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HCS, Dawson Springs Schools Team Up to Support Student Families

Hopkins County Superintendent Amy Smith and Dawson Springs Superintendent Leonard Whalen announce their joint support for student families affected by the devastating December tornado in a video posted at the following link:

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Hopkins County Schools and Dawson Springs Independent Schools Team Up to Support Student Families

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (December 28, 2021) This week, superintendents from Hopkins County Schools and Dawson SpringsDawson Springs Superintendent Leonard Whalen and Hopkins County Superintendent Amy Smith Independent Schools announced their joint support for student families affected by the devastating December tornado. Students within the county who cannot return to their home school may attend a Hopkins County School to meet their situation. Additionally, any current Hopkins County School student who needs to relocate to a new school due to hardship is eligible to transfer.

“Our school districts are working together to ensure that all students in our community can continue their in-person education,” said Leonard Whalen, superintendent of Dawson Springs Independent Schools. “We know these are difficult times and that most families would prefer to keep their students in their home school. However, if this is not possible, we are working in partnership with Hopkins County Schools to ensure all students can remain in a classroom.”

The Hopkins County Schools community and Dawson Springs student families who need resources or who may need to consider a different in-school option can access the Hopkins County Schools Community Support Request Form at: https://forms.gle/upU5B4oKfxGGaknE8 . Families with immediate needs in either district who have questions regarding school-based resources for students can call HCS Director of Pupil Personnel at (270) 825-6000 and DSIS Director of Pupil Personnel at (270) 797-3811. Dawson Springs is also asking DSIS student families to complete a post-disaster survey to check in with the district: https://forms.gle/PVaTQT8FrdYrVccV6 .

“Both districts are here to help students who need resources,” said Amy Smith, superintendent of Hopkins County Schools. “We will assist student families with transportation, family support services, meals, personal care items and counselors. I am proud to partner with our neighbors in Dawson Springs so that we can serve as many students and families together who need support during this unprecedented disaster.”

 “On December 10th, the lives of many in and around Dawson Springs were changed forever. Within minutes of the tornado, our high school was turned almost instantaneously into a triage and relief center for our community, “said Dawson Springs School Board Chair Vicki Allen. “As we scale back relief center operations and prepare for students to return to school, please rest assured that we will still be here for our community.”

“This has been such a difficult time for many of our families,” said John Osborne, chairman of Hopkins County Board of Education. “We want to continue to be there for our families. As we return to school, we ask them to please let us know if they need help. Team Hopkins will work together to support our community as recovery efforts continue.”