Many variables could impact the Tier at which we are operating. Therefore, while initially developing the Ladue School District’s Return to Learn plan, it was essential for the district to outline plans for all situations that may arise.
The district may transition to a more restrictive tier on an as-needed basis at any point throughout the school year. However, the district will only transition to a less
restrictive tier at the end of a quarter/semester.
Option 1 – Tier 1
Option 1 – Tier 3
In-Person Learning (Option 1, Tier 1)
- In K-5 classrooms, every effort will be made to maintain cohort groups. A cohort group is a group of people who have been within their 6-foot perimeter and are the people they interact with the most. Children will remain in one classroom for learning as well as lunch. There will be time for students to use the restroom, wash hands regularly and be outside with peers in their cohort. Elective and special area teachers will come into the classrooms rather than having students travel to the elective classrooms.
- Students in grades 6-8 will follow their normal schedule but efforts will be made to limit the amount of interaction between students, including staggered passing times, minimizing the amount of daily passing (block schedule), significantly reducing the number of students in the cafeteria and utilizing larger spaces throughout the schools to spread students out.
- Students in grades 9-12 will follow their normal schedule but efforts will be made to limit the amount of interaction between students, including following a block schedule, minimizing the number of students in the cafeteria and utilizing larger spaces throughout the schools to spread students out.
- Classroom protocols will include assigned seating and other measures to minimize contact.
- Materials and supplies will be wiped down between classes or will be individualized where possible.
- Every effort will be made to provide support for students who need extra intervention within the classroom space. In the event these supports will be provided in an alternative location or outside of the typical cohort, face coverings will be required and social distancing will be followed.
- Schools will make reasonable best efforts to minimize risk. However, attending school in-person will introduce a greater risk of exposure.
E-learning (Option 1, Tier 3)
- If the district should have to transition to Tier 3, teachers will have consistent contact with students. Students will be held accountable for their work and regular feedback will be provided.
- Students will follow a consistent schedule/routine each week that includes regular live contact with teachers.
- Teachers will provide instructional resources and materials through digital learning means using the following methods:
- Grades K-2: Seesaw
- Grades 3-12: Google Classroom
- Should the need arise to transition to full e-learning for all, students who had been attending in-person will continue e-learning with their classroom teacher(s). Students utilizing the Virtual Learning option will continue with their virtual classroom.
Learn more details in our E-learning Plan.
Virtual Learning (Option 2)
- Ladue Schools teachers will be the teachers of record whenever possible. The district may also need to utilize other resources to ensure a meaningful and rigorous learning experience for students. This may include partnering with neighboring districts and other Missouri curricular programs, including Launch through Springfield Public Schools and Mizzou Academy Online.
- The Virtual Learning option will include a combination of live and prerecorded teacher-led online daily instruction including whole-class, small-group teacher-led online differentiated instruction and teacher-supported independent activities.
- Students who participate in the Virtual Learning option are still eligible for MSHSAA sports and activities, if they meet the enrollment and credit requirements.
- The district will attempt to offer as many elective courses as possible for grades 6-12. However, these offerings will be limited in comparison to traditional enrollment due to the nature of instruction.
- Ladue Schools students will be able to access all services and support provided as if they were in-person.
- Students who utilize the Virtual Learning option must remain with that option through the end of the first semester.