Hardin School District 17H & 1 Update September 25, 2020

17H & 1

September 25, 2020

Dear Hardin School District 17H & 1 Students, Families, Staff and Community Members,

Greetings to everyone…I hope everyone is remaining healthy and safe as we welcome fall in Montana! We have completed our fourth week of school and obviously have some celebrations, as well as some continued difficulties and concerns as we head into the fall season.


For the week of September 21, 2020, Hardin School District 17H & 1 currently has fifteen (15) active cases among staff and enrolled students, including both onsite and remote learners. This impact has been minimal to our onsite learners and school spread has been very low to this point. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 related cases (confirmed positives, quarantines and exposures) daily by working closely with local public health officials.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Big Horn County Health Department and/or Indian Health Service Public Health will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended AND vital that any person who feels sick or ill, NOT report to work or attend school AND seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities.


Other Items of Note:

-       Please continue to visit our website at https://www.hardin.k12.mt.us/ for all the up-to-date information regarding activities at Hardin School District 17H & 1; this includes Bulldog Homecoming information and attendance protocol for the foreseeable future.

-       Several of our schools are at social distancing capacity; we will be working CLOSELY with Big Horn County Public Health to research facility alternatives and onsite attendance limits to determine what capacity we may be able to expand. If federal, state and local recommendations and requirements remain the same…it will be hard for the District to expand much beyond our current capabilities. THE DISTRICT CONTINUES TO REQUEST THAT OUR STUDENTS/FAMILIES MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM (ONSITE/REMOTE) IN ORDER TO ALLOW US TO PROVIDE THE BEST INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS UNTIL ALLOWABLE REVISIONS CAN BE DETERMINED.

Again, if your child does not feel well, PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL! This is not only to protect your student, but also to protect others that they may come in contact with…such as teachers, school staff, friends and relatives. This is especially important as cases may start to arise within the school system and we try to protect our students and staff, as well as the integrity of our school programs and activities.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and newly reformatted website at https://www.hardin.k12.mt.us/ for all the up-to-date information. You can also email help@hardin.k12.mt.us, thank you.



Eldon C. Johnson, Supt

Hardin School District 17H & 1