By Brandon Martin
Henry County Public Schools returned to a hybrid instruction plan on March 10.
Students in the “B” group were the first to return. Following the division’s model, the “B” group will attend on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The “A” group will attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. All students will learn virtually on Fridays during the hybrid model.
To mark the first day back, Monica Hatchett, director of communications, visited Laurel Park Middle School and Axton Elementary School to capture the moment.
“It was so exciting to be at schools and greet students in person today as they came back to in-person learning ━ some for the first time since March 13, 2020,” Hatchett said. “There was lots of excitement in each building as staff members greeted students at the entrances and began the day with breakfast in the classrooms. Many schools welcomed students back with special themes, signs, or drawings throughout the day to show students how excited we all are to see them again in person.”
With weeks of preparation, Hatchett said the first day went off without a hitch.
“As with any first day of school, we encouraged students to be early to their bus stops and for families to plan for car rider lines to take slightly longer than usual, but we had a very smooth return today with no issues,” she said.
Now that the division has returned to some in-person learning, they are preparing to get students back on track.
“We are so pleased to take this step toward ‘normal,’ Hatchett said. “While we know there is still a long way to go, we are encouraged by the enthusiasm of our students and families and look forward to finishing the spring semester by continuing to support our learners in every way we can.”