Dear Hampton Community,
After an extended time apart, we have the opportunity to learn together again. Under our Learn at School/Learn at Home Hybrid Reopening Plan, every District student will spend two days each week learning at school with their teachers and classmates.
Getting to this point took a lot of planning. Staying here - and, we hope, moving beyond the hybrid to a full, in-person opening later this fall – will require all of us to diligently wear our face coverings, stay six feet apart, wash our hands, and adhere to the other guidance detailed in our Reopening Plan, which you can read here. The educational, social, and emotional benefits of in-person school days are more than worth this extra effort.
Our District always makes me so proud, and the 2019-2020 school year was no exception.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Hampton High School as the number one high school in the Pittsburgh region and seventh in the state. The District was inducted into the League of Innovative Schools. Our students dazzled everyone with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts.
In Hampton, the COVID-19 pandemic paused all that we do for just one day. Then, our teachers, staff, students, and parents did one of the most remarkable things I have seen in my education career: They adapted and found many ways to keep learning and teaching using video, emails, and other technology. Even the band played on – via a series of small concerts on musicians’ porches.
We made learning exclusively at a distance work well when we had to last spring, but I am so looking forward to this reopening and, with a little social distance and other precautions, finally being together again.
There is no doubt that the 2020-2021 school year poses unique challenges. But if we approach this year with Talbot determination, patience, creativity, and kindness, it will also offer new and meaningful opportunities to learn, teach and grow – together.
Michael Loughead, Ed.D.,
Superintendent of Schools