We have spent countless hours planning for the first day of school on Aug. 26 and we are excited. Although this school year will look different, the focus on excelling as a national innovative leader in education remains the same.
The goal for our students and staff this year is to interact in a clean and healthy environment that provides extraordinary educational opportunities for every student. As Henderson County Schools continues to Build Better Graduates HCS+, we will ensure rigorous coursework, strong character development, and the development of five world-class skills.
The plan for students and families for the school year include the following:
Parents/Guardians can choose either In-Person Instruction or the Virtual Learning Academy for the 2020-2021 school year.
All components of the plan follow directives and guidance from the CDC, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the Green River District Health Department.
Although the mode of instructional delivery certainly looks different for our school year, here is what remains the same in our district:
· The excitement for the first day of school! We are ready for August 26th.
· The rigor and focus on student learning and achievement.
· Strong relationships (partnerships) with families and schools.
· Our caring, knowledgeable, and dedicated Henderson County Schools staff.
· The eagerness of our students to learn!
· The commitment that we are Henderson County Schools and we are STRONG!
We ask for the flexibility of our parents and community as we know there will be many challenges including:
· Knowing and understanding that this is a year where sudden closures may occur (bus route, classroom, school, district-wide closure). Please prepare now for child care.
· Switching gears between in-class instruction and NTI. A Hybrid schedule would be considered and possibly implemented if we were out of school for an extended period of time.
· The real challenge will be staying open! Staying open depends on our staff, parents, and the community to take preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Regardless if your family chooses In-Person or Virtual Academy, all Henderson County students must register online for this school year.
Each school will be sending out specific information within the next week regarding students’ arrival, dismissal, class schedules, lunch periods, and other daily happenings.
We will continue to update our FAQ section on our district website.
We hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Aug. 26.
Superintendent of Henderson County Schools
The Board of Education approved 4 back to school reopening options to be used for instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.
In-Person Instruction - 5 days a week
Virtual Learning Academy
Non-traditional Instruction (NTI) (used upon school closure)
Hybrid schedule would be considered and possibly implemented if we were out of school for an extended period of time.
Parents/Guardians can choose from 1 of the 2 options below for their child:-In-Person InstructionOR-Virtual Learning Academy
Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) is a new, voluntary, non-traditional online program created as an alternative for students who may benefit from a more independent learning experience. This option was created by the district for families who are choosing that their child does not return to in-person classes during the 2020-21 school year. The program is 100% online with Chromebooks being supplied by the district.
Families who are interested in this option are encouraged to complete an online application or call Student Services at 270-854-0141.
Any student grades K-12 can be referred for Virtual Learning Academy.
A student is referred to the Student Services Office by completing an online referral form.
An online referral form can be completed by a parent, guardian, or school staff member.
The student may have to attend an orientation or complete an assessment prior to coming to the Student Services Office for assignment.
The Student Services Office reviews information and schedules an appointment to meet with the family to determine the appropriate assignment.
The Student Services Office communicates assignment decisions to the family and school via email.
The Virtual Learning Academy is being established this year as a new, voluntary, non-traditional online educational program for students K-12th grade.
Students will load buses from the back to front having assigned seats.
Families will be kept together on the school bus.
Hand sanitizer will be administered when boarding the bus.
Students (grades 1 to 12) and drivers will wear a mask on the bus.
Temperature checks and health screens will be conducted when the students reach school.
Separate entrances into the school for bus riders, walkers, car riders, and staff will be used.
Each school will have a Healthy at Work Officer who will manage and oversee the task of checking temperatures and health screenings.
A separate space (other than the nurse’s station) will be designated for students to go to if they have a temperature or symptoms.
Lunch period - we will honor social distancing by using the cafeteria, gym, classroom, outside, etc.
All lunches must use disposable trays and utensils and be pre-packaged. There will be no self-serve.
Dismissal will be staggered, and students (walkers, car riders, and bus riders) will exit a variety of doors.
Hand washing/sanitizing will occur on a regular basis.
Surfaces will be disinfected after transitions.
Visitors will not be permitted during the fall semester.
Student items may be dropped off in the front vestibule of each school.
Non-traditional Instruction (NTI) used upon school closure
Short Term Closure (1-3 days)
~Non-traditional Instruction (NTI) = instructional style
~Students would return work upon returning to school
~We would not provide meals during a short term closure.
Mid Term Closure (4-11 days)
~We may provide meals during a midterm closure. FRYSC can deliver backpack items to identified families.
Long Term Closure (11+ days)
~Guidelines will be provided by the Instructional Committee in reference to grades and assignments.
~We would provide meals using a Grab and Go model. FRYSC can deliver backpack items to identified families.
Hybrid ScheduleA Hybrid schedule would be considered and possibly implemented if we were out of school for an extended period of time. Students attend school 1 or 2 days a week and use NTI 2 to 3 days a week.
Closures may occur at any time throughout the 2020-2021 school year and with little to no prior notice. Closures may be a classroom, bus route, school(s), or district.