Happy Summer! I’m so enjoying the relatively mild weather; I know that I’m in the minority, there, but it looks like the normal heat of July is on its way here.
There have been a lot of questions this summer about our reopening plans for the Fall. My plan is to reopen the doors to our students on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020. The big caveat to that statement is: I can’t predict the future, nor can I promise that we can reopen as planned. We are working as hard as possible throughout the summer to make reopening a reality. We are also working on contingency plans for hybrid and distance learning. All of these plans include emergency child care options for families who have two parents working outside of the home.
Even with a reopening in September, there are going to be some necessary changes in the way we operate. I have a huge responsibility here, for the health and safety of our students, our faculty, our staff, and our families. This is a responsibility that I take seriously–and I am going to err on the side of caution in all things. What does this mean? Well, it means that we are going to try to socially distance via desk placement and carpet markers. It means that students will be asked to wear masks while working in groups or otherwise not distanced. It means that lunch will probably be served in the classroom and that recess parameters will be narrowed. It means that our attendance policies and expectations will have to be altered. I will do whatever is necessary to keep our HFCS family safe.
A reopening plan will be published soon. I have a task force of parents, teachers, and staff who are helping me sift through expert guidance from the CDC, Panhandle Health, and the State of Idaho to make decisions that are right for our community. Please keep us all in your prayers.
Stay safe and healthy, HFCS!