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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and School: Planning for Hybrid In-Person and Remote Learning

Some schools will use a hybrid plan for part or all the coming school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a mix of in-person learning and remote (online) learning. Make a plan now so your family is ready.

Getting ready for remote learning means making sure you have things like:

  • reliable internet access
  • software and other learning programs
  • a connected device
  • a good place with limited distractions where your child can learn

Being ready to go back to school for in-person learning can mean:

  • updating kids' immunizations
  • buying school supplies
  • getting safety supplies, like masks and hand sanitizer

As you figure out what your school's plan means for your family, try to:

  • Keep the schedule on remote learning days similar to the schedule on in-person school days.
  • During remote learning, have lunch together and schedule a family walk, jog, or bike ride at the time your child usually has recess or gym.
  • Remind your child that remote learning days are not days off. Make sure your child does the expected work.

What Else Should I Know?

If COVID-19 cases rise in your community or happen at school, schools may turn to full-time remote learning for a time. Have a back-up plan ready so you can more easily switch to this, if it happens.

Date reviewed: August 2020