HYSA’s Pathway Back to School 2020-21
The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, working in conjunction with Arizona State University, and members of our own community, has been preparing for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, with a clear focus on the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families.
Recent developments in Arizona demonstrate how quickly circumstances related to this pandemic can shift. As the situation continues to evolve, we understand that the guidance provided by government agencies and the scientific community will also likely evolve. Our goal is to provide families a structured school reopening plan, while remaining fluid and adaptable enough to respond to changes in guidelines and recommendations as necessary.
The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy also understands that our students and families will have varying needs as the school year progresses. There is no one size fits all solution. Educational choice for our families, paired with a thoughtful and well-planned school learning environment, will provide several options for how students can engage in their classrooms.
To meet the various needs of our students and families, Herberger Young Scholars Academy will open the 2020-21 school year with a blended learning model in place. Students will have the option to attend in-person classes several days each week, or they can attend these same live courses synchronously from home, via remote portals into their classrooms. On alternate days, where students are learning from home, they will continue to participate in classes through a robust and challenging remote learning model with full support from HYSA instructors and staff.
Social distancing and COVID best practices will be an integral part of the reopening process and will be practiced by all students, staff, and families as much as possible. For students, or families, who are in high-risk categories, remote access to classrooms will be maintained until we are able to fully reopen the school.