HMS & HHS Reopening to Start 3/8


March 3, 2021


Dear HSD Families:

We are excited to announce an update to our district’s reopening plan! Beginning March 8, the HSD will phase in a full-day hybrid learning model at both Hockinson Middle and Hockinson High Schools.

Following the guidance of Clark County Public Health, OSPI and Washington State Department of Health, we were preparing to expand in-person only learning at HMS. However, our county’s infection rates began dropping to levels that would also permit the reopening of HHS. So we created a combined secondary reopening plan that coordinates households, start/end times, and transportation routes. Here are the details:

Weekly Schedule

  • Both HMS and HHS will follow an “A-B-Remote-A-B” weekly format to ensure social distancing in classrooms and other instructional spaces. 

  • With the exception of Week 1 (see “Reopening Timeline for In-person Learning” below):

Group A students (Last Name A-L) will attend classes in person on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Group B students (Last Name M-Z) will attend classes in person on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

  • Both groups will learn asynchronously on Wednesdays to allow for school-wide cleaning and teacher planning and collaboration.


Please be aware:

  • In some cases, students may be asked to join a different student grouping to avoid overcrowding.  In these instances, families would be contacted directly by the school.

  • HMS start/end times have been adjusted slightly for the rest of the 2020-21 school year.

Reopening Timeline for In-person Learning


Hockinson Middle School (9:10 am - 3:40 pm)

Grade Level

Start Date

Grade 6 Only

March 8 or 9

Grades 7 & 8 Only

March 11 or 12

Grades 6-8 

Week of March 15


Additional details will be sent home from HMS


Hockinson High School (9:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Grade Level

Start Date

Grade 9 Only

March 8 or 9

Grades 10-12 Only

March 11 or 12

Grades 9-12

Week of March 15


More details will be sent home from HHS

Students Receiving Special Services

Students with special needs who are currently attending school in-person will be contacted by staff to notify them of schedule changes.


HMS and HHS bus route information will be emailed to parents and is now available on the HSD website (under the “Families” tab under “Busing”).  Note: HHES bus routes and pick up/drop off times will remain unchanged during this transition.


Click the school links below to view the HMS and HHS bell schedules:

Safety - School

Schools will follow safety protocols that will keep students and staff safe as they come back to campus.  These include: Daily health screening, mandatory face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, ventilation, and enhanced cleaning, signage and training. HMS and HHS will 

communicate site-specific procedures and expectations prior to our students’ return to school. 

Safety - Community

These expanded in-person learning opportunities depend on all of us continuing to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We must continue to follow the 3 Ws

Wear masks, Watch our distance, and Wash our hands. 

Health officials studying the spread of COVID emphasize these simple, but critical steps in our daily lives to reduce the transmission of this virus.

We are very excited to open our secondary schools to in-person learning and our teachers and staff are eager to again create high-quality learning experiences with our students - face to face!


  • Where can I learn more about the safety protocols and routines used to keep students and staff safe? 

    • Our safety measures, including daily wellness screening, increased sanitization, facial coverings, social distancing, and hand washing will ensure student and staff safety.  This DOH document outlines our safety procedures.

  • Will I receive more information from my student’s school?

    • Yes. Families can expect additional communication to be sent out directly from HMS and HHS.

  • Where can I find the rate per 100,000?  

  • Where can I find the guidelines that were updated on 12-16-2020 from the state Department of Health? 

  • What does each option (Full-day Hybrid, Remote, and HVA) look like?

    • Below is a summary of each model:

Full-Day Hybrid Model 

**Detailed Safety Protocols will be shared prior to the starting date

  • Students will attend a 6-period day of classes two days a week.

  • Students in Groups A or B grouped by student last name (households in the same group):

    • Group A attends in-person Monday/Thursday - They will do asynchronous (at home) work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

    • Group B attends in-person Thursday / Friday - They will do asynchronous (at home) work on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

  • Asynchronous work will be assigned in class and/or via Schoology

  • Daily temperature screening will be required before entering the building for all staff, students, and visitors.

  • Masks will be required at all times in the building (with the exception of eating in designated areas). Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin at all times. 

  • Social distancing in the classrooms, in hallways and at lunch

  • Desks will be cleaned in classrooms between each class period. Classrooms will also be disinfected at lunch and in the evenings. 

  • Wednesday: Teachers are available for student questions and academic assistance. Teachers may initiate this communication. Students may arrange with the teacher directly.

Option 2: Full Remote Learning

  • Students will follow the hybrid schedule and log into Zoom to access instruction based on the cohorts (groups) described above. Students will essentially be participating the classroom from home.

  • This will be a new way to teach and learn for both teachers and students so there will surely be a learning curve for everyone. Please provide teachers some grace as they instruct in this new dual environment.  It will be important that students reach out to teachers with feedback as well as with any questions/clarifications about lesson content. Students are encouraged to contact the teacher to arrange a time to meet on Wednesday if they need individualized support.

Option 3: Hockinson Virtual Academy 

Full online with Hockinson Virtual Academy

  • Students have a flexible schedule for accessing their online learning. 

  • All instruction is online through on-demand reading, videos, and independent learning.

  • Students are required to make satisfactory monthly progress and stay within a few tasks of the pacing guide, along with weekly contact with a designated teacher.

  • Students still have access to academic support.


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