LANSING, Mich. — NexTech High School of Lansing announced its preparedness plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The school will begin the year virtually and transition to its existing hybrid model of online learning supported by in-person classes as the year progresses. NexTech has a blended learning environment which encompasses in-person and online components in their normal school day.
“Given the flexibility and experience our district and students have with blending virtual and in-person learning through the use of technology, we are ready to provide our in-person experience through our online platforms and transition back to our hybrid model when we return to school with no changes to our students’ daily schedule,” said school leader Nathan Beyer. “We’re prepared for the ‘new normal’ because it’s already our normal.”
To maintain a level of consistency as the method of delivery changes, NexTech’s schedule for the school day will remain the same, regardless of whether the teaching is virtual or in-person. NexTech students will have online portions of their classes, available to them 24/7, as well as classroom instruction delivered by their team of highly trained educators that will follow the same rotation schedule in-person and virtually. NexTech delivers high school content through a college lecture model, blending independent research and discovery with reinforcement from their team of devoted educators.
Students will be expected to attend their normal A.M. or P.M. sessions, whether they’re virtual or in-person. Attendance will be monitored and recorded for all class sessions, including virtual classrooms.
NexTech does not have a specific date when they will switch from online to in-person learning.
“We have worked as a staff with the local health department and with the Ingham ISD to determine the best course of action for the upcoming school year, and will continue to do so,” said Beyer. “We are working with the best individuals to establish a timeline that serves the needs of our community, while making sure to keep our students and staff safe by not introducing unnecessary risk. We’re in an ever-changing situation and we’re working hard to collect data, both from scientific health experts and from our NexTech families, prior to making the decision to resume in-person learning. We want to make sure our families know their voices are heard.”
Upon the return to in-person learning, NexTech has safety precautions and building policies in place. Masks will be required and must cover the nose and below the chin, fit snugly against the side of the face and stay secured with ties or ear loops. Cloth face coverings must be laundered before reuse. NexTech will also stock emergency replacement masks in case of a malfunction.
Entryway screening procedures are also in place. This includes a temperature check, confirmation of absence of symptoms and confirmation of no-contact with infected individuals. Admission to the school premises will be limited to staff, students and essential personnel. Students will not be permitted to stay before or after their scheduled sessions in order for sanitation procedures to be performed.
Administrative staff is on hand to schedule meetings and distribute technology and materials during normal operating hours.
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