Hardin County Schools continues to modify its schedule to increase instructional time for students.
The school year started for HCS during the week of August 24, 2020. Since the beginning of the year, all in-person instruction has taken place through an “A/B” hybrid schedule in response to Kentucky Health at School guidelines.
The district has had an opportunity to ensure the success of the “A/B” schedule, therefore, it is prepared to increase the amount of instructional time students receive.
In an effort to bring district-wide uniformity and create more instructional opportunities, HCS is now asking all in-person learning students to attend school on alternating Wednesdays. This will start after the district’s Fall Break (October 5 – 9, 2020). For example:
- Group A students will attend school on Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Group B students will attend school on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
- Group A will attend on Wednesday, October 28
- Group B will attend on Wednesday, November 4.
This pattern of alternating Wednesdays will continue until another possible decision is made about the school schedule.
This change is for Kindergarten through 12th-grade students only. Preschool students will remain on their current schedule.
“We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to continue the strong momentum that we have this year,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “This move also creates consistent practices across the district. Our staff is doing a wonderful job adjusting and our students and parents have been absolutely resilient. We want parents and students to know that Wednesdays will be a required instructional day for ‘A/B’ in-person learning students and attendance will be taken.”
Based upon the data the district currently has and the continued focus on social distancing, HCS anticipates the need to continue with its current in-person “A/B” schedule through the beginning of winter break (the last day of school before winter break is December 18, 2020).
“Operating on a hybrid schedule enables us to sustain social distancing in our classrooms,” Morgan added. “Social distancing minimizes the spread of the virus and limits the number of students quarantined due to a potential exposure.”
Students, staff and families are encouraged to continue to follow the guidelines as suggested to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during fall break.
- Social distance
- Wash hands often
- Wear a mask