Superintendent Letter 07.20.2021

Dear Harrison Students, and Families:

In preparation for the upcoming school year we know it is useful for family planning to share some currently known positions the district will be taking as we begin the school year. This position may change should we receive public health orders from the CDC, MDHHS, MIOSHA, and/or CMDHD.

Harrison Community Schools will be returning to a regular school calendar with 5 days a week at the normal time periods. We will not be offering a virtual option for students choosing not to attend in­ person. We have made this decision as we feel that face-to-face instruction is critical to academic success. The only exception to this position is with regard to our alternative program or credit recovery. This does not mean we will not have the capability to return to a virtual setting due to an unforeseen circumstance. As we did last year, we would continue to offer a quality program from our staff.

Other important changes are listed below:

  • Face masks will not be required, but will be optional while at

However, at this time the CDC is requiring face masks to be worn on all public transportation, including school buses. We will continue to monitor this requirement and will hopefully see this changed to a recommendation prior to the start of school.

  • We encourage vaccinations, but we will not require verification to attend. This is a personal choice or risk that individuals choose for your children.
  • We will continue to offer hand sanitizer throughout the schools and encourage proper hygiene like regular
  • Harrison Community Schools will not quarantine However, local health departments may still require quarantines for close contact to a positive case. The health department may also quarantine individuals in the event there is an "outbreak" at school.
  • Student-athletes will not be required to be tested to The MD HHS and MHSAA lifted all requirements for testing.
  • Finally, if you are not feeling well, stay home to help mitigate the spread of any

 The challenges will continue for the upcoming school year. Our goal is to create a comfortable and safe space for your children to learn. I hope this is helpful in your planning moving forward.

Rick Foote, Superintendent