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    1. Hello, I have a 13-year-old 8th grader at Haviland Middle School. I saw the notice for the Virtual Public Forum for Tuesday, for discussion of the "in person hybrid" vs. "full remote." My daughter and I would actually rather her be in school five days a week, in person. While I know this is not a possibility right now, I'm asking you to consider the in person session for as long as possible. Sitting in front of a chrome book from 8-2:30pm is not healthy for these children. While my daughter has excellent grades, she finds it very difficult to concentrate under these circumstances. She is often doing homework into the late evening. And it is extremely stressful for her and myself since I have to work full-time, out of the house. I know there are many other families within the district with similar issues. Also, please consider the socialization aspects of in person schooling. Thank you for your time...

     

    1. Good morning Ms Kafka,

    I saw the email in regard to the emergency board meeting. Thank you guys for all of your hard work and keeping everyone safe!  I also saw the last BOE meeting with the drs and thought they made perfect sense and understand the challenges with people continuing to travel and gather during the holidays. My husband and I actually decided this week to pull our son out of in person instruction due to the rise in cases we are seeing on the state reported data for the district. It’s seems we at HPCSD have the most cases out of near districts. I know you and I discussed this recently and I never was able to really get a great explanation from the DOH on this. Do you have any update as to why such a difference? As of yesterday the lab reported data shows 13 cases in the last two weeks and 8 in the last week, which is not how many we have been notified of from the district and I am enclosing a screenshot for reference. I am not able to call in during the upcoming meeting, so I would like to put a suggestion in if possible. I am wondering if for the older students more synchronous learning can be implemented if/when we go full remote? On Tuesday when FDR went remote, it seemed like a nightmare because my son went from being engaged all day logging in class after class to only having two classes in one day. When we are remote without synchronous learning he’s done with his work in about an hour or two for the entire day. That does not seem sufficient and I know this has not been decided yet, but if they are going to have to sit for the regents in June there is no way possible these kids will be prepared with that little instruction. I understand from watching the last board meeting that people with younger students seem to be having the most issues with them being on the computer for so long, I think mostly because they need parents to be engaged with them. I understand that and sympathize with them, but am asking for you guys to maybe change how different grades are going to learn while remote.  Please consider more synchronous learning when we are remote for the older students. Maybe include all core subjects and language but not specials? I know other districts had live sessions even while no one was in person, so we’re hoping maybe this can be implemented this time around. As always, thank you so much for your time and consideration and stay safe and have a good holidays! Thank you very much.



    1. I would first like to state my continual support for the Hyde Park Central School District.  My husband and I are alumnus of the district, having attended for the entirety of our K-12 public school education.  We believe in the value of a well-rounded educational experience and are confident that the Hyde Park Central School District can provide this for our child. 

    My first concern is regarding school messenger. On a personal note, my child received summer services in preschool special education.  Due to her participation in summer SpEd services, I was told that she would not “change over” from preschool to kindergarten in the system until September 1.  At the end of August, I was unable to receive school messenger alerts with critical information regarding the remote and blended learning for this school year. I continually tried to sign up for school messenger alerts and even contacted both the technology department and principal of my child’s school, all of whom were extremely cordial and understanding!  Although all parties understood that my child was entering kindergarten and that I was not receiving school messenger alerts, nothing could be done to provide me with this critical information due to system limitations within the software.  This is a problem that should certainly be addressed in the future.  I am sure that it impacted other families whose children received SpEd summer services (incoming kindergarten/students new to the district).  Furthermore, I experienced a school messenger issue last week and never received notification that my child’s school was closing for two weeks due to a Covid case.  As I am also not on social media, I caught wind of this issue from other families.  All of my information in the school messenger system was correct and this is not acceptable.  Mrs. Williams was wonderful in filling me in on this closure while addressing my concern and I truly appreciate her efforts!

    My second concern is regarding district and community support for special area classes at the elementary level.  I believe in the intrinsic value of ALL elementary special area classes, including the arts, and their impact on the social-emotional well-being of our children.  Elementary special area classes provide students with a powerful SEL experience that our children so desperately crave during this unprecedented time.  Special area classes also provide a positive outlet and are often an area of strength for students with special needs.  My daughter has had an amazing experience with her special area classes throughout the fall.  She often tells me that engagement in these classes is the best part of her day!

    It is my understanding that some parents want only the”basics” to be required and that special area classes should be “optional.”  Making these subject areas “optional” would be an unacceptable change and would set an unspoken precedent regarding their value in the district.  I am confident and hopeful that the district will support the importance and value of the elementary special areas during this period of blended and / or remote learning.

    I also believe in the importance of Google Meets in the elementary general education setting.  These meetings are the only point during the day where my child can connect with her teachers and peers!  The social impact, coupled with the educational value of such meetings, is undeniable.  They should not be made “optional.”

    My third concern is regarding district-level communication, notably with setting clear expectations.  Throughout the fall, I continually sought out information regarding the plan and expectations for learning.  

    The district administration (central office) needs to clearly communicate with families that the current period of blended / remote learning is different from that of the spring, which was an emergency teaching situation, and comes with a new set of expectations.  All families need to understand that things are different this year, that the expectations are higher and what goes along with such a change.  Teachers have been empathetic to the challenges that families are facing regarding the current blended learning period and have done a wonderful job working with families to support student learning!  They should be recognized for their hard work and accomplishments this year (bravo to all!).

    Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the district administration, not the teachers, to clearly lay out these expectations for families.  This level of communication supports an equitable experience for all while preventing misinformation from being spread. 

    The teachers have done a phenomenal job of communicating and translating information provided by the district this fall.  However, that weight should not be placed upon their shoulders, as it is not their responsibility.  

    It is also my understanding that teachers sometimes have difficulty with advanced planning due to unclear communication from the district. As a working parent whose child attends daycare on remote learning days, being able to prepare materials and plan ahead is a critical component of providing a positive educational experience for my child.

    I appreciate your time and attention in reading and addressing my aforementioned concerns.  I hope that you will take them into consideration while planning any future changes to the blended and / or remote learning program in the Hyde Park Central School District.

     

    1. I assist all during virtual days. To help keep up with the days and times of all the different classes and specials, I've tried charts, white boards and alarm clocks. But it never fails, I end up missing 1 to 3 important virtual meets.

    The teachers who start each morning with a written agenda are the easiest to follow.  I've asked if it not possible to get this from others or even email reminders only to be told by some that they're stretched so far that it's just not possible. 

    I know and understand what they are up against. However, I also know that this request is not out of the question or unreasonable.  The email, once a daily group is prepared, is the simplest assist for the AIS teachers. As for the classroom teachers, there's no reason for a daily agenda not to be available.  It could be set up like the daily morning board that every teacher starts with within district.

    Also, unfortunately,  we were faced with or children exposed to a person who tested positive for Covid. When we learned of this, we self quarantined them. Teachers were notified. Some teachers were wonderful in keeping their student engaged in the academics, some not at all. This is not acceptable. 

    With this being said, I think it very important to keep our students in school. In preparing for what the future holds, simple adjustments and resolutions can make for a more cohesive working environment for teachers, parents and most important, our students.

    Thank you for this long winded correspondence.  

     

    1. I am not a great writer but I need you to think about the kids that really need help when you are thinking about the holidays. My son just turned 5 he is in kindergarten. He recives ot, pt, speech and has the small class with 9 kids in it I believe. If we close school this would be online again which he is all over the place.  Can they keep school opened at least for services one day he can get all his services. Even split his class he goes four days make them 2 days each with 4 kids. He is doing so good. I don’t want him to fall farther behind. What about middle school and high school going one day? This is so hard when your kids need in person. Please be their voice.

     

    1. My son has special needs and is receiving services for OT, PT and Speech. My son does not learn from remote learning. He has been in school since he was 2 years old so a learning disability. When COVID happened he missed the last year of his preschool and his summer school. 

    He tried to do the remote learning but wanted nothing to do with the Chromebook and would run away screaming and crying when I would turn it on. He was not learning anything from remote learning and it was actually detrimental to him and our family due to the stress it created.

    My son had an extremely hard time transitioning back to school when he finally went back to in person learning. He is now in a place where he enjoys going to school and seeing his friends. He asks to go to school on the weekends. 

    Last Wednesday he had his OT and Speech services remotely. And both teachers stated that he is not like this in school and listens better and does better when he is with them and not distracted by his home life.

    I am begging the Hyde Park School District to see that these children with special needs NEED to be in school. They have problems paying attention to a computer and needs that hands on learning that these wonderful teachers provide to them. 

    If you need anything further from me or have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

    A Very Concerned Parent

     

    1. To Whom it May Concern:

    I am writing regarding the upcoming parent forum and BOE meeting to discuss in-person hybrid versus full remote learning from November 30 through January 15. I am going to try to call into the forum but may be unable to due to work obligations and so am writing in my comment here for the record.

    I am a parent of two children in HPCSD - a third-grader and a UPK student and a homeowner/taxpayer in the district. I strongly oppose going full remote. There is clear evidence that schools--especially elementary schools--are an extremely low risk place for COVID-19 spread when proper precautions like mask wearing and distancing are in place. https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/925794511/were-the-risks-of-reopening-schools-exaggerated Places found to be far more risky include grocery stores and retail shops, restaurants and gyms. It is for this reason that many European countries and hotspot cities like Toronto, Canada, when confronted with COVID-19 positivity rates much higher than what we are currently dealing with in Dutchess County, have implemented full lockdowns and complete closures of retail and restaurants but have left schools openClosing our schools should be an absolute last resort, not a precautionary measure. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-november-20-toronto-peel-1.5809575  

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/world/europe/schools-coronavirus-europe-lockdowns.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/ease-restrictions-schools-dont-close-them/617146/

    As a parent of two elementary-age children, I can tell you that virtual learning simply does not work for children of this age. There may be exceptions, but I know many parents of children this age and every one of them I've spoken to agrees on this point. Children like mine who are typically high-achieving and love school have become depressed and have not advanced academically (or have even regressed) during the times of full remote learning. I can only imagine the detriment to children who struggle more academically or who do not have a supportive family environment at home. They are not engaged during online lessons and do not retain nearly the same amount of information they do in a live classroom setting. Their attitude towards school completely changes when they cannot be together in a classroom with their teacher and peers. Since going back in-person two days per week, my third-grader is a different child-- happy, focused, loving school and learning a lot. Every Monday he jumps out of bed saying, "It's in-person day!" with a huge smile on his face.

    Most young elementary children need an adult literally sitting next to them and keeping them on task the entire day during remote learning. This is not an indictment of the teachers at all, but simply reality that a 6 year old is not going to be able to keep focused sitting alone in front of a computer. For families with two working parents like my own, this is a complete impossibility if we want to continue to have a job and pay our bills. I think having members of the administration and school board try to do a full day of remote learning with a 5-7 year old would be quite enlightening.

    Closing schools now would be inconsistent with the District's own reopening plan. The plan states (on page 26): 

    • Schools will close if the regional infection rate is greater than 9% using a 7-day average after August 1, 2020

    The 7-day average regional infection rate is now 3.5%, mostly due to microclusters in Westchester and Rockland County. The rate in Dutchess is about 2.5%. This is very far below the thresholds set forth in the reopening plan. Schools across the country have been operating 5 days a week with in-person instruction in areas with positivity rates close to 10% and yet there have been no reports of outbreaks at schools or of schools being a significant source of community spread. If the District decides to make a decision that is not consistent with the guidance in its own reopening plan, it should have a detailed, fact-based explanation for why it deviated from the reopening plan.    

    The District has implemented sound policies and the protocols in place are working. When there has been an isolated case in a school, there has been zero spread. There is absolutely no reason to think that these measures will not continue to  be effective. Given the proven serious negative consequences to closing schools, it is completely unnecessary and would do far more harm than good to the students.

    Thank you for considering these comments.

    Respectfully submitted,

     

    1. Please consider this input in your preparation for the emergency board meeting scheduled for 11/24.  I urge the board to abandon any consideration for going "full remote" learning.  Based on the current science, preventing students from attending in-person classroom learning causes more harm and threatens to spread the corona virus to a greater degree than keeping the students in school:  I am quoting now from from Dr Robert Redfield who is the Director of the CDC

    " When it comes down to where children are safest during the coronovirus pandemic, schools are the best place to be"

    At a coronovirus taskforce briefing held on Thursday 11/19, Redfield said:  "evidence shows that students are contracting the respiratory illness from family gatherings and local events rather than schools".  "The infections that we've identified in schools when they've been evaluated were not acquired in schools.  They were actually acquired in the community and in the household"

    "The truth is, for kids K-12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective is to remain in school and it's really important that following the data, making sure we don't make emotional decisions about what to close and what not to close.  I'm (Redfield) here to say clearly the data strongly supports K-12 schools - as well as institutes of higher learning - really are not where we're having our challenges"

    Also brought up at the taskforce:  During the 2018-2019 flu season, 21,102 of the 53.6 million children aged 5-17 in the US required hospitalization because of the flu.  That equates to a hospitalization rate of 39.2 per 100,000.  According to the CDC, the cumulative COVID-19 - associated hospitalization rate among children age <18 years during March 1-July 25 was 8 per 100,000 population.  In other words We don't close schools for something that has over four times the hospitalization rate as the coronovirus, but we do for the coronavirus.

    I urge the board to follow the recommendation of the CDC as you have stated in earlier board meetings.  I also write as an employee of the school district (Bus Driver).  I have been transporting students to HPCSD schools as well as Tabernacle Christian Academy.  TCA has been full time - in session since day 1 of the school year as well as other private schools in Dutchess County.  I see no efforts to consider going full remote in these schools.  Why are we considering this which flies in the face of the current science.   Keep these schools open at least using the hybrid model.  My personal opinion is to even go further to full time opening.  We are doing our children a disservice  by not doing so.  

     

    1. Good morning,

    I thought long and hard prior to writing this email - however, working as an administrator in another district I felt compelled to share my thoughts as a parent of two students in HPCSD. Too often the negative voices and naysayers speak up and I wanted you to hear my perspective.  
    First and foremost, the communication has been transparent and clear about intent, desire and clearly has had the best interest of students in mind.  From the emails from yourself, to building administration at RRS and HMS, I feel that I know that the district prioritizes both the health and safety of my children and its staff, and also has worked to ensure that teaching and learning, although perhaps not in an ideal model, can happen for all students on a daily basis. It is clear that teachers have administrative support and training  - my children, while they obviously much prefer in person learning, are handling the adjustment in their routines and schedules as a result of your teachers.  
    This brings me to the second point, your teaching staff has handled this phenomenally.  The creativity, flexibility, support and most important empathy for our kids has been impressive to say the least. Teachers have been communicative, willing to call me in the evening when necessary, meet with my children during the day. I truly believe they are working 1000 times harder than they would be if they were in the classroom, they are truly heroes for my kids, and a routine that my kids look forward to.  Just today, my son's homeroom teacher went above and beyond, in a situation in which he could have pushed my son off to another office somewhere.  Teachers have been supportive and creative, they are working to meet the needs of our students and while they are at it are empowering them to be true 21st century learners. The resiliency our kids will have, due in large part to your teaching staff and district leadership are a true silver lining of this pandemic. 

    I am copying this email to both your building administrators, as I know that usually you hear from those who are more unhappy, but I want you all to know, we are truly thankful for the work you have done, and are doing to help our students during a situation in which none of us thought imaginable before March.  My children are lucky to be a part of the HPCSD and even luckier to have empathetic, compassionate teachers who find ways to challenge, push and inspire them, even from a screen.  

    While I do hope that schools are able to stay open, for all of our kids, I firmly believe you and the Board will make your decision with the best interest in both the health and safety and academic needs of our students in mind. 

    Be well and Happy Thanksgiving,

     

    1. Thank you so much for hosting a public forum offering the district parents and students the opportunity to be a part of the discussion of how we move forward with the school year. 

    I am hoping there will be a number of calls so I am going to just submit my opinion in writing. 

    My hope is to stay in school for as long as it is safely possible. 

    My thought is to go full remote for the week following Thanksgiving.  Students are out of the building from  Wed., 11/25. If we stay remote for the week of 11/30 to 12/4 the students and staff would not return to in person learning until 12/7. This gives us 12 days out of the building. (10 days after Thanksgiving). This would also allow for the county to get correct numbers for our 7 day rolling average for current residents ( not the college students who have gone home, but will include our returning college students) 

    At that time we could see if our numbers are still increasing at the current rates. 

    If we return on Dec. 7th, the green cohort will have 6 days of school and gold would have 4 before the winter break. It may not seem like a lot but many of the highschool students have responded that being in school is the best part of their situations. 

    If we follow the same thinking, we could go remote for Jan 4 to Jan 8. returning to hybrid on Jan. 11th. This gives us that 10 day buffer from the holidays again. 

    My other thought is related to employees.  If there is a chance of going full remote, I think the list of people who will be laid off needs to be generated now and those people spoken with ahead of time. It is not something anyone wants to do but we must be fiscally responsible. 

    The more warning a person has the better. 

    Again, thank you for having the discussion and including us. I really do appreciate all the tough decisions that you must make this year. 

     

    1. Good evening, I am scheduled to work during the public forum so I thought I'd send my thoughts ahead of time.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about my comments.

    I appreciate how hard the staff at NPE have worked.  They are wonderful and I've been pleased at every teacher my son has had so far.  We also are very fond of Ms. Williams.  Kudos to you all on that!

    My son has suffered greatly academically during virtual learning.  Hybrid was a bit better for him. He once attended a preschool that had a motto...."If a child doesn't learn the way we teach, we will teach the way they learn".  Virtual learning has resulted in a regression of his skills.  Things he has excelled in his whole school career he is no longer proficient in.  This has impacted his self esteem.  He HATES virtual learning.  Every day is a fight. This model is NOT working for him. I want him physically in school as much as possible each and every week.  I expect that he will be at least a year and a half behind after all is said and done and virtual learning will not improve this at all.  It may make the system feeling like it's educating but, in reality, many children are suffering and not learning.  In fact, our own county government has said that COVID is being spread in casual social interactions (see attached).  The schools, at least NPE, seem to do an excellent job with masks and safety.  Vigilance and mask wearing will make the difference. 

    I'm so pleased students were all able to receive Chromebooks, as I know in other districts that's not the case, however the apps and programs used on the Chromebooks are very frustrating and have contributed to his dislike of virtual learning.  Despite the teachers efforts there are only so many ways to make online worksheets fun and make programs more user friendly.

    My understanding from last year is that children will be graded and evaluated as they are every other year despite the reduced real-face time.  Please clarify whether this is, in fact, the case.  If my child is not learning the way you are choosing to teach, I expect that his grades will not reflect that.  He is putting in the work and not benefitting.  I also think that a stance like this does not take into account the variables that many children are facing.... Pandemic related stresses at home, no one to help them, illness or death of loved ones, etc.  Grading everyone as if this year were normal is an elitist perspective on disadvantaged or struggling students and is wholly unfair.  

    I fully recognize my opinion may not be popular and a different decision will be made.  Should all virtual learning be the chosen path, I have some recommendations and thoughts about what could help:

    1.   A) Offer specials but don't make them mandatory.  Perhaps have students do one special per week of their choice.  Use it as an opportunity to do something they love that helps school and life feel easier. The art kids will gravitate towards art, the PE lovers will gravitate that way, etc.  Arts, music, reading and moving ones body are all excellent forms of self care and this is the perfect time to promote and teach that because everyone is stressed to some degree.  

    B). Asynchronous specials and live specials in the same week is completely confusing and unrealistic.  They never had every special every single week prior to this year.  

    1. C) Use gym teachers similar to how school social workers are popping into virtual classes to do SEL work with the students.  Each class could get a 5 or 10 minute visit from a gym teacher each day which could include a movement break and maybe a bit of health related curriculum.  This would be so good for kids who are starting at computers for ungodly amounts of time each day being sedentary.
    2. D) The September virtual schedule was much easier to manage them the countless ons and offs of the hybrid model.  The most recent virtual component in the hybrid model was to confusing and, despite being supported and supervised, my son missed all kinds of stuff.  Life is already complicated, please make this simpler at least for elementary students who only have one teacher.  In an elementary school in a neighboring county, staff were all in the building when students were home and staff rotated classrooms instead of students having to find and use many different links throughout the day.  That seemed to work for them.  

    Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or anything.  Thank you for all you do.

     

    1. My 2 daughters attend RRS and are currently in the green hybrid cohort.  My husband and I are both teachers in another district.

    We both feel very strongly that HPCSD has done a remarkable job with this extremely difficult time in teaching and learning.  We know that the most vocal parents are the unhappy parents, but we wanted to tell you that there are many of us happy ones out here too.

    Now, we are not happy that there is a pandemic going on, and not happy that we have to be in this situation.  We cannot wait to get back to life as normal.  My daughters ABSOLUTELY learn better in person and by going to school full days, 5 days a week.

    However, they are absolutely still learning and enjoying school.  Their teachers are doing a fantastic job! After a long day of each of us learning/teaching in our own little bubbles (my husband is a remote teacher due to his health and I am back in my classroom), my girls still chatter away at night about their classes, their teachers, the new things they learned, and yes, share their struggles and tears too.  

    There has recently been a lot of talk in the community about specials.  We love the specials at my house.  Why not tune into a Quaver music lesson, or a GoNoodle PE class?  We love the resources and materials that ALL the teachers have been providing for our kids.  

    We would not want to be in the district leaders' shoes while making the tough calls.  People don't feel safe with the pandemic and are taking it out on schools and teachers- the people who are supposed to be providing safe spaces for their kids.  The current guidelines seem to be working well to stop the spread, but we would support a decision to go full remote as more people in the community will be gathering together during the holidays and spending more time indoors during the winter.

    Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to ensure the health and safety of our children.

     

    1. Mrs. Biery,

      First I want to say thank you for your continued leadership on the board of education.  I can't even imagine how trying this has been for you.  I always feel you have our students best interest at heart.  

       I did have some questions for tonight's meeting.  I should start by saying I have an 11th grader at FDR that is currently attending the hybrid in person model.  First, what is driving this sudden thought to go remote from now until January?  I can understand how this would cover anyone who might decide to travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas but these holidays have been on the calendar all year.  Why didn't we address that issue at the beginning of the year so parents and teachers could prepare better? Second, if we go remote does it really need to start on Monday?  Would it be possible to wait until after Christmas vacation and have the students switch to remote until January 18th? Lastly, would we be returning to the remote schedule that we used in September or would there be a way for the students to have more class time with their teachers?  

     

    1. Dear Board of Education Members and Superintendent Kafka, 

    I am writing to you as I will not be able to participate in tonight’s public forum. I appreciate the opportunity that you are giving the HPCSD community to speak regarding a potential pivot to remote learning through the holiday season. 

    I would like to start off by saying that the information provided by Dr. Ritter and Dr. Tack at the last board meeting was a wake-up call to our community. Clearly, the potential spike in COVID-19 cases due to family gatherings during the holidays could have a devastating effect on our neighbors and hospitals. 

    As educators, I would hope that we show our students that we value science, data, and facts. I think it is essential that we teach them to believe in our medical professionals and respect their opinions. In addition, each and every day we try to emphasize to our students the importance of caring about others and our community. It is obvious that the doctors are concerned about the repercussions holiday gatherings will have on our county. 

    As you all know, it is uplifting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the news of a vaccine. Like the doctors at the Board meeting have said, there is an end in sight. Though there are great stresses to consider with a switch to remote learning, it also might be necessary to sacrifice right now in order to ensure the safety of those who live in our area- not just our students and staff. 

    With that, I hope you all enjoy your holiday. We have more to be thankful for than ever before, and I am certainly grateful for your leadership and your consideration of the difficult decisions that you will have to make for our schools. 

     

    1. Dear Ms. Biery, I would be remiss to not first and foremost thank you for your service to the students of HPCSD.  Our family is so thankful for all the work being done by the Board, administration, staff and teachers during this very challenging time. It does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated.

    I did want to pass along some of our thoughts in preparation for the emergency meeting this evening regarding the potential of pivoting to an all remote schedule beginning next week until mid-January.

    When asked, my two high school students unequivocally state their desire to continue the hybrid model for as long as possible. They are so appreciative of the time they have in the school building and with their teachers. The hybrid model with synchronous streaming has allowed them to get the most from what is already a challenging year. 

    As their parents, we  agree with their assessment. We too believe that despite the risk, we urge the Board to consider remaining in the hybrid model as long as possible. The hybrid model allows all students (those remote and hybrid) to have access to as much live instruction as possible. An all remote schedule, by contrast, provides minimal instruction and minimal interaction with teachers.

    While we do understand there may come a time when HPCSD is required to go all remote, a decision at this juncture feels premature. In the meantime, it may be beneficial for the district to improve upon their all remote options by including more live instruction in the event a closure is necessary at a later date. 

    Thank you again for your service and dedication! 

     

    1. Good morning
      Although, I feel extremely sad at the possibility of schools closing again, I just want to say thank you for this first quarter.
      Thank you for keeping our kids safe.
      Thank you for getting the schools open
      Thank you for trying to keep them open
      Thank you for keeping our school community numbers super low, even though surrounding areas continue to climb
      Thank you for making the challenging calls for the few cases we do have.
      My kids need and have loved their two days every week, and I’ll be sad if the end result is school closures, but I will support and stand with the hpcsd decision because I know your decisions have been consistent with the safety and well being of our children.

     

    1. BTW  cuomo  has come out and said the schools should be open.  So I guess your two experts that you had speak last board meeting know better then dr Fauci and the cdc.  

    Yes please share this with the board.

    And do the right thing.