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5/22 Update – First Steps Towards Return of HCSD High School Athletics

“The Georgia High School Association announced yesterday that member schools may begin conditioning for their athletic programs on June 8th. The Hall County School District Athletic Department is working on a plan for a return to athletic conditioning based on the guidance and restrictions set forth by the GHSA. Details will be provided soon, and we look forward with anticipation to June 8th. Please listen to Mr. Schofield’s remarks regarding this exciting news.”

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May 28th Update HCSD Summer Meal Deliveries Update For June

English

The Hall County School District will continue with meal deliveries to students during the month of June. Beginning June 2, students will receive 5 days’ worth of meals, once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday. Day of delivery will depend on where your child attends school. If you have questions, please call school nutrition at 770-534-1080. Please note: There will be no drive through service for meals at elementary schools during the month of June.

Meal Storage Instructions

Some of these meal items need to be stored at 41F or lower, in a refrigerator or cooler, such as milk, cheese sticks, yogurt, deli sandwiches, and packs of fresh cut vegetables. “Uncrustables” and breakfast pancakes/waffles/cinnamon rolls can be frozen to be eaten later, or kept at room temperature to eat in the next 1-2 days. All other items can be stored at room temperature.


Spanish

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall continuará con la entrega de alimentos a los estudiantes durante el mes de junio. A partir del 2 de junio, los estudiantes recibirán lo de 5 días de comidas, una vez a la semana, los martes o miércoles. El día de entrega dependerá de dónde asista su hijo a la escuela. Si tienes preguntas, llame a nutrición escolar al 770-534-1080. Tenga en cuenta que No habrá servicio de entrega de alimentos por auto en las escuelas primarias durante el mes de junio.

Instrucciones de almacenamiento de comida

Algunos de estos alimentos necesitan ser guardados a una temperature de 41F o menos en su refrigeradora o en un enfriador. Tales como leche, barritas de queso, yogurt, sandwiches, y los paquetes de vegetales. Los sandwiches de jalea con peanut butter y panqueques de desayuno / waffles / rollos de canela pueden ser frizados para comerse luego, o pueden ser guardados a temperature ambiente para comerlos no mas de los siguientes 2 dias. El resto de los alimentos pueden ser guardados a temperature ambiente.


May 18th Update – HCSD Summer Meal Deliveries Update

Students 18 years-old and younger may participate in the summer meals program. Meals for the week will be delivered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the month of June following the schedule in the link provided below.

Middle and high school students may also participate along the bus routes. Buses will leave schools at approximately 9:00 A.M. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Bus stop arrival times may vary slightly. There will be no drive-through service available during the month of June. Click here to view the schedule.

Horario de alimentos de verano para junio de 2020 de las Escuelas del Condado de Hall

Los estudiantes de 18 años y menores pueden participar en el programa de alimentos de verano. Las comidas para la semana se entregarán los martes y miércoles durante el mes de junio siguiendo el siguiente horario en el enlace abajo.

Los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria también pueden participar a lo largo de las rutas de los autobuses. Los autobuses saldrán de las escuelas aproximadamente a las 9:00 a.m. los martes y miércoles. El horario de llegada a la parada de autobús puede variar ligeramente. No habrá servicio de entrega de alimentos por auto disponible durante el mes de junio. Haga click aqui para ver el horario.


April 15th Update – HCSD Meal Deliveries

Effective immediately, the Hall County School District’s weekly meal deliveries to students will run Monday through Thursday only. There will be no meal deliveries on Fridays; however, a two-day supply of meals will be delivered on Thursdays to ensure that student needs are met.
Pick up for meals at Elementary schools will switch to a Monday through Thursday schedule as well, with a two-day supply of meals provided on Thursdays.

Efectivo inmediatamente, las entregas semanales de alimentos del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall a los estudiantes se realizarán de lunes a jueves solamente. No habrá entregas de alimentos los viernes. Sin embargo, se entregará un suministro de alimentos para dos días los jueves y de esta manera garantizar que se satisfagan las necesidades de los estudiantes.
También cambiará a un horario de lunes a jueves para recoger los alimentos en las escuelas primarias, con un suministro de alimentos para dos días los jueves.


April 12th Update – Return from Spring Break – School From Home – Meal Delivery Delayed

We hope you have had a safe and enjoyable spring break. The Hall County School District will continue with digital learning School-from-Home, tomorrow Monday, April 13. School from home will begin at its usual time.

Additionally, due to the strong possibility of severe weather into the early morning hours, and to ensure safety of students and staff, meal delivery will be delayed by one hour tomorrow.


April 3rd Update – HCSD School from Home Schedule

Beginning on April 13, 2020, the Hall County School District will transition to a School-from-Home Schedule which maintains structured learning Monday through Thursday and provides family flexibility with a “We Care Friday.” We recognize the added stresses of this unprecedented time, and our school district is committed to balancing School-from-Home academic programming with the needs of the families of our educators and students.

All 37 Hall County Schools will adhere to this schedule. Assignments and new lessons will not take place on Fridays. “We Care Fridays” will allow students time to catch up on previous assignments; do kind deeds for others while abiding by the established Shelter-in-Place guidelines; seek tutoring support; or simply engage in a quality family activity.

“We Care Fridays” will allow teachers time to take part in professional learning; monitor student progress and provide feedback; work on lesson plans; and nurture themselves and their own families. This schedule will continue on a weekly basis; we are moving forward with learning.

This plan does not change the schedule for our meal delivery program. Buses will continue to deliver meals Monday – Friday, resuming on April 13.

The Hall County School District is steadfast in its commitment to support the families within our Hall County community. We recognize the continuously changing world in which we live and will adjust as additional needs arise. Bottom line, we care.

Kevin C. Bales
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning


April 1st Update

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s order issued this afternoon, the Hall County School District will remain closed for in-person-instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. However, please note that our School-From-Home efforts will continue. As of now, all services currently provided by the district to our students, including meal delivery, remain in place.

The Hall County School District’s Superintendent and Board of Education will take the next 72 hours to assess the situation; they will seek guidance from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Education to determine next steps for the remainder of the school year.

As a reminder, spring break is scheduled for April 6 through April 10. There will be no School-From-Home during the break and there will be no meal deliveries.

Finally, we ask parents and guardians to encourage students to keep applying themselves and engaging with School-From-Home lessons and activities. These are without question challenging times, but learning must continue for our students.


March 26th Update
HCSD Responds to Governor’s Announcement Regarding Extension of Public School Closures

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s declaration this afternoon, the Hall County District will keep its campuses closed to in-person-instruction through April 24, 2020. School-From-Home will continue for all Hall County students and staff.

“We have every intention of engaging students and advancing their learning for the duration of the closure, as well as for remainder of the school year,” said Will Schofield, Superintendent for Hall County Schools. “Our past experience with digital learning prepared us well for this challenge, and our recent School-From-Home efforts have given us an opportunity to collaborate with each other and build upon that foundation. We are moving forward with learning.”

Spring break will be from April 6 through April 10; however, School-From-Home and meal deliveries will not take place during the break. Both will resume on April 13 and will continue at least through April 24.

During School-From Home, as long as resources are available and conditions allow, meal deliveries to students will continue on scheduled days of learning and instruction.

The Hall County School District appreciates the patience and understanding of its stakeholders during these challenging days, and we remain committed to educating and serving the boys and girls of Hall County.


March 24th Update

Coronavirus Update/Message to Community

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s directive this afternoon, the Hall County School District will continue with its digital School-From-Home-Days through April 3. Our campuses will remain closed to the public, but learning will continue.

The Hall County School District is making every effort to meet the needs of its students and its community during the unparalleled challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hall County students continue to gain access to learning through our digital School-From-Home efforts. District analytics indicate that students are utilizing our online learning management system on a consistent basis. Last week, 282,707 student-log-ins took place over a five-day period. This number does not account for those students who accessed the system through a mobile device app.

Additionally, when not preparing lessons or engaging with students online, our teachers are making an effort to focus on their professional growth. As of Friday, March 20, approximately 1000 individuals participated in online professional learning sessions with Hall County School District content and learning specialists. Numerous other opportunities, not recorded, are taking place at the school level. We are also expanding online professional learning this week in order to include more of our classified team members.

Last week, our school nutrition, transportation, and countless other dedicated classified team members prepared and delivered 76,905 meals to Hall County students.

Our healthcare science programs are in the process of collecting personal protective equipment (PPEs), such as gloves, gowns, masks, etc. These items are in high demand and will be donated to local healthcare professionals as they address the medical needs of our community.

“There is no doubt we are in unchartered territory,” said Superintendent Will Schofield. “However, the district’s resolve to meet the needs of our students during this challenge is undeniable. We are witnessing first-hand the heart of our team and its desire to become the most caring place on earth.”


March 20th Update
As we finish an unprecedented week of School-from-Home, let me say that our team has exceeded all of my expectations. Perhaps you saw the following from Ken Buck of South Carolina:

We gave educators almost no notice. We asked them to completely redesign what school looks like and in about 24 hours local administrators and teachers “Apollo 13’ed” the problem and fixed it. Kids learning, children being fed, needs being met in the midst of a global crisis. No state agency did this, no so-called national experts on curriculum. The local educators fixed it in hours. HOURS…No complaining and no handwringing – just solutions and amazingly clever plans…Remember that the next time someone tells you that teachers have it easy or try to persuade you that educators are not among the smartest, most ingenious people in society…Get out of the way of a teacher and watch with amazement at what really happens.

This captures the response of our Hall County Team and the learning that our students have experienced.

I have received a few heartfelt questions from caring individuals. I will attempt to address them below:

Q: Is continuing school worth the effort?

A: We absolutely believe it is. Many districts across the country are not in a position to continue learning at any meaningful level. The developmental loss for students, particularly young students, is almost incalculable. Our ability to lever digital resources has been an amazing asset our team has intentionally developed over the past several years. Additionally, when we return to “normal,” we will be better able to meet the needs of our students because of continued learning away from school.

Q: Why meals and bus routes? A team member may get COVID-19.

A: People in our community will very likely contract COVID-19, and some type of social interaction is required to obtain meals in any situation. Many families are not in a position to purchase a 30-day supply of groceries, and they would require even more frequent social interaction to provide for their children. The social contact required for 15,000 students and their individual families to acquire daily meals is overwhelming; It is far greater than the interaction generated with our controlled delivery of meals utilizing a limited number of known people who socially distance and follow safety protocols. Additionally, it is impossible to quantify the value of interaction and the other significant needs we have discovered and met due to these routes occurring. Many stories detail students who are so appreciative to have some contact with caring adults, receiving diapers, books, etc.

If we have workers who are high risk because of underlying conditions, it has been our expectation from the beginning that they have consistently been encouraged to self-care and stay home if necessary.

Q: How long is this going to go on?

A: Conditions are changing hourly, and we will continue to alter plans and actions based upon current information. We will make decisions in a deliberate and fact-based manner, always prioritizing our team members and community needs and how we can best care for our boys and girls.

Have a great weekend,
Will Schofield

 


March 19th Update
The Hall County School District is following the directive of the governor and is conducting school from home through March 31.

March 27th is a scheduled teacher workday. There will be no school from home on this day, nor will student meals be delivered.


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Where can I find additional information and resources about COVID-19?
You can find the most up-to-date guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health at dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus. You can find the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/coronavirus​. You can view information and updates from the Georgia Department of Education, including guidance released to schools, on this webpage.​

What can my student and I do to stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Keep children who are sick at home. Don’t send them to school.
  • Teach your children to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Teach your children to stay at least three feet away from people who are sick.
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school and stay away from other people until they are better.

What should I do if my child exhibits symptoms?
Contact your doctor, a local public health clinic, or the local board of health. The Georgia Department of Public health is currently advising that individuals who have traveled from affected countries/areas in the past 14 days and have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek medical care, and should contact their healthcare provider and inform them of their travel history before going in.

Will my child’s school close?
The Georgia Department of Education is following the direction of the Georgia Department of Public Health regarding school closures. We are also advising local school districts to follow the direction of their local board of health. At this time, the Georgia Department of Public Health has advised us that students who are not ill can safely attend schools. We are in regular contact with GaDPH and will immediately inform school districts if their recommendation changes.

What will the Georgia Department of Education do to help students continue learning if schools close?
We are advising school districts to develop a plan to continue student learning should they need to close, using resources such as study packets, cable access, virtual school/online classes, etc. GaDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning is compiling virtual educational resources that will be provided to support schools’ efforts.

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