Hybrid Learning

What is hybrid learning?

Our hybrid learning model is a blend of in-person and remote learning for students. This model allows for a reduced number of students (approximately 50%) in the buildings at any time and 6 feet of physical distancing as recommended by public health officials. During the in-person learning days, students will engage in teacher-led learning experiences based on academic standards and prepare for independent online learning assignments at home. During their remote learning days, students will independently complete assignments via their grade-level learning platform: Seesaw (K-3) or Canvas (4-12).

New enhanced hybrid schedule

In November, the Board of Education approved enhancements to our hybrid learning model. They also approved a timeline for implementation — the new hybrid schedule will begin after winter break. Every student will have three full days of structured and teacher-guided learning every week. This would be similar to the hybrid schedule right now, except on Wednesdays:

new enhanced hybrid scheduleMondays and Tuesdays
Hybrid Group 1 - in school in person
Hybrid Group 2 - independent remote learning

Hybrid Groups 1 and 2 - enhanced distance learning for all students in the school-based pathway 

Thursdays and Fridays
Hybrid Group 1 - independent remote learning
Hybrid Group 2 - in school in person

We will be updating the hybrid learning schedule calendar to reflect these changes and balance the in-person learning days for each group, and we will be sharing that in December.

In addition to connecting with their teachers every Wednesday, we are working on adding opportunities for teachers to provide support and answer questions from students learning remotely. More details will be shared with families prior to implementation of the new hybrid learning schedule.

Families of our highest needs learners who were in our schools five days a week during hybrid learning this fall will receive separate communications regarding the new hybrid learning schedule for their students.

Health and Safety Protocols

During Hybrid learning, the following health and safety protocols will be implemented:

  • Parents assess and report students’ health before school
  • Face masks required for students and staff per district policy
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces
  • Frequent hand sanitizing
  • One to two students per seat on buses, with masks required
  • Lunch in classrooms and other spaces as needed with allergy precautions in place
  • No visitors or volunteers
  • No shared student supplies
  • No lockers (secondary level) and care taken with cubbies at elementary schools
  • One-way hallways when possible
  • No field trips
  • No overnight travel
  • No large group student events
  • SACC students attend on scheduled in-person learning days only (beginning September 21)
  • Extracurricular activities will continue with precautions
  • No in-person after-school enrichment classes (elementary level); PTOs may choose to offer virtual after-school enrichment opportunities
  • No in-person after-school clubs
  • No facility rentals for interior spaces

Reference documents from health officials:

Hybrid Learning Meals

During hybrid learning, our Nutritional Services offers pre-ordered meals for students on their in-person learning days. For information about pre-ordering meals on the in-person learning days for your student, please click here, or continue reading below.

How will students receive their pre-ordered meals? All student meals will be delivered to the classroom. Elementary students will be in their homeroom, and middle and high school students will eat in either their 2nd or 6th period class, depending on the day of the week. 

How do I pre-order my student's meal? Meals can be pre-ordered by visiting the UA preorder link or scan the QR code for online ordering on the UA Nutritional Services webpage. Each meal includes a choice of entree, fruit and/or vegetables and milk. When pre-ordering your meal, elementary families will select their students' home classroom for delivery, and middle and high school families will select their students' room for either 2nd or 6th period. 

What is the cost for meals? There is currently no charge for students this school year due to a USDA National Waiver. 


Remote Learning and Online Academy meal pickup

If you would like to pick up meals for your student’s remote learning days, or for your Online Academy student, please contact Irene Hunt at [email protected].


Traditional attendance procedures will be followed for the in person hybrid days. The district will use an “evidence of participation” approach for the remote learning days.  Further guidance on attendance is forthcoming from the State.

Learning platforms

Students and teachers will utilize the following online learning management systems based on their grade levels. Parents will be able to monitor their students’ work and progress by using a parent account.

Canvas (grades 4-12) student account and parent account
How to create a parent observer account in Canvas

SeeSaw (grades K-3)

Learning resources

UA Mobile Learning Resources hub — Families may access our UA Mobile Learning Resources hub to learn more about our technology resources, how to support their students' learning, and how to get the most out of their district-issued iPad and other technology tools.

In addition to the above platforms, students will be using Zoom, our district’s video-conferencing tool, to connect with their teachers and classmates.

Student services

Special education: Intervention specialists and related services providers will collaborate with the general education teachers in order to ensure all specially designed instruction is provided to students in collaborative, resource, and small group settings based on students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Through individual IEP team meetings, students who participate in a significantly modified curriculum and spend the majority of their day in a self-contained classroom will be considered for a schedule in which they would attend all five days in person.  Students may be assigned as a cohort to join their general education peers as appropriate and meet exclusively with their student services team (intervention specialist, related service providers, etc.) on the other days. 

Gifted Services: Gifted intervention specialists will provide gifted services based on students’ Written Education Plan (WEP) and Written Acceleration Plan (WAP) during their pull-out service setting. 

Well-being supports

We are committed to supporting the well-being of every student always and especially during these unpredictable and uncertain times. The following well-being supports will be available to any student in any learning model, including Enhanced Distance Learning:
  • Focused support and programming in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • School counselors K-12
  • School nurses
  • School psychologists
  • Prevention clinicians (Syntero)
  • Referral services for mental health specialists
  • Community-based educational programs and supports
  • School counselor facilitated groups
  • Advisory groups

Please reach out to your school counselor, nurse or principal if you need support. 

Flexibility as we move forward

All plans are subject to change based on evolving conditions, data about the status of the pandemic, and recommendations or guidance from public health authorities and the scientific community.

Hybrid learning schedule

Updated February 9, 2021 - This planning tool reflects the hybrid group schedule for in-person and remote learning days that will be used when the district is in the hybrid learning mode. Learning modes are likely to change throughout the year.

Important Documents

Approved by the Board of Education on August 11, 2020

Facial covering medical exemption form

All students will be required to wear a face mask (covering nose, mouth and chin) for the 2020-2021 school year. Exemptions may be granted due to documented medical, developmental, behavioral or individualized needs of the student. If you wish to request a medical exemption for your student, please complete and submit this form to your building principal. To review the Board of Education's facial covering policy, please click here

Please promptly submit your medical exemption form to your building principal for processing.

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