How LAUSD board member promoting about Hybrid Schooling, if this platform could end up as a public health disaster.
Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All.
It’s supposed to be the perfect compromise between in-person and online education. It could end up as a public health nightmare.
While on the surface hybrid education/instruction appears to be the best of both worlds. In theory, it allows face-to-face instruction while increase teacher and student interaction and allows students to “reengage” in the school environment.
It allows students to keep social distancing, reduces the amount of students on the campus at any one time while also reducing students engaged in asynchronous instruction. In theory, it is a significant enhancement and improvement over distance learning, but is it in reality?
Beside the significant and varied logistical and health concerns, will hybrid education yield the results desired. Since March 13, 2020 schools have been closed and distance learning was initiated on March 15.
While everyone wants schools open and students learning, is the hybrid model the correct solution at this time.
There are multiple and varied concerns:
1) Even with schools planning to partially open, to what degree will this address at-risk students and reduce the achievement gap
2) When schools partially reopen what unique and different Intervention plans and strategies will be implemented for homeless, at-risk, and potential and long-term English learners
3) Will schools be allocated additional resources to address the wide and varied logical concerns such as additional cleaning, support personnel, etc.
4) Will staff be required to verify the App before students are allowed to enter the campus? If that is going to be a requirement, most schools do not have the staff to stand by doorways and verify the App before the students enter the campuses.
“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools.” The hybrid schedule exists solely as a kludge and back-formation from the standard 6-foot guideline for social distancing.