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An Adaptive, Flexible, and Phased Approach

In response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mountain Sage will utilize a phased approach to the 2020-21 school year. Although this year will look and feel different than years past, our program will remain true to our own unique style of education. With the constant evolution of health advisories and regulations, we understand that a program structure that can flex easily between one phase to another will be paramount for students, staff, and families alike. Keeping the health, safety, and connection of our community in mind, we will provide more detail into these phases in the coming weeks.

A Note about Integrated Services: Staff are planning to deliver education/services in a remote or in-person environment for students with disabilities and coming up with specifics of what that will look like in each of the four phases of education for the 2020-21 school year. Information will be shared in alignment with general education plans.

Mountain Sage is currently in Phase 1 :

remote learning for all students

Phase 1

Remote Learning for All

The school building is closed. Remote learning for all students.

  • MSCS would be ordered into this phase by health and/or state officials, depending on public health conditions and orders.
  • Instruction is predominantly delivered via technology but may also include use of tangible learning materials.
  • The school week is designed around four days with teacher support for students and one independent work day for students. Fridays are teacher collaborative planning days to prepare lessons and materials for the next week.
  • MSCS provides consistent and easy access to a student's remote learning resources in one place via online class pages. For example, a teacher's page may feature messages from the teacher, and links to Google Classroom, other learning applications.
  • Teachers provide instruction and lessons using computer-based and/or activity-based lessons. Instructional materials are distributed on a regular basis. Lessons/classes are structured/scheduled for consistency to avoid confusion.
  • Lessons focus on standards and authentic learning.
  • Interventionists and service providers support learning with consistent instruction.

Phase 2

Remote Learning for Most

The school building will remain open with enhanced social distancing. Group sizes limited.

  • MSCS would be ordered into this phase by health and/or state officials, depending on public health conditions and orders. It's anticipated this phase will be necessary if the total number of people in a group/space is limited to 10.
  • Most students will engage in a 100 percent remote-learning environment four days per week, following Phase One remote learning expectations.
  • MSCS provides consistent and easy access to a student's remote learning resources in one place via online class pages. For example, a teacher's page may feature messages from the teacher, and links to Google Classroom, other learning applications.
  • Students learn at home, following their remote learning expectations, and have scheduled check-ins at school in small groups with their teacher. Frequency and length of check-ins is based on health guidelines and orders.

Phase 3

Onsite and Remote Hybrid

School building open with students attending school two days a week, at-home learning three days a week.

  • Students engage in learning five days a week; they attend school two days of the week and have at-home practice the rest of the week.
  • Student groups rotate attending school, with 50% of the students at school per day, Monday through Thursday.
  • Each Friday, 100 percent of students will engage in at-home learning while teachers plan for the following week’s lessons.
  • MSCS provides consistent and easy access to a student's remote learning resources in one place via online class pages. For example, a teacher's page may feature messages from the teacher, and links to Google Classroom, other learning applications.
  • The number of students are limited in a room to comply with social distancing measures and health requirements.

Students are divided into groups with a priority placed on having siblings in the same group, as possible. The groups alternate attending school.

  • "A group" attends school Mondays and Wednesdays with at-home learning Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • "B group" attends school Tuesdays and Thursdays with at-home learning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Each Friday, 100 percent of students will engage in at-home learning while teachers plan for the following week’s lessons, collaborate and engage in professional development to best support students.

Safety at School

  • Student and staff groups are as static as possible throughout the day.
  • Interventionists and service providers offer instruction/support virtually on-site or may meet with students one class at a time.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities are likely restricted.
  • Safety provisions are made in hallways and common areas for students and staff.

​At-School Learning

  • Lessons focus on priority standards.
  • Social and emotional learning are integrated throughout the day.
  • Specials are provided in a modified schedule in the homeroom classroom or outside.
  • Teachers provide instructional materials for at-home learning.

At-Home Learning

  • Teachers provide instructional materials for subject areas. Students apply their learning and preview new content.
  • Specials teachers may provide weekly lessons.
  • Students have access to pre-recorded video lessons and practice through websites.
  • Interventionists and service providers offer instruction to support learning.

Phase 4

Onsite Learning

Mountain Sage has determined we cannot safely open in a Phase 4 for the 2020/2021 school year.

School building open for students with heightened safety awareness and protocols. Group sizes may be limited.

  • Schools are open with a heightened awareness of health and safety as part of a "normal."
    Students attend school each day but group sizes may be limited.
  • MSCS provides consistent and easy access to a student's remote learning resources in one place via online class pages. For example, a teacher's page may feature messages from the teacher, and links to Google Classroom, other learning applications.
  • Student and staff groups are as static as possible throughout the day.
  • Interventionists and service providers offer instruction/support virtually on-site or may meet with students one class at a time.
  • Social and emotional learning is integrated throughout the day.
  • Specials are provided in the homeroom classroom or outside.
  • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities may be restricted.
  • Safety provisions are made in hallways and common areas for students and staff.