The Portland Association of Teachers is proposing one “asynchronous” day of learning per week for high school students, with one early start or late release day per week for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
According to The Oregonian, high schools within the Portland Public Schools system operate on a four-period schedule for four days per week where students attend four classes for 90 minutes each. However, students attend an eight-period class schedule one day per week, where students attend eight classes for 44 minutes each.
The proposal would convert the eight-period day into an "asynchronous" learning day, which for most schools, occurs on Friday.
During the proposed day, teachers will host three online office hours intended to help students one-on-one or in small groups. The rest of the time would be "educator directed planning time."