R2L Weekly: September 10, 2020

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“R2L Weekly” has Henderson County Public Schools’ most recent “Return to Learn” updates in each issue, posted on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Individual updates will be linked on our Return to Learn webpage (HCPSNC.org/ReturnToLearn), sent to families through SwiftK12 email and phone reminders, and shared on social media. R2L Weekly content is current as of Wednesday at noon.

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Plan B Details

Henderson County Public Schools announced this week that schools will transition to the “Return to Learn” Plan B model – a blend of in-person and remote learning – with a staggered entry for different grade levels, beginning on September 21.

Plans for the calendar beyond October 2020 will be evaluated and refined as the school year progresses, in response to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, and public health recommendations.

Plan B requires face coverings and daily temperature screenings for all K-12 students, staff, and visitors; enhanced cleaning protocols; and other safety measures.

Graphic showing “Healthy Schools Start With You: Protective Measures at School.” Social Distancing will include spaced seating on buses and in class, marked reminders on floors, and fewer people in the building. Temperature checks will be taken before staff and students enter school. Face coverings will be required for K-12 students on buses and on school campuses. Cleaning & Hygiene: increased handwashing and proper sneezing hygiene will be encouraged, hand sanitizers will be in each classroom, staff will be cleaning high-touch areas more frequently.
Gráfico que “Las Escuelas Saludables Comienzan Contigo: Medidas de Protección en la Escuela.” Distanciamiento Social incluirá asientos separados en los autobuses y en la clase, recordatorios marcados en los pisos, y menos personas en el edificio. Controles de Revisión de Temperatura se tomarán antes de ingresar a la escuela. Cubiertas Faciales serán requeridas para los estudiantes de K-12 en el autobús y en los campus escolares. Limpieza e Higiene: se fomentará lavado de manos frecuente e higiene adecuada cuando se estornuda, habrá desinfectantes de manos en cada salón de clases, y el personal limpiará las áreas de alto contacto con más frecuencia.

The Schedule & Instructional Day

To meet physical distancing requirements, the “Return to Learn” Plan B will incorporate face-to-face instruction days and remote learning days at home, on an “A Day / B Day” schedule for grades 3-12.

–– Students in PreK-Grade 2, and eligible Intensive Intervention students will attend class on campus in-person every day, beginning Monday, September 21. The instructional day will consist of traditional in-person learning from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

–– Students in Grades 3-12 will be split into Group A and Group B based on last name, with flexibility provided for households. Each group will alternate meeting on campus for in-person learning two days each week, and access remote learning the other three days each week. Group A will attend in person on Mondays and Thursdays and Group B will attend in person on Tuesdays and Fridays; Wednesday will be remote learning days for all students in Grades 3-12.

For Grades 3-12, live and remote instruction will continue to be provided from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, which is remote only from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all students. Students scheduled to be on campus for instruction will remain in school after 12 p.m. for lunch and small group instruction, as well as opportunities for social interaction and Social-Emotional Learning through the end of the traditional school day.

–– For fully remote learners through Engage RLO, remote instruction will continue to be provided from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day. The Engage Remote Learning Option (RLO) will be a concurrent model, allowing remote learners to interact with HCPS teachers and peers. Families can still commit to a fully virtual first semester by registering for Engage RLO through the HCPS Enrollment Portal linked at www.HCPSNC.org.

Graphic showing Plan B Hybrid Schedule for Grades 3-12. Monday and Thursday are “A Days,” with Group A on-campus for instruction, Group B remote learning day 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Group A remains on-campus for lunch, small group instruction, etc. from 12-3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday are “B Days,” with Group B on-campus for instruction, Group A remote learning day 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and Group B remains on-campus for lunch, small group instruction, etc. from 12-3 p.m. Wednesday: remote learning for all. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.: remote learning day for all students in grades 3-12. Afternoon: Teachers will have opportunities for planning, team learning and office hours for students. Remote learnings (including Engage RLO students) may schedule on-campus supports
Gráfico que muestra el horario híbrido del Plan B para los grados 3-12. El lunes y el jueves son "A Days,” con Grupo A en la escuela para instrucción, día de aprendizaje a distancia del Grupo B de 8 a.m. a 12 p.m. y el Grupo A permanece en la escuela para el almuerzo, instrucción en grupos pequeños, etc. de 12 a 3 p.m. El martes y el viernes son "B Days,” con Grupo B en la escuela para instrucción, día de aprendizaje a distancia del Grupo AB de 8 a.m. a 12 p.m. y el Grupo B permanece en la escuela para el almuerzo, instrucción en grupos pequeños, etc. de 12 a 3 p.m. Miércoles: aprendizaje a distancia para todos. De 8 a.m. a 12 p.m.: Día de aprendizaje a distancia para todos los estudiantes en los grados 3-12. En la tarde: Los maestros tendrán oportunidades de planificación, aprendizaje en equipo y horas de oficina para los estudiantes. *Los estudiantes de aprendizaje a distancia, incluidos los estudiantes (comprometidos con el aprendizaje a distancia o Engage RLO en inglés) pueden programar apoyo en la escuela

Downloadable PDF versions of the graphics above are available in English and Spanish.

Staggered Start Dates & Calendars

Students participating in Plan B will return to campus on staggered “start dates,” based on grade level and grouping.

September 21: all PreK-Grade 2 and eligible Intensive Intervention students start on-campus

September 24: rotation of Grade 3-5 students in Groups A/B
– Grade 3-5 students in Group A start on-campus September 24
– Grade 3-5 students in Group B start on-campus September 25

September 28: rotation of Grade 6-12 students in Groups A/B
– Grade 6-12 students in Group A start on-campus September 28
– Grade 6-12 students in Group B start on-campus September 29

Individual schools will be contacting families during the week of September 14 to confirm their children’s schedules in Group A or Group B.

To help students and families keep track of their on-campus days and remote learning days, the district Google Calendar linked on the district and individual school websites has been updated to indicate “A Days” and “B Days.”

More Buses with WiFi

Last week we announced the availability and location of 15 Wi-Fi-enabled buses for remote learning connectivity. We are excited to share that we have expanded to other locations. There have been four school parking lots and one community location added. Check out these NEW Locations:

  • Elementary: Clear Creek, Hendersonville Elementary (WiFi-Enabled Van), Glenn C. Marlow
  • Middle: Apple Valley
  • Community: Mills River United Methodist Church

These additional locations continue to spread the connectivity options for families in HCPS. As more locations are added, the Internet Map for HCPS Families will be updated.

Student Learning


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Transportation Services

Under Plan B, bus transportation will be provided, following health and safety requirements and guidance from the state. This includes spaced seating, capacity restrictions, and required face coverings for students and drivers. Bus drivers will participate in a temperature check before beginning their routes each day. Students riding the bus will be required to have their temperature checked before they enter school. Families can expect bus drivers to contact them during the week of September 14 to verify children’s bus riding schedules.


Child Nutrition Services

Grab-and-Go Meals: Under Plan B, Grab-and-Go meal pickup options will continue at designated school sites. Additionally, take-home meals will be available for in-person students to take home with them for their following remote learning day.

Meals On the Bus: The “Meals On the Bus” routes will run through Friday, Sept. 18, while HCPS is operating under Plan C. Beginning Sept. 21, under Plan B, “Meals On the Bus” routes will not continue, since buses will be used for transporting students daily.  Grab-and-Go meal pickup options WILL  continue at designated school sites.  Current grab-and-go pickup locations are listed in the “Child Nutrition Services on Plan C” Google Document.

Remember, ALL children ages 2-18, regardless of “Paid,” “Reduced” or “Free” status, will be able to receive meals from the HCPS Child Nutrition Department at no cost through the end of the calendar year, due to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension of the Summer Food Service Program through Dec. 31, 2020.


Child Care Services

Face coverings will now be required for children 5 years and older in HCPS Child Care facilities, per updated guidance on Sept. 4 from NCDHHS Division of Child Development and Early Education.

Under Plan C (through September 18), HCPS continues to offer its all-day Child Care Services at Fletcher, Hendersonville, Mills River, and Sugarloaf elementaries to the public as spaces are available. As of Thursday, Sept. 10, there are 8 spaces available for 4th-5th grade students across all locations. Check the R2L: Auxiliary Services webpage at www.HCPSNC.org/RTL-auxiliary for specific location availabilities and cost.

Under Plan B (beginning September 21), PSAM and PSPM child care services through HCPS will be offered at each elementary school site for students on days they are scheduled to be on campus for instruction, based on their grouping. PSPLUS services will be offered at designated school sites on Optional Teacher Workdays and Required Teacher Workdays.

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