort of: High school students to move to hybrid learning model

Most high school students in Newfoundland and Labrador will be moving to a blended learning model when they resume classes after the Easter break, with half the students in class one day and then learning online the next. 

In a news release Wednesday, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said high school students who are currently attending classes online because of the COVID-19 pandemic will move to a modified version of the “scenario 2” approach for returning to class.

That means high school classes will be spilt into two groups, with students alternating each day between in-person classes and online classes via Google Classroom. 

The district said specific start times and schedules will be communicated to staff, students and families by the school administration.

The announcement comes amid pressure from some high school students and their parents, who say the online model put in place after a February outbreak of the B117 coronavirus variant is no longer needed. Through Tuesday, Newfoundland and Labrador has had no new cases of COVID-19 since late last week. 

Education Minister Tom Osborne says the approach is a good middle ground to get kids into schools, while focusing on public health. 

“It’s important that we get children back to the classroom where possible, so this approach is a hybrid approach where we will maximize in-class instruction time while still meeting the requirements of the chief medical officer of health,” he said.

Education Minister Tom Osborne says the change will help students who struggled ‘not only academically, but mentally and emotionally.’ (CBC)

Osborne said now that the province is in Alert Level 2, it was possible to move more students back to class where they are able to learn best.

“Some students excelled with online learning, some held their own, but there were students that struggled with online learning as well, and not only academically, but mentally and emotionally,” he said.

The changes will come into effect on Wednesday, April 14. Teachers will use the preceding two days to transition to the new model, extending the Easter break for students who are currently in class online.

High school students currently attending in-class instruction full-time will continue to do so. Some smaller schools may move to full-time in-person classes, if it is feasible.

There are no changes to classes for students in grades K-9.

All classes for the Francophone School District are already operating in-class at full capacity, according to the NLESD.

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Back to class, sort of: High school students to move to hybrid learning model

Aggregated from: CBC | Newfoundland and Labrador News

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