Harrison School District Two is planning to reopen schools on Thursday, August 6th. We plan for all students to attend in-person, while also providing options for students and families who are not ready or medically able to attend school in-person yet.
In planning for next year, we are focused on providing a full, five-day school week of on-campus instruction. We will also offer students the option to enroll in an online instruction program that we are establishing for any K-12 student who requests it. All students will be provided comprehensive, high-quality education, whether online or in person. All HSD2 students will receive a state-of-the-art laptop appropriate for online instruction, including our students who attend school in person. If a student chooses online instruction or must move to online instruction during the school year, they will be able to do so with online capability.
The plan to reopen as “close to normal” as possible will include significant safety measures designed to protect the health and well-being of students and staff. As students return to the classroom, essential safety protocols will be in place to limit the exposure and transmission of the coronavirus. Among them might be:
- Students and staff who feel ill are required to STAY HOME.
- Social distancing will be observed and practiced in accordance with current public health orders.
- All students and staff may be required to wear masks or other facial coverings for at least part of the day or in specific areas of buildings.
- Regular hand washing for staff and students will be required.
- Students will be kept in small cohort groups as much as possible. Assemblies and large group gatherings will be limited.
- Alternative classroom spaces may be considered for students with special health care needs.
- Class sizes could vary, and bell schedules could be staggered to minimize traffic in hallways.
- The number of shared items in a classroom/school will be reduced.
- All students may be required to wear masks or other facial coverings while on school buses. All bus drivers and monitors will be required to wear facial coverings.
- Enhanced cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization will take place multiple times per day.
- Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and outside groups’ access to school grounds will be limited.
- Expanded communication will occur at the district, school, and classroom levels.
Should a virus outbreak require us to send home a cohort, classroom, school, or close the district, we will be prepared to transition to our online learning platform easily. Students will have a laptop to access the online learning platform they have been taught to utilize in the classroom.
We believe in full transparency and will continue to communicate our plan to reopen as it develops. We will provide future updates for parents, staff, and community members both via email and on our website. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as data and health orders change frequently, and D2 will incorporate any new health guidelines into our plan as we move toward normalcy during a pandemic.
We look forward to our coming school year!
Dr. Wendy Birhanzel and Mr. John Rogerson