Cape school board voted 5-2 Aug. 6 in favor of Superintendent Bob Fulton’s recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year under a hybrid model.
“If this was something I didn't think we could pull off or do, I wouldn't recommend it,” he said. “The last thing I want to do is compromise safety for anyone involved.”
Under the hybrid model, families can choose either remote or in-person instruction.
If remote instruction is chosen, students must commit to remote instruction for the first marking period; they may be added to in-person instruction for the second marking period, space permitting.
If in-person instruction is chosen:
- Elementary students will attend school five days a week, space permitting
- Middle school students will attend two days per week, space permitting, on either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, with remote work on Wednesday
- High school students will attend two days per week, space permitting, on a semester block schedule, attending either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, with remote work on Wednesday
Fulton said parents will be sent a message on Aug. 10 with details on both options from which to choose one.
Elements of the reopening plan include mandatory face coverings for all students and staff, and social distancing protocols. Fulton said the full plan will be available at capehenlopenschools.com on Friday, Aug. 7.
Fulton also recommended moving the first day of school from Tuesday, Sept. 8 to Wednesday, Sept. 16 to provide additional staff training days.
President Alison Myers and members Jessica Tyndall, Janis Hanwell, Janet Maull-Martin and Julie Derrick voted for the hybrid model; Vice President Jason Bradley and Bill Collick voted against.
See more information in the Tuesday, Aug. 11 edition of the Cape Gazette.