Q: Why institute a hybrid A/B Schedule for high Schools and not for elementary or middle schools?
A: Please see the following reasons:
- High school students are more independent learners.
- For the most part, high school students do not require child care.
- High school students have a stronger understanding of various online learning platforms.
- The implementation of an A/B schedule keeps HCS Online Academy students enrolled through their home high school. This will allow those schools to monitor graduation requirements, dual credit courses, AP Classes and electives more attentively.
- High school enrollment numbers are higher. Dividing those in half would allow HCS to better manage many of the guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Public Health
- Students will be able to attend all five classes in the same day with reduced contact.
- Students’ individual schedule variations make keeping students in units difficult.
- High school students are more apt to complete assignments on days at home with decreasing levels of support.
- This A/B schedule is similar to a college schedule to which a good portion of graduates will transition.
- The A/B schedule allows co-op and intern opportunities to continue for students and positive relationships to continue between schools and employers.
- Load-in and load-out procedures with full enrollments are difficult to meet requirements set by KDE (especially loading busses in the afternoon).
- Five-day-a-week face-to-face instruction interventions that would have to be virtually eliminated under a two-class-a-day setting. They can be facilitated much better with alternating days.
- At-risk students could utilize time in building more efficiently with A/B schedule – only half of the face-to-face instruction students will be on hand and Online Academy will be at home.
- Early College students could still return to their home high school for instruction during the 4th and 5th blocks.
- Middle school students need more solid consistency and structure.
- Middle school students are still building foundational skills for learning (core learning opportunities are critical for preparing for high school).
- ILP development and exploration classes lead to a better understanding of career pathways - very important to develop in middle school which would be difficult to do with just two days a week in school.
- Social skills and collaborative opportunities are critical for students at this age level.
- Middle school students do not perform well in unsupervised situations (middle school students had the most unsuccessful student participation rate during the spring NTI period).
- Foundational skills are critical for elementary students
- Elementary age students have a tougher time building foundational skills through online platforms
- Child care concerns for families (families will have a difficult time finding consistent child care support on an A/B schedule