In-Person Learning

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For selected groups of students (called “Cohort C”), remote learning cannot effectively meet their educational needs, so the Holyoke Public Schools is offering an in-person learning option.  We have worked diligently to put procedures in place that will best suit the needs of its students, families, and staff so that it can continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities in a safe environment. 

What is HPS doing to keep our staff and students safe?  Visit our School Safety webpage for information about our safety measures and protocols.

School Safety

In-Person Learning Overview

In order to keep students and staff who are physically present in our buildings as safe as possible, HPS has implement a  which includes:

  • A personal responsibility  (PDF) |  (PDF)  to stay home when ill and follow all other precautions, required of each student, family and staff member.
  • Masks required for all staff and students in grades PreK-12, unless prevented due to a medical condition or behavior concern.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff members, especially those who work with the most vulnerable students.
  • Social distancing in classrooms of at least 6-feet and smaller groups of students in each classroom.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures, including cleaning high-touch surfaces multiple times a day, regular cleaning daily and deep cleaning between cohorts of students.
  • Proper ventilation and classes outdoors at the discretion of teachers to promote fresh air.
  • Staff training on new safety and health procedures.
  • Extremely restricted access to all buildings by non-HPS employees.
  • Quick access to COVID-19 testing through local testing .
  • Contact tracing to quickly inform students, families, and staff if possible exposure to COVID-19 has occurred.

General Overview of In-Person Learning (Corhort C) Schedule

Time 9-12 Cohort C In-Person
7:45-8:15 Arrival at school, handwashing, etc..
8:15-8:45 Breakfast
8:45-8:55 Squad / check ins / advisory
9:00-1:00 4 Content Class Sessions (students attend any gen ed classes assigned via zoom)
*Lunch in the classroom included during this time
1:00 Dismissal – arrive home by 2:00
2:00-3:00 Remote conferencing, direct services, asynchronous work
Time K-8 Cohort C In-Person
8:45- 9:00 Arrival at school, handwashing, etc..
9:00- 12:00 SWD – Direct Instruction
EL – Join Synchronous Sessions w/support from EL staff
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 EL and SWD Direct Instruction
2:00- 2:15 Prep for dismissal – handwashing, etc..
2:15 Dismissal – arrive home by 3:00
*Please note, the Veritas remote learning schedule may vary slightly.  Contact Veritas with questions.

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