Reopening: School Schedules/Remote Learning

The district is developing instructional models for the start of the 2020-21 school year that provide three options: in-person learning, fully remote learning and a hybrid or blended combination of the two. Please read the individual sections below for details about our planning at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families, employees and community members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

Elementary schedules

In our full-day on-site model, elementary students from prekindergarten through grade 5 report to school every day. 

Elementary schedules will include a staggered arrival and dismissal to allow for social distancing, health screenings and “grab and go” breakfast pick-up. Students will spend the remainder of their time in their designated cohort space alternately supervised by their classroom teacher and another supervising adult. It will include live in-person instruction in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, and alternating virtual and in-person Art, Music, Library and Physical Education. 

ENL, reading and special education teachers will provide live and virtual instruction as a part of the supervision model, where they will directly supervise cohorts of students who received the designated services. 

Speech therapists, school psychologists, social workers, behavior specialists and other related service providers will deliver push-in or pull-out services when confidentiality requirements, appropriate social distancing and disinfecting procedures permit, and virtual tele-therapy when it does not. 

Sample prekindergarten on-site schedule

School Day : 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (modify times for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. school day): Implemented when classes need to be separated into two cohorts:

Time Activity
8-8:30 a.m.

Arrival and health screening through separate assigned entrances

"Grab and go" breakfast in designated classroom space

Clean up, bathroom and wash hands

8:35-8:45 a.m. Music and Movement
8:50-10:05 a.m.

Instructional time

Cohort A: Teacher: circle time: community building, morning message, read aloud, movement activity, ELA/Math lesson; small group instruction 

Cohort B: Teaching Assistant: Centers with objectives that promote skill sets based on explicit instruction aligned to the unit theme

10:10-10:20 a.m. Clean up, wash hands
10:25-11 a.m.

Large Motor

Cohort A: 30 minutes on playground or in gym - planned activity

Cohort B: 30 minutes with equipment/online, Smartboard activity (6-minute workout, Choosy, GoNoodle, Tabatas); alternate days (e.g., Cohort A: Wk 1:  M,W, F; Wk 2 Tu, Th)

11:05-11:15 a.m. Wash hands, prepare for lunch
11:15-11:45 a.m.

Lunch

Restrooms, wash hands

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rest
12:35-1:50 p.m.

Instructional time

Cohort B: Teacher: circle time: community building, morning message, read aloud, movement activity, ELA/Math lesson; small group instruction 

Cohort A: Teaching Assistant: Centers with objectives that promote skill sets based on explicit instruction aligned to the unit theme

1:50-2 p.m. Clean up, wash hands
2-2:10 p.m. Closing circle
2:15-2:30 p.m. Dismissal

Sample elementary on-site schedule: Group A (grades K-2)

Time Monday-Thursday Friday
8-8:30 a.m.

Arrival and health screening through separate assigned entrances

“Grab and go” breakfast in designated classroom space

8:30-9:30 a.m. ELA core Social Studies
9:30-10 a.m. ELA small group ELA small group
10-10:15 a.m. Recess, movement break, handwashing
10:15-11:15 a.m. Math core Science
11:15-11:45 a.m. Math small group Science
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Handwashing, lunch
12:30-1 p.m. Encore: Virtual Art, Music, PE or  Library
1-1:45 p.m. ELA/Math RtI ELA/Math RtI
1:45-2 p.m. Recess, movement break, handwashing
2-2:15 p.m. Student dismissal
2:15-2:45 p.m. Teacher preparation period

Sample elementary on-site Schedule: Group B (grades 3-5)

Time Monday-Thursday Friday
7:45-8:30 a.m. Teacher preparation period
8:30-9 a.m.

Arrival and health screening through separate assigned entrances

“Grab and go” breakfast in designated classroom space

9-10 a.m. ELA core Social Studies
10-10:30 a.m. ELA small group ELA small group
10:30-10:45 a.m. Recess, movement break, handwashing
10:45-11:45 a.m. Math core Science
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Math small group Science
12:15-12:45 p.m. Handwashing and lunch  
12:45-1:15 p.m. Encore: Virtual Art, Music, PE or  Library
1:15-2 p.m. ELA/Math RtI
2-2:15 p.m. Recess, movement break, handwashing
2:15-2:30 p.m. Student dismissal

In the blended model, students in prekindergarten and self-contained special education students would be on-site every day. Grades K-2 would be on-site two days a week and grades 3-5 would be on-site two days a week, leaving each group with three days of virtual instruction.

The instruction schedule will be the same on-site and virtual as described in each of those models. 

Sample elementary blended model schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Prekindergarten on-site
Self-Contained Special Education on-site
K-2 on-site K-2 on-site K-2 virtual K-2 virtual K-2 virtual
3-5 virtual 3-5 virtual 3-5 virtual 3-5 on-site 3-5 on-site

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, which may prompt short- or long-term school closures, our district has developed an all-virtual instructional model and schedule that can be implemented immediately in a fully remote environment. 

We also realize that families may want their children to experience a full virtual model to start the year due health and safety concerns. A virtual option would be available for students under those circumstances as well. Details regarding this process will be forthcoming.


Virtual model: prekindergarten

In consideration of developmentally appropriate practice and limited screen time, the National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends less than 30 minutes daily. Prekindergarten students will be provided the opportunity to participate in circle time and additional activities to support unit concepts and skills.

Circle Time (building up to 20 min) -- live 9 a.m.; posted by 10 a.m. to the teacher's Google Classroom to be accessed by students and families at their convenience. Circle Time will include the following components: welcome song, calendar and weather, morning message, song/fingerplay, read aloud, focus skill(s) explicit instruction

Daily assigned small group Google Meets from Tuesday-Friday (10 minutes) to get to know students, build relationships and sense of community. Each child would be invited to two small groups per week. We would shift groupings weekly so that students can meet one another. As times goes on this small group may shift from a social-emotional focus to instructional. Small group time could include an engaging activity, game or music/movement that supports unit standards.

Weekly instructional guides, which provide supplemental, standards aligned activities focusing on skills and concept development, will be posted to the teacher's Google Classroom by Monday at 8 a.m. These will also be posted to the district website and Early Childhood Facebook page (Draft Instructional Guide template).  Weekly instructional guides provide a myriad of activities that the family can select from to support learning and time together.

Instructional videos, additional read alouds and additional resources aligned to the pacing calendar and supporting the NYS prekindergarten standards will be posted weekly to the teacher's Google Classroom.  

Biweekly check-in with families: phone, email, apps (Class Tag [highly recommended], Class DOJO)

Optional take-home materials and packets to be distributed by unit, and as requested. These will further supplement and support skill-based and concept instruction and learning.


Virtual model: K-5

In the virtual model, students will engage in virtual academic instruction each day followed by student-led tasks outside of the virtual instruction, and Art, Music, Library or Physical Education assignments. 

We will balance synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities as well as learning software for ELA and Math to support the varying needs of our families.

Sample virtual elementary schedule: Grades K-2

Suggested Time topic
9-9:15 a.m. Virtual morning assembly
9;30-10 a.m.

Virtual ELA (Monday-Thursday)/Virtual Social Studies (Friday)

10-10:30 a.m.

ELA small group instruction or independent work 

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Break (Lunch, movement )

11:30 a.m.-noon

Art, Music, Library or Physical Education assignment

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Virtual Math (Monday-Thursday)/ Virtual Science (Friday)

12:30-1 p.m. Small group math instruction or independent work

Sample virtual elementary schedule: Grades 3-5

Suggested Time Topic
9-9:15 a.m. Virtual morning assembly
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Virtual ELA (Monday-Thursday)/Virtual Social Studies (Friday)

10:30-11 a.m.

ELA small group instruction or independent work 

11-11:30 a.m.

Lunch

11:30 a.m.-noon

Art, Music, Library or Physical Education assignment

Noon-1 p.m.

Virtual Math (Monday-Thursday)/Virtual Science (Friday)

1-1:30 p.m. Small group math instruction or independent work

Middle school schedules

In order to maintain social distancing at the middle level, a full on-site model may not be possible at the start of the 2020-21 school year due to space availability. 

Per the guidelines fo the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Health and Education departments, the district has developed a hybrid instructional model for our middle school students. Students in grades 6-8 will be on-site two days per week where they will follow a typical nine-period day. Students will have core classes (ELA, Math, Science, SS and World Language in grades 7-8, and ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and Enrichment in grade 6) on both on-site days, and each encore class once in the two-day on-site rotation schedule. Encore classes include FACS, Technology, PE, Health, Music and Art.  

In addition, our special needs students assigned to a self-contained class will be on-site each day school is in session.

Our middle school model also provides a third day of on-site instruction, giving an opportunity for students needing academic intervention, instructional music lessons, enrichment, seat time for science lab, or additional support for our English-language learners and students with a 504 plan.

In the hybrid model, students will be divided into cohorts of 12-15 students. Students will remain in their cohort for both on-site and virtual instruction. Instructional or supervisory staff will rotate into the classroom.  

Teachers will organize curricular lessons according to which must be done in person and which might be done completely remotely to support in-person instruction. During in-person instruction, students will be prepared with the skills and knowledge they will need when working remotely.  

Encore teachers will assign tasks for at-home completion and then have students apply the knowledge gained in the school setting.

Sample middle school schedule - On-site (hybrid model)

Time On-Site Day 1 On-Site Day 2
8:40-9:05 a.m. SEL SEL
9:05-9:45 a.m. ELA, guided ELA, independent
9:45-10:25 a.m. Tech FACS
10:25-11:05 a.m. Science, independent Science, guided
11:05-11:45 a.m. Social Studies, guided Social Studies, independent
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-12:55 p.m. World Language, independent World Language, guided
12:55-1:35 p.m. Phys Ed Art
1:35-2:15 p.m. Math, guided Math, independent
2:15-2:20 p.m. Dismissal

Sample middle school schedule - Virtual (hybrid model)

Time Virtual Day 1 virtual day 2 Virtual day 3
8-9 a.m. Independent work Independent work World Language office hours
9-9:30 a.m. Independent encore Independent encore Math office hours
9:30-10 a.m. Synch. ELA Asynch. ELA Math office hours
10-10:30 a.m. Science office hours ELA office hours Social Studies office hours
10:30-11 a.m. Asynch. Science Synch. Science Social Studies office hours
11 a.m.-noon Lunch
Noon-12:30 p.m. Synch. Social Studies Asynch. Social Studies ELA office hours
12:30-1 p.m. World Language office hours Social Studies and Math office hours ELA office hours
1-1:30 p.m. Asynch. World Language Synch. World Language Science office hours
1:30-2 p.m. Synch. Math Asynch. Math Science office hours
2-3 p.m. Independent encore

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, which may prompt short- or long-term school closures, our district has developed an all-virtual instructional model and schedule that can be implemented immediately in a fully remote environment.

We also realize that families may want their children to experience a full virtual model to start the year due health and safety concerns. A virtual option would be available for students under those circumstances as well. Details regarding this process will be forthcoming.

In essence, the virtual instructional model blends the period-by-period schedule of on-site learning days with the virtual hourly schedule designed for our hybrid instructional model. Students will engage in virtual instruction via Google Classroom and Google Meet. All teachers will provide both synchronous and asynchronous instruction to all students. Students will follow a similar schedule as they do during on-site instruction; they will remain in their assigned cohorts with their assigned teachers and attend synchronous instruction 2-3 times per day, affording them time and flexibility to complete assignments for their remaining classes, including special-area classes, which will now also be conducted virtually in a remote environment.

By maintaining existing cohorts of students and the existing on-site schedule of classes, the district will ensure continuity of instruction in a manner that promotes participation and engagement by maintaining opportunities for small group synchronous instruction, asynchronous learning activities and alignment to the existing schedule to which they may already be accustomed.  

Time Description
8-9 a.m. Indedpendent work
9-9:30 a.m. SEL/Advisory period
9:30-10 a.m. Period 2
10-10:30 a.m. Period 3
10:30-11 a.m. Period 4
11-11:30 a.m.

Lunch

11:30 a.m.-noon

Office hours

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Period 6

12:30-1 p.m.

Period 7

1-1:30 p.m.

Period 8

1:30-2 p.m.

Period 9

2-3 p.m. Inedpendent work

 

High school schedules

The high school planning includes a modified in-person model in which students will move to more in-person teaching as the COVID-19 situation improves. In-person days can be increased to two times per week for all grades, and rather than attend classes virtually in a cohort in one classroom, all students will change classes and transition between classrooms. The master schedule would remain unchanged with students completing their period 1-9 schedule over two days, once each week.

At Albany High School, the district will implement an Enriched Virtual Blended Learning model. All direct instruction will be virtual. All students will be scheduled to be on campus at least one time a week, with freshmen, English-language learners and students from the Tony Clement Center for Education attending twice a week, and self-contained special education students attending every day.  

In the enriched virtual model, on-site wrap-around support will include one period per day in advisory with a check-in teacher who will monitor students’ progress (15 students per teacher) and connect students virtually, or in-person, to content teachers for tutoring, guidance and support. Additionally, there will be phased-in opportunities for hands-on learning in music, art, technology, science, career and technical education (CTE), etc., either during the advisory period or in lieu of a regularly scheduled virtual class.  

Students will engage in their regularly scheduled online classes scheduled for the day they are on-site, and supervisory teachers will provide support and modeling in the virtual learning environment. All classes will meet five times in a 10-day A/B day cycle and will be conducted virtually. Students will have period 1-5 on A day and 6-9 on B day. This model provides both a quiet space for students to engage in virtual learning, as well as support for success in a virtual learning environment.   

The schedule will allow for the seamless addition of more in-person teaching if the COVID-19 situation improves, and likewise can be an entirely virtual environment if the COVID-19 environment worsens.

Sample High School Blended Learning Master Schedule

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11/CTE/ENL Grade 12/CTE/ENL Grade 9
  "A" day "B" day "A" day "B" day "A" day "B" day "A" day "B" day "A" day "B" day
8-9:30 a.m. CPT/plan
9:30-10:30 a.m. Pod/advisory
10:30-11:15 a.m. P1 P6 P1 P6 P1 P6 P1 P6 P1 P6
11:15 a.m.-noon P2 P7 P2 P7 P2 P7 P2 P7 P2 P7
Noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m. P3 P8 P3 P8 P3 P8 P3 P8 P3 P8
1:30-2:15 p.m. P4 P9 P4 P9 P4 P9 P4 P9 P4 P9
2:15-3 p.m. P5   P5   P5   P4   P5  

Sample High School Blended Learning Model Schedule: Grade 9, week 1

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-9:30 a.m.          
9:30-10:30 a.m. Pod/Advisory: in person Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/Advisory: in person
10:30-11:15 a.m. P1 English: in classroom, attend virtual class P6 Math: virtual class P1 English: virtual class P6 Math: virtual class P1 English: in classroom, attend virtual class
11:15 a.m.-noon P2 Art: in classroom, attend virtual class P7 French: virtual class P2 Art: virtual class P7 French: virtual class P2 Art: in classroom, attend virtual class
Noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch: Bag lunch in classroom Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch: Bag lunch in classroom
12:45-1:30 p.m. P3 Social Studies: in classroom, attend virtual class P8 Science: virtual class P3 Social Studies: virtual class P8 Science: virtual class P3 Social Studies: in classroom, attend virtual class
1:30-2:15 p.m. P4 Study Hall P9 Phys Ed: virtual class P4 Study Hall P9 Scince Lab P4 Study Hall
2:15-3 p.m. P5 AVID: in classroom, attend virtual class   P5 AVID: virtual class   P5 AVID: in classroom, attend virtual class

Sample High School Blended Learning Model Schedule: Grade 9, week 2

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-9:30 a.m.          
9:30-10:30 a.m. Pod/Advisory: in person Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/advisory: virtual Pod/Advisory: in person
10:30-11:15 a.m. P6 Math: in class, attend virtual class P1 English: virtual class P6 Math: virtual class P1 English: virtual class P6 Math: in class, attend virtual class
11:15 a.m.-noon P7 French: in class, attend virtual class P2 Art: virtual class P7 French: virtual class P2 Art: virtual class P7 French: in class, attend virtual class
Noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch: Bag lunch in classroom Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch: Bag lunch in classroom
12:45-1:30 p.m. P8 Science: in classroom, attend virtual class P3 Social Studies: virtual class P8 Science: virtual class P3 Social Studies: virtual class P8 Science: in classroom, attend virtual class
1:30-2:15 p.m. P9 Phys Ed: in classroom, attend virtual class P4 Study Hall P9 Science Lab: virtual class P4 Study Hall P9 Phys Ed: in classroom, attend virtual class
2:15-3 p.m.   P5 AVID: virtual class   P5 AVID: virtual class  

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, which may prompt short- or long-term school closures, our district has developed an all-virtual instructional model and schedule that can be implemented immediately in a fully remote environment. 

We also realize that families may want their children to experience a full virtual model to start the year due health and safety concerns. A virtual option would be available for students under those circumstances as well. Details regarding this process will be forthcoming.

In a virtual model at the high school level, the blended/hybrid schedule above would remain the same, with all virtual classes and the pod/advisory class conducted as per the schedule in Google Meet with Google Classroom. As the COVID-19 situation improves, it will be a seamless transition to the Enriched Virtual Blended Learning model, and if improvement continues, implementation of the modified in-person teaching model can take place.

Key to all of our high school models -- virtual, blended or modified in-person -- is the pod structure and advisory period. An in-person weekly visit is scheduled followed by four virtual check-ins; the advisory will check-in daily with their advisory caseload.

Teachers will be assigned 15 students; in almost all cases the 15 students will also be enrolled in the teacher’s academic classes as well. The student will check-in with one teacher who does a comprehensive visit with the student to ensure success in the virtual environment by working with the student to solve problems and challenges, connecting the student to services both social-emotional and academic, and referring the student to more intensive support, as needed.