Back 2 Home: Greenfield High School Goes Hybrid After 12 Days of School

Nearly two weeks ago, Greenfield Jr. High made national news after a student who attended the first day of school received notice of a positive COVID test on that same day.

The school system followed the planned protocol as set forth by the Hancock County Health Department and parents of students who had potential exposure we notified.

On Thursday, August 13th, Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, Superintendent, Dr. Harold E. Olin sent home a letter informing parents that beginning on Monday, the High School would adopt a hybrid model for the first quarter of the school year. This would decrease daily student population by 50%, which allows for a better opportunity for social distancing.

At this time there has not been any announcements regarding the Jr. High or Elementary schools.

Student groups will be decided based on the first letter of their last name, however blended households can request their children attend on the same day. The daily schedule is set through October 2nd with students attending 2 days on campus and then 2 days off campus. Fall break for Greenfield Schools occurs October 5 – 16, 2020.

Parents are asked to help their students maintain social distancing outside of school

The letter sent to parents/guardians via email was this:

GCHS Parents:

In the interest of student safety, we have made an adjustment to the schedule for most high school students over the duration of the first quarter.  In short, beginning on Monday, August 17th, half of the high school students will attend school on-site while the other half of the students attend virtually.  The on-site groups will change every two days.  This adjustment will allow us to better meet the requirements of social distancing at the high school.  And this practice will allow us to substantially limit the spread of COVID-19 during this current worldwide pandemic.
Changing the student experience after twelve days of school is certainly not ideal, yet we believe this particular move is crucial to ensure that our high school is a safe place for all students and staff.  Nothing is more important in the school setting than attaining that goal.

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