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August 18, 2020 // Superintendent's Update

Dear SPS Families,

Our building principals have been working diligently to puzzle together class cohorts for the upcoming school year.  There are many variables including keeping siblings in the same cohort, balancing class sizes and composition, and accommodating families’ choice of model.  Due to the complexity of the task and the need to seek out families who have not yet completed the designation form, we have had to delay the release of class and cohort placements by one week.  Class placements will be available through ASPEN by 4 pm on Wednesday, August 26.  We realize that families are anxious for this information but want to make sure that we are sharing accurate information.  As a reminder, the first day of school for all students will be September 15th.  Hybrid students will attend school twice in person that week.

A consistent message we have heard from families throughout the planning process is that maintaining a connection to a school, teacher, and group of peers is of utmost importance.  Also important to families is ensuring continuity of learning between cohorts and monitoring student learning to provide appropriate support and challenge.   

At the elementary level, our Remote Learning Academy numbers are such that we will be able to create remote cohorts at every elementary school and grade level.  What this means is that elementary students will be assigned to a classroom teacher whose teaching load will include a cohort of hybrid students and a cohort of remote students.  From a student perspective, this model has a number of benefits including:

  • Students maintain a connection with their home school;
  • Students in both learning models will follow the same scope and sequence at a similar pace;
  • Students form connections with a homeroom cohort easing potential transitions between models;
  • Administrative and support services are building-based;
  • Students in the school-based and fully remote models learn together on Wednesdays, fostering collaboration and connection.

For demonstration purposes, we have modeled a sample grade level.  At each school and at each grade level the number of remote and hybrid sections will vary.  

Elementary School w/ 3 sections, 65 students total

Teacher 1 w/ 22 students

Teacher 2 w/ 21 Students

Teacher 3 w/ 22 Students

11 students (Cohort A)

M/Th: in-person 


W: synchronous instruction with remote peers 


T/F: synchronous and asynchronous instruction 

10 students (Cohort A)

M/Th: in-person 


W: synchronous instruction with remote peers 


T/F: synchronous and asynchronous instruction 

10 students (Cohort A) M/Th: in-person 


W: synchronous instruction with remote peers 


T/F: synchronous and asynchronous instruction 

11 students (Cohort B)


T/F: in-person 


W: synchronous instruction with remote peers 


M/Th: synchronous and asynchronous instruction

11 students 

(Remote Academy)


T/F: synchronous remote instruction 


W: synchronous instruction with hybrid peers


M/Th synchronous and asynchronous instruction

12 students 

(Remote Academy)


T/F: synchronous remote instruction 


W: synchronous instruction with hybrid peers


M/Th synchronous and asynchronous instruction

At the middle school level, students whose families have elected the fully-remote Learning Academy will be placed in grade-level cohorts and assigned a remote learning teacher from each of the core content areas (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science) and World Languages.  Remote Learning Academy students will follow a parallel curriculum scope and sequence as their hybrid peers and be assigned a daily schedule that reflects their mathematics placement.  Student specific schedules will be shared with families at the beginning of the school year.

If you have questions about which model you have designated for your student, please reach out to your building administrator.  In the upcoming days and weeks, we will continue to provide information to families regarding school year schedules, routines, and health and safety measures.

Wishing you and yours well,

Brad Crozier,

Superintendent