Parent Q and A
When are the final instructional materials (Student Engagement Activities) due?
All instructional materials are due on May 11th and 12th. We will follow the same drop-off procedures used in April. School will have their mantrap/foyer areas open for parents and students to drop off materials at your local community school. The county and each school will post available drop off times.
Does my child need to complete ALL instructional packets?
Yes, we encourage students to complete the assigned classroom work to reach their fullest potential. All work completed by students will be graded. Teacher have been grading snow packets days 3-5 and instructional materials assigned through April 30th and posting grades. The student engagement packets (available after April 20th) will then be VALUE ADDED in order to help the student. . The student engagement activities will be graded on a scale of 6-10. VALUE ADDED points of 6 -10 will be added to the overall student grade in each subject for the 4th nine weeks. Grade may not exceed 100%. Students do not have to complete instructional packets or student engagement activities if they continued their online work with their teachers.
If I have a college class or virtual class, do I still need to complete it?
Yes. You need to continue your online courses and submit work as directed by your instructors. These courses will be graded traditionally since instruction has been provided online. Most online course will end on May 15th.
Can my child still turn in the first packets even though they missed the first deadline?
Yes, if you missed the deadline to return the first round of assignments, please call your child's school or simply deposit the materials in the school boxes on May 11th or May 12th.
How will my child be graded for the 4th nine weeks?
Staff must adhere to one of two calculations and assign a grade whichever provides the greatest benefit to students.
- Teachers grade all work assigned by the teacher during the 4th nine weeks. This would include the Snow Packets Days 3, 4, and 5, Instructional Packet, and any online assignments given through Live Grades. Students needed to complete the work. Teachers grade the work with the thought in mind that they are looking at effort not accuracy. If student attempts to complete the work and turns something in, teachers may not give a grade lower than a 70. Next, Teachers will review engagement activities per subject and assign a VALUE ADDED point of 6 -10 to be added to the overall student grade in each subject. Grade may not exceed 100% in any given subject for the 4th nine weeks.
- Average the grades from Nine Weeks 1, 2, and 3.
Will my child have to repeat their current grade?
If your child was in danger of failing prior to the closure and he/she didn't complete their instructional packets, you should express your concerns to your child's teacher immediately. No student will be retained purely based upon the school closure.
How will I get my child's personal items that have been left at school?
Each principal is creating a procedure and will clearly communicate with students and parents what days and times you can pick up your child's belongings. You cannot just "drop in" to get the items. You must follow the specific information sent to you by your child's principal.
How will I my get my child’s report card?
Each school will have a plan for distribution of report cards. Grades can be accessed and printed through Live Grades or report cards will be mailed upon a request from parents.
How long will meals be available?
Meals will continue through the end of May. Hampshire County Schools will be continuing to offer boxed meals during the summer months. We would like to gather information so we know how many meals to request each week.
Meals must be picked up at the following sites:
* Augusta Elementary School
* Capon Bridge Elementary School
* Romney Elementary School
* Slanesville Elementary School
Free meals can be served for any children ages 2-18 years old.
Please complete the survey by May 17, 2020 if you are interested in receiving meals during the summer months.
How can we return textbooks/library books and/or Chromebook/ThinkPad’s?
There will be a time for you to return books or other items that belong to the school and you'll get this information from your child's principal. These items can also be returned to your school or your local school in your community during the drop off dates of May 11th or 12th.
How will Hampshire County Schools work to help close any gaps my child has experienced by the school closure?
Our teachers are trained to address deficiencies and to assess and recognize what each individual student needs. This will be our priority as the school year begins for 2020-2021. We will also share your child's prior year records with the new teacher next year. Parents are highly encouraged to share their concerns early on as the school year begins next year.
Are we going to be back to normal by the start of the 2020-2021 school year?
Plans as of now appear to have us starting a normal routine and starting on time.
Will my child have an orientation for Middle School and/or High School?
A freshman orientation is typically scheduled prior to the opening of school. Capon Bridge Middle is planning to continue their “Bobcat Bash” for incoming 6th grader in August.
High Schools normally have a three week practice window for athletes in June. Will this still happen?
The three week window has been tentatively moved to July. We should be able to finalize the exact dates by early June.
When will my senior get his/her diploma?
Diploma pick up - Friday, May 29th, 2020 – beginning at 9:00 am
- Students will be scheduled a time to pick up their diploma from HHS according to the first letter of their last name.
- We ask students to wear their cap and gown if possible in order for a picture to be taken.
- A backdrop is being ordered to provide an appropriate picture opportunity.
- This may be done inside the commons or outside of the main building depending on weather.
- Families must respect the social distancing guidelines that are in effect on this date.
Will seniors have a graduation ceremony?
Graduation - Saturday, July 18, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm
- A commencement ceremony will be planned at Wapacoma campground in the festival area.
- Students will have the opportunity to walk across a stage and be recognized for their accomplishments.
- Families will need to bring their own seating.
- Barring a long-term rain event that could cause issues with parking (or a lightning event), the ceremony will be held rain or shine.
- We will adhere to the social distancing guidance from health officials that may be in effect at the time of the ceremony.
- We ask that families limit attendance to parents, grandparents, and siblings.
- We ask family members to dress casually and comfortably.
Graduation - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
- In the event that Covid-19 restrictions do not allow us to hold a traditional ceremony in July, we will plan to hold a commencement ceremony at HHS on this date.
Will there be a Prom?
Prom - Friday, July 17, 2020 (8 -11 pm)
- A prom will be held at Hampshire High in the gym pending the approval of our local Health Officials.
- We will continue to monitor updates from the Governor’s Office and consult with our local Health Department for guidance.
Will there be a Baccalaureate service?
- Mr. Nichols and Mr. Rule are currently planning a virtual service and will be providing more details in the near future.
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