In February, the School Board adopted a new timeline for a gradual return to in-person learning that considered staff vaccinations, risk-mitigation strategies and the readiness of school facilities. More students who chose the in-person learning option began to return to school, while those who chose the virtual option continued to learn using that method.
Along with the expansion of in-person learning, HCPS revised and updated its 2020-21 Learning Plan, as well as the 2020-21 Health Plan. Together, these documents include the latest information and procedures to prioritize both health and learning.
Students using the in-person option attend school on HCPS campuses four days a week; each Wednesday is designated as a “Wellness Wednesday,” where all HCPS students learn at home. Wellness Wednesdays include two hours of teacher-led virtual learning (for elementary schools), additional independent learning time, academic and social-emotional support, teacher planning and professional learning time, and additional deep cleaning of schools.
HCPS students who chose the in-person option returned to school campuses gradually in February and March:
- The week of Feb. 22: Students in pre-K through second grade returned.
- The week of March 1: The rest of our “in-person” elementary students returned, as well as students in grades 6 and 9.
- The week of March 8: Remaining middle and high school students who chose the in-person option returned to HCPS facilities.
Wellness Wednesdays are characterized by two hours of teacher-led virtual learning (elementary schools), additional independent learning time, academic and social-emotional support, teacher planning and professional learning time, and additional deep cleaning of schools.
Important forms and links for families of students who are attending school in-person:
HCPS COVID-19 Health Screening Acknowledgement for Students.
Students, parents and guardians must sign this form stating that you understand HCPS’ health screening requirements. Students must complete the included checklist each day before participating in in-person learning.
HCPS COVID-19 Health and Safety Parent/Student Acknowledgement Form.
Students, parents and guardians must sign this form stating that you are familiar with the addition to the Health and Safety Acknowledgement Form.