In his remarks to the Paducah Board of Education about the 2020-2021 instructional plan, Dr. Shively emphasized the following highlights:
- Parents will be given the option to choose either in-person learning at school or virtual learning at home for their children. Parents will be sent a survey through the school district’s KiNVO communication system. They will have until July 28 to determine if they want their student to get their instruction at school or at home. Parents will be able to change that decision at the end of the fall semester.
- For those who choose at-home instruction, Dr. Shively emphasized that it would be different from the Non-Traditional Instruction that was offered last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“(It will be) at-home learning led by Paducah Public Schools teachers,” Shively said. “That’s not a paper packet. That’s online delivery of instruction. It’s more than likely going to be videoed in most cases for you to be able to watch and use at home.”
- To facilitate at-home instruction, the district will implement a 1:1 computer program for grades 4 –12. This means that every student will have a tablet that they can take home for school work. The existing district technology will be moved to grades Kindergarten to third grade.
- For students who choose in-person learning at school, there is a high probability that the district will use a "hybrid" attendance plan.
- These are the main features of the "hybrid attendance plan:
- Students who choose in-person instruction will be divided into five even sections. The students will be grouped by family and neighborhood.
- Each group will be assigned one at-home day of virtual instruction for each week: one group will stay at home on Mondays, another on Tuesdays and so on. Students groups will at home on the same day each week for the semester. This will create an 80% maximum capacity in our school buildings.
- This hybrid plan will allow students to attend 80% of the time at school instead of 50%, which is the standard in other commonly used instruction plans.