Return to School

Return to School Update

Since the start of the 2020-21 School year, the majority of HPS students have been learning remotelyFor selected groups of students (called “Cohort C”), remote learning cannot effectively meet their educational needs, so we have been offering them an in-person learning option.  

On February 22nd, we began phasing into our hybrid model (a combination of in-person and remote learning), starting with our students in preschool and Kindergarten who have selected to participate in the hybrid model.  These students began attending school in-person four days a week: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday  (joining the “Cohort C” group).

The target start dates for all other grade levels can be found on our hybrid webpage.

We will continue to follow DESE guidance and partner with the Holyoke Board of Health to monitor our district and Holyoke health data to slowly bring more students back to in-person learning in a hybrid model.  Providing all our students with the best learning model possible while prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of all students and staff is our top priority. 

Student and Staff Pledges to stay home when ill and follow precautions:

Personal Responsibility Pledge for Students and Families (PDF) | En español (PDF)

Personal Responsibility Policy for HPS Employees (PDF)

Teacher and student wearing masks

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Holyoke City Resources

This city site contains news updates, access to agencies, services, programs, and assistance for residents in the City of Holyoke, MA.

DESE Resources

DESE COVID-19 Guidance and Return to School Webpage

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