By Bianca Heyward
While fall options remain in flux for the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) community, the Courier surveyed nearby public and private schools to see what they are doing.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District: The district announced that they will reopen with distance learning, following recent state and local health recommendations and a surge in Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County. A July 14 Superintendent’s Message reads:
“SMMUSD staff want to reopen in-person as soon as possible and had been preparing to recommend an in-person option (Model B, the hybrid model that includes both in-person and distance learning). However, the steady upsurge in coronavirus cases in our region over the past several weeks combined with the advice of public health experts has led us to the conclusion that distance learning is the most prudent model to start the 2020-2021 school year.”
The Buckley School:
The school will open on August 26 as planned with students in grades K-6 on campus every day and students in grades 7-12 in a hybrid model. Students will come to campus on a week-on, week-off basis.
Culver City Unified School District:
The district will reopen the 2020-2021 school year with a distance learning model for the safety of all students and staff members.
Milken Community Schools:
Milken will open with a hybrid model where campus is open and social distancing measures are in effect that allow for half of the student body to be on campus at one time. In the hybrid environment whereby half of the students are physically in the classroom while the other half are “Zooming in” from home. The schedule provides a framework for 4 days of synchronous learning with Fridays reserved for asynchronous learning and Kehillah programs.
The school is planning to have kindergarten, first, and second grades on campus every weekday for a full school day. Students in grades three through 12 will have structured school programming every weekday all day – some days on campus and some days in distributed learning.
The school will open with a hybrid learning model. Students who choose to remain at home due to health concerns will have access to remote learning. To maintain physical distancing, elementary school students will be grouped in grade-level learning communities of 10-14 students and will remain with this group of classmates for all school activities. Students in grades 7-12 will follow a hybrid program with some days on campus for in-person learning and some days off campus in remote learning.