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School News & Info

Monday October 12th, 2020

Phase 2 District Update

At the Special Board Meeting held on Tuesday, October 6th, the HBCSD Board of Trustees approved the district reopening plan to physically return students to campus under the current COVID-19 restrictions.
HBCSD’s plan provides for reduced class size and in-person student instruction four days a week, in either a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) format.Students will be able to return to HBCSD campuses on the following dates:

  • October 19, 2020   
    • Transitional Kindergarten – 5th Grade, Special Education Day Class students
  • October 26, 2020
    • Transitional Kindergarten – 5th Grade, General Education students
  • November 2, 2020
    • Grades 6-8 General Education/Special Day Class students

Additional information will be forthcoming from the district office and specific school site details will be shared in upcoming ParentSquare messages.

Please click the link below to view the presentation shared at the October 6th Board Meeting: Presentation

Student Placement of a.m./p.m. cohort groups:

We understand that student placement in cohort groups is a focal point for our parents and would like to share the district-aligned process for student placement. This process ensures that siblings across the district are placed in the same cohort group, while maintaining equitably balanced classrooms.
Please note that while we had initially planned to survey our families on preferences, we are unable to do so because the delineated process will be driven by middle school cohort placements.
The steps taken to build cohorts include:

  • Utilize the middle school’s placement of students into a.m and p.m. groups as the initial standard to sort siblings at the elementary level.
  • Place TK/PK students to ensure that families are placed in the same cohort since this group of students is shared by school sites across the district.
  • Place our remaining students based upon a random sort of families.

We understand that this is a difficult situation and that not all placements will be ideal, but the focus remains on equity and balanced classrooms. Changes will be incredibly difficult because of the many intervening factors that also need to be considered. These factors include the involvement of multiple school sites, keeping siblings together, boy-girl ratios, special education placements, and balanced class sizes in both a.m. and p.m. cohorts to ensure social distancing.

We are excited to return for in person instruction. As we have worked through the many intervening factors, the one aspect of which we are most certain is our excitement and energy around getting to work together on our campus with your children!

Desk Shields

This weekend we began the process of moving furniture to ensure sufficient space for social distancing and desk shields were installed on all student desks and tables.  Additional safety measures and protocols will be shared soon in future ParentSquare messages.

Thank you for your support!