Hamilton High School students receive Chromebooks, take ID pictures

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Students check in, collect school supplies and take ID pictures at Hamilton High School Monday, Aug. 10, and Tuesday, Aug. 11. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Hamilton High School students picked up their Chromebooks and other supplies Monday, Aug. 10, and Tuesday, Aug. 11, for their first day of distance learning lessons, beginning Monday, Aug. 17.

For the first week of school from Monday, Aug. 17, through Friday, Aug. 21, students will meet directly for all their classes with their teachers online. The synchronous/asynchronous schedule begins Monday, Aug. 24.

The distance learning model involves interaction, instruction and check-ins by computer. Chromebooks, hot spots, tech support, teacher devices and other technology are provided by the district.

Jeff Franks, principal of Hamilton High School, prepares for the 2020-2021 school year. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Students and their families arrive to collect school supplies and take ID pictures at Hamilton High School. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Julie Cope posted on Facebook that the district handed out 62 hot spots Monday, Aug. 17, for Hamilton High School and Hamilton K-8 students whose families may not have adequate internet services. The first priority will be those families without any internet. More hot spots should arrive Tuesday, Aug. 18, after press time.

Gov. Gavin Newsom released guidance Friday, July 17, allowing schools to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the guidance criteria, all schools – public, private and charter – within Riverside County will not be permitted to return to class in a traditional manner. The Hemet Unified School District will open the year in a fully online learning model.

HUSD is working diligently to provide a quality instructional program for all its students, who will receive a combination of live instruction provided by their teacher, plus independent projects, assignments and activities.

Additional support will be provided for English learners, students with disabilities, foster students and homeless youth.

“Our district and our staff are working hard to help deliver a quality education for all of our students and at the same time trying to be flexible, accommodating, and understanding enough to help everyone get through this process,” Jeff Franks, principal of Hamilton High School, said. “Working together and helping each other will be the way we make it through this pandemic. We appreciate all the community support and understanding.”

Senior Alyssa Hamlett poses for her ID picture. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Eighth grader William Hamlett poses for his ID picture. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

All schools within the district will continue completely online until the end of the middle and high school grading period, Friday, Nov. 6. At this time Riverside County’s coronavirus status with the state will be reviewed, and it will be determined if the schools can transition to a more traditional schooling model.

Masks were required and social distancing observed during the school supply pickup and registration. Most parents were happy with the steps taken by the district to ensure the safety of the students, teachers and parents.

“The school staff was very prepared to take all safety precautions during this COVID-19 pandemic,” parent Krystle Hamlett. “All students and all staff were wearing the proper face masks. Staff made sure everyone stood 6 feet apart while waiting in line during the whole process of picking up scheduling, books and ID pictures. Masks were only taken off for less than 30 seconds to take ID photos.”

For more information regarding the Distance Learning model, contact Hamilton High School at https://www.hamiltonbobcats.net/ or call 951-763-1865.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.