Starting April 26, San Juan Unified’s hybrid instructional model will shift to 4-days per week of in-person instruction for students in grades TK through 12. In-person students will attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings while students enrolled in distance learning will continue to receive synchronous instruction each afternoon. Wednesdays remain dedicated to asynchronous learning and delivering specialized and intervention instruction to students remotely.
Infant, toddler and preschool students will shift to a 4-day model for in-person learning starting May 3.
“We know that anything short of a return to a full five-day full-time schedule is less than ideal,” said Superintendent Kent Kern. “Our hybrid model allows more in-person instructional time for students while maintaining the ability to serve students enrolled in distance learning with their current teachers and classmates instead of attempting to reassign them with only a few weeks left in the school year.”
The shift comes as new federal and state guidance allows for students to be spaced closer together inside classrooms while maintaining other safety measures including the use of face coverings. Recognizing that a shift in instructional models requires significant preparation work with revised lessons and classroom spacing, the district has also reached an agreement with the San Juan Teachers’ Association covering expectations, supports and potential impacts to classroom teachers and other instructional providers.
The district is planning for a return to a full-time five-day schedule with the start of the 2021-2022 school year on August 12.