July 7, 2020

Heritage Families,

Thank you for your continued support of Heritage during this time.  We sincerely appreciate your patience as we have delivered our information to you.  As things change frequently and the situation is fluid, it has been challenging to keep up.  Here is a link to our FAQ page.

Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order delays the start of in-person learning until at least August 17.  We are allowed to start on-line learning until the time we can return to campus. 

We are currently planning to start our school year online for all students on Wednesday, August 5th. Our goal is to then transition to our two learning options on Aug. 17, or as soon as we are permitted to reopen our school buildings per city and state mandates. We know you have many questions, and we will address them as soon as we have more information to share. 

Last week a survey was sent out in regards to choosing online for the semester.  If you have not filled out the survey please do so by July 10th.  By selecting “yes” on the survey, you are agreeing to continue online through the end of first semester in December.  Selecting “no” or not completing the survey, you are agreeing to attend classes in-person once Heritage is permitted to reopen.  Please fill out the SURVEY HERE.

We also want to re-share the learning options that students will have for the 2020-21 school year. 

If your child wants to switch their learning option, this can only be done at the semester.

What will distance learning look like?

  • A full day of school with standards of work similar to on-campus. 
  •  Distance teachers provide both digital and physical learning materials.
  •  Scholars will receive 100% of their instruction through Google Classroom, our online learning platform.
  •  Content learning expectations will be consistent with in-person instruction.
  •  Distance learning may include class collaboration on a limited basis.
  • Assignments at all grade levels will be evaluated and monitored by the teacher.
  • Content learning expectations will be consistent with in-person instruction.
  • Distance learning will include recorded video lessons and online teacher office hours for questions.
  • Limited electives will be available for those that continue online. PE, General Music, Art and Financial Applications.
  • Attendance will be tracked when scholar’s sign in and complete their attendance assignment.  If the scholar misses this, she/he will be counted absent.
  •  Scholars will receive a combination of recorded video instruction, online learning discussions, assignments, quizzes and tests each week.
  •  Live interaction with teachers will occur during their remote office hours.
  • Converting back to on-campus instruction can happen at semester only.
  •  Schedules and teachers may change when converting back to on-campus instruction
  • Parents ensure scholars have access to a computer and internet access (if a loaner is needed, they are available on a limited basis).

What will in-person look like?

  • Scholars are expected to conduct a self-screening of body temperature and other COVID-19-related symptoms prior to arriving on campus.
  • Staff and scholars will be asked to wear masks in alignment with the request by state/local authorities. 
  • Handwashing will be available upon arrival at school.
  • Scholars will wash their hands between each class.
  • Scholars will not be allowed to share school supplies.
  • Lunch will remain outside with social distancing.
  • Some specials/electives will be modified to ensure the health and safety of students. 
  • Additional cleaning measures will be in place to sanitize high touch surfaces daily. Evening custodians will also sanitize the entire building each evening. 
  • Parents and visitors will not be permitted on campus with the exception of early pick-ups.
  • Click HERE for access to our Standards for Success in Distance Learning

Please let us know by July 10, 2020 which learning option your scholar will choose after August 17th, or when we are permitted to return to our buildings (SURVEY).   Due to scheduling at a small school for JH and HS classes, it is not an option to return back to campus until the end of the semester.

To have additional questions answered, please join us for a remote Town Hall Meeting with our Board Chairman, Jared Taylor, on Thursday July 9, 2020 at 5:30pm.  Here is the link: https://meet.google.com/tzy-vhuf-cvc?authuser=0.  Please join us with any further questions.

Thank you,

Mr. Leybas