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Jaffrey-Rindge identifies at-risk learners for additional in-person help

  • An outdoor learning tent at Conant High School in November. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/30/2020 5:03:43 PM

As remote learning continues at Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative, the district has identified individual students for additional in-person support.

The district plans to put “pods” of at risk learners – prioritizing students with disabilities, internet connectivity issues, social-emotional needs or a lack of home supports – in place by Dec. 3.

The district voted to put students into a fully remote model on Nov. 11, after multiple cases of COVID-19 were reported within the districts, and staff availability hit critical levels across the district. The board agreed to remote learn at least through Dec. 7, when the district is scheduled to reevaluate.

Just before the Thanksgiving break, Cheshire County community transmission rates were still considered “substantial,” with 289 new infections per 100,000 over the prior two weeks, and a 2.5 percent positivity rating among those tested in the previous seven days.

The district’s decision making matrix triggers the School Board to discuss school closures and transition to remote learning any time transmission rates are considered “substantial,” though those closures aren’t required at that level.

Staff capacity at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Conant High School was still considered “critical,” though staffing at the elementary schools had returned to normal levels.

The first phase will be offered to students with an identified disability that meets criteria for additional needs. Students who were identified to participate in phase 1 were notified by the district on Nov. 24.

“Learners who qualify for learning pods will receive adult supervision and support in the school building, but will still be taking part in their classes remotely,” district Superintendent Reuben Duncan said in a letter to the district last week.

The pod will be offered in-person services in the school building twice a week, for a half-day block. Elementary school students would attend school from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and middle/high school students would attend from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The School Board is expected to meet next on Dec. 7 to discuss whether the district should continue with remote learning or restore in-person learning. If the board votes to continue remote learning, additional pods of students in need of learning support will be identified and put into place.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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