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August 2021 School Opening

Dear Harrison High School Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Whether you are new to Harrison High School or a returning member of our community, we are excited for all students to attend school for in-person learning every day.  The first day of school is Thursday, September 9th.

Harrison High School is a special place. Our remarkable students and their willingness to create rigorous, “best-fit” pathways, coupled with exceptional instruction from supportive faculty and staff create a unique culture where students thrive.  

Our faculty and staff worked diligently throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming school year to ensure the most engaging, highest quality instructional program for your children. Faculty participated in professional development to refine their practice and learn innovative ways to enhance student learning.  An unprecedented number of students enrolled in the District Summer Programs, which offered students a variety of enrichment and academic opportunities and provided social experiences to deepen connections among students. Our intention is to build upon our spring and summer successes and create as normal a school year experience as possible.

Please carefully read ALL the information regarding the opening of school outlined below. This letter includes links to essential documents and information for the upcoming year.  Important health and safety information regarding the upcoming school year can be found on the 2021-22 School Opening webpage.

Safety Protocols:

The District has developed a plan for opening school that prioritizes a welcoming, safe, in-person learning environment for our students, faculty and staff. The plan is based on guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), and Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH).  It includes health and safety protocols to ensure a safe opening and reduces likelihood of quarantine and school closures.

  • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear face masks at all times while in school buildings and on school buses even if fully vaccinated. Parents are asked to supply two-ply face masks for their children.  HCSD will supply face masks to any student who does not have one. 

  • Students are not required to wear face masks while eating/drinking, while outdoors, while physically distanced during mask breaks, or as a result of a disability or medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face mask.  

  • At least 3 feet of physical distance between students will be maintained within classrooms. In addition to indoor mask-wearing  the district will continue to use air filtration systems, and provide daily disinfection to reduce risk of transmission. A distance of 6 feet will be maintained while eating or drinking (i.e., during lunch or snack time). 

  • NEW: Parents are not required to fill out a daily screening questionnaire if your child does not have any COVID-19 symptoms.  However, If a student has one or more COVID-19 symptoms, parents must:

    • keep their child home from school, 

    • notify the school nurse by completing the confidential COVID-19 Reporting Form on the district website, and consult with their doctor. 

    • Students may return to school when they are symptom free and they have either (1) a doctor’s note indicating they do not require a COVID-19 test or (2) a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.

Safety Notifications for Parents:  Parents are encouraged to download the CrisisGo app to receive timely safety notifications.  Click for instructions about how to download the CrisisGo app.

Arrival/Dismissal:  Please follow the direction of the parking attendants, security personnel, and our School Resource Officer.

  • Arrival: Student drop-offs will occur on both sides of the building and students may enter through the Main Entrance on the auditorium side of the building or through the Senior Breezeway Doors on the gymnasium side of the building.
  • Dismissal: Student pick-up will occur on the gymnasium side of the building to the right as you enter the campus..

Lunch:  Students have the ability to eat at outside spaces or indoors in our Student Union (cafeteria) or the Small Gymnasium. Seniors and juniors who are in good standing and have parental and administrative approval may leave campus during their lunch. Seniors also may leave during free periods. Information was sent home earlier this summer to families of juniors and seniors to apply for Leave Campus Privilege.   

School Calendar: School activities and events are listed on the District Calendar.  We will attempt to host as many in person events as possible. However, parameters and protocols for school events may change to ensure the health and safety of students, family and staff. 

Parent Portal:  You should have already received a portal login while in middle school, which  will continue to be used throughout your high school experience.  Please go to Powerschool  and follow the prompts to update or confirm contact and emergency information, as well as read and acknowledge important school documents.  This information must be updated every year and is important for effective school to home communication. Please update your information using the online parental portal as soon as it opens on August 31st, but no later than Friday, September 24th.  If you need your portal passwords reset, you can complete the form here, or email portalhelp@harrisoncsd.org

Student Schedules: Schedules will be available through the Portal beginning on August 31st after 4pm.  We make every effort to fulfill each student’s individual course enrollment requests. In the event of insufficient or over enrollment, some elective courses may be combined or altered.  Grade level seniority is considered when making enrollment decisions.  The Period by Period Bell Schedule and 2021-2022 Supply List is posted on the HHS website.

Student Email: Student Email is available for all high school students and is the same email used at LMK.  New students will receive their email account information from their school counselor.  We utilize student email to communicate important information to students. Students should check their accounts daily.  

Transcripts (for seniors only): Transcripts (for seniors only) will be mailed to the address on file.  Please review carefully. If there are any questions, please contact your child’s counselor at 914-630-3101 as soon as possible. Parents and students are asked to sign and return transcripts to the Guidance Office. Underclassmen will receive their transcripts at a later date.

SAT, ACT, PSAT, Pre-ACT Tests:  SAT, ACT and PSAT tests will be administered at Harrison High School for HHS students ONLY. Information about enrollment will be sent to families of eligible students. Tests will be administered according to the following schedule.  

  • ACT - Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 12th grade only.
  • SAT - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12th grade only
  • PSAT - Thursday, October 26, 2021 - 11th grade only
  • PreACT - February 9, 2022 - 10th grade only
  • SAT - March 3, 2022 - 11th grade
  • PSAT 10 - March 15, 2022 - 10th grade only
  • ACT - March 29, 2022 - 11th grade

Food Service Information: You will be receiving information in the mail pertaining to the Harrison school breakfast and lunch programs. This will include how to enroll and use MySchoolBucks, the lunch prepayment system.

Yearbook Picture Dates: Senior portraits are scheduled by appointment.  Seniors and their parents have received this information.  Please contact Mrs. Laurie Griffo at 914-630-3336 with any questions.  

Yearbook photographs for underclassmen are scheduled for September 9th and 10th and will take place during your child’s Physical Education Class.  There is no sitting fee, information on purchasing pictures  will be sent by Legacy Studios to the parent email address.  The school code to be used on Legacy Studio’s website for pre-purchasing is 3526F22. 

Lockers:  Locker numbers and combinations will be emailed to students at their Harrison Gmail address. Students are encouraged to not share their locker combinations.

Harrison High School PTA: The Harrison High School PTA is a very active and supportive organization for all students and parents. The PTA is extremely helpful in keeping parents informed about current events and activities that occur at HHS.  Please consider joining as a member and getting involved: 1) membership form for parents 2) volunteer sheet for parents 3) donation forms for parents  

Harrison Educational Foundation: The Harrison Educational Foundation encourages excellence in education by generating and distributing funds for enrichment programs to benefit the students of the Harrison Central School District. Information about programs and opportunities supported by the Foundation will be shared throughout the year.

Parent Resources and Support Services: If you have any questions about what is occurring in school, or concerns about  your child , please contact us.  Our Assistant Principals are available to partner with you in ensuring your child’s success. Mrs. Griffo is responsible for students whose last names begin with A-K and Mr. Mastrota supports students whose last names begin with L-Z.  You can reach me, administrators, teachers, school counselors or a member of the HHS staff via telephone or email. Concerns will be addressed in a timely, consistent, and confidential manner.

Every member of the Harrison High School community is looking forward to welcoming your child(ren) back to school. We are committed to supporting student success and value your support in making this year rewarding and fulfilling for your children. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Kimberly Beukema
Principal

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