September 18, 2020

RTL Update – Hybrid Model Begins Monday

Hybrid Instructional Model to Begin Monday

Last night, the Ames School Board approved to move to the 50% face-to-face hybrid instructional model beginning on Monday, September 21. This also includes the restart of extracurricular activities. 

Cohort Group – Prior to the start of school when we anticipated starting in a “Phased-In” Hybrid model, students were assigned to a cohort group 1-4. Those same groups will be used for the 50% hybrid model with groups 1/2 and 3/4 being combined. 

Calendar – We have posted a Hybrid calendar on our website that indicates which days groups 1/2 and 3/4 will attend in-person. On the days when not in the school building, students will participate in largely asynchronous learning. Please note that this Hybrid calendar is mapped out until winter break but our delivery model is subject to change based on COVID-19 metrics. The calendar can be found on the Resources section of our Return to Learn page of our website.

Remote Campus – The move to Hybrid across the District will not impact students who attend our Remote Campus 100% online delivery model. Your schedule will remain the same.

TransportationParents, please check your emails today as updated bus route information will be sent out. If you have questions, please reach out.

Parent Transition Requests Between Delivery Models

As a reminder, the form to transition between Remote Campus 100% online instruction and the delivery model chosen by the District is live on our website. If you are currently in Remote Campus and wish to move to Hybrid, the deadline is September 27 for an October 5 back to on-site date.

School Hours:

Please note the school hours for the 2020-2021 school year:

Northwood Preschool: 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Elementary Schools: 8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Ames Middle School: 8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Ames High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

DE Compliance Update – The move to 50% face-to-face hybrid is in alignment with Department of Education guidance so that these instructional hours count toward the school year total. Because we received approval to be in the Required Continuous Learning online model the past two weeks, we have been in compliance from the start of school.