Dear Grizzly Families,
We know many of you have questions about returning to school in August, how schedules will be altered, and what precautions will be in place, like social distancing or wearing face masks. Like you, we must plan to ensure a smooth and successful start to the school year. Public health officials will determine whether our community is experiencing low, medium, or high spread of Covid-19. This will impact the way we will be allowed to reopen our schools in August and may change throughout the school year. Through this guidance we will create a teaching and learning environment as close to normal as possible.
High Point Academy is working hard to develop a plan to reopen our school for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time, we do not know what conditions will exist in August, or how our return will be impacted by restrictions and guidelines outside of our control. As we move forward we want to keep you as updated as possible. We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions to help you. You can find the information below. We thank all of our families in advance for your patience during this process, your understanding, and your cooperation.
Reopening High Point Academy FAQs
1) Does HPA plan to reopen on August 12, 2020, with all students attending school five days per week?
We understand the need for families to be able to plan for the reopening of school. Our school leaders are planning and preparing three options for starting the school year on August 12th. We are working with recommendations from the AccelerateED Task Force, DHEC, and the CDC to protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Public health officials will determine whether our community is experiencing low, medium, or high spread of Covid-19. This will impact the way we will be allowed to reopen our schools in August and may change throughout the school year. Through this guidance we will create a teaching and learning environment as close to normal as possible. The three plans include:
- Traditional school day, with increased safety measures
- Blended Learning with students attending two to three times a week, limiting the number of students in the building at any one time
- Remote Learning with the curriculum continuing online
2) Will parents be able to choose an online-only option?
Yes. For the 2020-2021 school year, HPA students will have an option to enroll in virtual classes taught by our teachers. This option will be designed as a semester-long online alternative to in-person instruction.
3) What were the results of the recent parent survey?
High Point Academy recently asked parents to complete a brief survey. Of the families who responded, 53% of parents preferred their children return to the classroom or had no preference, 17% preferred online learning only option, and 30% preferred a mixture of face-to-face and virtual instruction.
4) What health assessments will be in place? What will happen if a student becomes ill while at school?
HPA will use guidance from the AccelerateED Task Force, DHEC, and the CDC. Our staff includes two registered nurses who will work with all students and staff to educate everyone on proper precautions and detection of symptoms. Temperature checks will be in place before students enter the building each school day. Students who become ill, and/or exhibit symptoms at school will be isolated and a parent/guardian will be contacted to take them home. In addition to our school staff, we are working with a professional cleaning operation who will have personnel on campus each day to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched. HPA has also purchased specialized cleaning equipment that will be utilized each day.
5) Will staff and students be required to wear masks?
We do not know at this time if staff and students will be required to wear masks while at school. We are awaiting more guidance from state and local health officials. We understand there are concerns with some students being asked to wear masks.
6) Will school supplies be shared?
No. Students will keep their own set of school supplies in a container or plastic bag.
7) Will each student have their own Chromebook? Will one-to-one devices be utilized in all scenarios?
Yes, our school will be 1:1 in technology at all grade levels. Students in grades K-5 will be assigned a Chromebook or device to use in the classroom. Students in grades 6-12 are assigned a Chromebook that is theirs to use throughout the school year at home and at school.
8) If remote learning is necessary at any point during the year, what will that look like?
If schools are closed for any length of time during the 2020-2021 school year, HPA will immediately switch all students to online learning. Students and teachers in grades K-12 will be expected to participate with specific expectations and procedures for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. HPA will be fully prepared to “make the switch” to continue online with the curriculum and work with families to problem solve any challenges this brings.
9) If a blended learning model must be utilized, with half of the students attending on “A” days and half attending on “B” days, will the school keep children from the same family/household on the same schedule?
In this scenario, our goal will be to keep students in grades K-8 from the same family/household on the same attendance schedule. We are not sure if we will be able to accommodate high school students in the same manner.,
10) Some students may have increased anxiety or other behavioral health concerns. How will HPA help them?
At each level, HPA has full-time school counselors available every school day. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of these individuals, or an individual principal, if you are in need of assistance for your child.