Miamisburg High School opts for hybrid learning model day

Miamisburg High School
Miamisburg High School

Miamisburg High School students next week will start a new hybrid learning model.

To help curb the increasing amount of students and staff needing to quarantine, students will learn in the building two days a week and participate in at-home learning three days a week, district officials said.

That situation arises as a result of following Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County quarantine guidelines, not as a result of positive COVID cases, officials said. Those guidelines require any person in close contact of a positive COVID case to quarantine for 14 days continue to be followed in Miamisburg schools.

But “close contact” is described as closer than six feet or less for a 15 minutes over a 24-hour period.

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During the pandemic, that 15-minute time span has shifted from consistent to cumulative to over a 24-period, according to Miamisburg Superintendent Laura Blessing. That, she said, has created an “unmanageable” situation for staff and students because while students are quarantined, their learning environment is inconsistent, making it challenging to meet their educational needs, Blessing said.

“These quarantines were putting students who have done no wrong out of school for 14 days,” Blessing said. “We really do see the detrimental impact of that.”

The hybrid model will “significantly reduce” the number of close contacts students would have with one another and with staff by reducing the number of students on buses, in classrooms, hallways, and the dining hall, she said. That also reduces the number of students that would require quarantine should there be a positive COVID case, Blessing said.

The high school has more than 1,500 students, of which more than 300 already have opted for an entirely at-home learning model. The more than 1,200 remaining students learning in the building will be split into two groups under the hybrid learning model. Students whose last name starts with A-K will attend school in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while students whose last name start with L-Z will attend school in-person on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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The two days students are not in the school building and Mondays for all students will be remote learning days. Not all of the at-home assignments will be virtual or digital. Teachers will work with students that do not have a device or reliable internet access at home with alternatives to any required digital assignment.

Blessing said the district will get to have two full weeks of the new learning model, followed by a truncated two-day week the week of Thanksgiving. Then school will go back to the same configuration until Dec. 18, followed by a two week-winter break.

Students on Mondays will be to pick up weekly grab-and-go meals from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for the remaining days they are not at school, Blessing said.

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