Graduation Update May 8
- Each student will receive three guest tickets and is encouraged to limit guests to immediate family members.
- The ceremony will be live-streamed, enabling additional friends and family to take part in the celebration virtually.
- Guests must wear a mask while inside the building. Any guest without a mask will be provided one.
- Visitors will be required to sit in pre-marked areas that are at least six feet apart.
- Steps will be taken that meet the unique circumstances of the current situation.
- We ask that all families please exit the campus immediately following the ceremony.
- We kindly request if you or any invited guest(s) are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus that you NOT to attend the graduation ceremony for the safety of parents, students, and guests.
Update May 5:
Dear HPA Families,
Each student will receive three guest tickets and is encouraged to limit guests to immediate family members.
The ceremony will be live-streamed, enabling additional friends and family to take part in the celebration virtually.
Guests must wear a mask while inside the building. Any guest without a mask will be provided one.
If any family members or invited guests are experiencing any symptoms of the Coronavirus, we request that you DO NOT attend the graduation ceremony to assist us with the safety of our students, parents, staff, and other guests.
Visitors will be required to sit in pre-marked areas that are at least six feet apart.
Steps will be taken that meet the unique circumstances of the current situation.
We ask that all families please exit the campus immediately following the ceremony
The 8th grade Charleston field trip has been moved to October 21-22, 2020. Specific communication with more details will be sent out to those families directly.
- May 18th – A-B
- May 19th – C-F
- May 20th – G-I
- May 21st – J-L
- May 22nd – M-O
- May 25th – Memorial Day (school will be closed)
- May 26th – P-R
- May 27th – S-U
- May 28th – V-Z
- May 29th – Makeup Day
Update April 22:
Dear HPA Families,
As you are probably aware, the Governor and State Superintendent Spearman have announced all public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. We are surely saddened to know we will not be at school together again this year, but we understand the safety and health of our students, families, and staff are the top priority. Our distance learning plan will continue with virtual classes and students working on assignments as we have over the last few weeks. We are proud of the effort and work our students have shown us during this school closure. Please continue to encourage your students to work hard and to do the best they can. Your teachers and principals are here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to them at any time.
Families of seniors, don’t forget, classes will end on May 15th. All work should be completed by this date. All other students will continue distance learning through the end of the school year.
We are working on finalizing plans and decisions for things like graduation, the return of school materials, pick-up of student personal items, specific end-of-the-year schedule, registration for next year, etc. We will provide additional information soon.
We will continue to get through this together. Thank you for your support of teachers, administrators, and, most importantly, your student during this time. Stay safe.
-The HPA Team
UPDATE April 14:
Dear High Point Academy Families,
We hope this update finds you doing well and in good health. Our distance learning is off to a great start in April. We continue to be amazed by our students and families. The High Point Academy administration, teachers, and staff realize it is difficult for students to learn certain concepts without direct, in-person access to a teacher. We also recognize that students and families have varying levels of support. Parents, we ask you to do the best you can to help students complete the assigned work. Our teachers will be assessing work based on completion and effort and will continue to provide feedback to students. At times, teachers may ask students to redo work to help support the learning process.
For those students who completed paper packets, please hang on to those for the time being. We will give further directions for turning those in, once the Governor’s Executive Order has been lifted or as we receive further clarification. We will provide direction on the process of dropping-off these packets. For students who completed work digitally using their Chromebook or other devices, you do not need to return anything to the school as long as assignments were submitted to the teacher electronically through Google Classroom or by other means directed by the teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about this process or to verify that work was submitted.
We have included several updates below including the distance learning Grading Policy, attendance, and the procedure for technical support with school-issued devices. We have adjusted the top of our homepage to include easy to navigate tabs that include school closure information & distance learning plan, at-home learning resources, and COVID-19 health information. We hope this will help you easily find information.
Grading for Quarter 4 During School Closure
- Elementary & Middle School
Based on direction from the State Department of Education, students at High Point Academy will not receive a stand-alone grade for the 4th quarter. Instead, all South Carolina students will only receive a second-semester grade that combines 3rd quarter grades completed at school with participation and engagement grades completed during the closure. This participation and engagement will be in the form of work completed, Zoom classes attended, paper packets completed, etc.
The final second-semester grade will use the grades from Q3 to establish a baseline grade for the semester. All work completed after this time will be used to determine additional progress in an effort to improve students’ grades. We will average quarters 1-3 to get a final yearly average. Students will then have the opportunity to improve that average by up to 4 points based on the following:
- 4-points added to final average if ALL work is completed and turned in during Q4
- 2-points added to the final average if SOME/MOST work is completed and turned in during Q4.
- 0-points added to the final average if NONE of the work is completed and turned in during Q4
- High School
Based on direction from the State Department of Education (SCDE), students at High Point Academy will not receive a stand-alone grade for the 4th quarter. Instead, all South Carolina students will only receive a second-semester grade that combines 3rd quarter grades completed at school with participation and engagement grades completed during the closure. This participation and engagement will be in the form of work completed, Zoom classes attended, paper packets completed, etc.
Since high school students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses that require students to meet the minimum SC Graduation Requirements and the need to complete other requirements to attend specific colleges, grading at this time will continue as normal. Students are expected to attend class each day and complete assignments during this time to improve the current grades in their courses. Although students are not being marked absent according to the SCDE, teachers are taking attendance in the classroom to be sure students are present and learning new material. Parents may receive calls from the school if a student has missed class. Our goal is to continue preparing students for the next grade level as well as the college level.
- Elementary – email@example.com
- Middle School – firstname.lastname@example.org
- High School – email@example.com
We ask everyone to stay resilient during this difficult time. We will continue to get through this together. Please continue to follow the guidelines of our health and government officials. We miss seeing everyone at school and look forward to getting back to normal.
-The HPA Team
UPDATE March 31:
We hope your spring break is off to a good start and your family is using this time to get some rest and reenergize. We have been amazed by all the hard work and the effort our families, students, and teachers have shown us during our first two weeks of learning at home. Our school community has come together during these difficult times, and we appreciate your continued cooperation and support.
As you are aware, the Governor and the S.C. Department of Education has extended the school closure through April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tentatively, the school will reopen on Monday, May 4. High Point Academy will continue with our distance learning plan. The next day of at home will be Monday, April 6th after Spring Break. Details for elementary, middle, and high school students are below. We understand the extended closure can put a strain on parents and students. Please know, our administrators, teachers, and staff are here for you and will continue to work hard to help students learn at home. As the Governor stated, if there is any way to safely open school earlier, we will do so, but the safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. We will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.
School Distance Learning Plan by School:
- Elementary Students – Elementary students will use a virtual “flipped” classroom model. Students will be able to watch teacher-recorded or pre-made lessons and then communicate with teachers through ZOOM or by phone if they have any questions about the material. The majority of the content will require only notebook paper to complete to alleviate the need to print or pick up packets. We will post material on the Elementary Google Site, where the original paper packets were posted. If parents do not have internet access or a device at home, they should reach out to Mr. Lancaster. If students are unable to access the online content, alternate assignments are available, but will most likely require support from the parent to complete. We strongly encourage families to use alternative paper assignments as a last resort.
- Middle School Students – Teachers have set up daily classroom times in ZOOM (class schedule, meeting I.D.s, and passwords emailed). Students will log in during the time designated for each of their classes. Each lesson will be recorded and placed in the teachers’ Google Classroom. Students who are not able to log in at the specific class time will be able to access the recorded lesson in Google Classroom. Assignments that go with each lesson will be uploaded into the Google Classroom. Teachers will provide weekly packets for those students who do not have internet access at home. However, we encourage families to contact Charter to take advantage of free internet. If parents do not have internet access or a device at home, they should reach out to Mrs. Harris. If students are unable to access the online content, alternate assignments are available, but will most likely require support from the parent to complete. We strongly encourage families to use alternative paper assignments as a last resort.
- High School Students – Teachers have set up daily classroom times in ZOOM (see schedule). Students will log in during the time designated for each of their classes. Each lesson will be recorded and placed in the teachers’ Google Classroom. Students who are not able to log in at the specific class time will be able to access the recorded lesson in Google Classroom. Assignments that go with each lesson will be uploaded into the Google Classroom. Teachers will provide weekly packets for those students who do not have internet access at home. However, we encourage families to contact Charter to take advantage of free internet. If parents do not have internet access or a device at home, they should reach out to Mr. Collier. If students are unable to access the online content, alternate assignments are available, but will most likely require support from the parent to complete. We strongly encourage families to use alternative paper assignments as a last resort.
High School-Digital Distance Learning Schedule
8:30 am – 9:20 am
9:25 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:20 am
11:25 am-12:15 pm
If your student is in need of technical assistance with their school-issued Chromebook, please complete this form (https://forms.gle/
Teachers are available daily and will be in constant contact with students and families. Teachers will be available by email from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 each day. Families may reach out to their teachers via email. You can find a list of teacher emails here. You may also contact school principals through email.
- Elementary – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School – email@example.com
- High School – firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet Service Information:
Free internet service is being offered by some providers for students who are impacted by school closures.
- AT&T: two months of free service to new access customers who order by April 30. It will then be five dollars a month or 10 dollars a month after the free two months, depending on speed. The company said it will expand eligibility for households participating in the National School Lunch Program/Head start. Visit att.com/access for complete information and to apply.
- Charter/Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Click here for more information
- Chesnee Communications: call 864-461-2211
Many mobile providers are increasing hotspots, providing data at no-cost, and increasing access.
- T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response
- AT&T: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Sprint: https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm
- Verizon: https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-help-customers-and-small-businesses
Events, Activities, & Field Trip Information:
All activities and events during the school closure are canceled or postponed. We will work to reschedule as many of these as we possibly can.
- 8th-Grade Charleston Trip: The trip is canceled. We are working with Good News Travel on refunds and will issues those as soon as possible. 8th-grade families will receive communication directly, via email, with those details
- Prom – We have rescheduled prom, tentatively, for May 2
- Festival of Music Chorus Trip – This event has been canceled by the organizer.
- Chorus Disney Trip – This trip has been canceled. We are talking with the organizers to get any refunds that are due and will contact those families directly.
- High School Costa Rica Trip – This trip has been tentatively rescheduled for May 11th-17th. We will reassess as we move closer to these dates.
- Graduation – At this time, graduation is still scheduled for May 22
The S.C. Department of Education has announced requirements for spring testing, and assessments have been waived. For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:
- SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8);
- SC PASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
- End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
- Prekindergarten assessments; and
- Alternate Assessments
The South Carolina Department of Education is also working closely with the vendors of college entrance, college credit, and workforce readiness assessments to explore innovative approaches, such as testing online.
The public library will offer a variety of resources through Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library. This is available through June 30 to support students, parents, and educators while schools and libraries are closed. These include dozens of learning resources in a variety of subjects. New resources include:
- Tumble Math – Targets kindergarten through grade 6
- Teen BookCloud – Targets grades 7th through 12th
- Tutor.com – Assists kindergarten through 12-grades with live homework help, writing center, test prep center, skills center resource library, and real-time tutoring; 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Saturday
The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) has suspended all sports activities during this school closure order. This suspension includes all contests, practices, workouts, tryouts (conditioning and strength training), and open season skill development. The Executive Committee of the SCHSL is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 2, to review the status of the spring sports schedule.
Please continue to stay safe and follow the guidelines from our state health and government officials. Together, we will get through this time of uncertainty. As needed we will communicate through our channels including email, text, and voice calls.
-The HPA Team
UPDATE March 24:
The Governor and the S.C. Department of Education have announced all public schools will remain closed through the month of April in response to COVID-19.
“At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.” Full statement here: https://governor.sc.gov/news/2020-03/joint-statement-gov-henry-mcmaster-sc-superintendent-education-molly-spearman
Students should continue to complete their work and assignments daily. We have already begun the next phase of our distance learning plan and will share that with you soon. Our teachers and administrators are here for families each day.
UPDATE March 23:
We hope week two of distance learning is off to a good start. Our teachers and principals are hearing from students and parents as they work on assignments during this school closure. Thank you for adjusting and cooperating with us during these uncertain times. Our students are working hard daily, and we appreciate their effort and encourage them to continue to stay focused and on track.
**IMPORTANT** We are asking all families to please complete our Distant Learning Survey (https://forms.gle/
Meal Service Update:
Any family who needs a meal can go to any pick-up location across Spartanburg County. We have listed this information here https://hpaspartanburg.com/wp-
Internet Service Information:
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and college students. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Click here for more information. Many cell phone providers are also increasing hotspots, providing unlimited data at no-cost, and increasing access. Please check with your provider for more details.
- T-Mobile: https://www.t-
- AT&T: https://about.att.com/
- Sprint: https://newsroom.
- Verizon: https://www.verizon.
UPDATE March 19:
We hope everyone is adjusting to new schedules, and students are working on their distance learning packets and work. We are extremely proud of our students (and parents) for working hard during this time, as we all make the necessary adjustments. Our teachers and administrators are hearing from students daily and working with them to continue the learning process. We appreciate everything you are doing and continue to do to help us navigate these uncertain times. You may contact teachers and principals through email. You can find a list of email addresses here.
Meal Service Update:
Our last day for the meal service is Thursday (March 19). Any family who needs a meal can go to any pickup location across the county. If you need help finding a location, email email@example.com and we will help you find a site near you.
UPDATE March 16:
As with all learning, students are expected to put forth their best effort and complete his or her assignments according to teacher guidance. If, for some reason, your student cannot complete the work, please contact your teacher or grade level administrator.
Spring Break for Students, Staff, and Families
Spring Break is scheduled from March 30 – April 3 for students and staff. It will continue as planned for this week. We hope this will be a time for our families and employees to get some rest and reenergize.
What You Can Do
- Please exercise care, following guidelines about Coronavirus put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as you travel over spring break
- If you experience symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) that you believe are associated with Coronavirus, please stay at home, contact your healthcare provider, and notify the school
- MUSC is offering virtual doctor visits for free. If you are exhibiting symptoms, go to MUSC.care (use promo code COVID19) to speak to an online virtual care provider.
Spring Break Travel
We would encourage families to take the usual health precautions. As you evaluate your travel, we encourage you to monitor changes in restrictions for COVID-19 by using the following website: U.S. State Department to review your destination(s) before your departure, during your trip, and upon your return. Please understand this information changes, and as such, we encourage you to check this website regularly.
Talking to your children
We understand the uncertainty can be stressful for everyone, especially for children. We have included a link to frequently asked questions and answers. Click here to read more.
Travel – Business/Vacation
We continue to ask or families to immediately inform our school if any family members or students have traveled in an area of an outbreak, have come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, or is diagnosed with Coronavirus.
Stop The Spread of Germs
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.