Hamilton Heights High School will shift to E-Learning for the next two weeks beginning Monday and going through Friday, Nov. 13.
All after-school activities at the high school, including athletic practices, games and any club activities will be canceled during this time as well. In-person classes at the high school will resume on Monday, Nov. 16.
There is no change for elementary and middle school students. The elementary and middle schools will remain open and continue to have on-site instruction during this time.
According to a statement from the school system, the decision was made with concern and empathy, and was done in cooperation with the Hamilton County Health Department.
"It will provide the time needed for us to reset and stop the spread of COVID-19 amongst our high school student body and staff and the resulting quarantines that go with these positive cases that came our way this week," the statement noted.
"Our expectation is that all high school students and staff will be able to return to class beginning on Monday, November 16. Our educators at the high school will continue to provide meaningful and impactful lessons in the E-Learning format. High school administrators have sent specific information and details to high school families on the process for the days ahead. We have planned for this scenario and share this cautionary tale to encourage families and the community not to become fatigued or lax in taking all recommended precautions to help prevent the transmission and spread of this virus during this time where cases are on the rise throughout our county. Also, self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including loss of taste and/or smell, fever, dry cough, body aches, and shortness of breath. COVID-19, cold, and flu can present with some similarities. As a precaution, it is highly recommended to remain at home while awaiting test results."
The school emphasized how much the community means.
"We greatly appreciate the support of our community for staying the course as we make this temporary shift in the high school’s learning environment. We’re sending healing hopes for those engaged in the care for COVID-19 positive patients, anxious about a loved one with the virus, and/or those suffering from the virus. #WeAreHuskies."