Good Morning Families,
I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy.
Last night, the Board of Education approved the plan to adjust our hybrid models when we return to school after winter break as follows:
January 5-8, 2021
- Preschool-12 will remain fully remote and will follow the same format for remote learning that was implemented prior to winter break (lessons posted and class Zooms offered for PS-4; grades 5-12 will follow a synchronous schedule).
Beginning January 12, 2021
- Preschool returns to the hybrid model of attending 2 days in-person/week. This is the model they have been using all year when in-person.
- Elementary returns to the hybrid model of attending 4 days in-person/week. This is the model they have been using all year when in-person.
- HPI will attend in-person in a 40/60 hybrid. Students will be divided into two groups and will attend in-person two days/week and will be remote three days/week. This will be a new hybrid model for HPI students. It is the same model that 7-12 has implemented for in-person learning. HPI families will receive a separate message today with details.
- Grades 7-12 will remain remote and will continue using synchronous schedules.
Week of January 18, 2021
- PS-6 continue with the models that were implemented the week prior.
- Grades 7-12 return to a 40/60 hybrid in-person model. This is the model that 7-12 was using for in-person learning prior to going fully remote.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- Board of Education Meeting to discuss data from HPI and PJHS and make decisions about hybrid status.
Note: Mondays remain Remote Learning Days for PS-12.
Like the plan during the Thanksgiving holiday, changes are being made in anticipation of an uptick of COVID-19 cases due to the holidays. Despite the warnings from health officials, we know groups of people will be gathering over winter break. Some of those gatherings will be indoors and some people will not be social distancing or wearing masks. There is concern that, like we saw around Thanksgiving, there will be a surge in the spread of the virus and if there is it could prove to be very disruptive to the learning process. We hope we are wrong.
The biggest change with this plan is moving HPI from a 4-day to a 2-day in-person hybrid schedule. For the first 12 weeks of school, HPI had very few cases among its students and employees – 4 and 0, respectively. For the first 13 weeks of school, the hybrid 4-day a week face-to-face schedule worked very well. Week 13 alone saw 6 students positive for COVID-19 and in week 14, we had 4 employees test positive and 10 more in quarantine. This resulted in the school being closed due to a lack of substitutes. This past week, while remote, we have had 5 students reported as positive for COVID-19. Anticipating staffing challenges at HPI as COVID-19 rates are likely to remain elevated in January 2021, the move to the 2-day schedule was recommended.
The Wood County Health Department is asking community members to pledge to the following from now until January 6:
- I pledge to follow all public health guidelines including wearing a mask in public, maintaining a 6-foot social distance and washing my hands regularly.
- I pledge to limit the size and number of social gatherings I attend.
- I pledge to change how I celebrate holidays to limit my contact with those outside my household as much as possible.
- I pledge to stay home if anyone in my household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, and I will consult with my health care provider to determine if testing is needed.
- I will be an ambassador for public health in my community and ask at least 10 other people to take this pledge with me.
This list was created out of tried-and-true methods to limit the spread of COVID-19. If Wood County residents follow this pledge it will save lives, help health-care facilities and be another positive step toward getting our economy back.
Please visit this link to view the many student services and supports available to families, from food assistance to mental health resources:
We understand the challenges that these changes may pose to families, students and employees. We are grateful for your understanding while we strive to balance the need to provide quality instruction and meet the social and emotional needs of our students while respecting measures like social distancing that are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. With vaccine distribution beginning now across the state, we are close to the finish line!
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Thomas L. Hosler
419-874-9131 ext. 2103