K-4 students comeback for 4-Days instruction

Mackenzie Shrum, Writer

 On Feb. 1, 2021, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor sent an email that updated the new progression of schedules. This new schedule and plan is to give K-4 students the option of a 4-Day in school learning or full online learning experience.      

     The change and idea was influenced by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health claim that: ”public schools in counties with substantial transmission consider returning elementary school students to in-person instruction, while secondary school students remain fully remote, provided they follow all applicable orders and safety protocols.”      

     The reasoning for these new recommendations is that a recent study showed that children 10-14 have a lower susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 than adults. Norwin elementary students and parents have 3 choices.  The elementary schools will provide either a 4-day in person school with students coming Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, while Wednesdays remain fully remote and asynchronous. Or, students can opt for a fully online synchronous school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The Norwin Online Academy is also still an option to K-4 students. The new schedule of students attending school 4-days a week went  into effect on Feb. 15. Dr. Jeff Taylor addressed the Norwin families confirming this information February 11.  He clarified certain aspects that are affected or unaffected by the change. Some information from Dr. Taylor’s email:

    • In K-4, the District will no longer offer the Hybrid with Synchronous Instruction Operational Model;
    • The other two operational models for K-4 students are the Remote with Synchronous Instruction Model and the Norwin Online Academy;
    • In K-4, the District will no longer use Blue and Gold student groups; 
    • Wednesdays will continue to be remote, asynchronous instruction days in order to provide time for small group instruction, remediation, and enrichment through differentiated instruction; and
    • Curbside pickup will continue to be offered from 11:00 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at every Norwin school until further notice. I