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
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.
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.
education options will be:
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.
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
synchronous option will be live streaming of your
teacher(s) in the classroom, then completing the
asynchronous option is will these lessons recorded
so students can watch engage in the instruction at
their convenience, then completing needed
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Athletics 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
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
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
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
At-A-Glance Calendar for the Week of January 18, 2021