HSD is excited to welcome our students back to school for the 2020-21 school year--even though things will continue to look a little different than we are all used to. The health and safety of our students and staff is always one of our highest priorities and we are devoting even more attention to this responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are the two options our students will have to safely engage in their learning this year. Option 1 includes an all-remote start to the school year, hopefully progressing to an eventual return to modified in-person instruction, if local public health recommendations allow us to safely do so. The second option is a new program this year, called Hockinson Virtual Academy (HVA) that is designed to be a more flexible, 100% online learning experience for students who do not plan to return to in-person instruction this year.
HSD Remote Learning (Remote Classroom Option)
The 2020-21 school year will start with teachers and students participating in a distance learning format that we are calling Hockinson Remote Learning. Students will connect with their teacher and peers on a daily basis, actively participate in virtual classes, and submit assigned work for grading. Through the Remote Learning model, students and families will be provided with training, support and daily instruction. The program will be available for grades K-12, with a full schedule of teacher-planned lessons and activities.
Based on feedback from families, students, teachers and other building staff, our Fall 2020 Remote Learning model includes a number of enhancements compared to our at-home learning model used in the spring, including:
- More robust instruction time and dedicated teacher-student support to ensure academic success
- Paid professional development for teachers to learn best practices for implementing effective remote instruction practices
- Consistent communication between schools and families
- Access to HSD tech support for families needing assistance with remote learning issues, including live phone and email support for troubleshooting problems with district learning platforms and devices. Call (360) 448-6402 for assistance.
- Greater accountability for daily attendance, maintaining a learning schedule and turning in assignments
- Limited in-person instruction for students whose learning needs require this support
- Providing support to families who have limited internet access, including on-site wifi and the possibility of hotspots at homes that can be served by cellular data providers
Features of HSD Remote Learning:
Assigned teachers and classmates for each student
- Daily learning schedules
- HSD-adopted curriculum that aligns with typical school instruction
- A combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) virtual learning
- Grading policies will be set by individual school
- Attendance will be taken daily
HSD has adopted two learning management systems (LMS) to help manage students’ Remote Learning, depending on their grade level. Seesaw will be the LMS for students in grades K-2, and students in grades 4-12 will continue to use the Schoology platform that you are already familiar with (students will be able to easily access their LMS from the home page of their school website).
Please connect with your school principal to learn about additional options available if your student is not able to fully participate in Remote Learning.
Hybrid Model (in-person & Remote Learning)
HSD is hopeful COVID-19 infection rates will decline and permit us to transition back to in-person learning, starting with a hybrid model. Under a hybrid learning model, HSD students will split their learning time between Remote Learning and in-person learning. This may look different depending on what grade level your child is in, as health guidance and space allows. Students who are enrolled in HVA will remain in HVA on a full semester basis.
The remote learning under the hybrid model would feature the improvements listed above in the Remote Learning model, plus:
- About half of students will learn in person two days per week while the other half learns at home in teacher-directed distance learning; then, the two groups of students will switch
- Social distancing, masks, frequent handwashing, and other safeguards in place
- Full-time online option available for families who prefer distance learning (HVA)
Modified In-Person Learning (Our Goal)
We know that students want to come back to school in person. We do, too! So, with the guidance of OSPI and Clark Public Health, the HSD will consider in-person instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. We all play a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The sooner we all work together by wearing masks, washing hands often and practicing social distancing,the sooner our students, teachers, and community can return to our schools.
Returning to school in a modified in-person learning format will include the following to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff:
- Daily wellness checks
- Required frequent hand washing
- Social distancing among all students and staff
- Staff and students will be required to wear facial coverings
- Increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures
- Full-time online option (HVA) available for families who prefer to continue distance learning
Hockinson Virtual Academy (K-12 online, self-paced option)
The HSD is excited to offer a new program called Hockinson Virtual Academy (HVA) this fall. This program will support K–12 students who want to take classes primarily online and prefer to mostly complete their learning independently, with weekly teacher check-ins. HVA is a more flexible, individualized, and self-paced learning format that follows an OSPI-approved curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards.
Students enrolled in HVA will develop an individualized student learning plan with their teacher. They will have opportunities to access teacher instruction and academic support as well as periodic class meetings and opportunities to engage with their peers. Learning modules for all subject areas will be included.
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Features of the HVA Option:
- Students take courses online at their own pace
- Suggested daily schedules with flexibility
- Clear objectives to keep your child making academic progress
- Project-based lessons that teach concepts in English, math and science; as well as art, PE and music electives
- Curriculum from the nationally recognized Edgenuity, Lexia, and MobyMax platforms
- One hour per week of dedicated time with a certified teacher
Who might be a good fit for HVA?
- Students and families who want more flexibility in how they structure their school day
- Students with high-risk family members at home who are concerned about their children being exposed to the general population
- Students who prefer to work at their own pace
- High school students who may have other life commitments, such as work or child care
- High school students who may need to complete additional coursework to meet graduation standards
To learn more about Hockinson Virtual Academy contact:
K-5: Meredith Gannon
6-12: Josh Johnson
Reopening Links and Information
Decision-making Criteria for Learning Models
Updated: 8/7 WA Reopening Recommendations & "Decision-making Tree"
Proposed Hybrid Model
HSD Hybrid/In Person Reopening Plan