Definitions and Common Terms
Whether your family chooses in-person or remote learning, please plan on following the school calendar and being “in school” Monday through Friday.
In-person instruction will be led by a classroom teacher within class parliaments (we cleverly decided to use this term which refers to a group of owls, our school mascot). To limit the potential spread of disease and to make contact tracing easier, all students from one class and their teachers will be kept together for the entire day and will be limited from interacting with other classes. These groups of students and teachers will be referred to as a “parliament.” We will be following all health procedures, cleaning recommendations, and safety guidelines as documented in the SAU 70 REOPENING PLAN 2020-21 and A STRONG AND HEALTHY START by the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health.
Families can choose to learn exclusively online this school year. Students participating in this option will not be participating at school in-person. Students will learn from home in a separate online classroom with other MCS Remote Learning students and a designated remote classroom teacher. This commitment will be for the first trimester and can be extended. These students will remain in this virtual classroom group regardless of whether in-person learning continues or we transition to state-mandated remote learning. Upon committing to the MCS Remote Learning option, parents will be asked to sign the SAU 70 Parent Remote Learning Contract, making them closer partners in their child’s education and demonstrating that they understand the responsibilities involved in that commitment.
Low-Density Partial Remote (Hybrid):
Partial Remote may become necessary for in-person students when recommended by the State of Vermont/New Hampshire or when health concerns within the building arise that require lower building capacity. If this were to occur, students would receive in-person learning for a fraction of the time and receive enrichment/support remotely on the other days. Classroom teachers would plan and instruct this hybrid model. Students that start the year remotely will remain in their virtual classroom group regardless of whether partial remote learning continues or we transition to full remote learning or back to in-person learning.
Full Remote Learning:
Remote Learning may become necessary for all students when recommended by the State of Vermont/New Hampshire or when health concerns within the building arise. If this were to occur, in-person students will use pre-established platforms and online routines to shift into remote learning. Their in-person classroom teacher would also be their remote learning teacher. Students that start the year remotely will remain in their virtual classroom group regardless of whether full remote learning continues or we transition to partial remote learning or in-person learning.