Hancock County School District making changes to distance learning plan

Hancock County School District is working to bring all virtual learners back to classrooms beginning Monday, October 26th.

The district currently serves 4,159 students with 576 of those students being long-term distance learners.

All students are expected to be physically present in class or they will be counted absent.

There are a few exceptions: a student with an extreme underlying health condition, a student who has a full time resident of his or her home experiencing an extreme underlying health condition that prevents them from safely attending school, and students with an IEP that have a homebound placement.

Parents of students with one of the conditions listed above must apply for medical long term distance learning. The application to apply for a medical exception can be found on the district’s website and it must be completed by October 20th. Parents of students who are approved will be notified before October 26th.

Superintendent Alan Dedeaux said in a statement: “We know that students learn best when physically at school, interacting with a teacher and classmates. Many of the students that were distance learners and returned to traditional learning at mid-term of the first nine-weeks were not performing well academically. Since their return, we are already seeing improvement.”

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