Hancock School District Changes COVID Policy


When the bell first rings right after Labor Day, the students at Hancock are going to notice some changes. Many protocols put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will be optional for the next school year. Superintendent Steve Patchin says students can choose to use face coverings and many other previous requirements.

We are not going to require masks to be worn inside our schools, but they can do it themselves, and that will be respected. We’re not going to demand vaccines, we’re not going to demand the rapid tests that they did in the past.

Student-athletes will be the first to see the difference.

Patchin says many of COVID’s lessons will remain in place.

But we’re still going to keep some of the protocols we’ve learned, like focusing on hand washing and good hygiene techniques. We have learned a lot from the pandemic.

Patchin says the efforts mirror the strategies used by the district for its Northern Lights summer learning and outdoor adventure programs. Hancock hosted an outdoor graduation ceremony for the first time this year, and it will be permanent going forward.

The Keweenaw report has reached out to Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw and Houghton-Portage Township school districts for feedback on their plans for the fall. We haven’t heard back yet.

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