Henderson County Public Schools to Begin School Year With Virtual Classes

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Henderson County Public Schools will “Return to Learn” in August following Plan C – a fully remote learning model – for the first 6 weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.

“Our ultimate commitment is to the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families,” said Board Chair Blair Craven. “It is with this in mind, and with the understanding that plans will be evaluated and refined based on public health in our community, that our board voted to start the school year on a fully remote model.”

Different from Spring 2020, remote learning beginning August 17 will consist of live, virtual whole class sessions teaching new content with grades and assessments, instead of primarily reviewing previously learned material.

How will students attend class?

Students will be assigned to teachers and classes with their peers at their schools, and will attend school remotely and simultaneously with their peers on a half-day online schedule with independent assignments for the afternoon. Daily attendance will be taken and student grading expectations will look similar to in-person expectations.

Grades K-5:  Remote learning will occur from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., following individual teachers’ classroom schedules. Teachers will communicate their classroom schedules with families in early August.
Grades 6-12: Remote learning will occur from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., following the school’s in-person half day bell schedule.

What if a student doesn’t have reliable internet?

Recognizing that some families do not have reliable internet access, the district and the Henderson County Education Foundation are working with local organizations to identify resources to support accessibility – including a map of locations offering free WiFi use for HCPS students.

For those families that are still unable to access remote learning digitally, students will be provided with either hotspot access and/or paper and text-based alternative assignments. Please communicate with your principal for more information about this option.

What date should I put on my calendar?

Students in grades K-12 will begin daily lessons on Monday, August 17.

Academic Supports

Tech Support: The “Learn from Home Help Desk” has been expanded to offer a dedicated phone line for tech support for students and families in multiple languages. Call 828-435-3480 or email [email protected].

ESL Family Center: For assistance in Spanish, families can contact the ESL Family Liaison at 828-388-2632.

Child Nutrition Services

The district is committed to providing reliable student meals during implementation of the fully remote learning model. Similar to the Spring 2020 school closure period, HCPS will provide grab-and-go pickup meals at no cost to children ages 2-18 at specific school sites and at scheduled “Meals On the Bus” stops. Schedules for grab-and-go sites and Meals On the Bus routes will be released in early August.

Please visit the Henderson County Public Schools website for additional information.

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