Dear Hopkins Public Schools Families:
Over the past five weeks, the district’s Return to School Steering Committee has been working hard to develop a plan to bring our students back to the classroom while keeping the health and safety of our school community a top priority. This committee of forty members consisted of teachers, administrators, board members, parents and students. They reviewed data from our parent, student and teacher surveys along with guidance from health agencies and the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap to determine the best course of action for our students returning safely to school this fall. This communication will outline some of the key points in that plan, but please note that this plan may need to be refined due to ever-changing guidelines from the state and local health agencies, or adjustments needed based on fall enrollment decisions.
Hopkins Public Schools is committed to quality education and our vision is “cultivating lifelong learners who contribute to a global community.” We recognize flaws in the way remote instruction was done in the spring and we are confident that the preparations made will make things work more effectively in the fall. Our staff is dedicated to making our students successful in any type of learning environment. With that in mind, the collaborative efforts of our Return to School Committee has developed and our Board of Education approved the following instructional framework that we hope to implement this fall.
There will be two available learning options to choose from – remote learning or face-to-face (in-person) learning. Curricular content and grading will be the same for each model. If you choose the remote learning option, your child will need to remain in that option for the entire trimester. Below is a summary of the two options available you will choose from.
At this time, further details of each instructional model listed above are still being worked out and a full and more detailed Hopkins District Plan will be released by August 15 to all parents and the community. To properly formulate a well-thought-out plan for reopening, we need to know all student selections prior to August 3, 2020.
Additionally, if the remote option does not meet your specific needs, our district is also associated with the newly formed Virtual Academy of Allegan County (VAAC) online school. More information regarding this option will be available soon.
If the number of students selecting the remote instruction model does not allow for a significant reduction in class sizes to create optimal social distancing for in-person instruction, we will likely need to make modifications to this plan.
Please complete the following form to indicate which type of instruction you are selecting for your student this fall.
Mask Wearing and General Mitigation Practices:
Mitigation practices, reduced amounts of commingling of students, and consistent social distancing policy will be promoted throughout the district. Increased frequency and enhanced cleaning procedures will be implemented this year. Hopkins Public Schools will follow CDC guidelines and will adhere to all State of Michigan Guidance Plans/Laws/Executive Orders.
Published: July 22, 2020