TUSD finalizes "One Model Fits All" school reopening

Posted at 7:45 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 15:44:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — TUSD now has laid out its plan on how students will return to learning both remotely and in person.

The district says students should not expect anything near a traditional model.

It’s a “one model fits all’ approach, meaning all students will experience the same online instruction no matter where they are.

Here’s how the superintendent describes it.

A teacher has a roster of 30 students.

He or she can choose to be in an all digital workspace in the corner of a classroom or work from home.

The district is trying to limit class sizes to about 13-14 students so the remainder will be in other classrooms or at home.

At the school, students will remain in their seats with a laptop, headset and face covering. They receive the same instruction as the other students -- there is no interaction with the teacher in the classroom.

The teacher will assign classwork, record lessons, as well as deliver them live that is similar to a ZOOM meeting.

And all students will work in small group sessions — remotely.

There won’t be any project based learning and worksheets. The district eliminated them to minimize the spread of the virus.

The teacher will not break from the online instruction — meaning there will be no interruptions.

Instead, proctors, which are monitors and paraprofessionals, will supervise classrooms — handling off-task behavior and ensuring masks stay on.

The superintendent says he wants the instruction to stay consistent no matter where students choose learn or in case there’s another state shutdown because of a severe outbreak.

The district is buying more laptops for every single teacher. Some were using old devices and their cell phones to teach remotely during the end of last school year.

Click here for the TUSD Reopening Plan