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July 9 Message to Families and Invitation to Meetings

Hello Families – 

 In our Discovery Program we talk about “clearing the decks”, a term that originated to describe preparations for an event by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress during rough waters.  We are happy that we will be able to welcome students back to the building because we know that in-person instruction is best for a child’s educational and social-emotional growth.  At the same time, we are preparing for a school year that could provide substantial challenges or some rough waters, particularly if the Governor were to change the status of our County or were he to close schools to in-person instruction. 

 We are working on District Level and Building Level Plans for our re-opening for all students on August 25th.  The District Level Plan that is mandated by PDE will be very broad in its scope.  That plan is likely to be reviewed by the School Board at the July 14th Board meeting.  Under the current guidelines from PDE, all schools have to develop remote learning options for students.  While it will always be our preference that all students receive in-person, live instruction, we are certain that our flexible remote learning (online) offerings will provide a program that is superior to cyber charter schools in every way while maintaining the financial viability of our District.  It is important to remember that every enrollment in cyber charter schools takes between $11,000 and $19,000 away from HASD and adds to the profits of a private charter school.  Our teachers and staff care deeply for our students and are committed to provide the best educational experience possible under the circumstances.  We have complemented our teacher professional development offerings by including a series on “Remote Learning Best Practices”. Additionally, having learned from our experiences last year, we are preparing for increased rigor, consistency, and ease of use for remote instruction if schools face intermittent closings this coming school year.  We are prepared to tackle these tasks even as the situation remains fluid.  We understand that we have to remain flexible as we receive recommendations/mandates each week that may impact the District Level Plan. 

The Building Level Plans will be more detailed and include information on many aspects of the school day including student arrival, student seating in classes, lunches, etc…We have been working with our stakeholder committees and our faculty to develop these plans.  We will be ready to share our drafts with our families as early as next week.  We also plan on holding a series of Zoom meetings (see below) with parents later this month to review the plans and answer questions.  We were encouraged by the results from our initial family survey.  We see that you are committed to HASD and many families are willing to help by providing transportation for their children.  Expect to see another survey later this month asking specifically about transportation and remote learning options for students.

 As we continue on our mission to empower and inspire our students to discover and achieve their best, we hope your families are well and healthy.  



Elementary Family Forum #1

Time: Jul 16, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time

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Middle School Family Forum #1

Time: Jul 16, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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High School Family Forum #1

Time: Jul 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 852 6759 8030

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Dr. David R. Hatfield


Halifax Area School District


717.896.3416 x108

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