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Clinton Primary Pivots To Virtual Format With Beryl Henry Elementary

By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools, 11/13/20 2:24 PM

HOPE – The Clinton Primary School campus of the Hope Public Schools will pivot to an all virtual format beginning Monday, Nov. 16 through Nov. 27, as will the Beryl Henry Elementary School campus as the result of COVID-19 concerns, HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart announced today.

“Data shows a number of faculty and staff have had probable close contact, and Clinton Primary School will pivot to a virtual format beginning Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 27, for CPS students, faculty and staff,” Dr. Hart said.

The CPS campus will be closed throughout the pivot period as will the Beryl Henry Elementary School campus, which has been placed on pivot status for students until Nov. 30. The pivot will now extend to Nov. 30 for BHE faculty and staff, as well, Hart said.

“There will be no students, faculty or staff on either campus until Nov. 30,” Hart said.

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 CPS will use the Lincoln Learning platform to continue their daily studies online as outlined in the district’s response plan for COVID-19. Parents should direct questions by email or telephone to their student’s classroom teacher.

HPS Child Nutrition Services Director Deanna Gilbert said all CPS students will be eligible to receive meal services via drive-by pickup at Yerger Middle School during the pivot period from 11 a.m. to noon Monday and Wednesday. Meals distributed on Wednesday include the remainder of each week. All meals are free, Gilbert said.

HPS Transportation and Facilities Director Maurice Henry said both the CPS and BHE buildings 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 to online learning.