Remote Learning Update

Here are today's COVID numbers:

Here are today’s Coronavirus numbers for Friday, January 15, 2021:

Positive Cases

0 - Elementary Teachers

0 - Elementary Support Staff

1 - Elementary Students

0 - MS/JR SR High School Teacher

0 - MS/JR SR High Support Staff

0 - MS/JR SR High Students

1 - Other Support Staff

Quarantine

0 - Elementary Teachers

0 - Elementary Support Staff

0 - Elementary Classrooms

7 - Elementary Students

0 - MS/JR SR High School Teacher

0 - MS/JR SR High Support Staff

9 - MS/JR SR High Students

0 - MS/JR SR High Classrooms

4 - Other Support Staff

Since Winter Break, we have had relatively low numbers of students and staff that have either been tested positive for Coronavirus or have come in contact with a positive person or a probable case. These numbers are updated daily and can be seen at our district web site ( https://www.hudson.k12.mi.us/component/content/article/8-news/25-remote-learning-update-11-17?Itemid=103 )

As you may know, the vaccination for Coronavirus is now available. Counties have priority lists that they are using to determine who receives the limited vaccinations they receive each week. At this time, the health department is still working on vaccinating medical professionals. Educators are able to receive the vaccination in the next phase of administering vaccination. We should move into the next phase within the next few weeks. Individuals can complete a vaccination interest form at the Lenawee Health Department ( https://form.jotform.com/210055360344141 ). When the vaccination is available for your priority group, you will be notified, and you will be able to schedule a vaccination.

We are trying not to overwhelm you with communication from the district while also keeping you informed. Weekly we are sending out this type of update on Fridays. You will receive an immediate message from the district if we are moving to or returning from remote learning or if there is some other important issue related to Coronavirus. If a student needs to be quarantined, you will receive a message from your students building.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. School resumes with a normal schedule on Tuesday, January 19th.

Thank you for continuing to use our student health screening checklist (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pBZWBmkIQpaCIQFS_eOCPE93gOrAvQgSmIq69Io48GQ/edit ) and for not sending students to school when they are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms. Our goal is to have in-person school as often as we are able to do so. These last few weeks have gone well and we plan to do everything possible to continue the trend. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any of your questions.

Thank you,

Dr. Michael J. Osborne, Superintendent

Hudson Area Schools

517-448-8912 (Office)

517-673-4519 (Mobile)

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Remote Learning Update 11/9

Hudson Area Schools has moved to remote learning starting Tuesday, November 10 through Friday, November 20. In-person instruction is scheduled to begin as normal on Monday, November 23. The reason for the move to remote learning is that we received notification this morning that we have 1 additional elementary staff member that has tested positive to Covid-19 causing a classroom to be quarantined in the elementary and several additional elementary staff that are quarantined due to exposure to a person that tested positive to Covid-19.

Below is important information that will help you in our transition to remote learning;

Classroom Instruction

Students are encouraged to check in to their classes daily. Teachers will also provide live or video instruction two or more times a week and make contact with students and families two or more times a week.

Hudson Center for Science and Industry (CSI)

Students from Hudson and other school districts will continue to be able to attend CSI in-person for Mechatronics. The Virtual Academy and Alternative Education labs will also remain open on their normal schedules.

Tech Center

Tech Center students can still attend the Tech Center. If they have permission to drive they can drive themselves. Hudson Tech Center Buses will continue to provide transportation at the normal departure times 8:30 and 11:30. If you are unable to attend contact Mr. Beard.

Internet Labs

Three labs will be available for families that do not have internet access. One lab will be located in the elementary building for students K-4, one lab will be in the Media Center for students 5-6, and one lab will be in the HS cafeteria for grades 7-12. Space is limited and must be scheduled ahead of time. The labs will be open from 8:30 AM- 10:30 am AND 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm. You must schedule time to attend the labs a day in advance by calling 448-8912 x224.

Transportation

Bus transportation is available daily for families that need transportation to the internet Labs. You must schedule a pick-up a day in advance by calling 448-8912 x224

Technology Support

If you have a technology need please contact your student’s teacher. The teacher will issue a ticket to request a repair or need. Our technology department will then contact you. You can also contact the Technology Department directly by calling 448-8912 x500.

Counseling and Social/Emotional Supports

Hudson counselors have expanded resources to support students. Check out these resources at this link.

Student Activities

Since we have only switched to remote learning due to staffing shortages, all student activities such as sport practices and events will continue as scheduled with social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols in place.

Food Service

Food service will be providing meals for the next several days. Meals for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday can be picked up on Wednesday, November 11 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Five days of meals for next week can be picked up on Monday, November 16 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Meals are to be picked up a the north side of the high school just as was done during summer meal pick up. Contact Sam Benschoter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 517-448-8912 ext. 238.

Dr. Michael J. Osborne, Superintendent
Hudson Area Schools
517-448-8912 (Office)
517-673-4519 (Mobile)
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Shrek - The Musical

With a generous private donation, Shrek the Musical, performed by the HHS 2020 cast will be presented via film at Dawson Auditorium on the Adrian College Campus.  The show will be from 5:00-7:00 Saturday, October 24.  Though tickets are free, each person must have a ticket with their name and phone number written on the back.  You may also choose to order a DVD or Blu-Ray copy for your archives.

Click here for ticket/DVD/Blu-Ray order form.

Parent/Guardian Summaries for Google Classroom

To receive regular email summaries of your child's performance in Google Classroom, please reach out to any of your student's teachers by email and request an invitation.  Be sure to include your child's name and hour/subject.  Teacher's email addresses are configured as follows: first initial, last name @hudson.k12.mi.us (Example: for Bob Jones - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  If you don't see the invitation within two days, check your spam/junk folder.

Free and Low-Cost Internet Solutions

Looking for free or low-cost internet options for home?  Check out some of these solutions for our area.  *Note: some of these offers are from earlier this year.  We will update as we get more information.
 

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunities by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has facilitated access to affordable technology solutions--in-home internet service, desktops and laptops--and free digital literacy training through their offer locator tool, cross-sector partnerships, and local programming efforts. Please note, while normally our recommended first stop in learning about available options and offerings, they are currently unable to maintain their search for offers listings based on changing Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) offers during this time period. They suggest visiting http://bit.ly/digcltisp, which houses links to offers by various ISPs.

 
 
AT&T

Or call: 855-220-5211

  • Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo (plus taxes) thereafter, depending on your speed.

  • Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start

  • Waiving all home internet data overage fees

  • No term commitment

  • No deposit

  • No installation fee

  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included

 

Or call: 844-488-8395

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call or go to their Spectrum Internet Assist website. Installation fees will be waived for new student households, information is HERE

  • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds up to 30 Mbps

Charter has opened up its Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use / in our area Charter partners with Comcast so only offers some of the same Xfinity locations https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots.html

 

Or call: 855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)

Comcast has recently increased the speeds of its Internet Essentials home internet service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps. Additionally, eligible households who enroll now will be provided with free service for their first 60 days. More information can be viewed HERE. As a reminder, Internet Essentials provides a $9.95 per month home internet service exclusively to low-income households.

Update: Comcast announced late Friday, 3/13/2020 that it is suspending enforcement of its data cap and overage fees for 60 days during the coronavirus pandemic.

Comcast is also making its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots free for anyone to use. Millions of the hotspots are scattered throughout the country; you can find hotspot locations at wifi.xfinity.com.

 

Lifeline is a federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service. Lifeline typically provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Lifeline also supports broadband Internet access service and broadband-voice bundles. To apply for Lifeline, a consumer must use the National Verifier application system at: https://nationalverifier.service-now.com/lifeline. Once the National Verifier has confirmed your eligibility to receive Lifeline service, you may then select a service provider.

 

Or call: 877-878-9359

Sprint and T-Mobile are supporting current customers by:

  • Providing Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans (effective 3/18)

  • Giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with hotspot-capable devices (effective 3/18)

  • Waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC- defined Level 3 countries (effective 3/17)

 

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