Hamilton County Schools
Schedule Update

Beginning Nov. 30

"The health and safety of our staff and students is our top priority. We are proud of the work of teachers, staff and leaders who are keeping our learning environments as safe as possible. With only a few weeks left in the semester, we continue to see an increased spread of COVID-19 across the community, and it is also reflected in our district. Of particular concern are high schools which represent forty-one percent of our student cases and contact tracing remains a challenge because of the complexity of high school schedules. It was also announced that the district will now manage our own internal contact tracing.

The recent rise of cases in our community has put us in the transition area between Phase 3 and Phase 2. Here is our schedule for the next few weeks:

  • We will plan for all K-8 students to remain on campus five days a week through Friday, Dec. 4.
  • Students in Grades 9-12 will transition to an A/B hybrid learning schedule beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and remain through Thursday, Dec. 17.
  • We will re-evaluate the situation for K-8 after Thanksgiving Break to ensure we are in step with what local health data is telling us and keep parents informed.

The shift in schedule through the break will help us better monitor and mitigate cases in high schools and allow our youngest learners to remain on campus with the support they need. It will also help us effectively utilize support staff to target resources for grades K-8.

The rise in our area cases is a reminder of the importance of following the healthy behaviors outlined in our HCS SAFE Pledge. If we want to keep students on campus it is essential that everyone wear masks, socially distance when possible, and practice good hygiene.

We appreciate the continued heroic efforts of our teachers, support staff and leaders on behalf of children. Thank you parents and community for the continued grace shown to our school district this school year as we make the best decisions possible to deliver an excellent education to every child. We will have 3 weeks left in the semester when we return from Thanksgiving Break.

We are better together! We Are Hamilton!