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Critical Announcement for Student Learning from November 30 - December 4

Since the start of the school year, Hempfield staff, students, and families have done an outstanding job adhering to district health and safety protocols, ensuring that our students can learn in-person!

With the upcoming Thanksgiving break, staff, students and families will make choices about opportunities to travel or celebrate the holiday in a congregate setting. In addition, a state-wide travel order was put in place that applies to all Pennsylvanians, requiring those who travel out-of-state to produce a negative COVID test upon their return or quarantine for 14 days. 

We have been informed by many individuals in our school community that they will be subject to the state-wide travel order. As a result, there is a strong potential that we will be unable to adequately staff our school buildings. In addition, due to the possibility of congregate settings over the break, there is a strong likelihood that we will see a significant rise in COVID cases that we have not seen in our schools to date.

Due to these factors alone, not due to COVID numbers, the school board has decided, in conversation with district administration and the Hempfield Education Association, that the following plan will be in effect from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4.

  • All students will switch from In-Person/Virtual Learning to Full Virtual Learning for this one-week period.
  • Monday, November 30 will be asynchronous virtual learning (meaning at their own pace). Students are expected to complete assignments in Schoology, and teachers will be available throughout the day to answer questions and provide support.
  • Tuesday through Friday will be synchronous virtual learning (meaning live, real-time via Google Meet) following the student’s daily schedule. 
  • Elementary students who were intending to return in-person on Tuesday, November 24 for the second trimester may opt to return in-person or remain virtual until December 7. Please communicate with your school building.
  • Food Services will make breakfast and lunch meals available for all enrolled students to pick up.
  • Because this shift is not due to COVID numbers, extracurricular activities are permitted to continue - light practices, masks required, no congregate settings.
  • When students leave the building on Tuesday, November 24, they should take home all instructional materials and personal belongings needed for this short-term switch to full virtual learning.
  • Hotspots will automatically be provided to families who have informed us that they require connectivity at home.
     

We know that after reading this post, you may have many questions. Today’s communication is intended to provide you with ample notice about this switch. We will share more details on Monday, November 23. Please watch for additional communication.

After this reset from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4, we are preparing for all of our schools to reopen for in-person/virtual learning on Monday, December 7. On December 7, students should participate in-person or virtual as determined for Trimester 2 and Quarter 2. As a reminder, parents and guardians can, at any time, switch to virtual learning by contacting their building principal.

We want to thank our entire community for your efforts to keep our schools open!