Elements of the Plan

Instruction - Rye Elementary

Building Based Classroom Structure & Protocols

Students in each grade will be divided into the following number of classrooms allowing for 10-15 students in a classroom

  • Kindergarten-2 classrooms; 24 students
  • First grade-4 classrooms; 36 students (extra classroom space: Kim Boulay’s old room)
  • Second grade 4 classrooms; 42 students (extra classroom space: Liz Barrett’s old room)
  • Third grade 4 classrooms; 51 students, (extra classroom space: World Language room)
  • Fourth Grade: 4 classrooms; 41 students (computer lab room)

These classrooms will stay together all day, every day.  One classroom will be designated as a remote classroom.  Students will have assigned seating in all classrooms so they are consistently sitting next to the same person.  Switching of seating can periodically occur, but will be minimized.  Teachers will take attendance for each class every day.  In the event of a public health investigation into a person with confirmed COVID-19 assigned seating and attendance records will aide in identification of students in close contact and potentially lessen the number of students needing to undergo quarantine.  Classroom activities will be conduction to minimize close contact and avoid groups whenever possible.  Any small group activities should be conducted so that students are spaced at least three feet apart wearing a mask.  RES will arrange for developmentally appropriate activities for smaller group activities, rearrange furniture, and play spaces to maintain physical distancing when possible.  When possible teachers will avoid the use of shared materials.  If shared teaching material is necessary, then there will be a focus on hand hygiene before and after each educational session and use.

The focus of instruction will be placed on the Priority Standards.  Teachers will instruct in 50-60 minute blocks in an assigned subject each day.  Students will be using iReady Math and iReady Reading for their individaul pathway to support their learning.  School-based learning will take place M-Th with Fridays being a non-screen day or project day for remote learning.  This allows for a deep clean of the building and planning time for teams of teachers which is not possible in the schedule M-Th.


Intervention/WIN Block “What I Need”:


  • Pre-unit assessments and student work will drive the WIN block in math and literacy.
  • Collaborative teams (by grade level) share data and effective instructional strategies on a regular basis to strategically plan core instruction and intervene or enrich as necessary to propel progress for all students on priority standards.
  • Students that need enrichment will be provided with extensions to the curriculum and/or personal plans which include iReady.
  • WIN (What I need) blocks of time will be incorporated into the day and may take the form of small group, 1:1, or iReady pathways.

Unified Arts:


  • Unified Arts teachers will cover the extra classroom in each grade for all homeroom activities. They will be the homeroom teacher for the year.
  • Library classes will instruct students on copyright information, and online responsibilities.
  • Unified Arts classes will be taught in 3 week segments. This is to limit exposure and provide continuity within Unified Arts.
  • Unified Arts instructors will integrate the theme or project of each grade into their units of study during those three weeks to offer a broader exposure to the arts and make the connection to core learning.
  • Librarians will use a UV light wand to disinfect books.
  • Students will primarily use the online library catalog to check out a book as well as a library cart delivered to a classroom for check outs.

Non-Building Based Instruction

Parental Choices for Learning


Students who will not be on campus due to parental choice may choose from the following three options:


Option 1: Full Time Remote Learning:


  • All remote students in each grade will be grouped into its own pod.
  • One teacher in each grade level will be assigned as homeroom teacher for the remote pod.
  • All grade level teachers will instruct that pod remotely as part of their daily rotation. For example:
    • Pod 1: in school
    • Pod 2: in school
    • Pod 3: in school
    • Pod 4: remote – teacher uses free classroom to Google Meet during this block
  • Remote students will have the same teachers and curriculum as building-based students.
  • Remote students will be included in the following:
    • Assemblies
    • Field trips, guest speakers
    • Projects and special events
    • Other situations as appropriate and feasible
  • Any student(s) who must be quarantined will join the remote pod during the quarantine only.
  • An evaluation of the situation will be conducted each quarter.


Option 2: Virtual Learning Academy Charter School:


VLACS: NH’s online school for grades K12, free to NH residents.


Option 3: Home Education– Home Education Information:


  • Home Education (Home-schooling).
  • Students whose parents will have the sole responsibility to educate.
  • The parent has completed the Home Education letter and sent it to the Assistant Superintendent.
  • Home Education  letter template.