HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Students in Henderson County schools are just some who started classes online Wednesday.
“No matter what, it is the first day of school tomorrow [Wednesday],” says Henderson County High School Principal Tommy Ransom. “So we are really excited.”
On Tuesday, Henderson County High School wrapped up their Colonel Blitz with the freshman. The event is like an open house, but this year, it was held in the parking lot.
Parents and students were able to pick up Chromebooks, meet teachers, sign up for Google Classrooms and get some guidance on NTI during the drive-thru.
“It’s pretty interesting and exciting,” said Ty Boggess, a freshman at HCHS. “I wonder how this school year will go.”
“It’s kind of difficult to explain because I don’t really know,” said Hudson Thomas, a senior student at HCHS. “I don’t know what it’s going to look like. I don’t know how it’s going to be.”
School officials say all students will be able to meet with their homeroom teachers through Google Meet first thing Wednesday morning, with school guidance counselors available to aid in the transition to learning online.
“I’m excited about learning about how they’re going to handle all this,” said Boggess. “It will be interesting how each teacher does it differently.”
“We’ve had a lot of good positive feedback about what’s happening, and everybody understands,” Thomas said. “So as long as everybody understands what’s going on, it’s good for me.”
As for Principal Ransom, he has one main goal for students on their first day.
“We want to get to know them tomorrow [Wednesday],” says Ransom. “So just relax, be themselves, have a little fun tomorrow [Wednesday] just like if they were coming into school. Put on that first-day outfit, take those pictures and post them.”
Principal Ransom says the goal is to begin the hybrid model, if not in-person learning, on September 28. That would allow half of the high school’s students to be in the school at one time.
Since they’re starting out virtually, WiFi is essential to their learning.
Leaders say all school buildings will offer WiFi for their students with their Chromebooks. There’s also a long list of partners who will be offering free internet access to Henderson County students.
Officials say they’re also working to equip their buses with WiFi hotspots, so they can go mobile.
You can find the whole list of those WiFi hotspot locations below.