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HHS Message to Parents/Guardians, 3/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day from HHS!

I wish there were more positives to share in this communication but as additional COVID-19 restrictions are announced, we're doing our best to navigate what can best be described as "uncharted waters."

Monday and Tuesday of this week were to be unassigned for our student body; somewhat like those snow days we never had. For staff, however, we were to meet in departments and PLC teams to wrap up plans for remote learning going forward--to last at least until April 6th as defined by the Governor's office. Once it was revealed that a case of Coronavirus was confirmed right here in Hudson, we had to shift gears and conduct our planning remotely--not a bad experience for our staff given how we’re planning to deliver instruction in a similar format to students in the days/weeks ahead.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, our high school teachers will begin remote instruction via Google Classroom--a format/platform that we're accustomed to via our 1:1 Chromebook adoption a few years ago. These first 3 days prior to the official spring break will be geared toward introductory lessons/check-ins just to make sure we're all aboard and comfortable with this new format. The last thing we want to do is overwhelm students from the start. We realize that for many students, learning remotely presents some challenges. Any student (or parent/guardian) with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out to the teacher, counselor or administrator for assistance/guidance. 

Teachers will adhere to Office Hours whereby they're behind a screen addressing concerns, answering questions, providing clarification and sharing feedback with their students.

Office Hours

In addition to Office Hours, teachers will be checking emails twice per day. Work-wise, students should plan on 3 - 5 hours per school day. Teachers were asked to stay within 2 - 4 hours per week for their individual classes (a typical week in a class at HHS is 240 minutes or 4 hours). Flexibility and creativity will be important considerations for teachers; assessments will be more about feedback versus "entries in a gradebook." We'll continue to have formative (practice) work and summative (performance) assessments that provide students AND teachers feedback. That's how we know students are progressing in course content/learning. 

The Ohio Department of Education did us a favor by considering all students "present" who are participating in Remote Learning. "Attendance" for our purposes will be more about participation and engagement, measured through the multiple check-ins that teachers schedule each week.

Although we don't know for sure what's beyond April 6th, it shouldn't be a surprise if the school closures continue indefinitely. Answers to questions about state testing, events like the spring musical, prom, etc. and even graduation would be speculative at this time. We hope to be in a better position to address those questions and make timely decisions after spring break. 

The high school main office will be open 8am-3pm but will most likely be closed over spring break. Following break, and as long as we're permitted to remain open, the hours of 8am-3pm will continue. Email is a great way to communicate as many of our employees will be working from home. 

Thank you for your continued support . . . follow the health experts’ recommendations and stay healthy!