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2020-21 Reopening Plan, Revised Start Date

Dear Highland Parents/Guardians,

The Highland Board of Education held a special meeting on 8/3 to discuss the updated reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. As with the initial draft plan, the first priority remains the health and safety of our students and staff.

The recommendations within the plan are based upon the best scientific and medical information available to us at this time. We ask that you carefully review the plan, which includes the district's facemask requirement and updated start dates for the school year. The board also adopted a newly revised 2020-2021 academic calendar. It is attached for your convenience and also available on our website at

As stated previously, we realize there is no one perfect solution that will meet the needs of every single person affiliated with the Highland Local School District. However, we remain hopeful that we can continue to work collectively on behalf of our school community. 

2020-21 Academic Year Calendar

Thank you,
Catherine Aukerman, Superintendent

2020-21 Highland Kindergarten Information

Kindergarten Orientation: In lieu of an in-person kindergarten orientation, families will receive all pertinent information digitally prior to the beginning of the school year.  Kindergarten teachers will prepare a presentation that will be shared with families that covers a variety of topics (for example, how to access learning digitally/online resources, “About the Teacher” video, FAQs about kindergarten). Families will receive digital orientation information directly from their child’s classroom teacher. Students will also be able to “Meet their Teacher” digitally on Thursday, September 10, through our virtual Open House.  

First Day: Kindergarten students will follow the district calendar, with a start day of September 14 or September 15. All students, including kindergarten, will return using a phased-in, staggered schedule (Hybrid Model – Approximately 50% of students each day, alternating days). During the two week (September 14 – September 25) hybrid model, kindergarten teachers will orient students to the classroom routines, sanitation procedures and overall school operations.

Students will be assigned into one of two groups – Green or White cohort: 

  • Green: Monday, Wednesday, every other Friday (Last names A–K)
  • White: Tuesday, Thursday, every other Friday (Last names L–Z) 
  • September 28: All students report

Kindergarten Registration: If you have a child who will be 5 years-old by September 30, 2020, you may register for kindergarten through the district website. Please complete the online registration process through Final Forms. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact the school office. 

VLA Information, Registration Form

As stated in the district’s reopening plan, we are offering a 100% online Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) program (Option 2) for the 2020-21 school year for those families who may be more comfortable keeping their children home at this time. Please see the list of attached Frequently Asked Questions regarding Highland’s Virtual Learning Academy option and the content provider, Edgenuity. VLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Families who chose the VLA program commit their child to a minimum of one semester of the 2020-21 school year (September 2020 through January 2021). 

The deadline to register for the VLA option was August 10 by 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Laurie Boedicker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at or call 330-239-1901, ext. 1260.



The Highland Local School District is committed to the highest academic and behavioral expectations. Our mission is to guarantee that each learner reaches his/her potential, by providing, in partnership with the community, a quality, progressive, educational program in a safe and dynamic life-long learning environment.