Students in the Hopkins County Schools (HCS) district will soon be able to participate in in-person learning on a more frequent basis.
An announcement issued by HCS Tuesday says the district will be expanding in-person learning to four days per week starting Thursday, Feb. 25.
Students will be able to return to in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. HCS says that remote learning will be utilized on Wednesdays to allow for the deep cleaning of schools.
While HCS has made the decision to expand in-person learning days, they say parents will still have the choice to enroll students in the Remote Learning Program. Parents who want their child to learn virtually must notify their school by Friday, Feb. 19.
To allow time to prepare school buildings for the return of additional learners, all students will learn online from Monday, Feb. 22, through Wednesday, Feb. 24. Instruction will also be provided through virtual learning from April 12 - April 16, the week following Spring Break.
According to HCS, the decision to expand in-person learning was made following a vote by the Board of Education. Considerations in the decision included loss of student learning, community input, and the social and emotional health of students, according to HCS.
You can see Tuesday's full announcement from HCS here.