The Mission of Hopkins County Schools
is to unite as one team
to learn and inspire.
Central Office Hours
The Central Office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
* The office will close at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will be closed Nov. 25-26.
The following message was sent to parents through Infinite Campus email on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021:
We want to keep families and students informed regarding the Hopkins County Schools’ masking policy. Masks will continue to be worn inside all district facilities and buses at this time.
However, the Board of Education has updated the masking policy effective Jan. 17, 2022. Delaying the start of the new policy until two weeks after the end of the winter break will allow time for parents to get their young children fully vaccinated if they choose.
The metric for the new system would be based on the COVID-19 incidence rate for Hopkins County, which involves the average daily cases per 100,000 population. The policy that will take effect in January includes the following:
- Masks would be optional in school buildings when the incidence rate is zero to 30.9.
- A “masking while moving” policy would be followed when the incidence rate is 31 to 49.9.
- Masking would be required when the incidence rate is 50 and above.
We will keep you informed on the new policy and provide updates closer to the date it will go into effect. Masks would continue to be worn on buses at all times, based on a federal requirement.
We are committed to providing in-person instruction five days a week in the safest manner possible. Thank you for your help as we have successfully kept school in-person throughout the first trimester!
Hopkins County Schools would like to thank our families for your support as we have all dealt with the difficulty of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we return to traditional instruction five days a week, the well-being, health, and safety of students, families, and staff is a top priority. With the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we also want to remind families that the usual rules on school attendance will apply. Details about the attendance/truancy procedures and the Student Symptom Protocol may be found at the links below:
Remember Your Why Award
Hopkins County Schools wants to recognize employees for good deeds and kindness shown to others. Remember Your Why Award winners may be nominated by any district stakeholder, including staff, students, parents, and community members. The nomination form is available at www.hopkins.kyschools.us/RememberYourWhy.
Pollyanne Kimmel, an 8th-grade social studies teacher at Browning Springs Middle School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Nov. 15 Board of Education meeting. She always goes the extra mile to make her kids feel safe and empowered. She loves teaching! She puts student desks in a circle pattern and centers discussions in a way that gains their trust and understanding. She makes fellow staff members want to work harder because they see her continually go above and beyond her job description. She is a constant reminder of what it means to be a good teacher!
Her “why” is the following: “I love teaching Social Studies. However, my WHY is my students. Every student needs help recognizing their own unique qualities and gifts. Sometimes, especially in middle school, students feel invisible or get lost along the way. My why is to SEE them and help them recognize their own potential.”
Tina Plunkett, a cook/baker at West Hopkins School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Nov. 1 Board of Education meeting. Plunkett deserves the recognition because she knows students by name and greets them every morning as they come to school. She knows student’s preferences and gives them food choices they would love. Plunkett is known for tuning in to students who may be having a difficult time. She lets staff people know if a student needs to have a conversation with someone. She is a kind, welcoming face who makes students feel wanted!
When asked to explain her “why,” she said, I come to work and love my job because of the kids and my coworkers. It’s an awesome and blessed job.”
Southside Elementary School special education teacher Jamie Hamby was honored with the Remember Your Why Award at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Her nomination said that she goes above and beyond to see students succeed. One student loved fishing so she bought rubber fishing worms to help him learn to count. She always smiles and greets students when walking through the halls, spreading joy to students as well as staff members. Mrs. Jamie has helped with students who have had emotional issues returning to school. She also builds strong relationships with her parents so the lines of communication are always open when tough situations arise. She is a huge reminder that Hopkins County Schools LOVES their students and families!
When asked her to tell her “why,” she responded, “My ‘why’ is because I love the kids.” Congratulations, Jamie Hamby!! #TeamHopkins