Secondary Day in the Life
Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
The 2020-21 school year’s instructional format will remain flexible to ensure student and staff safety. WDMCS may adjust processes and learning environments at any given point throughout the school year. Depending on community health conditions, a temporary transition to online learning could take place at a classroom, school, or district level.
Under the Hybrid Option 2 plan WDMCS is implementing to start the 2020-21 school year, families will CHOOSE between online or on-site learning for each child. Online and on-site learners will likely have similar schedules, with online learners completing some tasks independently at a time that works best for their family.
WDMCS plans for junior high students learning online to follow a schedule with some classroom virtual meetings and built-in breaks, which may be supported by dedicating some staff to online teaching only. Another option would be to have teachers pre-record lessons for online students to watch at the time that works best for them. For high school students, we plan to have students “remote in” to some classes, allowing more time for teachers to interact with students both ways.
Both plans depend on the number of students that choose online and on-site learning. No matter what, WDMCS will ensure teachers have appropriate time to engage with and provide feedback to all students. We will share more information as it becomes available.
On-site secondary learning will look slightly different at each building.
Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School will use block scheduling for the 2020-21 school year.
Walnut Creek Campus and junior high students will attend seven classes each day (similar to previous years).
If WDMCS were to shift to Online Continuous Learning at any point during the 2020-21 year, the following example schedules might be used.
In the Online Continuous Learning example schedules, secondary students will experience learning and connect with each other through a daily schedule that provides flexibility and continues a strong focus on academic and social-emotional learning.
- Tiger Time (JH) or Advisory (HS): This is an advisory time to build student-to-student and student-to-staff relationships with a strong focus on positive behavior support (PBIS) and social-emotional learning.
- Classroom Virtual Meetings: Virtual learning will be conducted using Google Meets or Zoom. During virtual learning, teachers may provide direct instruction, review independent learning activities, engage students in class discussions, and collaborate as a group.
- Open/Independent Learning/Small Group Instruction/Office Hours: Students engage in their own independent learning tasks, following timelines set by teachers within courses. Students may engage in live virtual instruction to meet individual IEP, English learner, and other specific needs. Teachers/Counselors will schedule with individual or small groups of students. Teachers will host scheduled office hours to support student needs and may schedule small group virtual meetings, as needed. Students may schedule times to work virtually on group work (i.e. academics, clubs, activities, etc.).
The examples below would not be the same each day but are intended to provide an overview of how teachers will provide online instruction and connections while maintaining flexibility and independent learning opportunities throughout the day. Much of the independent work could be done outside of the “regular school day” if it is a better first for the family.
Notice that in a typical seven-hour school day, in junior high approximately two hours are set aside for classroom virtual meetings (shaded orange rows in table). In high school, approximately three hours are set aside for classroom virtual meetings (shaded orange rows in table). Small group instruction may occur at various times throughout the day.