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School Closure – Updates May 15, 2020

To: Hardin School Districts 17H & 1 Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members

From: Eldon C. Johnson, Superintendent

Re: School Closure – Updates May 15, 2020 


Greetings Hardin School District 17H & 1 Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members, 


Good afternoon...as we enter the last few weeks of school, I want to thank all the parents, students and staff for the amazing dedication you have to your school community! As I have stated many times before, this process has not been easy and the transitions we have made in the past couple of months have been meet with heartache and tears. Nevertheless, I also feel confident that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will come out of this stronger, wiser and with a desire to transform education to meet our new reality. 


I know questions exist throughout the community among parents, students and staff...”what does this summer look like? What about next fall?” These discussions are happening on a daily basis and continue to communicate and await the best guidance possible from state and county authorities before making any official decisions. Unfortunately, this is an extremely fluid matter and nothing remains constant, therefore we make our decisions based on the best possible information given at that time. 


As mentioned in the May 8, 2020 release, the reopening of school grounds was postponed by Board action on April 30, 2020 and that we would continue to keep our campus “closed” through June 30, 2020. I also stated that we might be looking at a June 1, 2020 partial reopening of select portions of campus to help accommodate student needs throughout the summer; however, I am not sure that this is a feasible target date. I feel that the original June 30, 2020 date makes much more sense for the health and safety of our students and staff. This includes the opening of campus for educational purposes, summer drivers’ education programs and all other school and non-school related activities. We will be discussing this matter at the May 26, 2020 Board meeting. 

A graduation plan has been established after many weeks of planning with input from the Big Horn County Health Department and many senior families. The Graduation Ceremony is a way that Hardin High School gets to celebrate our seniors and their 13 years of hard educational work. Please check the Hardin School District web page for links to the graduation ceremony, the Awards Assembly and the senior slideshow. 

• Graduation is May 24th at 2:00 p.m. on the HHS football field, weather permitting...in which the HHS gymnasium will serve as the backup location. 

• Each graduating senior will receive two passes for family members to attend. One pass/person. 

• Graduates must arrive before 12:30 on May 24th

• All graduates will park on Miles Avenue or in the school parking lot. Miles Avenue will be used for graduates only. Family members please park in the school parking lots. 

• Graduates will maintain a 6-foot minimum distance and congregate in the high school gymnasium. 

• The entry and exit plan for the graduation ceremony will be discussed in the gym when graduates are in assigned seats maintaining a 6-foot minimum distance. 

• All guests must enter the stadium from the west/main entrance maintaining a 6-foot distance (unless they arrive in the same vehicle). When exiting after the ceremony all guests must maintain a 6-foot spacing. 

• Masks will be required of all participants and attendees, except while in vehicles and during family photo opportunities. 

• Guest seating will be designated by a numbering system chosen randomly by a number generator. Please do not line up early to get the “best” seat. Your seat will be printed on your pass. 

Chosen guests are asked to be non-risk people; under the age of 65 and without any underlying health concerns. 

Live Stream links: http://stream.vision.net/hardin/ 

NFHS link: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hardin-high-school-hardin-mt/evtf39f4b4c18 

Thank you and remain safe and healthy!

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