School closing in on safety plan

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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 6:28 am | Updated: 7:59 am, Fri Jul 31, 2020.

Officials at Hillsboro Public Schools are edging closer to approving a set of back-to-school safety guidelines to open the 2020-21 school year.

A draft of health protocols, transportation changes and schedule adjustments was sent to parents early this week following a two-hour committee meeting last Thursday at Hillsboro High School.

The committee, composed of staff members, administrators, school board members, students, parents and community leaders, provided input on the district’s Return to Learn Plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re doing the best we can to get everyone here and on-site, because we know that’s ideal for everyone,” said Hillsboro Superintendent Paula Suda. 

The current draft calls for in-person classes to begin at both Hillsboro High School and Hillsboro Elementary School Aug. 26, with distance learning available for students who choose to stay home for safety reasons.

Suda said as of Wednesday that one high school student and 17 elementary students may opt to begin the school year learning from home. 

She expected all teachers to return to their classrooms this fall so long as schools are allowed to remain open and instructors remain healthy.

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