Final 2020-2021 HCPSS School Model

Today, the board discussed the 2020 fall plan again. The board voted to keep the first period and second period virtual. Because of the delay of school start time, the school will be virtual until the end of January 2021. This is not an easy decision, but we have to keep the safety of our students, parents, teachers and staff in the highest priority. We hope this will create a sense of stability and peace of mind for the school system.

There will be future discussions when the virtual learning should be transitioned into a blended model under which kind of conditions in the future.

I talked about the difficulty created by the 4×4 model for AP tests and no built-in recess time in the agenda.

I talked about the distant learning model, how to improve the education quality, how to make it sustainable ( digital learning center concept), etc. I asked the superintendent to create a system structure for future online education too. For example, at any given day, around 5-10% substitute teachers work in the school. They may take advantage of the online resources we created now.

There were many other discussions related how to improve the quality of distant learning.

Here is some document for your reference.

The board extended the first stage of one period of virtual learning (in the document) to two periods.

(1) 2020 Interview with HCPSS graduate, Megan Li, Marriotts Ridge High School

I am starting a youtube channel by interviewing HCPSS graduates.

In the first episode, I interviewed Ms. Megan Li, who graduated from graduated from Marriotts Ridge High School and will join University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School this fall. She shared her experience about college application, AP courses, debate team, FBLA, even materiality leave policy in the USA. Her advice for high school students is : take initiative. For the future, she wants to research the social impact of business. She hoped HCPSS would provide a more diverse curriculum. She volunteers a lot and loves to give back to the community.

If any other students want to share their experience, please contact me. Thanks.

2020 HCPSS Feasibility Study

Annually, the Board of Education reviews long-term capital planning options and school capacity utilizations through the Feasibility Study. This report starts the capital budget process. The annual student enrollment projection is introduced; identification of potential new capital projects (e.g., additions, renovations) or changes to previous capital projects are discussed; and anticipated attendance area adjustments within the timeframe of the capital improvement program are presented in this report. Plans examined in this document may be implemented in the approval of the capital budget or changes in school attendance areas.

The 2020 Feasibility Study indicates no boundary review process for implementation in SY 2021-22.