Carmel middle schools pivot to hybrid model for in-person classes 


Carmel Clay Schools announced Aug. 3 that its middle schools will offer a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning when the school year begins Aug. 13.

Previously, only Carmel High School was offering a hybrid model, with middle and elementary school students attending in-person classes five days a week. Fully virtual options are available for students of all ages.

CCS officials sent the following email to middle school families:

“Our middle school administrative teams have been diligently working around the clock on scheduling and have determined that we cannot balance class sizes to appropriately social distance our in-person program. In order to meet the recommendations of the medical community, we will pivot the middle schools to a hybrid in-person schedule.

Like the Carmel High School model, in the middle school hybrid schedule, our students will be split into two groups based on last name and will attend in-person and virtually on alternating days.

Due to the complexity of the scheduling process, we will not be able to change programs at the end of the nine-week period as originally planned. Students will be committed to their program selection until the end of the fall semester.

If you previously selected the virtual option and wish to change to the hybrid model or previously selected the in-person model and wish to change to the virtual option, please contact your child’s school.  If you do not wish to change your selection, no action is necessary. All changes must be received by noon on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The number of program changes may affect the middle school start day.

This week’s Middle School Orientation programs are canceled and schedules will not be distributed as planned. More information will be forthcoming.”