Schedule & Calendar

Our current expectation, subject to change as conditions require, is that JCHS will remain in Campus Mode 4 (All-Out, 100% Distance Learning) in Quarter 1 through October 23. 
Regardless of the Campus Mode (see below), there will be significant changes to the JCHS daily schedule and academic calendar for 2020/2021. These important changes are designed not only to promote and support student learning and community, but also to enable us to shift from one Campus Mode to another with the greatest continuity for learning and operations possible. 

Some notable changes that would span the year, regardless of Campus Mode include:
  • Four-day Weeks Plus Friday: The block schedule will move to four days a week, with Fridays designed to be online and including community gatherings, grade and other social mixing, additional time for AP courses, faculty office hours, advisor office hours, and faculty meetings. Monday through Thursday, the school day will begin at 8:15 am and end at 3:25 pm.Programming for Virtual Fridays will begin at 9:40 am.
  • Compressed “Alternating Quarter” Courses: Previously year-long courses will be compressed into a single semester to enable students to take fewer courses at a time to support executive functioning, focus, depth of learning, and student well-being. Each of these semesters will be divided into alternating quarters with a course taking place during either Quarters 1 and 3 OR Quarters 2 and 4. The total time devoted to each semester class will remain about the same as it is for each year-long class during a typical school year. This type of schedule, also known as a “Quarter-on, Quarter-off” schedule, is common in American high schools, as it allows students more concentrated experiences of subjects, with fewer classes daily, weekly, and per quarter. In this model, students will take three to four classes (A, B, C, and D) in Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, and three to four additional classes (E, F, G, and H) in Quarters 2 and 4. 
  • Online Alternatives: A family may choose to have their student take classes from home, that is, 100% online to protect their health or for other reasons. Families should be sure to notify the Registrar if their student will be 100% online. Some classes may be taught entirely online to protect faculty health.

Block Schedule

The daily block schedule has been designed to be the same no matter what Campus Mode we are in at any given time. Each learning block will be 80 minutes. The daily schedule features longer transition and midday break times to offer both a respite for students, and flexibility if we need to switch Campus Modes (as it will take longer for students to get to class while practicing vigorous social distancing. These breaks will also be important for everyone if we are in Campus Mode 4 (All-Out, 100% Distance Learning).

Please click below to see more information and the block schedule in each Campus Mode.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Campus Mode 1: Normal - 100% Student Density on Campus

    ➢ No social distancing protocols required
    ➢ No special pre-arrival screening
    ➢ Individuals are not restricted in movement around campus

  • Campus Mode 2: All-In - 100% Student Density on Campus with Social Distancing

    ➢ Social distancing protocols required
    ➢ Masks and hygiene measures increased
    ➢ Pre-arrival screenings before entering the building
    ➢ Visitors other than students and Professional Community permitted, but not encouraged to access the building
    ➢ Group events online
    ➢ Movement throughout building restricted (e.g. “one-way” halls, gatherings of more than specified number of individuals prohibited)
    ➢ Some persons isolating at home as required
    ➢ Some students learning from home as family chooses

  • Campus Mode 3: Hybrid - 50% Student Density on Campus with Social Distancing

    ➢ Students divided into grade cohorts to reduce the number of people on campus 
    ➢ Cohorts will rotate being on campus using the “10-4” system 
    ➢ Only students and Professional Community allowed on campus
    ➢ Pre-arrival screenings before entering the building
    ➢ Group events online
    ➢ Movement throughout building restricted (e.g. “one-way” halls, gatherings of more than specified number of individuals prohibited)
    ➢ Some persons isolating at home as required
    ➢ Some students learning from home as family chooses

  • Campus Mode 4: All-Out - 100% Distance Learning

    -- Campus “closed”
    -- All classes moved online
    -- Group events online

    In our Mode #4 block schedule, there will be four class blocks each day, Monday through Thursday.  Each block will meet every school day (that is not a Friday) for 80 minutes.  All blocks will start with the teacher and students engaging in a full class learning activity; attendance will also be taken at the start of the blocks.  Teachers will have flexibility to use the bulk of the 80 minutes in a way that best suits their learning goals for the day.  Depending on the day, students should expect to engage in whole class discussions,  lectures, individual work, small group breakout rooms, one-on-one meetings with their teachers, and getting help with their class work from the Learning Support team. This full-week schedule begins Monday, August 24. 

School Calendar

There will be a unique schedule for the first week of school, regardless of the Campus Mode (whether we are in Hybrid, All-Out, All-In, or Normal mode).

Holidays: JCHS will continue to observe major Jewish holidays and most Federal holidays. There will be no classes November 25-27 for Thanksgiving break. Winter break commences Monday, December 21, 2020, with classes resuming Monday, January 4, 2021. Please note that some previously announced dates have changed. Click here to view the updated Key Date Calendar for 2020-21.

Remember that you can also check in the website calendar to see the information for each date. Click here for step-by-step instructions for adding the school calendar to your personal calendar.

Cohorting and the "10-4" System

ALEPH COHORT

Grades 9 and 10
Quarter 1 and 3

BET COHORT

Grades 11 and 12
Quarter 1 and 3

ALEPH COHORT

Grades 10 and 11
Quarter 2 and 4

BET COHORT

Grades 9 and 12
Quarter 2 and 4
 
Grade Level Cohorts. Whenever we are in Campus Mode 3 (Hybrid, 50% Density), the students will be divided into weekly cohorts, Aleph and Bet as shown graphically above. These moves are meant to encourage a lower density of individuals actually physically on campus, and reduce the opportunities for an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 to affect others. Students will be cohorted by grade and class sections will be cohorted together as much as possible. 

JCHS will use the “10-4” system to rotate the number of students on campus each week, allowing one cohort (half the student body) to be in-person at JCHS, while the second cohort continues their work online. In this system, a cohort would have four days in a row of classes on campus (Monday-Thursday), and then from Friday through the following week, they would move to online learning (10 days). This method was suggested by researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute as a way of exploiting COVID-19’s typical three-day latency period, thus reducing the virus’ reproduction number. It will also allow for our facilities staff to thoroughly clean the building between cohorts. Because classes will be cohorted together, teachers can plan appropriately for in-person weeks and online weeks, giving more continuity to the class experience.

Example of a 10-4 system: four days on campus and ten days off campus:
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
On Campus
On Campus
On Campus
On Campus
Virtual
At Home
At Home
Virtual
Virtual
Virtual
Virtual
Virtual
At Home
At Home
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