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. Both plans depend on the number of students that chose online and on-site learning. No matter what, WDMCS will ensure teachers have appropriate time to engage with and provide feedback to all students.
Valley High School, Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, and Indian Hills and Stilwell junior highs will use block scheduling for the 2020-21 school year. Walnut Creek Campus students will attend seven classes each day (similar to previous years).
The example schedules here apply to all secondary students while in the Hybrid Option 2 learning environment—whether they are learning on-site or online.
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 fit for the family.