By Vicki Greene, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – The School Committee July 28 approved Superintendent Michael Bergeron’s recommendation for a hybrid plan for start of the 2020-2021 year.
The city must still turn in three plans to the state by Friday, July 31 – hybrid, full time in class and full remote.
The Mass State Education Commission has approved an extra 10-day delay as well to allow schools more time to prepare. Marlborough will use that time to for professional development, so that faculty will be comfortable using the new model and technology.
Under the hybrid model, 60 percent of students are in buildings on any given day. According to Bergeron, students will be divided by alphabet; the plan is to try to keep siblings on the same schedule so families can keep consistent schedules as much as possible.
Masks will be required in school and on buses and mask breaks provided. Meals will be prepackaged and for remote learners there will be a similar meal pickup plan as is being used this summer.
The latest parents survey indicated 70 percent plan to send their kids to school while 30 percent had plans to keep their kids home.
The hybrid model allows all classrooms to be six feet apart. All students will have access to a device and the administration is working on access to hotspots for every student that needs one.
Pre-K and K will be AM/PM. Grades 1-2 will all be in school full time given the critical years for literacy and desks will be spread out six feet apart. As for the High School, all 10th grade will be in school full time (at six feet desk distance). Depending on the class levels some juniors will be required to be in school full time. All special education and ESL levels 1 and 2 will also be in school full-time.