In the first option, Group A, divided alphabetically by last name, would meet Monday and Tuesday for in-person learning, while Group B would meet Thursday and Friday. In the other presented option, Group A would meet Monday and Thursday and Group B would meet Tuesday and Friday.
The days students are not in school they would access class materials online, but would not have live video meetings with their classes.
A third group of students interested in attending school remotely would complete activities on their own each day except on Wednesdays, when they would meet with their class through live videoconferencing.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Mary K. Walton said that at first the ideal option was to have cohorts of students separated by a day of deep cleaning, but following guidance from Coconino County on the district’s new daily cleaning protocols, FUSD was cleared to switch between student groups on consecutive days.
“So it’s really about the learning and whether it’s better two days in a row or space it out over the course of the week,” Walton said.
At the meeting Tuesday, the hybrid options gathered approximately 35 public comments that covered a full range of opinions.
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A frequently mentioned concern with the hybrid options was the loss of time students spend working directly with their teachers. According to the presentation, students participating in in-person learning would meet with their teachers only twice a week, compared to the current five days they spend together virtually. For students who select the online-only option, it would be only one day with live instruction.