Hot Springs School District #1 announces pause with in-person classes

Hot Springs County School District #1 Superintendent Dustin Hunt released a statement this week announcing a temporary closure in, in-person learning.

The release is below

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HSCSD #1 will be moving to a Tier 3 digital platform beginning tomorrow November 17th until December 2nd. This means there will be no in person classes for the time being.

Depending on the pandemic outlook, and the health of our staff we will hopefully resume in person classes on Wednesday December 2nd. Students will be bringing home their devices this afternoon, and we ask parents to assist us that they stay on track with school work. This work will count toward students’ grades, so students please work hard, it counts.

While there is no substitute for our students in person class with their regular teacher, we must do our best to slow infection rates and protect our students, staff and community. It is important to know that the digital days do not require make up at the end of the school year.

Unfortunately, this does put activities on hold, as no practices or contests will be held during the closure. Ms. McGillivray is looking at a rescheduling of the Drama showcase.

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The HSCSD #1 Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday 11/17 will be closed to the public, but will be recorded and posted to the District Website: www.hotsprings1.org The meeting is currently scheduled to take place in the auditorium, with lots of space for social distancing. Our recently elected members will be sworn in at this meeting. With the Thanksgiving holiday in the middle of this closure, the District realizes that there will be time spent with family, possibly out of town.

Please do your best to be cautious, follow the CDC recommendations, keep yourselves safe, and monitor your family and students as we return. Our return to regularly scheduled in person classes, activities and events depends on decreasing our community infection rates, and we all can help. Each building will be in communication with students in regard to instruction, if you have questions feel free to contact your teachers or principal. Buses will run as usual this afternoon, and details regarding school meals will be forthcoming.

Stay safe and healthy and have a Happy Thanksgiving. Dustin Hunt Superintendent HSCSD #1

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