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University High School announced on Monday, Dec. 14 that it would return to hybrid learning on Jan. 4, 2021 to start the spring semester.

Visit the COVID-19 response page of our website for the latest information and updates to our FAQ. 

Below is the text of the message sent to University students and families on Monday, Dec. 14

Dear University families,

As we wrap up the fall semester with final exams this week, we wanted to update you on our current plans for the start of the spring semester. As of today, our plan is to resume hybrid learning when we return to campus on Monday, Jan. 4. 

Cohort A will be on campus for the first week of the spring semester (the week of Jan. 4), and Cohort B will return to campus for the second week (the week of Jan. 11). As they did in the fall, the two cohort groups will alternate on-campus learning and e-learning on a weekly basis as long as we remain in the hybrid model. Check your updated cohort group in My BackPack. 

Additionally, due to student and faculty feedback, we have made some small changes to the daily R1/R2 schedule for the spring semester. We have decreased passing periods to ten minutes and added an additional five minutes to each class period. View the updated R1/R2 schedule on our website. And download the spring semester schedule of Cohort A/B weeks on our website as well. 

Of course, any student may choose to begin the spring semester in full e-learning. To do so, simply contact Dave Vesper (dvesper@universityhighschool.org) to notify him of this preference. We also recommend that any student who travels over Winter Break or celebrates the holidays with members of other households quarantine (and use e-learning) for a period of at least 14 days. Contact Stacey Summitt-Mann (ssummittmann@universityhighschool.org) with questions about this.  

These past three weeks in e-learning have made for a consistent and equitable end of the semester for our students, but they have also underscored the benefits of being on-campus whenever it is safe and educationally sound to do so. We appreciate our families’ understanding and flexibility as we move between learning models as needed, and we are grateful to all who are making choices to stay home, limit exposure, and stay safe as our state numbers continue to rise. As we begin the spring semester, we will continue to accommodate those who need to quarantine due to travel or exposure to COVID-19, and we are hopeful that with the safety measures we have utilized throughout the school year, exposure and transmission on campus will continue to be minimal. 

We are excited to learn together again in the hybrid model, and are grateful for your continued support of University High School.

Alicia LaMagdeleine
Head of School