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Fall 2020 EMS Academics

Explanation of the Academic Program for Fall 2020

Read details about the Hybrid Model at  Landmark Elementary•Middle School during the covid-19 pandemic

  • We are planning on the hybrid model for the fall. With that said, we will be following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education related to school environments and applying them to our campus to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students. We cannot predict what model we will be in for the entire length of the school year. This will be an ongoing assessment and one that will involve careful planning and consideration as the year unfolds. If and when any changes can or need to be made to students' schedules, such as moving to a completely virtual model or a switch to fully on-campus, families will be notified with as much advance time as possible.
  • To reduce the density of students and faculty on campus, the campus will be split into two “pods.” Each pod will have one week of in-person instruction followed by one week of remote instruction. Both the in-person and the remote schedules will follow a daily timetable of 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The remote schedule will be conducted through Google Meet™ video conferencing and Google Classroom™. 
  • Students will have the same teachers and classmates whether they are in-person or remote. They will all work together collaboratively on the week that they are on campus, and they will all transition to remote work together. 
  • The Middle School daily schedule includes six academic core classes of 45 minutes each. Classes include: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Oral Expression/Literature, and a daily one-to-one tutorial. One “specials” period per day offers a mix of physical education and electives.
  • The Elementary School daily schedule includes the following core classes of 45 minutes each: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies/Science, Oral Expression/Literature and Library, a daily one-to-one tutorial, and Enrichment/Executive Function. One “specials” period per day offers a mix of physical education and electives.
  • The daily tutorial will always be delivered remotely. This allows for students and teachers to work without facial coverings. This also avoids close personal contact due to space constraints and acknowledges that tutors may be in a different pod than their tutees. During their in-person weeks on campus, students will access their remote tutorial through a Chromebook™ in an assigned space (with a monitor to assist with technology needs).
  • Each pod will include half of the Elementary School students (approximately 25 students) and half of the Middle School (approximately 50 students).
  • The primary factor for pod placement is academic class scheduling. After students are placed into appropriate classes based on their academic needs, the classes will be distributed into the pods. A secondary factor in pod placement will be parent requests for nonacademic reasons, such as carpooling. There may be times when parent requests for particular pods cannot be met, due to differing class placement needs. Families will be notified of pod placement on August 17.

Information as of July 30, 2020.