Physical or Hybrid School?
Students in the hybrid classroom

ASW welcomed students back on August 18th with the possibility of studying in two modes: regular (physical) or hybrid.

Regular school offers students a return to regular classroom learning, with the assurance provided by our Stop, Protect, React methodology.

In the Elementary School, the hybrid program is a complex system with teachers from all subjects supporting students who are choosing to learn from home for extended periods of time. Its aim is to provide continuous, quality learning through a combination of real-time classroom experiences (synchronous), and independent/parent-supported tasks that can be completed at home (asynchronous). Hybrid students can choose to return to regular school at any time, or conversely, move to the hybrid program for any extended period of time. Hybrid learning is different from the traditional “virtual learning” model in that it involves:

  • A small amount of students learning remotely (not whole classes)

  • Students staying as connected as possible to what is happening in the classroom

  • Providing students with a balance of authentic, real-time classrooms experiences (synchronous) and independent or parent-supported learning experiences (asynchronous)

  • A weekly “hybrid week ahead” schedule sent out to families for the following week 

  • Daily “hybrid day ahead” email communications with families 

  • Hybrid student home learning menus 

  • A flexible and rolling approach

Our data shows that initially in the Elementary School, 6% students chose the hybrid option, while this now lies at 3%.

One of our Kindergarten learners who has since returned to school reflected that “she was happy to work from home. Seeing her class and classmates made her happy and eager to go back to school. Her teachers always included her in activities and in photos so she felt connected. The relationships that teachers built and the way they engaged with her helped her to transition smoothly back to school.”

One of our 5th grade hybrid learners that has been in hybrid learning since the start of the school year has shared that “the Zooms keep me connected. We have a Zoom on Friday mornings where we can play games with each other." 

"Zooms keep me connected"

In our Upper School, whether they are on campus or learning virtually from home, we are happy to see our students’ smiling faces again. Those students who are learning virtually might be considered “hybrid” if they chose to stay at home for an extended period of time instead of coming back to regular school.

To choose the hybrid option, families need to contact either the Upper School Principal or divisional Vice-Principal to discuss the general circumstances of the need to learn virtually. Once accepted, students remain in hybrid mode for a period of three weeks, and they will enjoy the benefits of a predominantly synchronous learning experience in all of their classes, joining class through Zoom or Google Hangouts. 

If the student happens to be in a time zone that makes synchronous learning unfeasible, they can follow along with the learning through Google Classroom. Students who are on short-term “explained absences” (72-hour exclusions, sickness, etc.) may be allowed to learn virtually from home, but the parent or student must reach out to the individual teachers at least 24 hours in advance. 

It is important to note that many Upper School classes do not have any official hybrid learners; therefore, bringing in a new hybrid learner on short notice may require some adjustments of the in-class learning plan for the day. When there is not a hybrid option available for a sick student or short-term exclusion, the teacher will have materials available on Google Classroom.