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Camden Hills changes to hybrid learning

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 13, 2020
Beginning Nov. 12, students at Camden Hills Regional High School alternate between in-school and remote learning, to reduce the number of students in the building by half, due to Knox County's yellow Covid-19 designation.

ROCKPORT — Camden Hills Regional High School and the Camden-Rockport Middle School changed from full-time, in-school instruction to hybrid learning Nov. 12.

The hybrid model means students alternate a week in the high school building with a week of remote learning at home. This reduces the number of students in the building on any day by half.

The change is due to the state COVID-19 coding of yellow for Knox County Friday, Nov. 6, due to increasing cases of the virus.

Monday and Tuesday Nov. 9 and 10 were the last in-person days for the full student body.

Following the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday, students with last names beginning with the letters A through K were in the high school building Nov. 12 and 13, while the remainder of the students were learning remotely.

Students with last names beginning with L through Z will rotate into the school building the week of Nov. 16 through 20.

Students will continue to rotate between a week of in-school learning and a week of remote learning as long as Knox County remains in the yellow designation.

Principal Shawn Carlson said in a statement posted on the school's website, "We are moving toward the Hybrid 2 model described above out of an abundance of caution to help mitigate any spread in our county."

"To date, most counties who have been designated as yellow have maintained that designation for two to three weeks. We can hope this will be true for us," Carlson said.

He explained in an email that the high school has had students who chose to study remotely, and teachers have been teaching to these remote students since the beginning of the semester.

Having half the students in the school every other week is more difficult for teachers, according to Carlson.

"The [hybrid] model is very challenging for teachers. It requires a lot of preparation and thought to juggle two different experiences for each class. I am proud of how hard the staff is working and their commitment to making learning meaningful to both groups of students," he said.

Elementary and middle schools

Middle school Principal Jaime Stone confirmed students shifted to hybrid learning on Nov. 12.

At Camden-Rockport Elementary School, instructional space has been reconfigured so in-school education, with 6-feet social distancing, can continue for all students,  according to Principal Chris Walker-Spencer.

"This increased spacing allows us to meet the guidelines the DOE has established for the yellow designation. Our intention all along has been to set up our rooms so that green and yellow designations would be one and the same at CRES," he said.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 16, 2020 12:28

Smart move!


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