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Hancock Schools gives Thanksgiving updates

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin announced in a Tuesday email update that school will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the holiday, returning to classes on Monday, Nov. 30.

“Classes will resume for the elementary and middle school,” Patchin said. “The three-week ‘pause’ was just for the high schools.”

Much of the Fall semester was focused on face-to-face instruction, he said. When the entire district was offering face-to-face learning, the school district had the following breakdown of students choosing their mode of instruction:

• 90% engaging in face-to-face learning.

• 6% learning through on-line streaming of lessons from our teachers(synchronous/asynchronous).

• 4% learning through Hancock Virtual School

Currently these numbers have changed with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) moving the high school students to on-line learning until Dec. 9. This has changed the school district’s current mode of instruction to:

• 62% engaging in face-to-face learning.

• 33% learning through on-line streaming of lessons (synchronous/asynchronous).

• 4% learning through Hancock Virtual School

Patchin also announced that the Hancock School District library is still open, and remains open Monday-Friday,10 a.m. — and 4 p.m. The hours for the library this week, due to the holiday, are:

• Wednesday, Nov. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 25 & Friday, Nov. 26: Closed for Thanksgiving

Patchin stated the school will continue to issue updates and future changes, as he and his education team continue to learn and improve their delivery methods.

“My hope is that each of you get a moment in the next few days,” he said, “to reflect on what you have to be thankful for in these unique times.”

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