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Health and Safety Overview: Winter 2022

Penn-Harris-Madison has closely monitored the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community since March 2020. With 15 schools, more than 11,000 students, and nearly 2,000 employees, safety was our top priority in minimizing the health risks and impacts on each other and our operations. For the 2021-22 school year it was a priority to have in-person instruction and to stay in-person; universal masking made that possible.


After nearly two years of layered COVID safety protocols on February 17, the Indiana Department of Health notified school districts that they could become mask optional and would no longer have to contact trace or quarantine staff or students identified as close contacts. Click here to read the full details shared by Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker about these IDOH updates. 


On February 25, 2022 the CDC announced that it will no longer require the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. Dr. Thacker notified P-H-M Leadership, staff and families of the change.


Accordingly, P-H-M has updated its Overview Health and Safety COVID Plan; click here to read it. If you have any questions or comments after reviewing this document, please send them to


Please click here for a description of how P-H-M used ESSER III funds to help address learning loss and student mental health. COVID mitigation strategies, including PPE, ventilation and other facility upgrades, as well as many of the items listed above, were paid for out of the district’s existing Operation Fund.


2020-21 school year through mid February, P-H-M tracked COVID positive cases and displayed them on P-H-M’s COVID dashboard. As of February 14, 2022, the dashboard was no longer updated and was removed from the district website on Feb. 2, 2022.