Plans for the Opening of School, Fall 2020

Hanover School District 28

         The current national and statewide response to the COVID -19 Virus has had a significant impact on education.  Indications are that the impact is continuing into the 2020-21 school year as you are well aware. It must be understood that the public health situation, the prevailing epidemiology, and the developing response to both, are fluid and unable to be predicted with high degrees of specificity. As of 7/22/2020, EPCPH is now recommending a delayed start for all schools until August 18, 2020. We understand that, even though much is uncertain, the community needs to know what to expect as the new school year approaches.  With that in mind, Hanover School District has developed plans to provide instruction to the students of our community that are responsive to multiple eventualities. 

A detailed description of how we will make our decisions (Hanover Decision Tree) for the COVID-19 challenges can be reached through this link:

Hanover School Decision Tree for COVID-19 

Too, a Summative version of the Decision Tree is compiled for readability purposes here:
Summative

The response options for our school fall into one of three options:

  • In-Person Learning (Option #1 – PHE, Option #1 JSHS) –(CDE Cohorting guidelines)Students receive instruction by attending  school daily. Prevailing public health order protection protocols are in place for all in attendance
  • Remote with In-Person Hybrid Learning PHE Option #2 JSHS Option #2(CDE Cohorting guidelines)Students receive instruction by attending  school in cohorts of reduced size for a reduced number of school days.  Instruction is delivered digitally on non-attending days.  Prevailing public health order protection protocols are in place for all in attendance. Food service support for non-attending days is available via delivery or pick up at the school.
  • Complete Suspension of in-Person Learning ( PHE Option #3 JSHS Option #3)– All instruction and emotional support is accessed away from the school building as during the Spring of 2019-20 school year.  Instruction is delivered digitally.  Limited in-person support is available on a scheduled basis as allowable by public health order.  Food service support is available via delivery or pick up at the school.

The options described will be initiated by the Hanover School Board of Directors with school administrators and public health officials and county commissioners in response to local health concerns and local epidemiology where possible.  To communicate the prevailing public health conditions, and the district response, a notification system has been developed to allow for the clearest and most timely means of keeping the community informed of what to expect.  The system recognizes three operating conditions corresponding to the available options.  When In-Person Learning is possible, the district will be on “Green Status”, if Remote with In-Person Hybrid Learning is necessary, the district will move to “Yellow Status”, and the Complete Suspension of In-Person Learning will be considered “Red Status.”  The link below is the dashboard for El Paso County Public Health. This is the link we are using to gauge many of our decisions. The table below (scroll down to the next page) summarizes the possible conditions and our responses:

https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

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