HFCSD greatly looks forward to a post-pandemic era where we get to have all of our students back in-person in all of our buildings. Until then, pandemic safety, health, and hygiene requirements limit us to either hybrid or fully remote learning plans. Our goal always remains to bring as many students back as safely as possible.
We intend to bring back as many students on a regular basis as is safely possible. Our priority is to start with our youngest learners and work our way up the grades to bring students back on a daily or near-daily basis. There are dynamic factors that make this a moving target, including but not limited to the quantity of available personnel to staff the additional classrooms, ensuring that the staff are certified/qualified teachers, allowing for a robust learning experience at all grade levels, available technology, contractual commitments, and transportation.
Our hybrid model will bring back as many students as safely as positive, prioritizing the youngest learners first. As students get older we will switch to a model where students are in-person on a more limited basis, combined with a portion of the week that is remote learning. Some courses that can be will be fully remote when it minimally impacts student graduation requirements.
Our current hybrid model is as follows:
- Grades UPK-5 will return to school Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a remote learning day.
- Grades 6-12 will be split into two groups. One-half of the students will return on Mondays and Tuesday, with Wednesday through Friday being remote learning days. The other half of the students will return to school on Wednesday and Thursday with Monday, Tuesday, and Friday being remote learning days.
- Self-contained special education classes at all levels will return Monday through Thursday, with Friday being a remote learning day.
We have also planned for contingencies. Should there be a shortage of staff and substitutes, due in part or whole to the pandemic, we would flex our model adding a grade at a time to the hybrid secondary model, and reducing the number of in-person elementary grades. Separately, should we have extra staff due in part or whole to the number of students attending during the pandemic, we would flex our model adding a grade at a time to the in-person elementary model, and reducing the number of hybrid secondary grades.
Should our schools be forced to close again on an emergency basis, we are prepared for asynchronous remote learning via our Chromebooks in grades 1-12. For UPK and K, we will relaunch our parent/guardian-oriented Google Classrooms and implement a paper-based packet pick up and drop off system for our youngest learners.
For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.