On Friday, November 13, the St. James School District announced John F. Hodge High School was moving to a hybrid learning plan because of the high number of students quarantined due to COVID-19. The plan began on Monday, with the building operating at half capacity.
“Due to the excessive student quarantines in the high school building, John F. Hodge High School will shift into the Hybrid Learning Plan. While we would, of course, prefer to have all students in the building full time, we are hopeful that reducing the daily population in the high school building on a temporary basis will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to fully resume regular operations soon,” the district said in a statement released Friday announcing the change.
Under the hybrid plan, the high school will operate at 50 percent capacity, with safety precautions in place. Students will attend school in person twice per week and have three days of remote learning. Students would be separated into Red and White days based on their last name, allowing families to request students in the same home to have the same schedule, and days would alternate between in person and remote, with all students being remote on Fridays.
All courses will be available on the district learning management system Canvas to allow students access to any resources they might need for classes and all courses would meet Missouri Learning Standards. Special Education and students who need special instruction would have accommodations to allow for small group courses. All other district safety precautions currently in place, such as mask wearing social distancing, remain in place for students and teachers. For students who lack internet access, all instructional materials will be shared while students are on campus.
“The Red group will attend seated classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and learn from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The White group will attend seated classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and learn from home Mondays and Wednesdays. All students will learn virtually on Friday and have scheduled time to connect with their teachers,” the district said.
This change will not impact Middle School and Lucy Wortham James Elementary students and those buildings will continue to operate normally. The district said administrators feel this is the best solution based on community and county trends of COVID-19 cases in the area and it will aid in getting students back to regular in-person courses soon.
More information about the hybrid learning plan can be found on the districts website at www.stjschools.org or on the St. James R-1 School District Facebook page.