In the modified, Phase II model, in-person learning is the primary mode of instruction. However, with many students needing to remain in a remote setting (for both short and long-term periods of time), daily and weekly schedules have been modified to ensure blended learning options remain viable for anyone who cannot attend school in-person.
Bell Schedules: Bell (start/end) times at all levels have been adjusted to allot for time needed to meet the needs of students attending in-person and online. In addition, the below tiers aid in providing needed transportation to/from school. By design, bell times in Phase II aim to remain consistent with Phase I. However, this may not be possible at the high school level and will depend on the finalized block schedule for both Helena High and Capital High.
Block Schedules: A block schedule ensures smaller, more consistent cohorts of students by school day. Instead of attending all classes within a given day, students attend only specific, designated classes, remaining in those classes for a longer period of instructional time. Block scheduling can also aid in reducing the likeness of becoming a close contact (quarantine) to an identified case.
School operations in Phase II have been modified to reduce the risk of virus transmission. These modifications include designated traffic patterns within schools, reduced restroom capacity to avoid interior lines, and specifically designed breakfast/lunch opportunities.
School events will be limited in Phase II. Guidelines for specific, annual events include the below restrictions.