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Learning Model Open Enrollment Period (K-8) (UPDATED: March 18, 2021)

March 18 Update:

The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:


Dear PSB Community,

We are writing to remind you of the deadline tomorrow, Friday, March 19 at noon for families wishing to enroll in or withdraw from the Remote Learning Academy.  

Complete the survey only if you want to make a change to your child(‘s) current learning model . Complete this form one time for each child for whom you wish to make a change.

Two items of note:

  1. Students currently enrolled in the hybrid model wishing to participate in the full-in person model do not need to complete the survey. When the district moves to a full-in person model for your student’s grade level, all students enrolled in the hybrid model will be enrolled automatically to attend in-person for five full days.

  2. This is the final district-wide open enrollment opportunity for families to request an adjustment to their students' learning model during this academic year. If you make a change to your child’s learning model at this time, our schools anticipate that students will remain in this learning model until the end of the academic year.  

Parents or guardians who subsequently wish to have their student switch from a remote to in-person model after the district-wide open enrollment period should be aware that the district may require a reasonable transition period to accommodate additional students.  We will do our best to accommodate transitions expeditiously, but note that it may take up to four to six weeks for students to begin their new placements.  Parents or guardians who wish to have their students switch from an in-person to a remote model should also anticipate a reasonable placement and transition period. Any subsequent model change requests made after Friday, March 19 must be submitted by providing written notice to the Office of Registration and Enrollment at enroll@psbma.org. 

Please note that all student placement decisions placed after the window will be made on a case-by-case basis as described by the procedures below.


Original Communication (March 16, 2021)

This communication includes important information. Please review the materials in detail. Translated versions of the information are attached below.

Dear PSB Community,

 

In consultation with public health officials and medical experts, on March 9 the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education announced mandatory return dates for in-person instruction for students: K-5 students must be back by April 5; grade 6-8 students must be back by April 28. We are pleased that, because of our careful planning efforts, Brookline students will be back to full in-person learning in advance of these deadlines. The guidance document and presentation from the Commissioner can be found on the DESE Coronavirus update website. As students at home-base schools return to full in-person learning, the Hybrid model of instruction will no longer be available for K-8 students. Students must attend either fully in-person at their home-based school or participate in fully remote instruction as part of the Remote Learning Academy.

 

We are writing to provide you with important information about the current opportunity for families to request a change in their child’s learning model. The final enrollment change opportunity for K-8 students this year is now available. Families wishing to enroll in or withdraw from the Remote Learning Academy can request such a change from today, Monday, March 15 through Friday, March 19 at noon

 

Students who elect to change learning models will receive confirmation the change was granted, as well as details of their placement. The District target dates for students to begin their new school placement are on Monday, March 29 in grades K-5, and April 12 for grades 6-8. Please note that start dates for students requesting to change learning models are target dates, and the District will confirm the date for your student’s official start and placement once those details are finalized. 

 

This is the final opportunity for families to adjust their students' learning model during the course of this academic year. If you make a change to your child’s learning model at this time, they will remain in this learning model until the end of the academic year.  

 

When the selection period closes for families, the District will notify school(s) of all changes to their enrollment. Each school will then carefully review and prepare placements for students in our K-8 schools.  Schools will reach out to students/families directly with new placement information when it is available. 

 

How to Request a Change 

If you would like to change the current learning model for your child (enroll in or withdraw from the Remote Learning Academy), please complete the linked form in the box below by Friday, March 19 at noon. You must know your child’s local ID number (listed on the Aspen parent portal) in order to complete this process. Requests without an ID number will not be processed for review. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate any late requests. You only need to complete this form if you would like to request a change for your child(ren). If you are satisfied with your child’s current placement, please do not complete the form. Click here to learn how to access your child’s local ID number or LASID.

 

Learning Model Open EnrollmentClick Here to Request a Change


Complete the survey only if you want to make a change to your child(‘s) current learning model . Complete this form one time for each child for whom you wish to make a change.


 

We understand that we are asking you to make important decisions about your child’s education amidst a period of uncertainty. Changing schools is a difficult process for everyone involved, and our staff are here to support you in any transition between our two learning models. You may find additional details about the entire open enrollment process below. 

 

Sincerely,

Public Schools of Brookline 

 

Additional Information: Process 

As we consider adjusting student placements, the health and safety of the entire school community continues to be our top priority. As such, we must carefully assign students to cohorts and classrooms to maintain a minimum social distance of between 3-6 feet in all physical classrooms. We also remain committed to ensuring any remote classes maintain appropriate student-to-teacher ratios. In order to implement full in-person instruction,the District must carefully consider all placements for students wishing to change learning models at this time.

 

For students entering the Remote Learning Academy (RLA), we will do our best to keep students with teachers and students from their home base school but this can not be  guaranteed. Further, while we will make every effort to accomodate the assignment preference of students entering the full in-person model, requests cannot be guaranteed.  

 

In the event that all physical classrooms for a specific grade in any K-8 school are at capacity due to physical distancing requirements, or will exceed capacity for effective and meaningful remote instruction, the District will adhere to the following protocol.

 

Move to the Remote Learning Academy 

For students who choose to leave their home base school and enter the RLA for fully remote instruction: 

 

Scenario

Placement 

A full class of students in the same grade level requests to transfer into the RLA 

  • Students will be enrolled in RLA. PSB will need to open a new section in that grade level within the RLA.

A student from home base school requests to transfer to the RLA, but the RLA  class sizes are too large for the said student in a cohort with other students from that home base school

  • Students will be enrolled in RLA. Class placement may be with a cohort of students not primarily from their home base school and teacher may be from a different home base school.
  • Class assignments may be adjusted again after April 12 as staff changes are confirmed to ensure remote classes maintain an appropriate student to teacher ratios.

 

Move to Full In-Person Instruction at Home Base School 

The student wants to return from RLA to home base school with full in-person instruction:

 

Scenario 

Placement 

A full class of students within a home base school and grade level requests to return to full in-person learning.

  • PSB may need to consider opening an additional section for that grade level in the home base school. 
  • Students may be placed in a new section or integrated into an existing section. 

Classes will exceed physical capacity for social distancing but there are not enough students to fill an entire class section

  • Families are notified that they may enter into a lottery to return to their neighborhood school 
  • A lottery will be determined independently through a random number generator 
  • All available seats within physical capacity will be filled
  • Students who do not receive a seat in the lottery would stay in their current placement until lottery number is called*

*Note: see scenario below

Classes will exceed physical capacity for social distancing but there are not enough students to fill an entire class section and do not receive a seat in the lottery 

  • The student would stay in current placement until the lottery number is called
  • The student may be offered an assignment to a non-neighborhood school with more space, if available, so that they may have the opportunity to access the full in-person model of instruction

*Note: transportation would not be provided

  • Offer student to remain in RLA by choice for this marking period
  • Establish a waitlist at their home school of who may want to enter full in-person should space become available due to withdrawals or students moving into RLA from full in-person

 

Additional Information: Other Learning Models

 

Remote Learning Academy

The K-8 Remote Learning Academy (RLA) is Brookline Public Schools’ 9th temporary school designed and operated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RLA operates on the same schedule as our K-8 schools (8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.) The school offers the same curriculum and learning experiences that all K-8 Brookline students receive but in a completely remote learning environment. RLA students receive daily synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. Please note that all courses taken through RLA will count as credits in your child’s home school. 

 

 

Remote Only Option for Brookline High School Students

The open enrollment period does not apply to students at Brookline High School, who will continue in their current learning model. Please do not include any BHS students in the district K-8 survey. Any requests for changes for BHS students, either into a remote model or to return to fully in-person, should be made via email to Hal Mason, Assistant Head of School: hal_mason@psbma.org.

 

Homeschooling

Families who wish to withdraw their student(s) from PSB and homeschool their child(ren) for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year must complete an application and send it to the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL). Please note that homeschooling is not synonymous with any of the learning models outlined above. Your child can not be homeschooled until a learning plan has been approved by the Public Schools of Brookline. For more information, please visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us/homeschool.

 

Additional Information: Attendance

 

Absences 

Families who select an option to change learning models will be expected to attend school in their current learning model until their start date has been confirmed. All current attendance rules regarding excused and unexcused absences remain in place.