First Day of School Update

First Day of School Update
Posted on 08/24/2020
News Article ImageDear Families,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. I am writing to share an important update with you regarding the first day of school for students participating in face-to-face instruction.

As part of our continued effort to reopen schools as safely and orderly as possible, we believe it is necessary to limit the first day of in-person attendance on September 8 to only the following students:

• Pre-K
• Kindergarten
• First grade
• Sixth grade
• Ninth grade

These students represent our newest learners in our schools, who will face the most significant transition back into our buildings. This will allow school staff to create orientation activities that they would have traditionally completed over the summer had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic.

This will also give our principals and other school leaders the chance to see the rigorous planning they have undertaken for several months related to food services, transportation, and creating safe and healthy learning spaces in action with a smaller number of students in attendance. They will be able to begin making adjustments, as needed, before all other face-to-face students arrive on Wednesday, September 9. All Hanover Online School students will still begin September 8.

We understand this may be disruptive, and we ask for your continued patience as we work together to find the best path forward through these unprecedented and challenging times to support the complex needs of our students. As always, we remain grateful for your support and understanding as we work to meet the unique needs of our students and families.


Dr. Michael Gill
Superintendent of Schools

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