At the meeting of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on December 15, 2020, the Board adopted additional amendments to the Student Leaning Time (SLT) regulations, on an emergency basis. The amendments establish minimum levels of live instruction and synchronous instruction that districts operating hybrid and remote learning models must provide.
The amendment includes the following standards, effective January 19, 2021:
- Districts and schools operating a hybrid learning model must provide students with access to at least 35 hours of “live instruction” over a 10-school day period. Live instruction means the combination of in-person and remote synchronous instruction.
- Students must have an opportunity to interact with educators each school day, including a required daily “live” check-in between students and educators.
- Districts and schools operating a remote learning model must provide students with access to synchronous instruction each school day.
- Districts and schools operating a remote learning model must provide students with access to at least 40 hours of synchronous instruction over a 10-school day period.
While FRCS currently meets the hourly requirements of this amendment, we do not meet the requirement for daily interaction, because of our asynchronous Wednesday schedule. To address this compliance issue, effective the week of 1/19, we will be implementing the following changes tailored to each school and its specific needs:
- Elementary School students will attend their special remotely, as scheduled on Wednesday, for the remainder of the school year. Classroom teachers will coordinate with specials teachers and will communicate information to families directly.
Middle and High School
- MS and HS teachers and students will attend period two each Wednesday.
This is a DESE driven decision and again, the new guidance goes into effect on January 19th.