At the August 11 Board of Education meeting, the school board approved the proposed calendar amendments that delays the start of the school year
The change gives our buildings the additional time they need to adjust student schedules, for both the Plan B-remote learning students and the Virtual Classroom students.
Also, it will provide time for additional training for staff as they prepare to implement our new safety procedures and learn to juggle teaching in-person and online simultaneously.
The following changes were made to the 2020-21 district calendar:
After many long hours by the superintendent, administrators and local authorities, along with considering the survey results, the CDC recommendations and current public health information, the plan was developed with input from Academic Council, which is comprised of department chairs and who consulted with teachers.
Given the anticipated number of students who would return for in-person learning and the parameters for social distancing, it was determined the schools could not safely accommodate everyone in our present buildings.
Yes, all three buildings are still hosting an orientation/Open House prior to the start of school, though they will be different from the past. Each building will be sharing information shortly directly with parents pertaining to how these will be conducted.
The information will be posted here, as well, as it becomes available. Please check back, as needed.
It will depend on the directives in Ohio, specifically in Ashland County as it relates to the Hillsdale district.
In addition we are continually exploring ways to safely bring our students back into the classroom. This remains our ultimate goal.
Yes, Governor DeWine announced on August 4 that Kindergarten through twelfth grade students will be required to wear a facial covering, both on buses and in school buildings. Our staff will also be required to wear a facial covering.
Every opportunity will be made throughout the day for students to remove their facial coverings.
The district will be providing two masks for every student. A limited number of face shields will be available for those who can't wear masks.
If it is a recommendation and not an order, we would not automatically move to Plan D.
For parents who do not wish for their child to return-to-school in-person, Hillsdale is offering the Virtual Classroom alternative, a 100% online curriculum for students in grades K-12.
To participate in the Virtual Classroom, students will need:
Yes, students with IEPs will be monitored by a Hillsdale Intervention Specialist and modification can be made to meet the needs of each student.
Effective for the 2020-2021 school year, we are requiring that students be picked up at the same location Monday through Friday and dropped off at the same location Monday through Friday.
Bus drivers will be contacting families by the end of August with pickup times. We are trying to keep routes and times the same, as much as possible, for those who have been bus riders in past years. There could be some changes depending on how many riders there are compared to what is determined to be safe.
No. All students who have been dropped off or need picked up by a parent will need to do so at the student's assigned building.
We will have staff monitoring the buildings from 7:15 AM until 3:30 PM.
From August 25 through September 4, the district will provide transportation for Hillsdale students who need it directly from their homes to the Ashland-West Holmes Career Center. After that, students will be transported by their regular bus route.
We recognize there are connectivity issues and are working through multiple avenues for assistance. Details will be shared as available.
Currently, we are developing a Learning Center program through which we'll be offering on-campus work space.
Computers will be availabe for those in need of one.