Neshaminy School Board Approves Hybrid Reopen Plan

Superintendent Dr. Rob McGee speaks at the virtual Neshaminy School Board meeting.

The Neshaminy School District will be using a hybrid reopening plan this upcoming fall. It will need the school board to vote each time more students return to in-person learning.

Superintendent Dr. Rob McGee presented the recommended plan at the board’s virtual meeting Wednesday night. The Neshaminy School Board approved it after public input.

“The ultimate goal, at some point, is to bring them all in when conditions permit, when the metrics work, when people are comfortable, and we can support everything,” said McGee.

Synchronous vs Asynchronous learning. Photo via Neshaminy School District. Click to enlarge.

The first part of Neshaminy’s reopen plan would involve online learning through at least October 2. This would be four days of asynchronous learning, then one day of live instruction on Fridays.

Asynchronous online learning means students would complete school work on their own. Instead of direct face-to-face meetings using software like Zoom, they would read through material on their own time.

The next step in this plan would come at the September 22 school board meeting. At this time, the board will evaluate the current situation. The body could vote to bring students in for a hybrid model beginning October 5 or continue online only education.

If approved, the hybrid model would bring in students for two days per week. They would still do online learning three days per week.

But if the body rejects to bring students back, online learning would continue. Instead of just one day of synchronous learning, students would have three days per week of live instruction with their teachers.

The earliest date for all in-person learning is November 2, but again only if school board approves.

When students do go back to the classroom, McGee noted each building may need different adjustments to accommodate social distancing.

“Fortunately the classrooms have some wiggle room,” McGee said. “A lot of stuff has to be taken out of the classrooms. As you can imagine they tend to acquire things and those things will have to be removed.”

The school board will take several metrics into consideration before making their decisions, like supplies and staff. Hallways will also have markings to ensure social distancing between classrooms.