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Beryl Henry Elementary Pivots To Virtual Format

By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, 11/9/20 8:29 PM

HOPE – The Beryl Henry Elementary School campus of the Hope Public Schools will pivot to an all virtual format beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10, as the result of COVID-19 concerns, HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart announced today.

“Due to the number of probable close contacts by faculty and staff, Beryl Henry Elementary School will pivot to a virtual format beginning Tuesday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 27, for BHE students,” Dr. Hart said. “Faculty and staff who are not quarantined as a result of the pivot will return to campus on Monday, Nov. 16.”

Hart emphasized the pivot mainly concerns the impact among faculty and staff.

“There is currently no evidence of impact of positive cases or probable close contacts from students,” he said.

Hart said teachers will be in contact with parents concerning the pivot.

“Teachers will contact parents regarding learning expectations for their students during the pivot,” he said.

Students at BHE will use the Lincoln Learning platform to continue their daily studies online as outlined in the district’s response plan for COVID-19.

“If parents have any questions, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher via email,” BHE Principal Dr. Roy Turner said.

HPS Child Nutrition Services Director Deanna Gilbert said all BHE students will be eligible to receive meal services via drive-by pickup at Yerger Middle School during the pivot period.

“They are in the bus line at Yerger from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday and Wednesday,” Gilbert said. “And, on Wednesday they will get meals for the rest of the week.”

The meals are free, she said.

HPS Transportation and Facilities Director Maurice Henry said the BHE building will undergo a “deep clean” during the pivot period.

Currently, students in the HPS may either attend classes on campus or virtually through the Hope from Home Virtual Academy platform. All students in the HPS have been provided access to wifi services or alternatives to allow for off-site study in the event of a pivot such as will begin Tuesday at BHE.