HCS Reentry and Continuous Learning Plan

 



 Daily Phase Tracker

This graphic will be updated daily, Monday – Friday only (excluding holidays)

Phase Tracker Input Data: Public Health Department & School Data 2020-21

This data set is a compilation of Hamilton County public health data and district data; this information is the input data for this district daily phase tracker. This sheet will be updated quarterly.


The Phase Tracker shows the current 5-day trend of active COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County, TN

The #HCSReopening plan uses gating criteria based on active case data provided by the Hamilton County Health Department to help determine which phase the district will be in at a particular time. The district also tracks the number of hospitalizations, patients in ICU in hospitals, and other criteria that will be important when school enters the Spring semester that will include teacher and student absences. The added health data from the Health Department, along with active case numbers, will determine the phase the district operates within.

As of January 20, based on the current 5-day trend of active COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County, TN we are at 3,462 (or 0.94%) of the total population, per the Hamilton County Health Department.


Gating Criteria for Phases


The district will continue to track active case data provided by the Hamilton County Health Department and share regular updates with the public.

Do your part to keep everyone SAFE!

Together, we can protect the health and safety of HCS students and staff, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please help use keep our schools SAFE by taking the Hamilton County Schools Pledge and committing to the following healthy behaviors:

Do your part to keep everyone SAFE!

This info-graphic is available in Spanish too.

    

Hamilton County Schools launched the School Reopening Task Force to plan for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The task force, which includes parents, students, community leaders, health professionals, teachers, school administrators, and district leaders, continues to meet regularly to plan for the safe opening of school.

Phased Approach to Reentry: Second Semester

Below are the defined phases and related criteria for each phase with risk levels and mitigation measures. We intend to remain within a phase for one week at a time, while we monitor data that would cause us to transition to a new phase the following week. The phase, for purposes of the learning schedule, will be announced each Tuesday; the relevant learning schedule will begin the following Monday.

If the five-day rolling average of active cases in the community is greater than 1.0%, placing the average above the Phase 1 band of the Phase Tracker (0.8 - 1.0%) as shown below, all work and instruction will continue remotely. In this case, all students Pre-K through Grade 12 will learn remotely five days per week and staff will work remotely. A federal, state, or local stay-at-home order or lock-down measures will always supersede the district’s Continuous Learning Plan. 

Phase 1: Risk of spreading COVID-19 is significant. Requires Significant Mitigation.

All grade 4 through 12 classrooms are closed to students. Students in grades 4-12 are not physically attending school and are completing coursework through remote learning. HCS is prepared to support students’ well-being and academic development remotely for an extended period of time. Students in grades K-3 will follow a hybrid learning model, with two days per week of on-campus, face-to-face instruction per week. Students will learn remotely the remaining three days of the week; all K-3 students will learn remotely on Wednesdays. Short-term closure procedures (remote learning) will occur for COVID-19-affected buildings. Unless superseded by a federal, state, or local order to the contrary, all staff will be expected to report to their work locations during Phase 1 if they maintain an individual office/classroom space. Principals and supervisors will make adjustments for individuals who share classrooms/office space.

Phase 2: Risk of spreading COVID-19 is moderate but increasing. Requires Moderate Mitigation.

Reduced on-campus hours for all schools. Students in grades 4-12 will follow a hybrid learning model, with two days per week of on-campus, face-to-face instruction per week. Students will work remotely the remaining three days of the week; all 4-12 students will learn remotely on Wednesday. Students in grades K-3 will follow a four-day-per-week learning model, with on-campus, face-to-face instruction occurring on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday each week. Students will learn remotely on Wednesdays. Short-term closure procedures (remote learning) will occur for COVID-19-affected buildings.

Phase 3: Risk of spreading COVID-19 is minimal. Requires Minimal Mitigation.

All schools and classrooms are open for on-campus, face-to-face instruction five days per week; however, short-term closure procedures will occur for COVID-19-affected buildings. These short-term closures may be followed by reopening with reduced on-campus hours (moving between remote and hybrid learning).

Phase 4: No risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Requires No Mitigation.

No risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Requires No Mitigation.
All schools and classrooms are open for on-campus, face-to-face instruction five days per week. Curriculum will be delivered on campus via face-to-face instruction, with blended learning strategies that integrate digital resources. HCS will monitor and be prepared to react to identification of COVID-19 positive tests that affect staff members or students. Additional health and safety guidelines may be enacted in consultation with the Health Department.