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Message from Superintendent Terry Price, Dec. 16

When we go back to school, students’ placements for the remainder of the second quarter - either online or in-person - will be the same as they were prior to Thanksgiving. If you wish to change your student’s placement for the third grading period beginning Jan. 25, you must request that change by contacting your student’s school no later than Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at 3pm. This placement will be in effect for your student through the end of the third quarter (March 23).

Requests to move elementary and middle school students from online to in-person will not take effect until the new quarter begins on Monday, Jan. 25. As we receive those requests, we must look at classroom spacing and transportation options before moving students. Please understand we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate your request given the guidelines under which we are required to operate.

Because Henry County High School students are working on credits for graduation, we will consider requests to switch from online to in-person learning for all high school students as soon as possible, even before the next grading period begins. This will allow students to focus on credit completion prior to the end of the current quarter.

HCPS will continue to provide virtual instruction for those families that feel their students are safer learning from home. While HCPS has limited slots for its elementary Online Academy, newly requested changes from in-person to at-home learning may be accommodated through services provided by the student’s regular classroom teacher. However, we will need to know specifically if your in-person student is not planning to return to in-person classes on Jan. 5.

If any information from the governor should change these plans, you will be notified. Please be aware that our return plan includes the possibility of closing an individual classroom, school or the entire district due to staffing issues or outbreaks. We will notify you with as much advance notice as possible if this is the case.

Winter Break is Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, and there is no school for students on Monday, Jan. 4, for a scheduled teacher work day. We hope you enjoy this time with your family and stay safe and healthy. We can't wait to see our students back in January!

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