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Instruction

BUSD Learning Plan Priorities

BUSD is committed to our learning plan priorities.  Our Curriculum and Instruction Department will insure the following priorities are met within our instructional design models:

  • High Quality Instruction
  • Flexibility and Compassion
  • Social and Emotional Well-being
  • Curiosity and Passion for Learning
  • Supporting ALL students
  • Student Centered
  • Continuous Improvement Model

 

Instructional Model Description

Features of Elementary Instructional Models

  • Instructional minutes will meet or exceed the established state standard.
  • Attendance will be taken daily.
  • All essential standards will be addressed during the school year.
  • Support services will be provided to students, as needed.
  • PE, Music, and Library continue in both models.
  • Instruction will be delivered synchronously and asynchronously.

Teacher-facilitated learning is a synchronous (either on-site or off-site) or an asynchronous learning experience planned by BUSD teachers and instructional specialists. The experience is structured to develop, deepen, and assess new knowledge and understanding relative to academic content standards.

Learning Day: Students benefit from consistent routines, connections, purposeful instruction, quality engagement, well-rounded learning activities, play, physical activity and outdoor time. As the building block for the full arc of a student’s school year, a learning day will include teacher-facilitated learning time, applied learning, and time for adequate nutrition and wellness.

BUSD Learning Models

Elementary Distance Learning Model- Grades PreK-5

This option will allow your student to continue with a distance learning model of five days per week (half day synchronous instruction & half-day independent, applied learning time).  

Hybrid-In-person Instruction

This option will have your student attending school on campus four half days per week in a physically distanced environment, four half days of independent applied learning time and one full remote day (Wednesday). This instructional model will follow our hybrid bell schedule. Families must be prepared to pivot to full remote learning if health and safety require it at any point.

Hybrid scheduling helps ensure that social distancing within the stable groups can be maintained and mitigate viral transmission by decreasing the number of students and staff each individual has to interact with, particularly during arrival, class transitions, and dismissal. We will make an assumption that siblings will want the same schedule. If this is not the case, please contact your child’s principal.

Middle School Distance Learning Model- Grades 6-8

In this option, hybrid and distance learning students will learn simultaneously with their school teacher in a A/B model.  Students who select the hybrid learning pathway will attend school on either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday in-person.  Students who select distance learning will remain on the exact same schedule.  All students will continue to learn online on Wednesday of each week.  For example, hybrid students who are in group A, will come to school for a half day in the AM on Monday and Tuesday.  Hybrid students in group A will distance learn Wednesday-Friday.  Students who are in hybrid group B will distance learn Monday-Wednesday and will come to school for two half-days on Thursday and Friday.  Due to State social distancing guidelines, the district cannot accommodate a full return of all students at the same time.  This requires that we break up students in groups to allow for physical distancing within the classroom.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Commitment

All families who select the Hybrid In-person instruction model must sign a Family Compact Letter documenting their commitment to following health and safety requirements that align to the state and county health guidance.

The following safety protocols must be followed in this model.

  • All students will be required to wear masks. Any health exemptions must be documented with our district nurses two weeks prior to the return date.
  • Students will receive one cloth mask. Disposable masks will be available at each school site.
  • All staff members, including teachers, will be required to wear masks.
  • Families must commit to symptom checks at home each day before entering campus.
  • Students will be dropped off each morning and walk independently to class. Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.
  • Non-essential visitors will not be allowed on campus.
  • All schools will use outdoor learning spaces when practicable.
  • Learning spaces will be set up with 6 feet distancing between students.
  • Classrooms and school building furniture will be cleaned daily.
  • Use of individually assigned District Chromebooks (grades 3-8) and daily use of Google Classroom will be continued.
  • Signage will be used to support social distancing and proper hygiene practices in addition to a wide array of other measures, which are being taken to keep our students and employees safe.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout each school campus.
  • Hand-washing stations have been placed on school grounds to support good hygiene practices.
  • Additional hydration stations for refilling water bottles will be placed at each school campus.