Medford School District (MSD) recently released its plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year. The first week of school will be pushed back a week (to September 7, 2020) to serve as a “soft start.” Kindergarten to sixth grade students will attend onsite school five days per week. Seventh to twelfth grade students will use a “hybrid” approach.
Elementary school classrooms will be designed to socially distance. Some classes may be divided between two classrooms and teachers will work in tandem. The hybrid model used for middle and high school students will have a “predictable schedule with both in-class and in-person instruction in smaller groups while on campus.” Middle and high school students may also enroll in an entirely online option.
MSD released a 27-page framework document entitled “Medford Forward: Back to School Framework” that explicitly outlines the plans for next years, including health and safety precautions.