Hinsdale, New Hampshire
Mission Statement
We, the members of the Hinsdale School District, are committed to meeting the needs of all students in a respectful, safe and secure environment that encourages individual learning and instills the learning process. Together, school and community strive to nurture life-long learning to promote an informed society.

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COVID-19 / Remote Learning

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Update on COVID- Nov. 12, 2020

In the spirit of transparency and to maintain our commitment of continued communication during these unprecedented times, the school board would like to update the community on the recent COVID-19 related events in the school district.

As you are aware, there was a student in the middle/senior high school who has tested positive for COVID-19. Immediately upon the discovery of this positive case, all students in both the elementary and middle/ high schools were held in place in their classrooms as a safety precaution until they were released from school. The student who tested positive went home immediately. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services was notified right away and is managing all contact tracing with the help of our staff.

As previously communicated, in an effort to best protect all of our school community, the school board decided to act with an abundance of caution. We created a policy that dictated that should there be a single positive COVID test result within the school community we would immediately switch to remote learning for all students for a minimum of 10 school days. During those 10 days, the school will work very closely with DHHS to determine when it will be safe to re-open the schools for in-class learning. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, in-class learning is currently scheduled to begin again on November 30th. During this time of remote learning, the buildings will undergo extreme deep cleaning and sanitation.

The staff and administration have put forth tremendous effort this school year to be able to offer in-class learning for the students in Hinsdale. In general, it has gone extremely well, and we commend those efforts. Plans and protocols were put in place and followed should there be a positive test result in the school district. The school board and administration will be working closely with the school nurses and other resources to evaluate the situation and determine if there needs to be changes or updates to any current plans and procedures.

We will continue to maintain open communication with the community and understand that this is a difficult time for everyone involved. Thank you to the entire community for your continued support and for keeping the safety and well-being of the staff and students, as well as, the education of the students in Hinsdale everyone’s top priority.

Remote Learning on Election Day-November 3, 2020

Election Day is November 3rd. This year the town will be using the middle/high school gymnasium for its polling location in order to maintain proper social distancing and other safety recommendations. The polls will be open from 8 am until 7 pm.
This will be a remote learning day for all students. For more information on your student’s assignments please contact either HES or HMHS directly:
HES – 336-5332
HMHS – 336-5984
For more information on voting, you can contact the town clerk at 336-5719.

Updated information from the Hinsdale School Board

In an effort to maintain quality communication and transparency with the community please see some updates below from the school board.

• Election Day is November 3rd. In order to support community voting and make voting as safe as possible for everyone, voting will be conducted in the HMHS gym this year. Due to the number of people using the school campus, this will now be a remote learning day for all students. Learning packets will be provided in advance for those elementary school students that need them.
• There are some additional changes to the Hinsdale School District 2020-2021 school year calendar. In order to give the staff proper time to prepare for the start of the school year, with the challenges of combined in class and remote learners, two of the scheduled teacher workshop days were shifted to the start of the year before classes began. Due to this change, March 15th and May 28th are now regularly scheduled class days for all staff and students.
• With the end of the first quarter approaching, we have learned that there will be a high number of students shifting from remote learning to in class participation. While we are thrilled that these students and their families are confident in our preparations for in class learning, this does require that we make some changes to accommodate many additional in class students. To allow staff the proper preparation time to manage this new shift in remote and in class learner percentages, and also to allow for extended proper deep cleaning of our school to keep them safe for all, Friday’s will now be an early release day for all students. HMHS students will be dismissed at 12:20 and HES students will be dismissed at 1:00 on Fridays beginning October 30th.
• The school board has created a policy to offer clarification on what the protocol would be should there be a positive COVID-19 test result within the school district. Learning will immediately be switched to remote for all students and staff for a minimum of 10 school days. The school board and administration will then work closely with state officials to determine when it is safe to return to in class learning. Communication with the school community would be a high priority should a switch to remote learning due to a positive test result were required.
• Due to extreme caution, there has been a high instance of students and staff absenteeism as people quarantine or receive COVID testing to ensure the safety for the school community. This is not due to actual COVID cases, but the policy put in place that anyone exhibiting any possible COVID symptoms follow these protocols as a precaution. To date, there have been no positive COVID cases within the school community. If at any time the absenteeism of students, staff, or administration reaches a level that negatively affects the ability to ensure the safety of all and provide quality education to our students we will switch to remote learning until we are confident that attendance is at appropriate levels. This determination would be made by school building, elementary or HMHS, and may not necessarily affect the entire district.

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