Hardin County Schools high school students whose parents have chosen the traditional face-to-face instruction model will attend school on a hybrid “A/B” schedule when school resumes on Monday, August 24, 2020.
Fifty percent of students at each high school (Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School and North Hardin High School) will be placed in Group A and will attend school on Monday and Thursday of each week. Group B, the other 50% of students, will attend school on Tuesday and Friday of each week. Schools will determine in which group a student will be located. College View Campus students whose parents chose face-to-face instruction will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. No high school students participating in face-to-face instruction will attend class in-person on Wednesdays. Wednesdays will be used for instructional enrichment activities.
“We understand that this is a change from the model we introduced earlier this month,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “However, this will give us the flexibility to offer the instructional opportunities that we feared we might not be able to offer after further study of both learning models.”
HCS will offer two instructional options to all students at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year: face-to-face classroom learning and an Online Learning Academy. HCS staff members spent several days contacting parents to seek a decision on which option was best for each particular family. Kentucky Department of Education Healthy at School social distancing guidelines and data indicating a majority of students would return to the school building in August, helped high school principals realize that offering the opportunities to which students were accustomed would be difficult.
“We were running into obstacles on how to keep Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit classes for both learning models,” Morgan said. “We also began to question if we could still maintain teaching five classes a day in the face-to-face instructional model. We have a lot more logistical flexibility by going to a hybrid A/B schedule. Our hope is to accomplish social distancing as often as possible.”
Wednesdays will be used for enrichment for the students who attend school in the face-to-face instructional model. When students in Group A are not in school on Tuesdays and Fridays, they will work on projects and homework from home. The same is true for “B” students when they are not in school on Mondays and Fridays. Students whose parents have chosen the Online Academy will attend classes five days a week.
If this initiative causes parents of high school students who chose the Online Learning Academy to change their minds and choose face-to-face learning, those parents must contact their high school no later than noon on Friday, July 31, 2020.
HCS will offer a virtual question and answer session for this initiative at noon on Tuesday, July 28. It will be streamed live on YouTube. There is more information below on how to view the Q-and-A session and a form that allows parents, high school students, staff and community members to ask questions before, during and after the session.
Principals from each HCS high school, Mrs. Morgan and HCS Chief Academic Officer Greg Sutton will be on hand to answer questions. It will be moderated by HCS Community Relations Specialist John Wright.
Only questions that arrive to HCS via the form on the website will be asked during the Q-and-A session. Questions posted to HCS social media sites will be answered at a later time.
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