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2020-2021 School Year – High School

The 2020-2021 virtual instruction model provides students with, on average, 3 hours of synchronous learning with their teachers four days each week. The remaining instructional time is designated for students to complete asynchronous learning activities and assignments.

Students also have daily opportunities to access additional synchronous supports.

Synchronous Lessons

High school students are enrolled in 4 class periods in the fall semester and 4 class periods in the spring semester. One class period could include two semester long classes.

In the fall virtual instruction model, for each course, high school students will engage in four 45-minute synchronous lessons via Google Meet each week and will engage in asynchronous learning activities and assignments using the Canvas learning management system.

There also are designated synchronous sessions for students to receive additional support for weekly assignments. Students receiving additional supports or related services during the year will receive services during times that do not conflict with class sessions. Students receiving music sectionals will receive sectionals during times that do not conflict with class instruction or support sessions.

For each synchronous lesson, students are expected to engage in the lesson, respond to questions and participate in class activities.

Teachers will post weekly activities and assignments by Monday at 8:00 a.m.

Asynchronous Assignments

Asynchronous assignments should take students 3-4 hours per course to complete, and are due by the start of class on the following Monday.

Within the weekly set of asynchronous assignments, teachers may designate one assignment each class period to be due by the start of the next class period to ensure continuity of learning and preparation for class discussion. This daily assignment should take no more than 30 minutes to complete and students will have the option to work on remaining asynchronous assignments flexibly throughout the week.

Grades 9-12 Sample Student Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 1

8:30 – 8:50

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 2

8:30 – 8:50

Asynchronous Work Time / Student Supports

8:30-3:15

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 1

8:30 – 8:50

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 2

8:30 – 8:50

Period 1 – Synchronous Class

9:00 – 9:45

Period 1 – Synchronous Class

9:00 – 9:45

Period 1 – Synchronous Class

9:00 – 9:45

Period 1 – Synchronous Class

9:00 – 9:45

Period 2 – Synchronous Class

10:00 – 10:45

Period 2 – Synchronous Class

10:00 – 10:45

Period 2 – Synchronous Class

10:00 – 10:45

Period 2 – Synchronous Class

10:00 – 10:45

Synchronous Flex Time/SEL

10:50 – 11:20

Lunch / Asynchronous Work Time / Student Supports

10:45-1:10

Lunch / Asynchronous Work Time / Student Supports

10:45-1:10

Lunch / Asynchronous Work Time / Student Supports

10:45-1:10

Lunch / Asynchronous Work Time / Student Supports

11:20-1:10

Period 3 – Synchronous Class

1:10 – 1:55

Period 3 – Synchronous Class

1:10 – 1:55

Period 3 – Synchronous Class

1:10 – 1:55

Period 3 – Synchronous Class

1:10 – 1:55

Period 4 – Synchronous Class

2:10 – 2:55

Period 4 – Synchronous Class

2:10 – 2:55

Period 4 – Synchronous Class

2:10 – 2:55

Period 4 – Synchronous Class

2:10 – 2:55

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 3

2:55 – 3:15

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 4

2:55 – 3:15

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 3

2:55 – 3:15

Additional Synchronous Support for Period 4

2:55 – 3:15

Modified Schedules for Early Dismissal Days

The following modified virtual schedules will be in effect for the following dates:

  • Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Monday, November 23, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Grades 6-12 – Scheduled Three Hour Early Dismissal Virtual Schedule

Student Day: 8:30-12:15

  • 8:30-9:15 – Period 1
  • 9:30-10:15 – Period 2
  • 10:30-11:15 – Period 3
  • 11:30-12:15 – Period 4

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment opportunities will continue to be available to students throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Students can continue to enroll in courses based at Howard Community College (HCC), HCPSS’ primary partner for dual enrollment, and earn college credits in an inclusive and nurturing environment. Courses at HCC can be taken for dual credit (reciprocal HCPSS and HCC credit) or dual enrollment (HCC credit only). Details about the JumpStart dual enrollment programs and detailed instructions for applying are provided online. Pre-approved courses can also be taken for HCPSS credit at other institutes of higher education based on individual student requests; these requests require at least eight weeks processing time. HCC created an orientation packet specifically for JumpStart students who are attending HCC online classes this fall.

High school-based college credit courses also will be available for the 2020-2021 school year. These are high school courses infused with college content taught by HCPSS teachers who are also approved HCC adjunct faculty. All course materials have been developed and approved by both HCPSS and HCC. Students will be required to complete an HCC application for admission as well as register and pay for college credit in the high school-based course. Credit will be awarded by both HCPSS and HCC upon successful completion of the course. HCPSS and HCC academic requirements still apply for students seeking to earn college credit in high school-based dual enrollment courses.

For more information, email your high school counselor.

Career Academies

Career Academies will be offered through courses typically based at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) and those at individual high schools. Career Academies may provide the opportunity to earn postsecondary and/or industry credentials and participate in work-based learning experience.

Curriculum is being updated to meet the requirements of the 2020-2021 4×4 secondary class schedules. The ARL career academy courses will be year-long courses offered both semesters through the 4×4 schedule. High school-based career academy courses will be offered on a semester basis through 4×4 schedule. Students enrolled in ARL career academies may be provided supplies and tools to continue hands-on activities safely at home. National certification exams that must be given at an approved testing center will be offered to small groups of students throughout the year. Work-based learning experiences that are associated with career academies may begin once students are able to physically return to the classroom.