July 20, 2020
Dear Parent, Guardians, and Community,
The Hillsboro R-III School District is committed to educating ALL students. The COVID-19 Pandemic has created, and will continue to create, unique challenges to the educational environment. Over the past several weeks, approximately 50 staff members and administrators in conjunction with the Jefferson County Health Department met to determine specific ‘best practices’ moving forward for the 2020-2021 school year. Parent perspectives were also gathered via a survey.
One common theme that resonated with an overwhelming majority of our parents and staff was that they wanted to see a return to school while practicing increased hygiene protocols, proper social distancing protocols to the extent possible, and following the viable recommendations of the Jefferson County Health Department. We do recognize that there are those who are not comfortable returning to school in the fall. As such, a comprehensive online education format is included in the plan. Parents and students will have a choice as we enter the 2020-2021 school year-attend school in- person or enroll in thee online education program.
We have created this plan to aid in navigating the reestablishment of our school where employees, students, and families feel safe and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 conditions upon returning to the district. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization as well as The Jefferson County Health Department.
The recommendations in this plan are current as of July 20, 2020, and are subject to change as new information is made available or new guidelines or restrictions are imposed. This plan is a district wide overview and will remain fluid. The Board of Education will be discussing and taking action on the plan during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the High School Auditorium.
As a district, we pledge to do our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. However, there are inherent risks with participation in group activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the district cannot guarantee that your child will not be exposed to the virus, or those who may have been affected; however, we do believe that the protocols we have set forth in this document will keep the focus on the safety of our students and staff.
Dr. Jon Isaacson
Please click the link for the letter from Dr. Isaacson and the 2020 2021 District Re-Entry Plan