Hatfield’s Smith Academy tweaks hybrid school model 

  • A Smith Academy marker given by the class of 1899 is seen outside the school in Hatfield. Daderot/via Wikimedia

Staff Writer
Published: 8/20/2020 3:16:04 PM
Modified: 8/20/2020 3:15:52 PM

HATFIELD — A reopening plan for Smith Academy will continue to use a hybrid model, but has been modified to allow students in all six grades to receive some classroom instruction when school starts next month.

Under the plan approved by the School Committee, special population students in grades 7 to 12 will be at in-person classes for four days each week, learning remotely only on Wednesdays, as the school year begins Sept. 14.

Then, starting Sept. 28, the remaining students will be in school two days a week and will study remotely for three days a week. Students grouped in Cohort A will be in classes Mondays and Tuesdays, while those grouped in Cohort B will be in classes Thursdays and Fridays.

Students in grades 7-10 will be in the building from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., with asynchronous classes from 12:20 to 3 p.m.

Juniors will be in the building from 7:30 to 11:45 a.m., with asynchronous classes from 12:20 to 2 p.m.

Seniors will be in the building from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.,  with asynchronous classes from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Those students who have chosen to study remote-only will begin their work Sept. 14 and continue in remote fashion.

Smith Academy Principal Christopher Buckland said the format was changed from an earlier proposal that was reported by the Gazette in an article Aug. 15.

Under that previous plan, seventh and eighth graders would come in for four days a week, ninth and 10th graders two days a week, and juniors and seniors would study entirely remotely during the fall semester.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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