Hatboro-Horsham Schools Returning To Virtual

Doug Gross
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HATBORO, PA — With new coronavirus cases once again on the rise, Hatboro-Horsham schools will return to all-online instruction beginning on Thursday.

Officials in the district announced the plans Tuesday. They come after the Montgomery County Board of Health ordered all public and private K-12 schools to move to remote learning by early December.

The Hatboro-Horsham School District had been using a hybrid model, in which students were attending school some days in person and learning online on others.

In a letter to the school community, schools Superintendent Scott Eveslage said the impact of the spike in COVID-19 cases already was being felt. On Tuesday, more than 140 district students and more than 35 staff members were quarantined after exposure to the virus, he said.

"Our ability to functionally operate our schools has grown increasingly challenging," Eveslage said in the letter.

Eveslage said that on a phone call Monday, Montgomery County Board of Health officials expressed concern about the spread of the virus among Hatboro-Horsham students and staff, particularly through club sports.

"The safety of our students, staff, and community continues to be the focus of our actions," he said. "We know the challenges that remote learning places on our families and we thank you for your continued flexibility and support as navigate this challenging year."

The district will be entirely remote instruction from Nov. 19 through Dec. 6. A decision will be made the first week of December on plans after that, Eveslage said.

Pre-K and after-care programs also will be closed during that time.

Eveslage also asked the families of students and employees of the district to use caution during the upcoming holidays, when health officials fear spread of the coronavirus could increase even further.

"As the holidays approach, we ask our families to be mindful of the recommendations of our public health experts regarding travel, social distancing, masking, and hygiene," he said. "Our collective will to abide by this guidance will be the biggest determinant of when we resume in-student learning in the weeks ahead."

Discussion of the move back to virtual instruction at Monday night's meeting of the district's school board can be seen here. Social and emotional well-being guidance for students during remote learning may be found on the district's website.

Coronavirus updates and other information also may be found on the Hatboro-Horsham School District website.

This article originally appeared on the Hatboro-Horsham Patch