Mask Matrix Designation Jan. 15-21

HCS will be operating in Masks Mandatory beginning Saturday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 21. HCS utilizes a Mask Matrix which decides between Masks Optional and Masks Mandatory depending on the overall community transmission rate for Madison County during the preceding 10 business days.  Use the More Information button below to access the COVID-19 Infocenter and view the full Mask Matrix.

High School Staggered Start


Staggered start is a sequenced initiation of the school day, allowing high schools to start one half hour later than all other schools in the district.  The concept has been developed as a coordinated effort between HCS staff, school leadership teams, and faculty representatives.

  • Elementary (P-5): 8:00am-2:30pm
  • Elementary (P-6): 8:00am-2:30pm
  • Jr. High/Middle School: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • AAA/ASFL: 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Former P-8 Schools Now Split:
    • Elementary (P-5): 8:00am-2:30pm
    • Middle (6-8): 8:00am-3:00pm
  • High School: 8:30am-3:40pm
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the advantages of staggered start for my high school student?
  • High school student drivers miss morning rush hour
  • Improves bus service overall, without adding cost
  • Increases bus stops and the number of bus routes
  • May reduce the number of students per bus
  • May lower tardy and truancy rates
  • May improve student performance
  • Parents dropping off students at multiple schools may have more time
  • Middle school students participating in high school activities will have more time to get to the high school
How will this impact high school extra-curricular activities and athletics?

Many high school extra-curricular activities will take place during school hours.  With the introduction of the block schedule, as well as the 8:30am start, athletics should see only minimal impact.  Situations will be addressed through communication between the HCS Director of Athletics and the school, as they are now.

What time can I drop off my child in the morning?

All schools will continue to open at 7:30am, and adult supervision will be provided.  (No change)

What time will teachers report to work?
  • Elementary (P-5): 7:45am (No change)
  • Elementary (P-6): 7:45am (No change)
  • P-8/Jr. High/Middle: 7:45am (No change)
  • High Schools: 8:15am
Will breakfast service adjust to staggered start time?

Breakfast service will accomodate student arrival times between 7:30am and the start of school.

What if a student is already registered on InfoSnap, and needs to be changed to "bus-rider" or "car-rider" due to staggered start?

If a parent or guardian needs to update their child's status as a "bus rider" or "car rider" after already being registered on InfoSnap, they may do so by contacting their school's office directly.

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