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Re: Planning for next year?
If it's an A/B schedule write off the non-school days. The kids aren't going to practice. Best you can hope for is some of your better kids will work on region or things like that so maybe a smartmusic assignment but for the love of all things fuzzy - do not make the assignments loud or complicated. And don't expect the home learning to replace the face to face instruction (IMO). If it's for a few weeks, you might get lucky. If they try to shut down for an extended period of time just write it off. The kids figured out this year they didn't have to do anything and you won't find an administrator that will possibly enforce failing grades from online learning because it simply doesn't work for too many of our kids and they won't take the bad publicity.
With my negativity out maybe you could get kids interested in chamber ensembles and they could practice their parts individually. Might be more exciting than scales or boring smartmusic stuff or band music they can't take to a performance and depending on the recommendations, (I think they are silly at times), small groups might still be able to get together in someone's backyard, stay an arms length from anyone's germs and play together....
Remember - if kids are home every other day then that means parent work schedules are likely messed up or are attempting to work from home or the kids are home alone and possibly taking care of younger siblings.
I assume most or many of us have been asked to have contingency plans in place for next year in the event that we do some mixture of face-to-face and online instruction at various times if the need arises.
What are some of the ideas/plans that you have next year in anticipation of the possibility of being at online at least part time? I am trying to gather ideas & information to present to my admin. Thanks!