School District Five announces 4-day in-person instruction for hybrid students, continuation of virtual option
Lexington-Richland School District Five will transition in-person students from a hybrid schedule to a 4-day in-person instructional schedule. The transition will occur in three (3) phases, with 4K-2 grade students attending school 4 days a week beginning on Oct. 5. Students in grades 3-6 will begin attending school 4 days a week on Oct. 19, and students in grades 7-12 will join other grades in attending school 4 days a week beginning on Nov. 9.
Wednesday will continue to be a distance learning day for students attending school in-person. Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton announced the change during a school Board meeting on Monday (Sept. 28). The district's Flexible Innovative Virtual Education (FIVE) virtual program will continue during all in-person learning models.
All four year old preschool programs will return to a full day program on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Three-year-old programs will continue with half day programming, as this is their typical schedule.
Phases of Reentry:
PHASE I - Current Model
School District Five began the school year with a hybrid model for in-person instruction.
PHASE II - 4K-2 Grades
Beginning October 5, in-person students in grades 4K through 2 will attend school 4 days per week. Grades 3-12 will remain hybrid.
PHASE III - 3-6 Grades
Beginning October 19,
in-person students in grades 4K through 6 will attend school 4 days per week. Grades 7-12 will remain hybrid.
PHASE IV - 7-12 Grades
Beginning November 9, in-person students in grades 4K through 12 will attend school 4 days per week.
*NOTE: Schools may utilize a 100% distance learning model during any phase if needed in response to COVID-19. Phases and dates can be modified, contingent upon reentry considerations outlined in the presentation. A five-day, in-person model could later be considered, Melton said.
During the Sept. 28 meeting, Lexington-Richland School District Five Board of Trustees also gave Melton high marks for her job performance during the 2019-2020 school year. Melton received an “outstanding” evaluation in a unanimous vote by Board members.
Click the following link to view the superintendent’s report from the Sept. 28 board meeting: http://bit.ly/ReentryPPT. Recordings of board meetings are posted on the district’s Board Information tab after the meetings. To learn more about school board meetings, please visit: https://bit.ly/2ZeKp5F.
FIVE VIRTUAL PROGRAM
School District Five’s Flexible Innovative Virtual Education (FIVE) is a virtual academy for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, providing a comprehensive online educational program where they receive rigorous academic instruction and social/emotional guidance provided by our own School District Five educators. This option will include live classroom instruction with School District Five teachers, along with independent work and activities for students.
FIVE will continue to operate for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
FIVE is currently at capacity for the 2020-2021 school year.
Additional requests for FIVE will be considered based on space and schedule/class availability.
INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL CHANGE REQUESTS
School District Five has asked that families of elementary school students commit to at least a quarter and that families of secondary students commit to at least a semester before requesting a change in their instructional option.
To request a change from one instructional model to another, parents/guardians will complete online forms, which will be available on school and district websites during the request windows for elementary students and secondary students. Requests will be considered based on available space and schedule/class availability.
Elementary (K-5): The form opens Monday, October 5, 2020 and closes Friday, October 16, 2020.
Secondary (6-12): The form opens Monday, November 9, 2020 and closes Friday, November 20, 2020.
Implementation of Instructional Model Changes (per requests):
Elementary (K-5): Start of 2nd quarter: Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Secondary (6-12): Start of 2nd Semester: Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
School District Five families requesting admission into FIVE or a change to their in-person schedule after the elementary and/or secondary request window will be placed on a hardship waiting list.