FAQs for Transitioning Back to School in a Hybrid Model

Frequently Asked Questions and answers for transitioning to our hybrid model and in-person instruction.

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Hybrid Schedule

How long is the school day?

The school day will be as close to a normal length day as possible, however schedules will need to incorporate additional transition time between a.m. and p.m. bus routes and in between classes during the day to accommodate necessary cleaning and so that we can maintain social distancing.

Will they be in the same classroom all day?

Elementary - YES; Middle and High School - NO but classrooms will be cleaned in between class changes.

Will they have new teachers?

Possibly due to staffing and numbers attending in-person with six foot distance ruling.

If a student is attending school In Person on AA or BB days, what are they doing for the other 3 days of the week?

Students attending school In Person on AA or BB days will have asynchronous learning on the other 3 days of the week. Teachers will have office hours on Wednesday for synchronous opportunities.

What will the schedule be for Virtual Learning for elementary students?

The current a.m. and p.m. options will continue.

What will the schedule be for Virtual Learning for secondary (middle and high) students?

EMS - The current a.m. and p.m. options will continue.

SMMHS and EHS - All students remaining Virtual will log in to attend school virtually 2 days a week with the AA/BB format and will follow the bell schedule with the classes and teachers they are currently assigned. If they were assigned A days- they will login on Mondays and Tuesdays and if they are assigned B days they will login on Thursdays and Fridays.

What will they be required to do on the 3 asynchronous days?

Same type of follow up independent work they are doing now on the four half days

Will this plan be re-evaluated at the end of the semester? Will parents fill out a new survey at that time? At that time will there be an option for online/virtual schooling program (not TCPS teachers)?

The plan will be evaluated on a regular basis due to possible new health metrics daily. We are hoping to offer a full virtual option through a vendor in the second semester but it will be limited to a certain number of students. If we are still not able to open to full capacity will continue to offer a virtual option through TCPS.

How long will students be in AA/BB before moving into more in person days?

Timeline depends on health metrics and the relaxation of social distancing restrictions. Our goal is to get as many students back five days a week as soon as possible but the restrictions must be fewer to do so.

Are the 6th grade students going to have any type of transition as originally promised? Or do they now go with the rest of the school?

They will report on their assigned day. Due to logistical complications and staffing, it was not possible to bring one grade back and continue virtually with others. We are also limiting visitors. All schools with transition grades are planning to do this transitioning with students when they arrive in person. EMS is also making plans for virtual transitional activities for our students.

If we do not receive information with sufficient time to plan prior to the return to school, how do we revert to virtual learning?

revert to virtual learning?

You must have a conversation with the Principal.

School Operations

Where will students eat lunch?

Each school will have their own plan for where students eat lunch.

Will they have recess?

Yes, at elementary level with limitations to the number of students on the playground.

Will elementary students be allowed on playground equipment?

YES, students will need to wash hands before going to recess and once returning inside the building. Limit number of students on the playground. Masks should be worn.

How many students will be in a classroom?

Between 9 - 15 depending upon the size of the classroom based on six foot distancing.

Will the school be taking children’s temperatures?

Yes, once they arrive at school.

Will TCPS provide masks?

Yes, TCPS has purchased masks which are available for students. These will be distributed by schools as needed.

Are neck gaiters allowed as face coverings?

According to the health department, gaiters are allowed. The use

Is there any opportunity for students to take mask breaks?

We will encourage students to take mask breaks outside and when eating.

What will happen with students who do not wear their masks in K and PreK? Will their “defiance” also result in being asked to return to virtual learning?

Parent conference will be held to determine the course of action. It may be possible to have the student revert to virtual if the issue continues.

Will PreK students need to wear masks during nap time?

If there is 6 foot spacing between students this can be considered a “mask break time” for students.

COVID-19 Protocols

What is the protocol if someone in the school tests positive for Covid-19?

Contact tracing is done by the Health Department (all of our nurses in each school are employed by the health department). We will follow our process and protocol as outlined in our recovery plan pages 10-11.

What is the protocol if someone in their classroom tests positive for Covid-19?

See above plus you will be notified if your child needs to be quarantined.

Will the students be sent home for quarantine?


If students are quarantined will they be joining a virtual classroom?
  • Elementary - Students would complete the asynchronous work and the teacher can meet with the student virtually during the office hours on Wednesday if they need help and/or if it is more than a few days.
  • Easton Middle - Plans will be made based on the individual needs of the students. Parents will contact guidance to talk through their options.
  • Easton High School and St. Michaels Middle High School- Students will just log on instead of coming in person, as their schedules will remain the same and the links are already on teacher FROG pages.
If one of my children has a positive case in their classroom, will both of my children be required to quarantine?

No, the Health Department does not quarantine contacts of contacts.

If my child is in a class with a sibling of a student in a Covid positive classroom will I be notified?

NO unless that sibling also tests positive and your child was a contact of that person.

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