At last night’s Special Board meeting, the Hillsboro R-III Board of Education voted for the following changes to the Re-Entry Plan for the 2020-2021 school year
• K-6 students currently enrolled in in-person, hybrid learning will return to school four days a week beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.
• In-person attendance days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (with Wednesday remaining a virtual day)
• K-12 students enrolled in all virtual learning will remain in all virtual learning for the remainder of first semester.
• 7-12 students currently enrolled in in-person hybrid learning will remain in hybrid through the rest of first semester.
• 7-12 students enrolled in in-person learning will return to school four days a week beginning with the first day of second semester. In-person attendance days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (with Wednesday remaining a virtual day)
• K-12 students will have the opportunity to enroll in second semester all virtual learning in early November. This will again be a semester commitment.
Please note that this plan is entirely contingent upon the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s approval of a formal waiver request that we will be submitting. If the waiver is approved, we will be able to proceed with this plan. If it is denied, then we will remain in our current schedule.
We acknowledge that by bringing all of our in-person students together on the same days, lessens the ability to social distance to the extent that we have been able to up to this point. The Board and Central Office Administration is committed to providing whatever is necessary to make this endeavor successful.
Some important information related to these decisions:
• Students will be required to wear masks wherever social distancing is not possible. With increased class sizes, this will likely include class time. We realize there are many different views on masks; but our students have done an outstanding job wearing them when they have not been able to socially distance. To make this work, it is important for all students and staff to follow these requirements.
• The second semester school calendar will require a few changes to adjust for the virtual Wednesdays. Calendar changes will be recommended to the Board at the November meeting.
• Snow days - we will continue with our previous practices regarding snow days for this school year.
• While we are changing the in-person attendance days, there are no other changes to Re-Entry Plan i.e. visitors to the building, class parties, indoor assemblies etc.
• With more students on buses, it is likely that social distancing will no longer be possible. Masks will continue to be required on district transportation. Families may wish to consider private transportation to and from school, if possible.
The decision to make adjustments to the Re-Entry Plan has been weighed heavily. Our goal is always to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and staff. In today’s environment, balancing the academic and social well-being of students with safety for all is a challenge we have never faced before. Each decision and change most definitely brings on a level of uncertainty.
Thank you for your continued support. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our district as we move through the year. Our goal is to continue to provide a safe and effective educational experience for our school community.
Dr. Jon Isaacson, Superintendent