Superintendent Jill Baker

Dr. Jill Baker, LBUSD's next superintendent in Long Beach on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Long Beach Unified School District families will have their choice of education plans this fall, the district announced Wednesday, July 8, as the number of coronavirus cases in the city continues to climb.

Elementary school families will have the most flexibility, with in-person, virtual and hybrid options for the fall semester, which begins Sept. 1. Middle school and high school families, meanwhile, will choose between virtual education and a hybrid plan in which students will attend in-person classes every other day.

Class sizes will be drastically reduced to follow the state and local health guidelines, said Deputy Superintendent Jill Baker, who will take over as superintendent Aug. 1. To maintain the required 6 feet of physical distancing between people, she said in an online video message, classrooms will have spaces for 14 to 17 students at a time.

Adults and students will also be screened before entering LBUSD campuses. All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings.

A re-enrollment process, in which students and families will get to choose which learning model will best suit their needs, will begin in two weeks.

Elementary students will have the option to attend full-day, in-person classes. The first half will be spent with teachers, and the second in a supervised learning environment. A hybrid model will allow for half-days spent in class, and the rest at home with online work. A virtual model will allow for students to complete assignments strictly from home.

“The virtual model will include live instruction by an LBUSD teacher,” Baker said, “and independent assignments to be completed during the day.”

Middle school students will also have a virtual learning option that includes live instruction, as well as an in-person model that will operate on campus every other day.

“This will allow students to have regular interaction with their teachers for direct instruction and support,” Baker said, “and then to complete their more independent work at home or through another supervised program.”

Middle school families can also choose an independent study program using online courses that could include time to pursue an online course “through a place like Long Beach City College, or to seek other opportunities for enrichment,” Baker said.

High school students will get to choose between an in-person model and an independent study option. In-person classes will be held every other day, with the remaining days spent at home with virtual classwork. Independent study programs will offer online coursework and the opportunity to take dual enrollment classes from Long Beach City College.

Baker said the district will provide more details on July 15, with more weekly updates to come in video messages and emails.

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