Dear Highland families,
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to share some updates with everyone as we begin the month of August. We still have the same goal of starting the school year with students five days a week with safety precautions in place. However, over the past couple of weeks, we have faced some challenges as Covid-19 cases continue to increase locally and statewide, planning is becoming incredibly difficult and unsettling. We are still more than a month from the start of school but I want to ensure families are prepared for all possible options. This includes possibly starting on the hybrid model or even remotely in a worst case scenario.
During the last few days, our athletic department was informed of our first positive Covid-19 test for a student athlete with additional students waiting on results. At this time, all students and families have been contacted by the Morrow County Health Department if they were in contact with a positive case. Due to the positive test result and other test results pending, the Highland Athletic and Music Departments have suspended grades 7-12 football, cheerleading and marching band activities until Wednesday, August 5th. This will give our programs time to ensure other Covid-19 tests are not positive. Boys varsity golf is postponed through August 12th.
The district and building administrators are working on specific back to school details along with class assignments. More information about your child’s teacher assignment and schedule will be released in the next couple of weeks. Building administrators are also working on determining the two cohorts (A and B) for the hybrid model. They will begin the process of identifying family groups to ensure that family members would attend on the same days. The remaining students will be divided in an effort to have 50% of the students each day for in – person learning. The A and B cohorts will be determined as soon as possible so families can begin planning.
Parents may begin calling the elementary school this Tuesday, August 4th to schedule a time slot for Kindergarten registration on August 12th and 13th. We initially said parents could begin calling on Monday but we need to push it back a day to Tuesday.
Finally, we are in the last stages of connecting Power School to My School Bucks for making any payments online.
Highland Local Schools 2020/2021 Return Plan
Census: Also, just a reminder about the 2020 Census. You can complete the census information online (my2020census.gov) or by phone (844-330-2020). The census is conducted every ten years. The number of residents in each county determine the amount of funding and assistance from the government towards: roads, agriculture, health, housing assistance, food assistance, schools, etc.
Kindergarten Registration: If we do not return to school before the end of the year, our plan will be to have kindergarten registration on Wednesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 13th from 9:00-12:30 by appointment. You can call the elementary office starting August 4th to schedule an appointment. Please share this information to any friends or family members that have a child starting school next year.