Clinton Central School District will re-open its school buildings to each student for two days a week to start the 2020-21 year.
With the desire to proceed slowly to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm said the district chose its hybrid learning plan as the way to begin. “It’s a starting point,’’ he said. “We can make changes forward or backward as needed.’’
Clinton’s plan divides the student body from kindergarten through 12th grade in two sections based on last names, A-K and L-Z. Grimm said given the state requirements for distancing only half of the enrollment can attend at the same time.
Students with last names A through K will attend full days Mondays and Tuesdays. While they are in class with the teacher, students in those classes with last names L through Z will participate in the class from home via a live feed from the classroom.
On Thursdays and Fridays that will reverse. Wednesdays will be used for one-on-one instruction with teachers and deep cleaning the three schools before the new group comes in.
“We want to take it slow and do this right,’’ Grimm said. “We are starting out tight. We cannot have a tragedy if someone, student or staff, gets sick because we pushed.’’
All students except those in kindergarten, first and second grades will be expected to attend their livestream classes when home. Grimm said those students will spend their time with online learning activities.
Clinton’s plan stresses flexibility in a number of ways, Grimm said. If parents elect…