IMPORTANT UPDATES from Superintendent Adell, March 24, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATES from Superintendent Adell, March 24, 2020
Posted on 03/24/2020
IMPORTANT MESSAGE

March 24, 2020

Dear HPS Staff, Students, and Families:

First, I want to extend my heartfelt wishes to you and your family members—for good health and comfort during this challenging time with the onset of the coronavirus in Catawba County and beyond.

While school buildings are now closed for “in-person” instruction through May 15, 2020, per Executive Order from NC Governor Roy Cooper, HPS teachers will continue to instruct their students through remote learning (online and/or paper learning packets). Our teachers, particularly middle school and high school, will communicate with their students about their newly scheduled hours of online instruction, which begin on Monday, March 30, 2020.  For the welfare of HPS employees, most everyone will work remotely from home; therefore, please call the school for open hours if you need to pick up school materials. Open hours will be limited.

At this time, we plan to resume “in-person” classes on Monday, May 18, 2020. We will re-open all of our HPS facilities on that day pending approval from the NC Governor and the Public Health Department.

We believe there’s no better teaching than “in-person” instruction from our outstanding team of educators, but given the current circumstance, our students (and employees), at least for the middle school and high school level, will advance with online skills and communication while focused on curriculum requirements. Elementary grades will offer online and paper learning packets.

I encourage you to check the homepage of Hickory Public Schools (www.hickoryschools.net) often, as we update community resources for meals and the HPS schedule for meal drive-thru/pick-up in addition to the “HPS Meals on Wheels” bus route delivery program. The link to all Remote Online-Learning for each of our nine schools is also on the homepage—as well as direct links to each school’s homepage. Teachers will continue to communicate with all of their students.

We realize that certain spring events such as athletics, field trips and high school proms have now been cancelled.  To that point, we realize this is a year that our students will never forget: the changes, the missed events, time lost with teachers and friends; but most importantly, we are thankful for the health and safety of all students.  Seniors need to frequently communicate with their teachers and counselors regarding coursework and credit accountability for graduation.

Other high school students: be sure to meet your school’s deadlines with online registration forms for enrolling in next year’s course offerings. And for all students, complete your required assignments and communicate with your teachers should you have any questions. Establishing daily structure and routine will help students to complete school assignments at home. Be ready to start your days early—setting boundaries to help with focus.

The middle school and high school students should have access to the Chromebooks (computer device), provided by K-64 with internet availability through the 1 Million Project (hotspots). Again, the elementary grades will offer online lessons and paper learning packets for students—depending on their personal needs. Each school will communicate certain available office hours for families to pick-up the paper learning packets.

I want to extend my appreciation to the entire HPS team for working hard in providing educational and nutrition services to our students. Because of their dedication, we have received the following kind responses on social media from family members—and we thank you!

  • Thank you so much to all the HPS cafeteria ladies that are putting a smile on our own HPS students’ faces and in their hearts. You ladies are AMAZING!
  • Proud of what is being done for our students and families.
  • You are blessings to the community.
  • So proud of HPS!
  • Thank you to all teachers for your hard work in preparing the online learning assignments. While it is certainly not an ideal circumstance, ‘we are all in it together’ and this is the right thing!

It is important that everyone takes care of themselves: In addition to hand-washing and social distancing, keep hydrated, protect your sleep, eat healthy and stay active. This will help everyone to avoid physical illness—and equally important, this will help with overall emotional health. It’s not an easy time.

We will communicate updates as we move forward over the next several weeks. Stay healthy and safe.

Our lives have changed. Our commitment remains.

Thank you,

Robbie Adell

HPS Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

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