BREWER / HERMON — School departments across the state are deciding how schools will run this year and some — including Brewer and Hermon — are opting for a 2-day in-person school week.
“Based on the information we have currently, it’s our best effort to reopen our schools,” said Hermon Superintendent Jim Chasse.
School boards in both communities approved draft plans Monday evening creating three models — full attendance, a hybrid and total remote learning.
“We’re focused on opening the year in the hybrid, so we can get our safety protocols down and acclimate ourselves safely to this,” said Brewer Superintendent Gregg Palmer.
“Due to spacing and social distancing the guidelines that we have to follow, we really have to do a hybrid model, which is an A/B every other day, which we’re excited about because it’s one step closer to being back to normal,” Chasse said.
The hybrid model has half the students in school for two days and remote learning for two days and vice versa for the other half of the students. One day will be set aside as a flex or intervention day.
“We will have to adjust,” Chasse said. “That’s why we want that intervention day for students and for staff, make the adjustments along the way. Hey, this isn’t working, this needs to work.”
Around 400 Brewer residents and staff virtually attended the Brewer school board meeting, and more than 800 in Hermon responded to a survey to give input.
“Everybody needs time to get ready and make adjustments,” Palmer said. “So that’s tricky too, daycare being the big one, right.”
Not all residents are aware of the draft models or happy with the proposal.
“First I’ve heard of it,” said “Rooster” Roost, a Hermon resident.
“I like more of the in-school thing. I don’t like on-line schooling,” added his grandson, Jacob Flynn.
“It’s a catch-22 situation,” Roost said. “Nobody knows what to do and nobody knows how to do it.”
Both superintendents said the draft plan is a working document that can change, if needed. Both school departments are posting information about their plans online and sending information to parents.
“I don’t know if we’ll make everybody happy, that is going to be difficult with 1,200 people,” Chasse said.