HMHS Distance Learning Information
As you know, the Hopkinton School District buildings are closed through May 3rd, due to COVID-19. The District is switching to a “distance learning” model in the interim. Distance learning will begin on Monday, March 23rd, which will be considered a Day 1. What does this mean?
The building is closed to all students and the public. If you need to reach a staff member, you can do so by email. Staff members will be available to answer emails between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Emails that are received after 2:00 pm will be answered within 24 hours.
Student Academic Expectations
As a staff, we have committed to using Google Classroom as our distance learning platform. For many students, this is a familiar tool, as many classes already use Google Classrooms for collecting work and receiving feedback from teachers
We know it’s important for students to “see” and feel connected to their teachers and each other. To support this need, we will augment the online activities in Google Classroom with Google Meet. This tool will provide a method for teachers to connect with students, answer questions, and provide feedback during the class block time. All students are expected to participate in the online activities that are prepared by teachers.
We have redesigned our bell schedule and shortened our classes to accommodate the differences expected in a distance learning environment. Each day will end with an advisory where teachers will be available via email and/or Google Meet to answer questions about the course work, remediate competencies, check-in with students, etc. The schedule is as follows:
Distance Learning Schedule- STARTING APRIL 6TH
Monday & Thursday will be a Day 1 Tuesday & Friday will be a Day 2
Wednesday is for remediation, enrichment, student work day, club meeting day
8:30 - 9:15 am
9:30 - 10:15 am
10:30 - 11:15 am
11:30 - 12:15 pm
12:15 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Students should start each class period by reviewing their teacher’s Google Classroom to see what activities have been assigned. If a student does not have access to their teacher’s Google Classroom, they will need to email their teacher(s) to get the code. Teachers may choose to hold a “live event” at the beginning of the time associated with the period for their class (see above). This will be using Google Hangouts or other online video conferencing tools. Others may post a pre-recorded message or even email instructions. Although the introductory videos may be available after class time, it is expected that students will view/participate in those live classes as they happen. Following that, students will likely move at their own pace to complete daily, short-term assignments. Students may also be expected to complete and submit larger online activities/assignments by the beginning of the next class meeting for that particular course. Teachers will be available by email during Advisory to answer additional questions. If students email questions outside of the modified school day, teachers will respond to the email within 24 hours.
To ensure parents are included in what is happening in their students’ classes, Aspen Pages will be updated each week to include assignments and learning objectives. Please log in to Aspen
Teachers will be taking attendance, noting whether or not students are participating and completing assignments. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time in order to receive credit for attendance. In the event there is an issue, students are asked to reach out to their teacher directly if they have questions or need an extension for completing an assignment. We also understand that there may be issues that will interfere with some students being able to login into Google Classroom at the assigned time for family responsibilities (i.e. babysitting a sibling because of parent work schedules or illness). That is why it will be important for students to communicate with their teachers in the event they need to miss a class. If a student is not participating, the classroom teacher will reach out. If there is no response, administration will be notified and then reach out to offer support to the student and family.
Students will have access to additional academic intervention and support when needed. School Counselors will host office hours daily to address day-to-day issues, as well as to continue working with our seniors as they approach graduation. In addition, counselors will provide additional offsite resources that will help students with any of their academic questions or needs. Our library media specialist will also be available to provide research and technology support.
Students and staff will likely require time to recover from the normal illnesses that occur every year, as well as potential COVID-19 related issues. If a student is sick, parents/guardians are expected to call the school and leave a message for the school nurse. Our nurse, Amy Cook, will call you back to check in and to review symptoms. After an absence, counseling, nursing, and administrative staff will work with parents, guardians, and students to support students’ return to distance learning. Teachers will be flexible with their response to students encountering such issues. We ask in the strongest terms that you communicate health issues to our school nurse as soon as possible so we may provide appropriate support.
Other School Activities
During the closure, all student activities, clubs, play rehearsals, and sports are suspended. As we receive further guidance from the CDC, DHHS, NHIAA and other organizations, we will update students, staff and families via email.
Students’ Well Being
We carved out time during this planning time to address the potential emotional and social needs of our students. For us, their health and well being are very important. We will ensure school counselors, our school nurse, and our School Assistance counselor (Kim Haley), are available to conduct online “meetings” with students as needed.
Christopher Kelley, Principal
Rebecca Gagnon, Asst. Principal