The Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything about the way we socialize, conduct business and entertain ourselves.
The field of education has been hit hard as educators struggle to find ways to conduct classes safely while still providing students the education they need.
This is especially true of Regional Occupational Programs (ROP). The administrators of these programs have had to strike a balance between safety and quality of education. Depending on the situation, this can look like face-to-face classes with social distancing. Other times, coursework may be fully remote. Often, it is a combination of these two options through hybrid courses.
Here are the ways in which the most successful ROP programs in the country are meeting this challenge.
Coastline Regional Occupational Program
Any classes taking place “after bell” (or after the end of the school day) are scheduled as in-person classes at this time. However, this could change at any time if needed.
For classes scheduled during the day, Coastline is working with its five partner school districts to determine whether these will be in-person, remote or hybrid.
Flexibility is key here as the mode of instructional delivery can change at any time.
North Orange County ROP
North Orange County ROP has announced that they will start the 2020-2021 school year with a full distance learning model for all high school pathway classes and adult education programs.
High-school based programs will follow the guidelines established by the five sending school districts.
NOCROP is also working with its agencies to determine the mode of participation for clinical internships.
In addition, it is committed to safety measures such as frequent handwashing, social distancing and face coverings.
Baldy View ROP
Starting in Fall 2020, Baldy View ROP will be utilizing a distance learning model for all courses.
Instructors will conduct live, synchronous meetings with both small and large groups on a weekly basis.
Baldy View will also employ other distance learning methods such as Flipgrid, videos, and streamed discussion via Google Classroom.
These tools are combined to give students a meaningful educational experience in a fully online environment.
Eden Area ROP
Eden Area ROP is following the lead from its partner districts in beginning the 2020-2021 school year fully online.
The school year will kick off by teachers individually calling students to establish a line of communication.
Incoming students receive a welcome letter accompanied by their teacher’s email address.
El Dorado Union High School District
All schools in the El Dorado Union district are planning to open fully at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
However, an online distance learning program has also been prepared for those students who may be vulnerable to the virus.
The district will actively monitor the number of active Covid-19 cases in the district, and has a plan to move learning fully online or to a hybrid model if necessary.
As they prepare for full reopening, the district has put a number of safeguards in place. These include staffing ratios, social distancing and assigned seats.
Large gatherings are forbidden.
Norwalk La Mirada Adult School
All courses at Norwalk La Mirada Adult School are currently being offered online only.
Stakeholders are being surveyed to determine the direction of learning in the future.
East San Gabriel ROP
East San Gabriel ROP has announced that all courses will be offered fully online until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
In addition, all events and large gatherings have been banned until further notice.
It is worth calling the ROP in your area to find out what their plan is for the coming school year.
But only one thing is certain: education will continue to change and evolve along with this pandemic.