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Date Email Sent

Date Positive Case Last in Building

Dec. 18

 

Dec. 17

 

Dec. 15

 

Dec. 14 (5 cases)

 

Dec. 11 (3 cases)

 

Dec. 10 (4 cases)

 

Dec. 9 

Dec. 4

Dec. 8 (2 cases)

Dec. 4 (both)

Dec. 7

Nov. 30

Dec. 4

Nov. 30

Dec. 2

Nov. 24

Nov. 29 (2)

Nov. 20 & 23

Nov. 23

Nov. 20

Nov. 19

Nov. 17

Nov. 18

Nov. 9

Nov. 11

Nov. 9

Oct. 22

Oct. 14

Oct. 11

Oct. 6

Oct. 3

Sept. 30

Oct. 2

Sept. 18

Sept. 28

Sept. 25

Sept. 25

Sept. 23

Sept. 23

Sept. 11

Sept. 17

Sept. 11

Sept. 14

Sept. 9


Email

Dear HHS Parents - 

We are reaching out to you today to inform you that an individual at HHS has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been designated as a probable case. The District has worked with the Cass County Health Department to identify close contacts of the confirmed case who should quarantine for 14 days.   If a student or staff member has been determined to have been in close contact with this individual, you have already been contacted with further instructions. If you have not been contacted, there is nothing further you need to do at this time. Close contact is defined as fewer than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes, regardless of face covering use per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The District is taking all precautions, consistent with the CDC and Cass County Health Department. 

Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the individual or details that may identify them.

Quarantine should be viewed as another layer of protection for our students and families. Sending students and staff home due to potential exposure decreases the chance of spreading the virus in our schools. Students who are sent home, and are able, can continue learning based on Scenario 4 in our Back-to-School plan using Google Classroom.

We need to be vigilant and exercise best practices to minimize the risk of COVID transmission inside and outside our schools. Physical distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, staying home if you have symptoms of COVID, and following isolation or quarantine directions from the CCHD are commitments we need to continue to make as a community to reduce the risk of COVID transmission. These health and safety measures are essential for the continuation of in-person learning.

We have created a COVID Dashboard and information website at www.harrisonvilleschools.org/COVIDcommunication. If you have any questions regarding COVID, you can contact the Cass County Health Department at 380-8425.

Sincerely,
Paul Mensching
Superintendent

 

 

Email sent to parents on 10/8/2020 reguarding new grading procedures

Dear HHS Wildcats,

 

Just wanted to keep you informed of a few changes in our approach to grading and assessing student learning at HHS.  We not only want to help students learn as much as possible during their four years at HHS, but we also hope to increase their desire to learn.  To help attain these goals and to try and make grades more representative of what a student has learned, we are implementing the following practices.  

 

1)  Eliminating zeros in the gradebook - Zeros can distort a student’s actual achievement and decrease motivation.  Zeros also fail to provide feedback on a student’s progress toward learning goals.  We believe that if an assignment is important enough to put into the gradebook then it is important for us to make sure students complete the assignment.  

 

If a student fails to turn in an assignment, a zero will be entered into the gradebook as a placeholder.  It will also be entered into our database called the Power of ICU.  Once entered into this database, parents will receive an email/text notification regarding the missing assignment.  Students will also have an email sent to their school email account.  The Parent Portal will continue to operate as normal.  This database will simply allow for efficient notification regarding missing assignments.  Our hope is that you will then encourage your student to complete the assignment in a timely manner.  As a reminder, students have time to complete assignments during Advisory class (96 minutes every other day).  A follow up email/text will be sent once an assignment has been completed. 

 

2)  Avoiding penalties for late work - Taking away points because an assignment is turned in late distorts the grade representation of the student’s true achievement.  Due dates will still be established and assignments will still be expected to be turned in on time, however, we acknowledge that sometimes a student may miss a due date and if that occurs we still want to assess a student’s learning.  If a student chronically misses due dates, we will meet to develop a plan to help address the issue.

 

3)  Retaking assessments - A student will be allowed a retake if they have not learned the assessed material or feel they could have learned more.  Students interested in pursuing a retake will be responsible for taking initiative and discussing options with their teacher.  Students will also be expected to demonstrate an increase in their learning of the material before earning a retake.    

 

We hope that by taking the above mentioned steps students will realize that we will not give up on their learning.  We also believe this will increase motivation and work ethic when students realize that we are not going to let them take a passive approach to their education.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.  Thank you for your support.

Respectfully,

Dr. Farnsworth

HHS Assistant Principal