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Our Hybrid Learning Model

The Optional Hybrid Model for Preschool Through Grade 12

Bay View’s Hybrid Learning Model will be used beginning on day one to provide continuity of instruction for students in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools who find themselves in one of three scenarios:

  • those who need short periods of Virtual Learning because they are quarantined,
  • those who are ill but still able to engage in school,
  • and those whose families prefer that they not attend school in person for all or part of the year.

Again, this flexibility will be available to students across all grade levels, Preschool through Grade 12. 

The At-Scale Hybrid Model for Grades 9 Through 12

The Hybrid Learning Model may also be used at scale for Grades 9 through 12 only under the following conditions:

  • the COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rate is greater than 10%,
  • Bay View has multiple positive cases and a high proportion of students and teachers are in quarantine, or
  • the RI Department of Education or RIDOH mandates that schools move to their Hybrid Learning Model.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Group 1: Students in Grades 9–12 whose last name begins with the letters A–M Virtual Learning
Stay Home
In-Person Learning
Come to School
In-Person Learning
Come to School
Virtual Learning
Stay Home
Virtual Learning
Stay Home
Group 2: Students in Grades 9–12 whose last name begins with the letters N–Z Virtual Learning
Stay Home
Virtual Learning
Stay Home
Virtual Learning
Stay Home
In-Person Learning
Come to School
In-Person Learning
Come to School


The Hybrid Learning Model provides a predictable schedule for students and their families. This design was chosen because:

  • It provides in-person opportunities for students each week in order to maintain relationships with their teachers and peers and to stay engaged.
  • Both Groups 1 and 2 will go through a complete calendar cycle, Periods A through H, when they are in school and again when they are home. This means that they will see all their teachers at least once each week.
  • The division process is equitable and provides for students in the same family to be on the same schedule.
  • Monday was chosen as the Virtual Learning day because it is the most likely day to be impacted by holidays.

The Hybrid Model and Preschool Through Grade 8

We have made it our priority to keep our youngest students in school as long as possible to maximize their learning. We acknowledge that Virtual Learning is more challenging for our youngest students. Further, students in Preschool through Grade 8 spend almost all of the school day within their respective Pods, thereby reducing their exposure to others. 

Students in Preschool through Grade 8 will maintain In-Person Learning when the At-Scale Hybrid Learning Model is being implemented for students in Grades 9 through 12, unless they are out of school due to illness or their families have selected the Hybrid Learning Model.

The only scenario in which students in Preschool through Grade 8 would be required to learn via Virtual Learning is if the Governor issued a mandatory school closure, as happened last March. Otherwise, for our youngest students, Hybrid Learning remains one of the three options from which families may choose.

The Method of Instruction

Each class period will be equipped with cameras and technology that will allow students to learn from home. Teachers have been engaging in professional development over the summer so that they are confident users of the technology tools and are proficient in managing instruction for students who are in-person as well as students learning from home. Instruction on the tools will be offered at the Virtual Orientation, Thursday, September 3 at 12:30 p.m.

Making Changes

Should a student decide that she wants to move to a different learning model she would need her parents/guardians to send a request to Ms. Cummings or Ms. Gribbin indicating which model they would like. Requests are due by the 5th of the month and will go into effect on the 15th of the same month, or the first school day after the 15th. Families are able to change once per semester, except in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Please also see the In-Person Learning Model page for information about when your daughter is on campus.

Our Guiding Principles

SAFETY FIRST. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of our staff and students as a first priority.

OUR MISSION. The plan must uphold Mercy values and the culture that makes Bay View strong.

CONTINUED EXCELLENCE. Academic rigor must be expected and supported for every student.

HOLISTIC OUTCOMES. We will attend to the needs of the “whole child” as a central tenet of our reopening plan.

TRANSPARENT AND RESPONSIVE. Ongoing and clear communication with the entire community will be essential in order for us to be cohesive and nimble throughout the changing conditions during the school year. 

Marybeth Beretta, RSM
President and Reopening Team Chair

Margaret Cummings
Principal, Lower School

Kevin Faria
Director of Facilities

Colleen Gribbin
Principal, Middle and Upper Schools

Kirsten Hammann
Director of Communications and Marketing

Eric Laffey
Director of IT

Ce Pate
Associate Principal, Student Life

Monica Rangel
Director of Admissions

Mary Ann Snider
Associate Principal, Academics & Curriculum 

Jen Wasson
Director of Athletics

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