It’s The Last Day For Pottsgrove Schooling Switch

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It’s not too late, the Pottsgrove School District reports, for district families who want to change their choice for educating their children from its coming hybrid model to the existing fully virtual one. The deadline for doing so, however, is Friday (today, Dec. 4, 2020).

The hybrid learning model features education that’s part-time in-person and part-time online. It’s preparing to launch Monday (Dec. 7).

About half of students whose families choose the hybrid option, according to district Superintendent Dr. William Shirk, will physically attend school Mondays and Tuesdays; the remaining half will attend classrooms Thursdays and Fridays. Students will work from home on remaining weekdays in their schedules. Wednesdays remain as online days for all students.

Students of families who opt out of the hybrid model will remain in the fully virtual one. A few families have made the switch from hybrid to virtual this week, district Community Relations Director Gary DeRenzo said, following the Tuesday night (Dec. 1) decision by the school board to proceed with hybrid learning.

Some also have moved from virtual to hybrid, Shirk noted in a letter distributed Wednesday (Dec. 2). Because hybrid learning requires transportation for some students, the district this week made corresponding bus route and schedule changes. It mailed postcards to families detailing those alterations, and reflect the most current information available, Shirk added. Transportation also starts Monday.

The district “will do its best” to accommodate parents who hope to make a last-minute change from virtual to hybrid. That’s more difficult because of transportation availability and classroom capacities, “but we’re trying to be as flexible as we can,” DeRenzo said. Those changes are being handled on a case-by-case basis, and families should quickly contact their building principals about availability.

Students who cannot be moved into hybrid learning now can make the change at the end of the grading period, DeRenzo said.

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