HCPS’ continuum of reopening includes four approaches:

  • Approach 1 (Stay-at-home order): No in-person instruction. Schools closed to the public.
  • Approach 2 (Substantial/high burden): Most students learning online with students seen in person on a limited basis. Schools are open to the public on a limited basis.
  • Approach 3 (Moderate burden): Smaller groups of students in classrooms and schools are open to the public on a limited basis.
  • Approach 4 (Low burden): Larger groups of students in classrooms (most, if not all, students back on campus) and schools are open to the public.

The current pandemic status is based on the extent of coronavirus transmission in our region, determined each Monday by calculating the average composite “burden” and trend scores from the previous week. 

The burden level (Substantial/High, Moderate, Low or None) is determined using a weighted average of eight indicators, which includes such things as the incidence rate per 100,000 people; the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus using a “PCR” lab test; and the rate of COVID-19 outbreaks (defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected by person, place, and/or time) per 100,000 people. 

The regional trend (increasing, fluctuating or decreasing) is determined using a 14-day window. If the number of cases declines for 14 days, the trend is “Decreasing”; if positive cases increase for 14 days, the trend is “Increasing,” and a mixture during a 14-day window is considered “Fluctuating.”