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2020-2021 Restart Plan
2020-2021 Restart Plan

In-Person Learning at HCS

Start of School

We will open on Monday, August 24th for students on a two day staggered start. Half of the students will be notified that their first day is August 24th and the other half that their first day is August 25th. This will allow us to conduct an orientation with students in smaller groups to review the new health and safety guidelines for this school year. All students in grades 1 - 12 will attend school together beginning August 26th. Additionally, all schools will operate on a two-hour delay schedule August 24th - August 28th to provide a shorter day for students to help acclimate to mask wearing and new routines. This also provides time for our staff to align curriculum with the remote learning platform as much as possible, to prepare for times during the year when students are absent or school is closed due to COVID-19. Normal building start times will begin Monday, August 31st.

Kindergarten screenings will be held on August 24th and 25th by appointment. Students will then be assigned a staggered start date, either on August 26th, 27th or 28th. All Kindergarten students will attend school together Monday, August 31st.

When selecting this option, students and parents are committing to learning in-person for at least the 1st semester. If they would like to move to the Remote Learning Academy for 2nd semester, they would be able to.

Daily Health Assessments

Staff and students must complete a daily health assessment at home before reporting to school. The assessment includes checking for COVID-19 symptoms and taking temperatures each morning. If a student or staff member has a temperature of 100.4 or higher or has any symptoms, they should remain home and will be sent home if they come to school.


Masks are an important part of our prevention strategy and are required for all staff and students while at school or riding the bus. Masks should be made of cloth or a similar material, and must cover the nose, mouth and chin.

Masks are not required when a student is eating, playing an instrument, participating in physical education, at outdoor recess or if a student meets one of the state approved exemptions of mask wearing.


Students must wear masks on the school bus and will be seated two to a seat. Assigned seats will be required and students must sit in their assigned seat. Whenever possible, students should sit with siblings and/or classmates (K-5) to reduce exposure. Hand sanitizer will be available on each bus. Drivers will wear face shields when students are boarding and exiting the bus.


Students will be seated in rows*, all facing the same direction when possible. Desks will have 3 ft of space side-to-side on center, at minimum. Seating will be assigned and seating charts will be maintained to support contact tracing as needed. The teacher's desk will be 6 ft from students when possible.

When students arrive at school, they will go directly to their classrooms and sanitize their hands.

*Kindergarten may not be seated in rows.


  • Kindergarten will be using iPads in the classroom during the day at school.
  • Grades 1 - 6: Each classroom will have a set of school-owned Chromebooks. Students will each be assigned a device to use during the school day. These Chromebooks will not go home with students.
  • Grades 7 - 12: Each student will be assigned a school-owned Chromebook to use at school and to take home each day. Students are expected to assume responsibility and care for the device they are assigned, including bringing the device to school fully charged each day.


Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom. It will be delivered to the room or the student can retrieve it from the cafeteria when they arrive in the building.

Lunch will be eaten in our cafeterias and we may use other large areas to allow for social distancing. Students will be seated 4 ft apart and both sides of the table will be staggered. Hand sanitizer will be available and students must wash their hands or sanitize before and after lunch.


We will have outdoor recess and will group students by class when possible. Students are not required to wear masks during outdoor recess. When in line, students will be socially distanced. Students will wash hands or hand sanitize when they return from recess. High touch surfaces will be sanitized after each recess.

Positive COVID-19 Test

When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, we will partner with the Licking County Health Department. They will conduct quarantining and contact tracing and contact those who will need to be quarantined. We will follow their guidance and provide any information they require.
HCS Remote Learning Academy

Classes for the remote learning academy will begin on Monday, August 31st. This delay is due to high demand for Chromebooks and Chromebook accessories.

Chromebooks will be handed out on August 27th and 28th. Details for pickup are coming soon.

When selecting this option, students and parents are committing to the Remote Learning Academy for at least the 1st semester. If they would like to move to In-Person Learning for 2nd semester, they would be able to.

Curriculum & Instruction

Our Remote Learning Academy will be provided through Edmentum, a third party educational services provider. The curriculum, Calvert (K-5) and PLATO (6 - 12) is aligned to Ohio's Learning Standards and has been fully accredited.

A Heath City Schools teacher will be assigned to students to monitor progress, take attendance, grade assignments and provide support as needed. They are not the instructor or a tutor.

Students will remain enrolled in Heath City Schools and schedules will be created with courses designated as on-line delivery. All students will be enrolled in math, english, social studies and science, as well as two electives. Some electives that are offered in-person may not be available in the online format.

Special Education services may be adjusted (pending IEP Team review).

Parents must be actively involved in assisting their student(s) with course content, ensuring deadlines are met and offering academic support.

Daily Schedule

A student's daily schedule is flexible. Students in grades K-5 are expected to log on and work for 3 to 4 hours each day, for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Students in grades 6-12 will log on and work for 5 to 6 hours each day, for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

Course Credit

To receive credit, courses must be completed as outlined below:
Part A of each course must be completed in full by the end of 1st Semester - January 15, 2021 Part B of each course must be completed in full by the end of 2nd Semester - May 26, 2021

The District will assume the cost of each student's coursework. If a student does not complete the required coursework within the timeframe, the family will assume the cost of the on-line program ($550.00 per student) and this amount will be added to the student's fee balance. High School students will have 10 school days to drop a course without possible payment and/or inclusion on a transcript.


Heath City Schools will issue each student a school-owned Chromebook to use while attending the HCS Remote Learning Academy. Each family is responsible for securing internet service to their home.

Athletics & Extra-curricular Activities

Students who choose the Remote Learning Academy can participate in district athletics and other after school extra-curricular activities. They must meet all of the same athletic eligibility requirements as outlined in the Heath City Schools Athletic Handbook.

All on-line courses are approved through the NCAA for athletic eligibility purposes for the 2020 - 2021 school year.


Students in grades K - 11 must come in 3 times per year to complete STAR reading and math screener.

All students must take the appropriate state assessments. These assessments will be held by appointment.


Kindergarten students must participate in KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) if this is the first time they have attended kindergarten in the state of Ohio and must attend kindergarten screening (scheduled by appointment).

Free & Reduced Meals

Students who qualify to receive free and reduced price meals will be eligible to receive meals while attending the Remote Learning Academy. The time and date of meal distribution will be determined and communicated at a future date.

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If In-Person Learning is Interrupted

If we need to go to temporary full or partial shutdown of in-person learning, instruction will continue remotely.
  • Assigned school-owned Chromebooks will be sent home temporarily with students in grades 1 - 6 to receive on-line instructions and complete on-line assignments.
  • Guidance for how and when students complete work would be provided at that time.
  • Parent/guardian partnership will be essential for the success of this school year. Ensure you are signed up to receive classroom and academic information through Google Classroom and Class Dojo (K-8) and/or Google Classroom and Progressbook (9-12).
Heath City School District
107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7110 | Fax: 740-238-7053
Heath High School
300 Licking View Drive, Heath, OH  43056
Phone:  740-238-7150 | Fax:  740-238-7079
Heath Middle School
310 Licking View Dr, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7140 | Fax: 740-238-7072
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