DMPS students in grades 6-8 will be provided two options: hybrid learning and fully virtual learning. Some students will likely enroll in the fully virtual option due to health, safety, or other concerns. All other students will participate in a hybrid learning model. In a hybrid learning model, students attend school for face-to-face instruction on a rotating schedule in order to reduce the number of students in a building on a given day. When not in the building for face-to-face instruction, students will be engaged in virtual learning. This model includes attention to access, social and emotional needs, engagement, and community partnerships. Students selecting the hybrid model will attend in-person classes 2-3 days each week, with virtual learning on days that aren’t in person.

NOTE: Middle School students attending Central Academy will continue those classes in the same way this school year began, with 100% virtual learning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cohort A

In-Person

Cohort A

In-Person

Alternating Cohort A/B

In-Person

Cohort A

Remote

Cohort A

Remote

Cohort B

Remote

Cohort B

Remote

Cohort B

In-Person

Cohort B

In-Person

Full Virtual Full Virtual Full Virtual Full Virtual Full Virtual

The general weekly schedule above allows for the number of students attending the physical building each day to be reduced by half to support safe distancing when and where possible.

Learning-at-School Days

  • Students will receive face-to-face instruction in Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.
  • Students will receive face-to-face instruction in Music, Art, PE and Business/Technology on a rotating schedule.
  • Students will be provided with opportunities for physical activities and “brain breaks” throughout the day.
  • Students will receive support for unfinished learning, and Special Education services and ELL services if they are eligible.
  • Students will be provided with opportunities for social and emotional learning and community-building.

Learning-at-Home Days

  • Students will receive remote live instruction from their teacher at a regularly scheduled time.
  • Students may receive some content area instruction solely online.
  • Students may have required, self-paced activities, reading, and/or practice to reinforce and compliment experiences from the Learning-at-School Days. Those activities may be a combination of paper-pencil and online formats.
  • Students may receive support for unfinished learning, Special Education services, ELL services, and Gifted & Talented services if they are eligible.
  • The total length of at-home learning and activities will align with age-appropriate guidelines for effective online learning for Middle School students (approximately 3-5 hours/day).

Fully Virtual Learning

  • Students will receive regularly scheduled virtual instruction in Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.
  • Students will receive regularly scheduled virtual instruction in Music, Art, PE and Business/Technology on a rotating schedule.
  • Students will be provided with virtual opportunities for physical activities and “brain breaks” throughout the day.
  • Students will receive virtual support for unfinished learning, and Special Education services and ELL services, and Gifted & Talented services if they are eligible.
  • Students will be provided with virtual opportunities for social and emotional learning and community-building.
  • Students will have required, self-paced activities, reading, and/or practice assignments. Those activities may be a combination of paper-pencil and online formats. 
  • The total length of at-home learning and activities will align with age-appropriate guidelines for effective online learning for Middle School students (approximately 3-5 hours/day).

Sarah Dougherty, Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning, talks more about the middle school learning options