August 5, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Community Members,
As we continue to plan for the reopening of school, the biggest factors we must account for are how to maintain in-person school as safety and social distancing guidelines have been increased. In addition to these, we face a huge obstacle in keeping our doors open under the guidelines in place for contact tracing. The contact tracing guidelines currently stipulate that any individual who is within 6 feet of an individual who has tested positive for a period of 15 minutes or longer must quarantine for 14 days. With current class sizes, social distancing to avoid those exposure guidelines is not possible. This would probably result in large numbers of students having to be quarantined due to each case, possibly even multiple times.
Therefore, we are reaching out today to inform you of changes that will be recommended at the next board meeting. Our district has moved to a district level of ORANGE on the Daily Indicator Level outlined in the original draft of the re-entry plan (see below). This movement reflects evidence from the county that positive cases of Covid 19 continue to increase. As of today, we believe that bringing 100% of our students and employees together at this time would not allow for us to put the necessary protocols in place to best mitigate exposure to the virus and keep everyone safe. Furthermore, after weeks of monitoring and gathering information from our summer school programs, along with data received from the Jefferson County Health Department and guidance on smaller class sizes and the wearing of masks, we find that opening with our original plan would significantly increase the likelihood that we would be forced to move to an all-virtual educational model. To do so would go against what we believe to be best for most students, which is bringing them back to school.
The model that will be recommended is a hybrid of in-person and distance learning. This plan will allow us to attain multiple goals: return students and staff to campus, sustain on-campus, face to face learning and access to resources, provide space to effectively socially distance both in buildings and on buses, as well as continue to offer extracurricular activities.
The district recognizes that some families are uncomfortable with resuming in-person school with any type of schedule. As a result, the district will continue to offer a complete online option. Families who choose or have chosen this option, ALL students K-12 will be utilizing the district curriculum taught by Hillsboro teachers. The district will NO longer be utilizing the Launch Program. With the move to a Hybrid schedule, students who elect full online learning will now be able to receive instruction from Hillsboro faculty rather than the Launch program.
The deadline for enrolling in the complete online model will be extended to August 16th to allow families to make an informed decision. Details will be forthcoming should families who have already registered for online learning wish to change their decision and participate in the hybrid model.
➡️ To see the complete letter from Dr. Isaacson, please click the link - https://5il.co/j48m