• September 1, 2020

    Greetings Red Oak Families,

    We hope your third week of remote learning is off to a great start! Henry County Schools conducted a special called meeting yesterday, August 31, 2020, to discuss the gradual and staggered plan for allowing students to return to on campus learning. Yesterday’s meeting revealed important dates for the phases of the plan, as well as the selection process required for families to choose which learning model they will participate in, on campus learning (face to face) or continue with remote learning (virtual). No matter what your family’s preference is, we are asking that you record your choice via the parent survey in Infinite Campus. Please see below for the phase in plan.


    Phase 1 Starts September 14, 2020

    Phase 2 Starts September 28, 2020

    Phase 3 Starts October 5, 2020

    Phase 4 Starts TBD

    Gradual Return of Students to On-Campus Learning

    Families opting for Remote Learning will continue to engage in at-home Remote Learning.

    All students – Remote Learning


    Families complete a survey indicating their learning option August 31 – September 9.


    Families confirm their opt-in selection (return to on-campus learning or continue remote learning).



    Orientation Period for Students Returning to On-Campus Learning


    Students with last name A-M will come to school on Monday and Tuesday


    Students with last name N-Z will come to school on Thursday and Friday


    Students served in Self-Contained Programs will come to school Monday – Friday


    Wednesday will be virtual learning.

    PK-5: Monday – Friday All Students Return


    PK-12 Students served in Self- Contained Programs: Monday – Friday

    PK-5: Monday – Friday


    6-8: Monday – Friday


    9-12: Monday – Friday


    PK-12 Students served in Self-Contained Programs: Monday – Friday

    Gradual Opening of School Campuses

    Open to the public by appointment or pre-scheduled activity.

    Open to the public by appointment or pre-scheduled activity.

    Open to the public by appointment or pre-scheduled activity.

    Open to the public by appointment or pre-scheduled activity.


    Virtual Learning is an option for the remainder of the 2020 2021 school year.

    Virtual Learning is an option until further notice.

    Virtual Learning is an option until further notice.

    Virtual Learning is an option until further notice.


    As you know, our first priority is the safety and health of our students and staff. Any student who is opting for face-to-face learning is agreeing to our COVID 19 mitigation protocols. Masks are required on HCS buses and on HCS campuses. Exceptions may apply for a student’s special circumstances with a doctor note. Mask-down zones are limited to circumstances where students are eating/drinking, during physical activity, or during certain instructional settings. Masks need to comply with the dress code standards outlined in the Code of Conduct. Students are to follow hallway directional signs, avoid crowding, and stay home from school if not feeling well, waiting for results from a COVID test, have received a COVID-positive diagnosis, or have had close contact (living in the household or having been less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with a person with a COVID-positive diagnosis). Students who do not comply with On-Campus efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will be encouraged to transition to Remote Learning or could be in violation of the Code of Conduct.

    All positive case and quarantine protocols are directed by the Department of Public Health and have been subject to change. All positive cases reported to Henry County Schools will be further reported by the school district to the Department of Public Health. When a positive diagnosis is reported to any staff member, that individual with the positive diagnosis will be interviewed to identify all of the individuals who had close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes). Those individuals will be notified by phone that they have been identified to have had close contact and need to quarantine for 14-days. For a student, in addition to the interview, every student who is seated in front, back, and on both sides of the student in every class setting and on the bus will be notified by phone and required to quarantine. Once the close contact notification by phone is complete, everyone else associated with campus that day will receive an email notification through Infinite Campus messenger.

    We will have a parent Back to School Q and A on Monday, September 7, 2020. Please participate for additional details, and the opportunity to get any questions answered. You can access the parent meeting by clicking on this link Back to School Meeting, then clicking the link for your child’s grade level.

    We look forward to seeing our baby Monarchs and continuing our work of educating students.


    Yours in Education,

    Dr. Shaakira Akbar

    Shaakira Akbar, Ph.D.