Seaside Superintendent Susan Penrod on Tuesday recommended starting the school year with a distance learning model for the first six weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic before returning to in-person learning in late October. Students can also opt for 100% online learning.
During the week of Oct. 26, the school district will review Clatsop County and state data to determine if the county and district see declining trends in positive coronavirus cases and the rate of positive tests.
“This will give us the information we need to make an informed decision about reopening our buildings or to continue with distance learning,” Penrod said at the district’s board of directors meeting.
Requirements for on-site learning include 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 population in the preceding seven days with 5% or fewer positive tests in the county in the preceding seven days.
A hybrid learning model will offer high school students instruction four days per week with four classes per day at 60 minutes each.
There will be recorded lessons, a class meeting, a homeroom or colloquium, Penrod said, with small group and full-group instruction.
Middle school students will receive instruction four days per week with five classes per day, 45 minutes each.
Elementary school students will receive instruction four days a week with a focus on community building and social and emotional development.
Students will receive whole group and small group lessons in core academic areas.
Music, physical education and guidance classes will be provided weekly.
“Seaside Online Thrive,” a 100% online program, will allow students to work at their own pace using district-provided curriculum. Staff will check in with students two days a week.
“If families find this isn’t a good fit for them, they can switch at the trimester to either comprehensive learning or if there are schools, back in the building,” Penrod said.
Special education and English language development services will be individually designed.
Staff will use Wednesdays for professional development to collaborate on the learning models.
“We know this will be a high learning curve for our staff and we want to make sure we support them and provide the learning that they need to be successful and provide a high-quality education for our students,” Penrod said.
Every student will be provided a Chromebook, she said. The school district will purchase wireless hot spots as needed.
Cannon Beach Academy will continue to build its own curriculum.
“We know that not being in person is a challenge,” she said. “It’s not ideal. Safety for all of our community, with making sure that our staff and our students are safe, continues to be our driving principle.”