You may have heard the phrase: “numbers tell a story.” In that spirit, during the week of May 11, the district took to its social media channels to share a few numbers related to the ongoing school closure.
On Monday (5/11), the district reported that 535 parents had responded to an at-home learning survey up to that date. Thank you! This feedback is being used to help the district improve its at-home learning program.
On Tuesday (5/12), the HSD shared that it had provided 24,600 meals at no cost to HSD students during the school closure! These meals are funded by a federal USDA program and available through the end of the school year to ALL students – not just to those who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If you are interested, but have not yet signed up, please fill out this short registration & order form.
On Wednesday (5/13), the district revealed how HSD staff and teachers have completed more than 2,300 hours of online professional development since March 16. Nearly all employees have spent time during the closure learning more about topics that increase awareness, improve skills, and make the district more aligned. These professional learning opportunities have included courses on Adverse Childhood Experiences, student bullying, school security, family and student privacy laws, and diversity in schools. HSD staff have also taken trainings on Google-based apps which will enable them to work more efficiently and support students with their projects.
On Thursday (5/14), the HSD emphasized the importance of preparing students for life, work and school in a digital culture. The district shared the results of a study that found more than 71% of technical schools, community colleges and universities currently utilize learning environments that blend online and in-person education.
On Friday (5/15), the district revealed the at-home student engagement percentages for students at Hockinson Heights Elementary (91%), Hockinson Middle School (98%) and Hockinson High School (98%). These percentages illustrate how students across the district are making progress on assignments, engaging with their teachers and learning skills during the school closure – no easy task given the current challenges faced by the community.