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MHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

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2021-22 School Year

As a life-sustaining organization, MHS never closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. MHS remains united in its commitment to putting student education, care, health, and safety first. Our approach to fall 2021 programming and operations decisions will continue to rely on federal and state guidelines and CDC considerations. The following was our plan for the 2020-21 school year; further guidance will be coming for 2021-22.

Guiding Principles

We look forward to 2021-22 and our important role in continuing to serve our students and their families during the pandemic, which has affected low-income families especially hard, using these guiding principles and comprehensive health and safety measures.

Continuous High-Quality Care and Instruction

MHS will deliver exceptional care and instruction to all students to support holistic growth and achievement. There is more unfinished academic, as well as life and social skills, learning and learning loss during extended school closures for low-income students. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows physically attending school is best for students’ development and well-being—resulting in higher quality academic and career instruction, social and emotional learning skills, safety, reliable nutrition, and physical activity.

Whole Student Supports

On campus, MHS can provide students with the highest quality support services including comprehensive health care, academic and behavioral health interventions, and enrichment opportunities.

Health and Safety

MHS will continue to fulfill our mission while implementing safety measures to maintain health and well-being of students and staff with a Health and Safety Plan that focuses on our academic program, the safe implementation of learning, and connected programs and activities.

Health and safety measures include:

  • Daily symptom screening for all students and staff
  • Use of preventive health and safety measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, covering sneezes and coughs, and wearing face masks
  • Following all current CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines
  • COVID-19 trainings to highlight safety protocols
  • Frequent and extensive cleaning of all facilities and spaces
  • Reducing class sizes to 12 students on average per classroom
  • Conducting large group events virtually
  • Limiting school-sponsored, off-campus activities
  • Holding fewer and longer holiday breaks


As new information becomes available, and the global pandemic evolves, we will consider and implement adjustments, as needed.

Kent Pierce, ED music teacher

In This Together

Members of the MHS community have shared perspective pieces on MHS’s Health and Safety Plan as well as the many ways in which we are keeping our community safe.

Read the Stories
A view of supplies in the Milton Hershey School Health Center.

Additional Resources

Visit the following health organization websites for additional information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pennsylvania Department of Health World Health Organization (WHO)

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