Jun. 7—Hedrick Middle School in-person learning has been cut in half for the final week of school but this time the change has nothing to do with COVID-19.
The school's air conditioning system broke Thursday and administrators decided to limit school to about two hours Friday, when temperatures hit 90 degrees. On Sunday, the district announced that the school's air conditioner couldn't be fixed anytime soon and that Hedrick, which serves about 1,100 students, will have a half day of in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday this week. Students will return to their mobile devices for asynchronous learning during the second half of each day.
Wednesday, the last day of school, was already scheduled to be a half-day in-person.
"We try to center all our decisions around the health and wellness of our staff and students, and since it tends to get very warm in the building (many of the school's windows are sealed and everyone must wear a face covering inside), this seemed like the best option," Leah Thompson, Medford School District's communications specialist, explained in an email.
In-person school at Hedrick will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday this week. Buses will run before and after school and grab-and-go lunches will be available for all students.
Teachers will be available for support via Zoom from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.