Carlsbad to open learning groups at middle and high schools – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Carlsbad middle and high schools will begin bringing small groups or “cohorts” of students on campus during the school day, after previous plans to reopen those campuses in a hybrid model were cancelled last month because of new state orders.

“On Jan. 14, we learned that a new public health directive from the California Department of Public Health would not allow our middle and high schools to move to Phase 3 of our phased reopening plan (which would have been a hybrid schedule for students to attend two days per week,)” Superintendent Ben Churchill wrote to parents. “On Jan. 20, our board tasked us with developing a plan to get as many students on campus as possible, in any model possible, as quickly as possible, while adhering to the limitations of a ‘cohort’ model”

Under the new plan, small, fixed groups of students will work on distance learning from classrooms on campus, Churchill said. Other North County districts, including San Dieguito Union High School District, Escondido Union High School District and Vista Unified School District, have convened similar groups of students, also known as “learning pods.” The goal of these programs is to bring students back to campus, while maintaining the small, stable groups that the state requires.

In Carlsbad, students will be assigned a “homeroom” teacher and will work on their virtual classes on Chromebooks with headphones on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The system will provide educational supervision but not direct instruction, Churchill noted. However,