Hybrid Learning at PCHS
Online Learning | Precautions in the Building
What are the benefits of Hybrid Learning?
Having students attend on alternate days lowers the number of students in the building at one time, while allowing all students to benefit from the regular school schedule and direct interactions with their teachers.
Will students have homework?
Yes, students will have assignments to complete between classes. Teachers will communicate those expectations to their students. All policies regarding attendance, late work, and make-up work apply.
When students are learning remotely (either Hybrid or Synchronous), what
program will they use?
We will be using Microsoft Teams for our virtual classroom
experience. Students will be able to watch classroom instruction live, ask
questions, and interact with their classmates.
What type of hardware do I need to learn online?
School iPads will be sufficient for most courses, whether
you are a Hybrid, Synchronous, or Accelerate learner. Computer science and
graphics arts classes may have additional requirements, and teachers will be
emailing their students soon to let them know what those requirements are.
What does the Hybrid Learning schedule look like?
Group A at School
Group B at Home
Group A at School
Group B at Home
All students at
Group A at Home
Group B at School
Group A at Home
Group B at School
|Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday||Wednesday Schedule|
Block 1/5 | 7:45 – 9:20
Block 2/6 | 9:30 – 11:00
Block 3A/7A Class | 11:05 – 12:35
3B/7B Lunch | 11:10 – 11:40
Block 3B/7B Class | 11:40 – 1:10
3A/7A Lunch | 12:45 – 1:15
Block 4/8 | 1:15 – 2:45
Teacher Professional Learning, 7:45 – 9:45
Block 1, 9:45 – 10:15
Block 2, 10:20 – 10:50
Block 3, 10:55 – 11:25
Block 4, 11:30 – 12:00
Lunch Break, 12:00 – 12:30
Block 5, 12:30 – 1:00
Block 6, 1:05 – 1:35
Block 7, 1:40 – 2:10
Block 8, 2:15 – 2:45
How will I know which group I am in?
Groups were assigned automatically, and the hybrid group assignment appears at the bottom of the student's schedule (Student (or Parent) Portal->Documents->S1 Schedule).
Can I change my group assignment or request a specific group assignment?
Unfortunately, due to the need to reduce numbers as much as possible and to balance the size of the groups, we are unable to change group assignments or to accept requests. With more than 1600 students, choosing from 150 unique courses, offered over 8 class periods, we have the possibility of more than 300,000 unique schedule combinations. The health and safety guidelines under which we are operating combined with the complexity of our schedule prohibits the ability to make changes.
Can I be on-campus when I don't have class?
All students should be off campus when they do not have a class. Students may make appointments with counselors or teachers during open periods but must leave campus when the meeting is over. Teachers and counselors will have virtual office hours as well.
Can I take a partial absence/open period?
Yes, any student can take a partial absence in their schedule this school year. Students that elect this option will be expected to be off campus during their scheduled absence period. Click here to access the Partial Absence Form. Once the form is complete, please email it to Sherry Gregory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I read about partials in the FAQ, but I still have more questions.
You can read more about partial absences on pages 79-80 in
the Course Guide.
This year, we are allowing partials during any period, and we are allowing juniors
to take two partials each semester. If partial absences appear in your schedule,
and complete this form and then email it to email@example.com. Students
must be off campus during their partial periods.
What will lunch look like?
All students will have off-campus lunch privileges this year. Parents are encouraged to have conversations with their students around your expectations for leaving campus.
For students staying on campus, all of Pine Creek's lunch options are grab-and-go.
The Pine Creek lunch program will be a cash-less, coin-less program this year. Students must pre-load their lunch accounts by check or PayForIt.
Students may also bring their lunches.
Students will be distanced to the greatest extent possible and can eat outside, in the cafeteria, or in other designated locations.
How will performance classes like PE, choir, and band work?
On at-home learning days, students will still login during class time and participate in teacher-led learning activities, and students will have time to practice skills independently. Teachers will provide more information to students and parents about how they are adapting the learning experience to comply with current health guidelines and provide meaningful learning.
How will I complete my Art or Ceramics projects from home?
Student fees will cover an individual supply kit for each
student. Hybrid and synchronous learners will receive their supplies as soon as
they pay the fee. Teachers will announce a time for synchronous learners to
come to the school to pick up supplies. Accelerate students taking Basic
Drawing should refer to the supplies list in the course description for a list
of materials to purchase.
What happens if the school closes and hybrid learning goes online?
All Hybrid learning will shift to Schoology online. Students will remain in the same courses, taught by the same teachers. Students will be expected to attend all scheduled classes and keep up on homework assignments, just as they would with in-person learning. Attendance will be taken. Teachers will provide a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning each class period. Classes and "color days" will continue to follow the same schedule. Click here to download the color day schedule for first semester.
If hybrid learning goes online, can I switch to Accelerate?
You are making a commitment for at least first semester. Unfortunately, for the health and safety of our students and staff, and due to constraints in staffing and facilities, we are unable to make changes once students have selected a learning plan.
I have Study Hall in my schedule. What does that look like on my remote learning days?
Study Hall is a no-credit class for all students. When in-building on the Hybrid schedule, students must report to class as scheduled. On remote-learning days, students have open time to study but should login to IC to capture their attendance.
Can I be a TA?
Yes, students can request a Teacher Assistant period. TAs are required to remain in the classroom where they are assigned. Each teacher will only be assigned one TA. Teacher Assistants will help instructors monitor the online learning platform during class and from home. TAs are expected to participate in the class on remote learning days to help facilitate learning. TAs do earn class credit.
Will parking pass fees be reduced this year?
Yes, we will not charge for parking passes for first semester. All students must still register their vehicles and display a parking permit at all times. Students who do not display their parking permits will be ticketed. You will pick up your parking pass during Check-in at the Creek.
Will we still pay course fees?
Yes, course fees will still be charged to all Hybrid and Synchronous learners who will receive materials (to include specialized software access where needed) for their use in classes. Please refer to the Pine Creek Fee Schedule to view the fees for each class. First semester course fees will be placed on student accounts on September 9th, but some classes may collect fees earlier to give students supplies for at-home learning. Teachers will communicate this information to families.