Starting on Monday, November 16th, the Highland secondary building (grades 6-12) will transition to the hybrid model of education. The secondary school will do the hybrid model of education from Monday, November 16th through at least Wednesday, November 25th. Before the Thanksgiving break we will inform the community of the educational model we will be using starting on Monday, November 30th. The elementary school (grades PreK-5) will continue to be 100% onsite.
The number of secondary students that are testing positive for Covid or are quarantining continues to grow. We believe that going hybrid will help the students spread out even more and will slow the community spread. Finally, we believe this model is in the best interest of the students educationally and emotionally. The elementary numbers do not warrant us to do hybrid at this time.
We will continue to use the A day/B day every other day format for hybrid. Students will stay in their A or B groups they were in the first time we were hybrid unless otherwise notified. Please contact the principal or counselor if you have any questions about which group your student is in.
Please understand all of this is fluid. This could change daily depending on any positive tests or having a positive case outside the school environment impacting our students or staff. Our hope is to slow the spread while keeping our students' education and mental health a priority. We are hoping students will limit their contact outside of school so they do not get quarantined from those interactions.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. Our goal is to get through this pandemic supporting our students’ learning and social emotional well-being. It is a very delicate dance.
Yours in education,
Ken Crawford, Superintendent