Tips for the 2021 - 22 School Year The purpose of this document is to share information regarding the safety precautions and safety procedures for Hickory Public Schools. HPS is excited to start the 2021 – 22 school year! With the support of our parents / guardians, students, staff, and community members, we will have an exciting year filled with academic and social/emotional growth. Learning Options Hickory Public Schools will begin the school year on August 23 with in-person learning 5 days a week for all students in Kindergarten—12th grade. A Virtual Learning option is in place for students who have applied and been accepted for the 2021 - 2022 school year. “Hickory Public Schools is very excited to welcome you to the 2021 - 22 school year. We are working very hard to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and families and provide the best educational experience possible. “ -Dr. Bryan Taylor, Superintendent
Face Coverings: Face coverings are required for all K—12 students and staff on each campus and school bus.Limited exceptions as stated in the Strong Schools Tool Kit. The Board will review the guidelines for face coverings monthly.
When To Keep Your Child At Home Parents are requested to keep their students home and contact the school if they are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to a positive case. If a student shows any of the following symptoms, please remain at home and contact your child’s school nurse. The symptoms are: *Fever or chills*Sore throat*Cough*Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing *New loss of taste or smell *Headache*Fatigue*Diarrhea*Nausea or vomiting *Muscle or body aches*Congestion or runny nose
School Bus InformationStudents will be required to wear face coverings on all school buses. If students are experiencing any symptoms listed above or quarantined, the students will not be allowed to ride the school bus to or from school.
Physical Distancing Physical Distancing guidelines will be followed throughout each school as required in the Strong Schools Tool Kit. Modified seating arrangements will be used to promote physical distancing. Markings and signs will be located throughout the school to remind students and staff of the guidelines.
Handwashing Regular handwashing breaks and access to hand sanitizer will be required procedures. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entrances to the school and in classrooms.
Visitor Information Only visitors directly connected to teaching and learning will be allowed beyond the office area. Face Coverings are required for all adults including visitors. There are designated waiting areas at each school for visitors.
Cleaning/Sanitizing Proper cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas will take place throughout the school day.Cleaning products will follow EPA guidelines.
Cafeteria Students will be served in the cafeteria following physical distancing guidelines. Classes may choose to use outside spaces for additional seating as weather permits. If you have any additional questions, please contact your child’s school.