October 28, 2020
EFFECTIVE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2020
HARDIN SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL GO INTO A SHORT-TERM REMOTE EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM FOR ALL STUDENTS ACCORDING TO BUILDING PROCEDURES/PROTOCOL EFFECTIVE FOR TWO WEEKS AS LONG AS STUDENT AND STAFF CASES MEET A THRESHOLD OF SAFE RETURN. IT MAY BE BEST TO PLAN FOR REMOTE LEARNING THROUGH THANKSGIVING BREAK!
Dear Hardin School District 17H & 1 Students, Families, Staff and Community Members,
Greetings…it appears that winter may have come early this past week, we wish you warmth and safe travel, if necessary, during this time. I want to congratulate our Bulldog golf, football, cross-country, cheer and volleyball teams for what I consider a “successful season” amidst the craziness of this fall. We wish the Lady Bulldogs the best of luck as tournament time is just around the corner. It has been approximately four (4) weeks since the last District correspondence, largely because of a great start to school throughout the District. However, with the number of positive cases throughout Big Horn County and the state of Montana increasing at a rapid rate, it is time to reanalyze our current situation throughout the entire District.
For the week ending October 19th, 2020, Hardin School District 17H & 1 saw ten (10) new active cases in a span of two days and an increase in active cases on October 26th, 2020 of five (5) new positives, including both onsite and remote learners AND staff. What we are seeing differently than what we saw just a few weeks back is that the number of positives offsite versus onsite is starting to shift towards a greater impact to our onsite learners/educators.
Big Horn County COVID Information
|Date||Ages 0-19||Ages 20+||Total||Difference|
|10/26 & 10/25||4||13||17||+5|
*Nearly a 20 per day average over the past week in Big Horn County.
**There are approximately 30,000 cases total in the state of Montana; we added 4,000 of those cases in just the last week!
Items of Concern:
At least two classrooms across the District in grades K-5 (possibly more due to the level of impact) are on quarantine in already tough-to-staff buildings.
Dramatic increase of staff that are confirmed positive, quarantined and/or testing. It is becoming increasingly difficult to safely and effectively staff our buildings hit hardest by the virus…even to the point where combining classrooms and staff may be disadvantageous and counterproductive to maintaining proper distancing and safety protocols throughout the District.
Increase in students that are confirmed positive, quarantined and/or testing.
The number of students in grades 6-12 wanting to move to onsite instruction is quite honestly above our capabilities to provide best practice and the rules/procedures as outlined by our state and local authorities.
We consider Hardin School District 17H & 1 leaders across Big Horn County and throughout our community…we maintain a civic duty to safely support our students, staff and families in putting them in the best and healthiest situation possible.
Other Items of Note:
School nutrition will continue to serve meals throughout the District much in the same manner as last spring and this past summer. More information will follow!
We will continue with our high school varsity volleyball season as “normal” with the Eastern A Divisional tournament next week in Lewistown.
Our Middle School basketball and wrestling seasons will be delayed until we receive definitive direction from the MHSA on how to proceed with our winter high school programs first.
We will be analyzing alternative educational models during this time, particularly for grades 6-12. If federal, state and local recommendations and requirements remain the same…it will NOT be possible for the District to expand beyond our current October 27, 2020 onsite attendance capabilities in the same format as August through October. 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.
Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and website at https://www.hardin.k12.mt.us/ for all the up-to-date information. You can also email email@example.com, thank you.
Eldon C. Johnson, Supt
Hardin School District 17H & 1