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COVID-19 Updates -- Updated January 28, 2021

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.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19: when a student or staff member tests positive for contracting COVID-19. All but two of these cases have been contracted through contacts outside of our school operations.
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:

  • 11 positive cases of COVID-19

  • 5 probable cases of COVID-19

This is as of January 28, 2020. At most, those impacted are experiencing cold-like symptoms and have not needed to seek medical treatment. We are all thankful for this continued trend.

As of January 28, 2021, we have had one Hancock Public School staff member test positive for COVID-19. They contracted it over the holiday break and were never in our facilities during their infectious period. The team member experienced severe cold symptoms, but healed at home. Following Health Department guidelines and due to no previous contact with students or staff during the incubation period, no other staff or students have been quarantined.

We continue to be thankful for our maintenance team and education team for their efforts to keep our schools a safe space for learning. A special thanks to all our parents and guardians who are following our Return to Learn plan protocols, including keeping their students home when they are sick. These efforts have helped us continue to operate our face-to-face learning operations, where our students learn most effectively.

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

We hope each of you have a joyful February!

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 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.

Also attached is the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Training on Delivery, Access, and Use of Virtual Content, per the ECOL reporting requirements.



Free Meal Pick-up

When: every Tuesday between 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm
Where: in the bus lane at Barkell Elementary School – 1201 N. Elevation St. Hancock, MI

The Free Meals for students are sponsored by the USDA until June 30, 2021. Meals are available to all children 18 years of age and under.
For our online learners, children not eating in school and families with qualifying children not in school we do a seven day meal pickup. Our in school learners will be provided free meals in school but can do a two day meal pickup for their weekend meals.

Please register with Shelby Turnquist for meals at  or calling 482-0456 ext:3340. Please make sure to contact me if you will not be able to make it any week after signing up or if you wish to discontinue the service at any time.

Information that will be needed is first and last name, grade, age, what school they attend and your telephone number.



COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

To view our plan and more information, click here.


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 February 22, 2021

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