December 2, 2022
for all K-12 families at Hillsboro Online Academy
A message from our Principal
Flu & cold season is upon us and it affects online students as much as it does students in buildings. Here at HOA we follow the same attendance procedures and ask that parents call the office (503-844-1050) or email (email@example.com) to report student absences. When you call to let us know your student is sick, we can notify their teachers and mark the attendance appropriately.
We also ask that you let us know if your child will be absent for family trips or vacations, doctor appointments - anything that will prevent them from accessing their classes for the day. An excused absence is:
- Student illness/injury/quarantine
- Serious illness in the family
- Religious instruction
- Inclement weather
- Family emergencies
- Legal or court appointments requiring the student attendance.
More information about the District's view on attendance can be found at https://www.hsd.k12.or.us/Page/680.
The Charger Chronicles needs you!
The Charger Chronicles is looking for original stories and students to feature! If you are a fiction writer and would like to submit a story to be featured in the paper, contact Mrs. Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would also love to hear about what you do outside of school! Sports, acting, music, competitive eating? Again, contact Mrs. Parsons if you would be willing to grant us an interview and share some pictures of what you do!
Do you have something fabulous you want to share with the school? A favorite pet, stuffed animal, a favorite book? Send Mr. Ollis (email@example.com) a short video of your Show & Tell!
What's happening in December?
- December 6 - Anchor Chart Workshop for K-2 families (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
- December 9 - Vision Screening for Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th grade (12:00 - 2:00 PM)
- December 12 - PAJAMA DAY!
- December 14 - Middle School Get-Together (in the gym 12-2 PM)
- December 15 - K-2 Winter Wishes Drive-Thru (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
- December 16 - School Spirit Wear pick-up (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
- December 19 - January 2 - WINTER BREAK
- January 5 - Art Competition submissions due!
Boards are still available!
Thank you for participating!
Thank you to all the families that brought in jars of peanut butter! Together with the District Administrative Office and Oak Street Campus, we were able to collect 107 jars of peanut butter!
The Hillsboro Elk's Club is appreciative of the effort to support families in need!
Stay in touch with the Remind app!
A quick & easy way to stay in touch with HOA is with the Remind app! Remind is a district, school, and classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone! Text @hillonline to 81010 to sign up!
Teachers are available through Remind too! If you'd like to sign up for your student's Homeroom or other class, send us a message and we can get you the class codes!
Snow Days @ HOA
Since HOA is part of the Hillsboro School District, an HSD no school day due to snow means that all on-site activities are cancelled and the building is closed, all synchronous online activities are cancelled, you are not required to work on your online courses, and no attendance will be taken.
However, Canvas is still there just like it is on evenings, weekends, and holidays and you’re welcome to work on assignments if you choose just as on any other non-school day. As it would not be a school day, teachers may not be available by Canvas message or email but will read and respond to message once school is back in session.
On a 2 hour late opening day, the building will not open until 10am and scheduled on-site activities or classes starting earlier than 10am are cancelled. Some of your online scheduled activities may also be cancelled or rescheduled, so please check announcements.
A message from the District Nurses: Protect your child from RSV this holiday season
What is RSV?
RSV is a common respiratory virus that happens every year, but this year more people are getting sick with it. Most of us will do just fine because we have been exposed to the virus before and have some immune protection. But babies and young kids who are being exposed for the first time may not fare so well. More kids and parents are being exposed this year because we are no longer wearing masks and keeping our distance. Babies six months and younger, premature infants and young children with chronic health conditions are most likely to experience complications.
How do you prevent RSV and other respiratory illnesses?
The precautions we took to prevent COVID-19 also work for RSV, flu and other respiratory viruses:
- stay home if you are sick.
- if you have a very young child or new baby, consider not attending gatherings or gather
- virtually so you don’t expose your child to viruses.
- if you have a young child, wear a mask around others outside your household to prevent
- bringing illness home.
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer.
- disinfect surfaces; this is especially important to prevent RSV because this virus lives a long
- time on surfaces.
- don’t let others kiss or hold your child.