Return To Learn

See details of the HPS Return to Learn plan approved by the Board of Education on August 10, 2020.

 

Ottawa County Health Department Return to School Toolkit

This document includes this information and more:

  • COVID-19 School Checklist 
  • What Happens When Someone at School Gets COVID-19?
  • When a Student/Staff Person Should Stay Home and Will Be Sent Home
  • COVID-19 Fact Sheet for School and Parent Use 

 

Monday, August 24

  • TK-5th (Students Last Name A-L) 4-6p
  • 6th-12th (Students Last Name M-Z) 4:30-6:30pm

Tuesday, August 25

  • TK-5th (Students Last Name M-Z) 4-6pm
  • 6th-12th (Students Last Name A-L) 4:30-6:30pm

Walk Your Schedule | Thursday, August 20, 9am-4:30pm

Middle Schools and High School Students (particularly grades 6 and 9) will be allowed to walk their schedule. A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at a time. 


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Our Return to Learn Selection Survey is now CLOSED.

If you have any questions about the District's Return to Learn plan, please contact your school principal or staff.

Return to Learn | Music Department

ELEMENTARY MUSIC:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to have any specials (art/music/PE).

We are looking for donations for instrument kits! If you have any of the following you are willing to donate please drop them off at Holland West Elementary School by August 17:

  • Gallon ziploc bags
  • Quart ziploc bags
  • Coffee cans or similarly sized plastic containers with lid
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Tulle material
  • Empty pill bottles (please remove label)
  • Dowel rods
  • Craft beads
  • Poker chips/bingo chips/buttons
  • 3x5 index cards
  • New sandpaper
  • Stickers

If you do not have any of the above physical items but would still like to contribute, please consider purchasing something from our Amazon wish list: Elementary Wish List

At this time, 6th GRADE BAND and orchestra will be an Introduction to Music course this year.

 

7th & 8th GRADE BAND:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in band or any other performing arts course first semester.

Make sure you have your instrument with you on the days in your schedule that you have band class.

Students MUST be wearing a mask when not playing their instrument (playing will take place outdoors only until further notice-please dress appropriately for the weather).

With marching band being considered “extra-curricular,” if you are an 8th grade band student who has ALREADY joined the HHS Marching Band, regardless of whether you choose online or in-person instruction, you are allowed to participate.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in choir or any other performing arts course first semester.

We WILL wear a mask 100% of the time in class, no matter what.

If/When we are singing:

  • Weather permitting, we will rehearse outside - please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • If outside is not an option, we will rehearse in the largest space available to adhere to social distancing.

Students are asked to provide their own PENCIL and FOLDER for Choir Class.

7th & 8th GRADE ORCHESTRA:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in orchestra or any other performing arts course first semester.

Make sure you have your instrument with you on the days in your schedule that you have orchestra.

Students MUST be wearing a mask when playing their instrument (playing will take place indoors).

Students are asked to provide their own TUNER and PENCIL for Orchestra Class as students will not be able share a tuner. See Meyer Music for recommendations.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in band or any other performing arts course during the school day for first semester.

Make sure you have your instrument with you on the days in your schedule that you have band class.

Students MUST be wearing a mask when not playing their instrument (playing will take place outdoors only until further notice-please dress appropriately for the weather).

With marching band being considered “extra-curricular,” all HHS Band students who are already members, regardless of whether they choose online or in-person instruction, are allowed to participate.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in choir or any other performing arts course first semester.

We WILL wear a mask 100% of the time in class, no matter what.

If/When we are singing:

  • Weather permitting, we will rehearse outside - please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • If outside is not an option, we will rehearse in the largest space available to adhere to social distancing.

Students are asked to provide their own PENCIL and FOLDER for Choir Class.

 

HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA:

You MUST choose the in-person learning option in order for your student to participate in orchestra or any other performing arts course first semester.

Make sure you have your instrument with you on the days in your schedule that you have orchestra.

Students MUST be wearing a mask when playing their instrument (playing will take place indoors).

Students are asked to provide their own TUNER and PENCIL for Orchestra Class as students will not be able share a tuner. See Meyer Music for recommendations.

FAQs | Return to Learn.  Check frequently for updates to this document.


July 21 | Return To Learn Highlights

July 21, 2020

HPS Families,

More than 125 days have passed since our classrooms and schools have seen students. While I know we all enjoy summer break, I cannot wait to see our students and staff return to school in just five weeks!

All summer, we have had over 100 staff, administrators, parents, and other volunteers working on how we will get back to school in the fall. After Governor Whitmer released her Return to School Roadmap a few weeks ago, these committed individuals have been reviewing the required and strongly recommended protocols for returning to school and putting plans together for Holland Public Schools’ Return to Learn plan.

While there is no perfect plan, our intent is to do as much as possible, practical, feasible, and sustainable with the safety of our staff and students as a top priority. As HPS employees, our focus has been on building relationships, social-emotional learning, along with academic instruction and feedback. We also recognize the importance of a consistent learning management system that improves communication and feedback on student performance. Finally, our plans will include multiple options for parents and students to engage in learning with us. We have left the medical science of COVID-19 to our health experts and will follow ALL of their recommendations. 

We also listened to your feedback on parent surveys. We’ve worked to accommodate as many of the suggestions possible where themes and patterns emerged. Here are the current highlights of our RETURN TO LEARN plan:

  • Full-day, face-to-face instruction will be available for ALL students starting Wednesday, August 26 with academic support, tutoring and mentoring, etc. (assuming that we are still in Phase 4-6) 
  • We are finalizing new schedules at each of our schools to accommodate the best hygiene, safety, and social distancing protocols by creating cohorts of students. These schedules provide full-day options for GSRP, ECSE, TK-8 and blended learning options for students in grades 9-12 where appropriate. Details surrounding these schedules are set to be finalized July 27.
  • All students will be required to wear a mask while in hallways and other common areas, including busses. (HPS will provide each student with a mask to wear while at school. Students are also able to wear/bring their own masks from home in accordance with our student code of conduct and dress code guidelines.)
  • Transportation to and from school will be available with required health and safety protocols. 
  • Students in the Middle and High School will be required to wear a mask all day with the exception of lunchtime and during planned sensory breaks.
  • Elementary School students will be able to remove their mask while in their classroom. These students will only interact with their teacher(s) and cohort. We will also stagger recess and lunch schedules to limit exposure to anyone from outside their cohort.
  • Should our regional recovery phase be downgraded and HPS be required to limit attendance or to close again (this would happen during Phase 1-3), a remote learning plan, similar to but more robust than what was provided in the spring, will continue via online instruction using Google Classroom as our district wide Learning Management System. HLA and HEC will use Canvas as their LMS.

We anticipate there may be families in the district who will not be ready to send their students back to school for some time. We are currently working with several vendor organizations who will provide robust and grade-appropriate on-line learning options for these students. These current vendors include Michigan Virtual High School, Odysseyware and Accelerate. 

  • Families who select this online learning option for their student are choosing not to be present in school for face-face instruction. 
  • Because the district does not have the capacity to allow students to transition in and out of learning platforms, families who select this option will be assigned to an online classroom for the entire semester. 
  • Selecting the online learning option for safety or health related concerns, may also exclude a student from participating in extra-curricular activities outside of the school day where the same safety protocols will be enforced. 

On Monday July 27, the district is intending to publish the final draft of the Return to Learn plan to explain learning options, schedule changes, and health and safety protocols.  Before August 3, we will ask families to complete a survey selecting a learning option right for their student:

  • HPS’ Return to Learn plan with face-to-face instruction at school
  • On-line instruction option 

Once we know how many students to expect for each learning option, we will be able to make staffing assignments and classroom placements. Student class-lists and schedules will begin to be posted on August 14, along with class supply lists.  

We are also exploring ideas for how to host an Open House at each of our schools.  Please keep an eye out for information about an Open House from the principal of your school.

Re-opening schools is important. As we finalize our plans, we will err on the side of caution for the safety and health of our staff and students.  We will also extend grace, understanding, and appreciation as we navigate this unchartered territory.

Respectfully,

Dr. Brian Davis
Superintendent - Holland Public Schools

P.S.  Now is a great time to update the information in your Parent Portal account. We ask everyone to review/update this information each spring.  Not only does the information help us stay in touch with you, but it helps us build class lists, build bus routes, and more. So, if you haven’t done this yet, now is a perfect time! 

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