All families will have from October 16 until October 30 to decide if their student/s will attend the Online Academy or our Flexible Learning Modes for the second half of the year. If your student is currently in a building, and you want to continue with that learning mode, you don’t have to do anything. If you want to enroll, re-enroll, or leave the Online Academy, the primary guardian will need to fill out an Intent form before the deadline for each of your students.
You can find that form on the Online Academy Web page. Whichever choice your family makes this will be a commitment for the second half of the 2020/21 year.
To support our families who speak Spanish, Arabic, and Somali we will host informational webinars led by our bilingual liaisons. The liaisons will present parents with information about the second semester. You can click on the sessions below to access the Zoom.
Hilliard City Schools is committed to partnering with our parents in order to fulfill our mission of preparing our students to be Ready for Tomorrow. Parent University is an opportunity for our community to learn more about the districts’ foundational goals; Academics, Mindset, and Interest.
Due to the pandemic, we are not able to hold an in-person Parent University like the past few years. Instead, we are bringing you sessions On-Demand. Beginning on Saturday, October 24 you can visit our Parent University page and take part in our virtual sessions. You can hear from our teachers on how to help anxious students, get remote learning tips, hear about graduation requirement changes for the class of 2023 and beyond, and more.
As Franklin County’s Public Alert Level changed to Red today, and as community spread around the state is on the rise, we are confident in our local CATS data. We will remain in the Hybrid Instructional Mode per the Board of Education resolution. The district’s partnership with Franklin County Public Health, Columbus Public Health, and the Ohio State University has made the inclusion of local data in our decision-making process a reality.
At the district level, we are not currently exceeding the three thresholds approved by the Board of Education. There is no evidence of COVID-19 spread in our classrooms. We are confident that our practice of six feet of social distancing and the use of masks is working. We thank our teachers and building teams for leading our mitigation efforts to keep our students and staff safe.
We will continue to monitor case counts, and community spread and keep our families updated.
As we transition into the second half of the 2020/21 school year, we want to honor our commitment to our families and allow you to decide whether you want to be a part of the Online Academy or the Flexible Learning Modes. Both opportunities give students a quality education taught by our Hilliard teachers.
All families will have from October 16 until 11:59 pm on October 30 to decide if their student/s will attend the Online Academy or our Flexible Learning Modes. If your student is currently in a building, and you want to continue with that learning mode, you don’t have to do anything. If you want to enroll, re-enroll, or leave the Online Academy, the primary guardian will need to fill out the Intent form before the deadline for each of your students.
The Intent form will be available Friday the 16 on the Online Academy web page.
Whichever choice your family makes this will be a commitment for the second half of the 2020/21 year. There will be no switching between learning modes for the rest of the year. The second half of the school year will begin after Winter Break on January 4, 2021.
Secondary Course Offerings
Secondary students enrolling in the Online Academy will need to be prepared to request courses for the second semester. Not all courses are offered in the Online Academy, so before you sign up check the offerings for grades 6-8 here and 9-12 here.
With a shift in students, we anticipate needing to shift our staff. We hope to keep as many students with their current teachers as possible, but we can’t guarantee there won’t be Online Academy teacher changes.
School Building Placements
For elementary students opting out of the Academy, we also cannot guarantee an opening in their home building. If they can’t return to their school parents will receive a call to discuss options. Options could be to remain online or attend a different school. For elementary, there will be a lottery system in place for grades with limited spaces open. Secondary students leaving the Online Academy will return to their home building.
If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s principal.
The USDA has extended food service program waivers that allow all students to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge. Because of these federal waivers, Hilliard City School Students may eat breakfast and lunch free of charge while at school, during eLearning, or in the Online Academy.
You can find pick-up instructions on our Food Service web page.
Meals provided will conform to USDA guidelines for reimbursable meals. This offer is scheduled to expire on or before December 31st, 2020. The District will communicate any changes to this opportunity as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to the foodservice department at (614) 921 – 7492 if you have additional questions.