Dear Federal Hocking Families:
I want to provide an update on changes in instruction for Federal Hocking students. Federal Hocking has provided student-athletes the opportunity to practice and compete in high school and middle school athletics following Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines since early August. We have also had limited numbers of students with special needs and internet accessibility issues in our schools for partial days since August 31. We have been able to do this successfully, though we have had to work out some operational and procedural issues. It is now time for students to return for in person instruction. Federal Hocking Local Schools will return to in-person instruction in a blended learning model beginning Monday, October 19, 2020.
Students will operate on a one hour delay schedule until further notice, but staff will report at regular start times.
All students will attend school in a blended learning model, which means they will have three days of asynchronous work online and two full days at school per week. Students will be divided into two cohorts.
- Students in Cohort A will attend school in the building on Monday and Tuesday and will have online work at home Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Students in Cohort B will attend school in the building on Wednesday and Thursday and will have online work at home Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
We will make every effort to keep groups of students together to limit possible exposure and keep students and staff as safe as possible. We will also require the following of students and staff:
- Wear masks throughout the day (unless there is a documented exemption)
- Good hand hygiene including hand sanitizer in locations throughout the facilities
- Maintaining 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible
- Limited transitions and traffic patterns in schools
Additionally we will continue to monitor COVID cases in Athens County and will make adjustments to in-person instruction as necessary based on levels of community spread of the virus. To be clear, for a variety of reasons, we will not rely on the State of Ohio County Alert System for our final decision-making. We will be looking more closely at community spread of COVID in the townships that make up our school district.
Building administrators and the transportation department will begin communicating specific schedules and pick-up and drop-off times for bus routes next week.
This return to school in-person plan only applies to those students/families who have chosen to return to school when it is safe to do so. Any students who have requested may remain in online instruction for the remainder of the semester.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through the final details of this plan.