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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates –
Per guidance from Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services through Executive Order, K-12 schools are required to report probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school district. When notified by the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD), we have 24 hours to post this information on our website.

A brief definition of each:

  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19: when a student or staff member tests positive for contracting COVID-19.

  • Probable cases of COVID-19: when a student or staff member has 1) contracted one or more symptoms of COVID-19 and 2) they have been in close contact (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) with a person(s) who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We will only update these numbers when we receive this information from the WUPHD. Since we opened school on September 8, 2020, our students and staff have experienced the following:

  • 5 positive cases of COVID-19

  • 4 probable cases of COVID-19

This is as of October 12, 2020. At most, those impacted are experiencing cold-like symptoms and have not needed to seek medical treatment. We are all thankful for this trend.

*On Thursday October 16, 2020 we were notified by the WUPHD that one of our staff has tested positive. They are experiencing mild cold symptoms and are in quarantine. They were following all established protocols for the protection of themselves and others. The area the were working in has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. We with them a quick recovery.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions by email at: .

Have a wonderful fall week in the Keweenaw!

Steve Patchin
Superintendent – Hancock Public Schools



Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan

On August 20, 2020 Governor Whitmer signed House Bill 5913 into law as Public Act 149. Section 98a states that in order to receive state aid for 2020-2021, districts must provide for instruction under an extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (“Plan”) that has been approved by an intermediate district or authorizing body. The Plan does not replace the District’s/PSA’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, it is an additional plan that includes new assurances and sections on educational goals, instructional delivery, grading, and equitable access.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, per order of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Hancock Public Schools closed its doors to face-to-face instruction. On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the Hancock Public Schools began distribution of meals to its students, while also beginning to distribute activity packets to all its K-12 students to aid in the continued intellectual and personal growth of our students. Per state direction, we modified this plan to create the Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan. The focus of the plan that was implemented in Spring of 2020 was increasing student engagement in a remote learning environment.

The Hancock Public Schools full instructional plan addresses ways all learners are supported and can be found in the MI Safe Schools Roadmap – Hancock Public Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Attached is the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan(ECOL) which , which builds on Hancock Public Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. The ECOL will be reviewed each month by the school board. School administration will continue to seek and process public comment as we continue to enhance our education efforts in a changing environment.



COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

To view our plan and more information, click here.

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Welcome to Hancock Public Schools

The Hancock school district dates back to 1863 but because of a fire in 1869, records about this period are sketchy. The first school was a typical one-room structure furnished with hard wooden benches and heated by a round shaped wood stove.

In 1869, a union school was constructed on Franklin Street. The building was used until replaced in 1875. This building was destroyed by fire on July 25, 1922, and was succeeded by the present building currently owned by Finlandia University and formerly the Hancock Middle School, which was built in 1923.

Three additional school buildings were utilized during much of the 1900's; Edward Ryan, E.L. Wright and the Ripley School. Condon Field was dedicated in 1952, and the district's bus garage was acquired from the City of Hancock in 1963. Seventeen acres of land located east of Elevation Street was acquired from the Quincy Mining Co. as a grant in 1970. In 1988, the Hancock voters passed a 7.46 mil bond issue to build a $5,750,000.00 elementary school. In 1989 the building was opened for use. Read more...

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At-A-Glance Calendar for the Week of November 23, 2020

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