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Learning Options Placement

September 17, 2020

Dear HCS,

As promised, we are now accepting requests for Pre-K to 8th-grade students to change their current learning option placement for the second nine-weeks grading period which begins on October 19.

If you want to stay in your current learning option placement (in-person with remote possibilities, full-time virtual, or blended), you don’t have to do anything.

You only need to submit a request if you want to make a change.

You will have to be signed in via Google using your student’s school email address in order to use the form. Please use this link to reach the change request form.  This form will close at 5:00 pm on September 30. 

The school system has decided to move K-5 students to 4 days a week of instruction beginning September 21, 2020. At some point, that move will be made to 5 days a week for K-5 students. We anticipate moving middle and high school students to 5 days a week soon but probably not later than the beginning of the 2nd nine-week grading period.  Some families may be waiting for more definitive information before making a learning option change request. If this is the case for you, you are welcome to wait until closer to September 30 to make your decision. We will send a reminder before the September 30 deadline. However, it is important to remember that the in-person option will remain subject to changing levels of response throughout the year depending on changing public health conditions in our state and community. 

We also recognize that there are a lot of parents who want to make a learning option change, particularly from in-person to full-time virtual, before the end of the first nine-weeks. Virtual class rosters are currently full, so the only way schools can make mass changes in the middle of a nine-week grading period would be to remove an existing teacher from their in-person classes, move their students to other teachers, and then assign new virtual classes to that teacher.  Doing this in the middle of a grading period would create a major disruption to a lot of students and make social distancing in remaining in-person classes even more difficult. Doing this at any point during the year would be disruptive, but we are trying to minimize that disruption by making such changes at the same time, the end of each nine-week grading period, and giving school principals enough time to plan for those changes. In the meantime, schools are using waiting lists to approve these requests when virtual openings become available due to withdrawals, and schools will do their best to honor requests that are accompanied by written orders from a medical doctor. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we try our best to balance the safety and needs of all of our students and teachers in these very challenging circumstances.

Thank you,

Hoover City Schools