THIS PAGE UPDATED 10.11.21
Due to the current health crisis situation, information contained on this site is subject to change as more information becomes available. Planning and decision making is an ongoing process and this site is one way that we are keeping you informed about the latest modifications and adaptations to the operations of this district. As always, the safety of our students and their families, our staff and our community, is a top priority as we navigate this uncertain time with confidence and care.
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What is the HCS 2021-22 COVID playbook and where do I find it?
The Henry County Schools 2021-2022 School Year COVID-19 Playbook shows how our district is responding to Keep Henry Healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. With student and staff safety foremost in our planning, we have developed proven mitigation strategies to ensure that in-person learning in Henry County is one of the safest and most encouraging environments in which kids can thrive. You can locate the playbooks by clicking this link.
Where do I find the school supply lists?
Please check your school's website for school supply lists.
Technology & Device Information
Who do we contact if we are having issues with my student’s HCS device?
Students may contact their school's technology staff during normal school hours in order to troubleshoot issues with their device. If the issue is happening outside of school hours, students or parents/guardians may submit a ticket through our Student Technology Help Desk (https://henry.incidentiq.com/). The ticket will be routed to the Technology Personnel assigned to the student's school and reviewed during normal school hours. Updates on the status of the ticket will be sent to the student's HCS email account or you can monitor progress on the ticket by logging back into the Student Technology Help Desk.
Impact Academy Students
Students or parents/guardians may submit a ticket through our Student Technology Help Desk (https://henry.incidentiq.com/). The ticket will be routed to the Technology Personnel assigned to the student's school and reviewed during normal school hours. Updates on the status of the ticket will be sent to the student's HCS email account or you can monitor progress on the ticket by logging back into the Student Technology Help Desk.
In which subjects will teachers identify whether my child has any learning gaps?
In HCS, teachers have access to a variety of assessments which can help identify learning gaps. State assessments like Milestones, GAA, GKIDS, and ACCESS all provide parents and teachers with information on student learning and help identify next steps/needs. Within HCS, we utilize MAP assessments three times a year in ELA and Math in grades 1-9, which provide teachers with specific information on the growth of students within and across school years as well as content domains in which students excel and where students need additional support. Teachers can leverage this information to monitor student growth as well as identify instructional needs. HCS also has developed common assessments in EOG tested grade/subjects as well as 12 high school courses. Teachers have access to formative assessments which can be administered weekly (math, science, social studies) and bi-weekly (in ELA) to monitor students learning as instruction is occurring. Teachers also have access to summative assessments in these same courses/grades which can be administered at the end of each instructional unit. Teachers may use this information to determine student mastery of standards and identify where re-teaching is needed to resolve existing gaps in understanding.
How will my child catch up if learning gaps are identified?
Learning gaps will be addressed in many different ways. Teachers will continue to monitor student learning gaps for individual students. Student learning gaps will be addressed by their teachers through small group and individual instruction.
Additionally, as communicated in the January 2021 HCS Board meeting, the following assurances will continue to ensure student learning:
- Proactive Monitoring and Acceleration of Reading Proficiency
- Addressing standard and skill gaps embedded in classroom instruction
- Course Recovery for High School Students
To learn more about each of these efforts please click here.
In addition schools will continue to implement the Multiple Tiers of Student Support, where students will get additional support as needed to ensure that learning gaps are identified and addressed.
To learn more about the MTSS process, interventions, and supports please click here
Will my child participate in statewide standardized testing?
Yes, for the 2021-2022 school year, students will still participate in all state assessments to include GKIDS Readiness, GKIDS, GAA, Access, and Georgia Milestones. The State of Georgia requires students test on school sites and in person for the following assessments: GAA, ACCESS, and Milestones.
How will my student engage in learning make up work if they need to quarantine?
Henry County Schools will be working with Quarantine Bridge teachers to provide live instruction/support using the district pacing to students who are on quarantine.
The student’s teacher will place assignments in Google classroom for the quarantine period. To support students in keeping pace with their learning live instruction and support will be available daily. For Elementary students each day live, virtual direct instruction will be provided in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Middle grades students will have live instruction in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. High school students will have access to teachers in a live virtual format for instructional support in the following classes: 9th Grade Literature, 10th Grade Literature, American Literature, British Literature, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AMDM, Statistical Reasoning, College Readiness, Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics, World Geography, World History, US History, and Economics/Government
Will my student be counted absent if they have to quarantine?
If a student is required to quarantine, he or she will be informed of how to continue their learning through a temporary remote teacher who will coordinate with the student’s classroom teacher to stay on pace with classroom instruction. A student who fully participates in remote learning during an assigned quarantine will not be considered absent from school. If a student does not participate in remote learning during an assigned quarantine, he or she will be considered absent from school.
How will I know where my child is in her/his learning?
Teachers will be assessing students both informally during learning to guide instructional decisions and to assess learning mastery at the end of the units. Teachers will continue to use Infinite Campus (I.C.) gradebook to update grades on a weekly basis.
How are we adapting schools?
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Are schools open to the public?
Schools are currently opened to the public by appointment or pre-scheduled activity only. If you need to go to the school for any reason, call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.
How do I make an appointment to talk to the district office or school?
If you need to make an appointment at a school, please contact your school directly. If you need to make an appointment at the district office, please call 770-957-6601.
COVID-19 Response Protocol Information