Today, a message was posted on the DNUSD webpage and Facebook page regarding the Del Norte Virtual Learning Program flyer. On behalf of the District, I would like to personally apologize for any misunderstanding regarding this post.
I would like to clarify the following:
1. The District is not planning on only offering online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. At this point, we are expecting to be able to return with at least 50% of our students in attendance on campus at any given time. In a previous survey, 65% of our families indicated that they would prefer that school be offered fully in person, as we have always done, while an additional 25% indicated that they would prefer a blended learning model. Our intent is to try to offer programs that meet the needs of each child, in person to the fullest extent possible.
2. That same survey indicated that approximately 10% of our families expressed an interest in participating only in online or distance learning. In order to move forward with determining whether this option is viable, it is necessary that we get an accurate count of students, by grade level and school of residence, as quickly as possible. This “application” was designed as a way to get this information for planning purposes only.
3. I have been meeting with the leadership of the Del Norte Teachers’ Association and the local California School Employees Association on a steering committee to discuss issues and options in reopening for 2020-2021. We have discussed the desire and survey results for an online program, but no discussion has been held regarding this “application” or a final configuration of an online program.
4. We are in the process of completing a survey for all district staff and families to gather additional information regarding the three reopening options that the steering committee, site principals, and other consulting groups have discussed: an in-person AM/PM model with 50% of students in attendance at either session, a two day per week in-person model with 50% of students in attendance 2 days each week with distance learning occurring during days when they are not receiving in-person instruction, and the distance learning-only model.
5. Given the confusion caused by the post and the need to more accurately reflect the intent of the form, we will be revising the current document and reposting it so that it better meets its intended purpose. To avoid continuing confusion, we will “expire” the post, so that only the corrected version is available. The updated document will be available in Spanish, as well.
I would, again, like to apologize for any confusion that these posts may have caused. In an attempt to gather information quickly, we did not communicate clearly or adequately. We have just over 40 days in which to rethink 100 years of educational structure and respond to the most significant health crisis in recent history, prior to the start of the school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 464-0200.
The Joe Hamilton School staff hopes you have a great Summer!
We will let you know what our school plans are for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as we know.
The first day of school is August 24
Reminder: There will be no meal service on Friday, 5/22/20 or Monday, 5/25/20.
These were previously scheduled no-school days and as such all classified food service staff and transportation staff will be enjoying a well earned four day weekend.
Meal service will resume on Tuesday, 5/26/2020. Please contact Nutrition Services at 464-0246.
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Mrs. Denise Harnden
Welcome to Joe Hamilton Elementary School. I am proud to say that I am currently in my 36th year as an educator in Del Norte Schools. I was a teacher for 26 years teaching in all grades from Kindergarten through high school. This will be the start of my ninth year as a Principal. Eight of these years have been spent at Joe Hamilton School. It is my pleasure to work with the staff, students, and families at Joe Hamilton and I am looking forward to another great year.
At Joe Hamilton School we implement PBIS(Positive Behaviors and Supports). We are always mindful of Safe, Respectful, and Responsible choices. The staff continues to dedicate themselves to developing both academic and social/emotional curriculum for all students.
Communication is key to a successful education at any level. Our team believes that home and school working together can produce excellent results. We appreciate that you have entrusted your child(ren) to our care and we look forward to serving you. In fact, research has shown that the higher the level of parental involvement the higher the achievement level of the child. Attendance is also key to your child's success in school. We believe students need to be in school All day, every day!
We provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. We are able to provide a healthy morning snack to all of our students three days a week and we have an After School Program that is available each day until 6:00 pm.
We look forward to serving you at Joe Hamilton School whether you are new to the district or a returning family. I am proud of our school's warm welcoming environment, our goal is to treat your child(ren) with the love and respect that we treat our own children.
Please remember we have an open-door policy, and I look forward to getting to know you and your student(s).
Denise Harnden, Principal