The HSD welcomes students back for full-time, in-person learning and asks for your continued support of mitigation measures.
Dear Staff and Families,
For the second straight year, Hockinson Schools started the new school year during a pandemic. The difference this year? Our staff members welcomed more than 1,800 students back to our campus for full-time, in-person learning (around 150 Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten students will begin their school year next Tuesday, September 7.)
HHES students arriving on the first day of school.
It was truly inspiring to visit each school on Wednesday to welcome staff and students. Masks couldn’t hide the excited smiles of kids as they greeted their teachers and friends. There were some first-day jitters, but I was so proud of how each school had an all-hands-on-deck approach to greeting and assisting students. Our staff also paid careful attention to following distancing, masking and other health guidelines. These measures will continue to be essential to keeping kids in school buildings throughout the year.
I have again and again used the adjectives “enthusiastic” and “positive” when describing the first few days of school. There were balloons, music, and tours to familiarize students with our campuses. Leadership students stepped up. Our schools even rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the occasion.
The red carpet rolled out for HMS students.
Despite a difficult 18 months, everyone appeared to be genuinely thrilled to be back in person.
When asked how she was feeling about the first day Natalie, a student at HHES responded, “Good, but nervous because it’s been over a year since I have been in school!”
Liam, a fellow HHES student, wasn’t shy about sharing what he’s looking forward to the most: “Recess! Being able to play with friends.”
Kate, a student at HHS, thoughtfully deliberated on her favorite part of starting a new school year before answering: “Being able to take Spanish in person. We have good programs and people are really nice.”
Cheerleaders welcoming HHS students on the first day of school.
The HHS band performing on the first day of school.
Hockinson is a special place and it is a special place because of its residents. Together, our staff, students and community have risen to the challenges presented by COVID to keep learning alive. As we head into our second week of school we ask for your continued support. Labor Day weekend is typically a time where many of us gather with others. It is also a risky time that could result in a continued upward trend of the COVID-19 case rate, which is already higher in Clark County than at any other time during the pandemic.
To prevent the further spread of the virus, please do your part to:
- avoid large gatherings,
- keep activities outdoors as much as possible,
- and wear a mask while interacting with others outside of your family.
I know these are not popular requests. However, they are important because, while our mitigation measures are effective while students are in school, activities outside of school can still negatively affect our ability to remain in full-time, in-person learning. Please encourage your students to be mindful of the risks posed by the current spike in COVID cases and how their caution today could prevent not only illness but future school outbreaks that could result in quarantines and school closure.
I want to thank you for your assistance and your support over the past year and a half. It has been a difficult time. Thanks, too, for your patience this week as our buildings and transportation have transitioned back into school mode. Your students have been incredible through it all.
Our staff members have been equally impressive; their flexibility and steadfast commitment to aligning our practices, expanding opportunities, and increasing achievement for all students is remarkable. I am confident that if we all 1. Stay together and 2. Continue to do our part, we will stay healthy and in our current format, so our students can enjoy all of the advantages and opportunities that come with an in-person learning experience.
Go Hornets! Go Hawks! Go Hockinson!