High Point Academy | Spartanburg, SC

At the direction of the Governor and the State Department of Education, High Point Academy will be closed for the remainder of the school year. High Point Academy students will continue distance learning at home. We will provide updates on a regular basis about school operations through emails, texts, and voice calls, as well as updating this webpage.

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Graduation Update May 8
Greetings,
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this letter to invite you and your loved ones to the High Point Academy Graduation Commencement Service for the graduating Class of 2020. All of High Point Academy is excited, proud, and extremely honored to celebrate with you as we prepare for our students to receive diplomas. Graduating from high school is an important milestone for your child and one we will forever cherish in our memories at High Point Academy.

 

The High Point Academy Commencement Service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020. The service will begin promptly at 10:00 am in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the High Point Academy campus. All guests are asked to be seated by 9:45 am so that the service can begin on time. Each graduating student will receive three (3) tickets to share with immediate family members for admission to the Commencement Service. We apologize that we are not able to allow more guests during this time of COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for putting our students’ safety first.

 

A graduation ceremony is filled with pomp and circumstance as each student is honored with his or her class. Our graduating students have learned the importance of displaying honor, integrity, and service as well as practicing the 3R’s; rights, respect, and responsibility. Thank you for recognizing that our students have the right to hear individual names announced before and after other graduates walk across the stage to receive diplomas, the expectation that each individual student will be shown respect during this momentous occasion, and the mindset that we all share the responsibility to ensure that we preserve the dignity of this ceremony.

 

All of High Point Academy is looking forward to seeing you at this culminating celebration. Congratulations to you, your family, and especially to our graduating class of 2020. We have included some additional information below about the ceremony, graduation practice, and senior responsibilities.

Sincerely,

Cameron S. Collier, Principal
High Point Academy High School

 

Senior Coursework
The last day of live classes for seniors will be Thursday, May 7. Any make-up work after this date will need to be completed and turned in by Friday, May 15. Please contact the High School Principal, Mr. Collier, or your student’s teacher if you have any questions. If you are a senior and need to turn in paper packets, please contact Mr. Collier at ccollier@hpaspart.org to make arrangements.

 

Graduation
The graduation commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, at 10:00 am inside the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the High Point Academy Campus. While we feel it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors, we must also do so in a safe and sanitary atmosphere. High Point Academy will follow the guidelines and suggestions set forth by the CDC, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the State Department of Education.

 

  • 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.

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to do our very best in celebrating the Class of 2020. Even though this is not the send-off our seniors deserve, we know you will work with us to follow the guidelines that will allow us to come together for this special occasion.

 

Graduation Rehearsal
Graduation rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, at 10:00 am in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Students will need to arrive no later than 9:30 am for the rehearsal. All students must be present and on-time for the rehearsal to participate in the graduation ceremony. Masks will be provided for all students during the rehearsal. Please note that the rehearsal is for graduates only.

 

**Students will need to bring their school-issued computers and chargers to complete a mandatory senior survey during rehearsal. The computers will be collected after the surveys are completed.

 

Graduation Requirements/Graduation Participation
Senior students must complete all graduation requirements before the graduation rehearsal and graduation ceremony to participate. Students must meet the minimum graduation requirements, according to the South Carolina Department of Education.

 

Graduation Tickets
Graduation tickets will be distributed after the graduation rehearsal. Each student will receive a maximum of 3 tickets for immediate family for the commencement ceremony. It is imperative that students keep track of tickets since extra tickets will not be available.

 

Seniors (Fees)
All Seniors fees will need to be paid by Thursday, May 21, to participate in the commencement ceremony. Fees include library books, textbooks, lunch balances, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jones in guidance at sjones@hpaspart.org or at (864) 316-9788 ext. 709. All fees will need to be paid prior to picking up the cords and stoles. If you owe fees, you will need to show your receipt before picking up these items.

 

Cords and Stoles
Cords and stoles will be available for students to pick up from 9 am-1 pm on Thursday, May 21, at the PAC entrance doors. During this time, seniors have the option of taking a photo on stage. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need to bring your cap, gown, and tassel.

 

Graduation Attire
Graduation dress code is as follows: Young men should be in black shoes, navy blue or black pants, and dress shirts with neckties. Young women should wear Sunday dress or a pantsuit. (No flip flops or tennis shoes allowed.)

 

Email Accounts (Seniors) 
Please be aware that post-graduation, all HPA senior student email accounts will be deactivated. We encourage students to transition to an alternative email address and include the new email address information on the senior survey that will be completed during rehearsal.

 

Deaf/Hearing Impaired
If family members or guests need an interpreter for the graduation ceremony, please contact Mr. Collier at ccollier@hpaspart.org by Wednesday, May 13. Under the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

 

Handicapped Pick-up/Drop-off
Guests that are handicapped, using a wheelchair, etc. can be dropped off at the PAC entrance doors for graduation; however, all cars should be parked in the designated parking spaces.
Update May 5:

Dear HPA Families,

It is hard to believe May is here, and although this year has been unlike any other, we are close to closing out the 2019-2020 school year. We know the last seven weeks have been challenging, and we can’t say thank you enough for your support and for supporting your student during this time. Our distance learning plan has allowed students to continue their education, keeping them prepared for what is next. Please continue to work hard and finish the school year strong. Our teachers, administrators, and staff will continue to be here to support you, and we will get through this together. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal if you need any assistance.

 

We have included several updates below on events and upcoming dates throughout May, including graduation and how to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

Senior Coursework
The last day of live classes for seniors will be Thursday, May 7. Any make-up work after that date will need to be completed and turned in by Friday, May 15. Please contact High School Principal, Mr. Collier, or your student’s teacher if you have any questions. If you are a senior and need to turn in paper packets, please contact Mr. Collier at ccollier@hpaspart.org to make arrangements. Senior students must complete all graduation requirements prior to the graduation rehearsal and/or ceremony to participate.

 

Graduation
We are pleased to announce the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, at 10:00 am inside the Performing Arts Center on the High Point Academy Campus. While we feel it is important to recognize the accomplishments of our seniors, we must also do so in a safe and sanitary atmosphere. High Point Academy will follow the guidelines and suggestions set forth by the CDC, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the State Department of Education. Our senior families will receive more detailed information about graduation. Those plans will include:

 

  • 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
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to do our very best in celebrating the Class of 2020. Even though this is not the send-off our seniors expected, we know you will work with us to follow the guidelines that will allow us to come together for this special occasion.

 

Prom
Due to the current environment, this year’s prom has been canceled.

 

Kindergarten – 11th-grade Work
All students in kindergarten through the 11th-grade will continue live classes through Thursday, May 14. All assignments and any make-up work must be completed and turned in no later than Friday, May 29th.

 

Paper Packet Drop-off
Students who are in kindergarten through 11th-grade, who need to turn-in paper packets of work can do so during the last two weeks of the school year. A schedule of when families are allowed to visit the school is below.

 

Kindergarten Graduation
Unfortunately, we are deciding to cancel this year’s Kindergarten Graduation ceremony. We are disappointed and saddened by this but also feel this is the best interest of our students, families, and staff. We are very proud of each of our kindergarten students and look forward to seeing them back on campus as first-graders!

 

8th-Grade Charleston Trip
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.

 

End of the Year Schedule
During the last two weeks of the school year (May 18-29), the State Department of Education is allowing families to visit schools. This is a time when families will be allowed to pick up personal belongings, drop-off school materials, and pick items like yearbooks, spring pictures, refunds, and pick-up any certificates. We will also use this time to register students for the next school year. The registration process will be streamlined for a more smooth and quicker procedure.

 

Beginning May 18 through the 29th, our building will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm daily for parents/guardians to come by and take care of any “end of the year” business and register for next school year. Under state guidelines, we will limit the number of people entering the building. Families are asked to visit only on your assigned day, alphabetically, by the last name. Please refer to the schedule below.

 

  • 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
Each person entering the building must wear a mask while inside. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

 

These are challenging times for us all, and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we navigate these uncertain times. Thank you for your support as we look forward to finishing this year strong.

 

-The HPA Team
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:

  1. 4-points added to final average if ALL work is completed and turned in during Q4
  2. 2-points added to the final average if SOME/MOST work is completed and turned in during Q4.
  3. 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.

 

Attendance
During this extended closure, students are not being marked absent. State regulations that govern the length of the school day and seat time have been waived. However, students should participate in all instructional sessions and complete assignments as doing so may help improve their grades.

 

Catch-Up Fridays
Beginning this Friday, April 17th, we will not have live teaching via Zoom. Each Friday will be designated as a “Catch-Up Day”. Teachers will be available between 10-12 and 1-3 on Friday’s, via email, to answer any questions that the students may have. This will give our students and families time to take a break and catch up on work assigned throughout the week.

 

Tech Support
If your student is in need of technical assistance with their school-issued Chromebook, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/er8Nu6uEeJ8Ardtz5. Once submitted, the HPA Tech Team will get in contact with you as soon as possible. If you have more than one student, who needs support, please fill this form out separately for each student.

 

Communication with Teachers & Principals
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.

 

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

Block

Time

1st Block

8:30 am – 9:20 am

2nd Block

9:25 am – 10:15 am

Break

10:15 am – 10:30 am

3rd Block

10:30 am – 11:20 am

4th Block

11:25 am-12:15 pm

 

Tech Support:

If your student is in need of technical assistance with their school-issued Chromebook, please complete this form (https://forms.gle/er8Nu6uEeJ8Ardtz5). Once submitted, the HPA Tech Team will get in contact with you as soon as possible. If you have more than one student, who needs support, please fill this form out separately for each student.

 

Communication:

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

State Testing:

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.

 

Learning Resources:

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

 

Athletics:

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/TduHfg5FeByLYBWn6) on internet and technology access. It is essential for all of our families to complete this as soon as possible. This will help us better help you and your student(s) during this shutdown due to COVID-19.

 

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-content/uploads/2020/03/Spartanburg-County-Meal-Service.pdf. You can also email us if you need help finding a site at thedifference@hpaspart.org.

 

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.


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 thedifference@hpaspart.org and we will help you find a site near you.


UPDATE March 16:

Academic Expectations

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.

 

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