COVID-19 Reopening Update: Friday, May 29
Hamilton County Schools launched the School Reopening Task Force to explore options and develop a plan for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This group will meet regularly over the next several weeks to determine the best process to return to school safely, and the district will send a weekly communication to update the public on our planning.
The School Reopening Task Force is using four focus areas to guide their work: minimizing risk to public health, addressing impacts on student learning and well-being, recognizing schools' importance to the community, and optimizing operational readiness.
We'd like to provide the community some context for the type of phased plan we're considering by sharing some resources we're using to guide our planning. 
These are only resources and not our official plan. Our plan will be unique to Hamilton County Schools to meet the specific needs of our community.
The School Reopening Task Force will be considering a plan with four phases. The first phase and the last phase of the plan are straight forward. In Phase 1, the risk of spreading COVID-19 would be significant, and all school buildings would be closed with all learning moved online. In Phase 4, there would be no risk of community transmission of COVID-19, and all school buildings would be open and operating at full capacity.
Phase 2 and Phase 3 are more complicated, and the task force will be spending the bulk of their time exploring those scenarios and what it will mean for our operations. In both of these scenarios, there will be a need for students and staff to be safely distanced or for some school buildings to be closed. Some of the considerations the task force will explore based on reserach for Phase 2 and 3 are smaller class sizes, morning and afternoon classes, and students assigned to alternating days or weeks. We will be looking to the community for continued feedback and input throughout the process.

Below is the planning timeline for the School Reopening Task Force. We will continue to provide regular updates leading up to the unveiling of our final plan. 
For more information, please visit our website.
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