Saturday • July 18, 2020
Recap & Analysis of the HCPSS Fall 2020 School “Re-opening” Plan
On July 9, Superintendent Martirano proposed a hybrid education model for HCPSS students (2 days in person learning & 3 days virtual learning) beginning on Sepember 15 for PK-3 and active for all students by October 28. Along with this was the choice for students to remain in fully virtual learning mode if they & their parents didn’t feel comfortable returning (the most important word there being….choice!).
One week later (at the July 16 BOE meeting), for unclear reasons, Superintendent Martirano then proposed for all students, PK-12, to begin the 2020-2021 school year in fully virtual learning mode for the first quarter (through November 6, 2020).
Due to an aggressive push by BOE members Mallo & Taj, the Board of Education then decided in a 6-1 vote to force all PK-12 students to have fully virtual learning for the entire first semester, through January 28, 2021, completely neglecting both the overwhelming input from students, parents & teachers as well as the professional recommendations of countless medical, educational, and child development experts across the country.
Staying true to form, the BOE has completely neglected the input & preferred options submitted by HCPSS stakeholders with this decision, as shown in the these charts from the HCPSS 2020-2021 School Year Community Input Survey: