Principal's Message

July 29, 2021

Dear Hanover Online School Families and Students,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Hanover County Online School - Home of the OWLs! On behalf of our entire leadership team, faculty and staff - please know that we are so happy to have you and are very excited to work and learn with you this year!

This year I have the honor of continuing to serve as Online School Principal. I am joined by two Assistant Principals who were also with Online School last year. Mrs. Mary Townes will serve as elementary Assistant Principal, and Mrs. Erin Sturgis will serve as middle/high school Assistant Principal. Here is a complete list of our leadership team.

If you are a returning OWL, you will notice that some aspects of Online School will look a bit different than last year. The most obvious change is that we are much smaller! While we will greatly miss the wonderful teachers and students with whom we worked last year, our Online Team is excited about the opportunities our smaller school will present to allow us to work on a closer level with teachers, students and families.

Another difference you will notice, particularly for middle and high school students, is that all students will be making greater use of their cameras. While teachers will continue to be sensitive to any challenges students may face with camera use, students will be required to utilize their cameras in every class each day. This will allow teachers to more closely monitor students for engagement in learning tasks and to provide “real time” assistance and feedback to students as they work.

Elementary students will see a difference in the structure of the school day. We are excited that this year resource classes will be provided “live”. This means that our school day will look similar to that of face-to-face schools with synchronous instruction occurring both before and after lunch. Students and families should plan for a full day of school from 8:00 to 2:30.

The most important thing that will look the same are the foundational characteristics of our school:

- Relationships come first.
- Extending grace to one another is essential.
- Every single one of our students has enormous potential, and the faculty and staff of HCOS has the skill and talent to find and nurture this potential.

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing detailed information with you about the school year and back-to-school activities. I would like to take this opportunity to share some preliminary information with you below.

Again - please accept my welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Hanover Online School. I’m so happy you’re here!


Dana Gresham
Principal, Hanover County Online School

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