HBCSD Schools Closed for 2019-2020 School Year
HBCSD Superintendent Gregg Haulk announced yesterday in a phone blast to the community that all HBCSD schools will remain shuttered for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While physical school campuses are closed, school is still in session. The district will continue to focus on distance learning and food service as we move forward to support our students during this turbulent time as a result of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Updates about these essential services will be shared with the community as any necessary modifications are made.
This week, HBCSD completed the first full week of Distance Learning. Our gratitude goes out to all teachers, technology TOSAs, technology department, classified staff, and administrators for jumping into this new venture head first. to continue to provide an excellent education for our students and families. As we adjust for long term school closure, we will continue to make adjustments as we move forward farther into this learning model to continue to provide an excellent education for our students and families. To better serve our community, we ask that families complete the Family Survey Regarding Distance Learning by Tuesday, April 7, 2020. We thank you for your grace and patience as we all make adjustments to serve your children and your family.
Over the past week, HBCSD has distributed more than 1,500 Chromebooks to families to support the new distance learning model. This effort was driven by the hard work of classified staff members and volunteers from across the district who transported, organized, prepared, and ultimately passed out devices for student use. Our teachers also did a great job in working alongside the district to assist in targeted efforts to support potentially at-risk families.
However, we know that this work is not done as there are families that are still in need of a device. Here are the steps we are taking to support those families:
Food Service to continue at Perry ES (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) and Peterson ES (11:00 a.m. - Noon)
The HBCSD Food & Nutrition Services Department, Transportation Department, and army of classified staff and volunteers have passed out 7,063 "Grab N Go" meals since March 17, 2020!!
This week food service was expanded to include both Perry ES (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) and Peterson ES (11:00 a.m. - Noon). While distribution numbers have fluctuated over the past three weeks, we have consistently provided at least 500 meals per day across both sites. We will continue to operate these two locations next week (April 6 - 10) but will not distribute meals during out scheduled Spring Break (April 13-17).
Update #12 (4/1/20): HBCSD Schools to remain closed until May 1st, Chromebook Distribution Tomorrow (4/2), & More
School Closure extended to May 1, 2020
HBCSD has extended the closure of schools through May 1, 2020.
However, earlier today Governor Newsom and State Superintendent Thurmond made an announcement regarding school closures and distance learning. Click here for the letter released by Superintendent Thurmond yesterday (3/31/20). HBCSD plans to review any guidance documents received from the state as a result of this announcement and will provide an update to the community on Friday, April 3, 2020.
Tomorrow, April 2, 2020 HBCSD will initiate a second wave of Chromebook distributions to our families that requested more than one device or still have not yet picked up their first device. The distribution at Sowers MS (9300 Indianapolis Avenue) is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Here are the details:
HBCSD transitioned to a distance learning model on Monday, March 30th. Please click here for the Distance Learning page or click here if you are having difficulties with technology and need some support.
This week we have been piloting a second location for Grab N Go meals at Perry ES (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) and Peterson ES (11:00 a.m. - Noon). At the end of this week we will review the data on meals distributed and give updates to families for any future modifications that best serve our families.
Update #11 (3/27/20): Distance Learning begins March 30th & Chromebook Distribution
HBCSD will transition to a distance learning model starting on Monday, March 30th. A HUGE thank you to our amazing teachers, administration, and staff who have been working hard to get ready for this new learning model to be implemented. Superintendent Haulk has released a letter to families with information on this new learning model, support tips, and suggested home learning schedules. Please click on the PDF below for the letter!
(Updated 3.30.20 @ 9:15am)
Today, we began distributing Chromebooks to families at Sowers Middle School who requested a device on the Needs Assessment that was sent out last weekend. This initial wave of distribution will continue on Monday, March 30 for families that already received an email from the district office with a specific time period to pick up the device. Due to the high volume of requests, each household will receive one Chromebook at this time.
The second wave of distribution will be held on Thursday, April 2nd. Families that requested more than one device will be able to pick up additional devices on that day. All families will receive an email by Wednesday, April 1st with their specific pick up time. Please note that teachers and staff are aware that some families may not have access to distance learning until the second half of the week and will work with families accordingly. IF you have NOT YET made a request for a device please complete the Needs Assessment form here.
Update #10 (3/26/20): Chromebook Distribution & Food Service Expansion
Update #9 (March 23, 2020): Student Learning; Food Service Continues
Update #8 (March 20, 2020): HBCSD Needs Assessment
Update #7 (March 19, 2020): Ungraded Enrichment Activities
Update #6 (March 18, 2020)
Update #5 (March 16, 2020)
Update #4 (March 13, 2020)
Update #3 (March 13, 2020)
Update #2 (March 12, 2020)
Update #1 (March 12, 2020)
What We Know (March 12, 2020)