Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, High Point Academy will follow increased safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will have enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols in place. The safety of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority.
In an effort of full disclosure and to keep families informed, we will communicate when we are notified that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Our school will follow DHEC guidance and follow up with contact tracing and provide specific information for the students and staff determined to be in close contact. According to DHEC, close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for more than 15 minutes. Following a confirmed positive case, if the school does not contact your family, it has been determined your student is not considered a close contact. As always, thank you for your continued support as we all work together to keep our school community safe.
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UPDATE – December 4
Dear HPA Families-
Recently our middle and high schools have seen positive cases of COVID-19 and through contact tracing this affecting students and staff. In order to ensure the safety of the middle and high school students and staff, those schools will immediately begin virtual classes. Starting tomorrow, Friday, December 4th middle and high school students will work virtually. Students will be contacted about classes and assignments by their teacher.
Those students will remain virtual until after the holiday break, and return to school on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. During this time our goal is to maintain their safety while providing students with quality instruction. Teachers will be available during each school day to assist students and families.
Elementary school students will continue to report to school each day. The elementary school will be monitored and evaluated daily.
We understand this decision can be difficult for some families, however, out of an abundance of caution we feel this is the best option. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your student(s), especially as we face this challenging situation together. Thank you for your support of High Point Academy.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate grade level principal with your concerns. They will be able to best help you.
-The HPA Team
UPDATE – September 25
As we continue to transition students back to in-person five-days a week, we would like to update the next phase of our Return to School Plan. The next phase is to bring back our middle and high school students on the Hybrid Plan back to the classroom Monday through Friday.
We look forward to welcoming students back to in-person five days a week. As we move forward, we will continue to follow all COVID-19 safety procedures currently in place. This includes temperature checks as students arrive at school, wearing masks while entering and exiting the school, changing classes, and in classrooms, as needed when social distancing is not possible.
High School Transition Plan
- On Monday, September 28th, all hybrid high school seniors will return to school five days a week. We will monitor safety conditions in our school community and make any needed adjustments as we move forward.
- On Monday, October 5th, all remaining high school students (9-11) on the Hybrid Plan will return to school in-person five days a week.
Middle School Transition Plan
- On Monday, October 5th, middle school students (6-8) on the Hybrid Plan will return to school in-person five days a week.
for a message from our Superintendent, Dr. Bricker, as we transition back to full-time.
UPDATE – September 14
Return To School Transition Plan
Dear HPA Families,
As we approach the one month point in the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to thank everyone for their support and adjusting to the new safety measures and protocols. We have had a great start to the year and are grateful to have students back in the classrooms.
After considering many factors, including input from our families and staff, we are moving forward with a gradual transition toward a five-day face-to-face model. While the results were mixed, many indicated they feel safe returning to a normal schedule, and others indicated they were more hesitant. Our shared goal remains to bring back students full-time safely.
Elementary Transition Plan
On Monday, September 21st, 4th & 5th-grade, hybrid students will return to school five days a week. 4th and 5th-grade students will utilize Community Classrooms. Students will remain with their class for the entire school day, with teachers changing classes instead of students. Academic Art teachers will come to the classroom to give instruction. At times students will be able to eat lunches in the cafeteria and have time to be outside.
High School / Middle School Transition Plan
On Monday, September 28th, all hybrid high school seniors will return to school five days a week. We will monitor safety conditions in our school community and make any needed adjustments as we move forward.
These initial steps for transitioning back to in-person five days a week will allow us to return to school full-time gradually. As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate timelines for middle school hybrid students and remaining high school hybrid students to return to school full time. All safety procedures currently in place will continue, including temperature checks as students arrive at school, wearing masks while entering and exiting the school, changing classes, and in classrooms, as needed when social distancing is not possible.
We would ask for your continued support as we continue to meet students’ needs during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s grade level principal with your concerns. They will be able to help you best.
HPA Student Hybrid Schedule