Huntington High School is set to reopen for classes on Wednesday, September 9. (Darin Reed photo.)

Huntington High School Set to Reopen

Huntington High School is set to reopen for classes on Wednesday, September 9. (Darin Reed photo.)

August 31 , 2020

Students will be back in their Huntington High School classrooms for the first time since mid-March when the building officially reopens for classes on Wednesday, September 9.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures across the country, including in Huntington UFSD. Students completed the year via a remote learning format.

 Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack.
Huntington High School Principal Brenden Cusack.

“It has been quite some time since we’ve had our students in the building and we are so eager and excited to welcome them back,” Principal Brenden Cusack said. “Every member of the faculty and staff has expressed a great deal of enthusiasm as we prepare to reopen our doors at long last. Of course, we know that it will be a challenging transition and we are ready to meet everyone where they are and move forward together.”

Huntington High School students will find their classroom codes for remote learning days by accessing Clever on their Chromebooks. These class codes will be available on the Clever platform soon’ prior to the first day of classes. Log-in instructions will be included a letter that was mailed to parents last Friday afternoon.

“I am beyond grateful to be part of a school and a district that has so carefully planned for our reopening,” Mr. Cusack said. “We have experienced so much support throughout the process and this is simply another testament to the fact that there is no place like Huntington. It is true that school may feel different for some time to come, but we are all committed to making this a successful and enjoyable school year for everyone.”

Student schedules are currently available on the e-School portal for parents and students. The letter mailed to parents last Friday also includes instructions for logging into the parent portal. Two-ply cloth masks were also sent to students in the letter packet. They can wear one of those masks or

Huntington UFSD’s reopening plan and numerous related documents are all posted for easy viewing on the district’s website at

A multitude of safety protocols have been established. They are outlined in the district’s reopening plan documents. Specific practices are also listed in the letter sent home to high school parents and students.

Phase No. 1 of the district’s reopening plan includes the following features for the high school:

  • Students will attend school in person on one or two days each week
  • Each student will be assigned to one of four cohorts and will attend school on a weekday assigned to that cohort, with an additional in-person day on every fourth Monday.
  • Cohort 1: Alpha last name A-D (Tuesdays)
  • Cohort 2: Alpha last name E-K (Wednesdays)
  • Cohort 3: Alpha last name L-Ret (Thursdays)
  • Cohort 4: Alpha last name Rey-Z (Fridays)
  • Students will attend school on the other days virtually; teachers will livestream their instruction daily for students at home, mirroring the same in-school, period-by-period schedule (7:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
  • Special class [15:1+1 or 12:1+(3:1)] students will attend school in person each day
  • Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom and Google Meets as their primary virtual lesson delivery platforms
  • The in-school schedule will continue to operate on an A Day/B Day basis

Huntington High School students in Cohort No. 2 (Last names beginning with the letter E to K) are scheduled to report for the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 9. It will be an A Day.