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Hancock Public School District



COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Parents and Guardians,

Monday August 10 the Hancock Public Schools Board approved the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which we refer to as our Return-to-Learn Roadmap. This Road Map was created using the State’s MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap which can be viewed here.
Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 8. This is a change from September 1 so we can properly prepare our schools for safe instruction.

Our Hancock Return to Learn Plan can be viewed here.

Currently the Upper Peninsula is in Phase 5 and this is the stage we are planning on opening in. Here are some highlights of what the educational options our students will have available to them under Phase 5.

Bulldog education options will be:

  1. Face-to-face instruction in grades K – 12. This will take place in our buildings Monday thru Friday at the standard operating times. We will begin students' schedules shortly and distribute them when completed.

  2. For those Bulldogs not ready to return to face-to-face instruction we will have synchronous and asynchronous options. You can move to face-to-face learning from this program with 2-weeks notice.

    a. The synchronous option will be live streaming of your teacher(s) in the classroom, then completing the needed assignments.

    b. The asynchronous option is will these lessons recorded so students can watch engage in the instruction at their convenience, then completing needed assignments.

  3. Hancock Virtual School will be available for students who would like a total on-line experience. You can switch to face-to-face learning at the semester.

    K – 5 students can take coursework online through the Accelerate Education platform.

    b. Students in grades 6 – 12 can take coursework online through the Apex Learning Virtual School.

Students enrolled in any of these education options would still be students officially enrolled in Hancock Public Schools. As such all students will be eligible to play sports for Hancock Public Schools as long as they meet current G.P.A. requirements.

Facial Coverings in Phase 5

Faculty & Staff: all faculty and staff – All faculty and staff will wear facial coverings while inside the building. Exceptions include eating lunch or when they are along in their office or room, or while outside with their classes.

K-5 students: students will be taught in class cohorts, so facial coverings are recommended but not required while in their classrooms. Facial coverings will be worn in hallways during any transition times, but not while eating or outside at recess.

Students in grades 6 – 12: facial coverings will be worn in classrooms and public spaces, but not outside or while eating. PE classes will be held outside where possible, and breaks outside will be arranged.

Anyone riding the bus to and from school will wear a facial covering while in the bus.

Hygiene and our Facilities
Hygiene will focus on proper and consistent handwashing. Cleaning and sanitizing will focus on high touch areas during the day and deep cleaning each evening. Social distancing will continue to be a focus to mitigate any possible spread of the virus.

We continue our athletic programs. If MHSAA does discontinue competition seasons, we will continue our programs and practices. We will then search for partners in the Copper Country to scrimmage. We plan to have these events streamed on the internet and broadcast on local radio stations.

What if we move to Phase 4?
Facial coverings will be required for all students and staff in our buildings at all times, except when eating or drinking. Band and choir classes would be suspended in their current form. Sports would be suspended.

What if we move to Phase 1, 2 or 3?
We will then close our buildings and move to a blend of learning including virtual components and physical packets. Many of our virtual options in Phase 5 & 4 will be continued.

Educational Focus
Our focal point will be creating a new normal focused on education.

  • We have exciting new technology experiences coming into each of our buildings, while we launch our second year of Girls Who Code and the Coding Club at our Library.

  • We continue our peer mentoring program and enter our second year as a Unified Champion School, we are excited about the new programs activities we will be planning for this.

  • We will be launching our Civil Air Patrol Cadet program giving students the opportunity to fly a plane and glider, fly a drone, and take part in leadership development activities.

We will host a parent Q & A session in the coming weeks with Building Leadership. Your principals will be sending out emails to parents with FAQ’s as we move forward and work the details of the plan.

On Friday we will be sending out a questionnaire to each of you to indicate which Return to Learn option you would like to choose for yours students. You will also be receiving a survey regarding use of school bus transportation to and from school.

Our education team now has lots of work to prepare our buildings for your students. It will be a true celebration to see our students back in our hallways talking, in classrooms learning, and helping each other grow, explore, and discover…..together!

Thanks for your patience and support. The 2020-21 school year promises to be one the one where education leads the world back to a new sense of normalcy, safety, and growth.


At-A-Glance Calendar for the Week of April 19, 2021

Full Calendar    |    Lunch Calendar    |    HPS District Calendar (PDF)


MON 19

TUE 20

WED 21


Early Dismissal - Teacher-in-service


Girls Varsity Softball

THU 22

FRI 23

SAT 24

SUN 25