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The Harlan County School District was awarded and has accepted American Relief Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ARP ESSER) from the federal government. These funds are intended to prepare for, respond to and overcome obstacles presented by the global COVID 19 pandemic.

Harlan County Public Schools Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity Plan - Tuesday, July 27, 2021:
Please review our Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity Plan. Information contained in this document is compiled from recommendations and guidance issued by the Kentucky Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control.

This document is presented with the most current recommendations from these agencies. It will be updated as new guidance is issued from these agencies.

We encourage you to contact administrators at your child’s school if you have specific questions or concerns. You may also call our administrative team at the Central Administrative Office at 606-573-4330. Our receptionist will connect you with the team member who may best be able to answer your specific question.

Harlan County Virtual Learning Academy (2021-2022 School Year)

Harlan County High School - Google Classroom

The staff at Harlan County High School have created a Google Classroom for in-person students to utilize. Assignments and information missed due to sickness, quarantine, etc. will be made available. The link above provides each teacher, their course, classroom link and also their classroom code. Please contact your teacher or the school at 606-574-2020 for more information.



2021-2022 School Calendar
Employee Handbook
Code of Conduct
HCHS Student Handbook
Bus Routes
Covid-19 vaccination clinics will be held at Harlan County High School on Wednesday, July 14, and Wednesday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic is for students ages 12 and up from across the county or any staff member who did not previously take the vaccine. While there is no charge to the student or staff member, you should bring your insurance card. The vaccination requires two doses and will be administered on these two dates. The Harlan County Board of Education and the Harlan County Pubic School District is only providing space for this clinic sponsored by Walgreen. Permission and other required forms will be available at the clinics. Parental/guardian permission is required for anyone under 18 years of age. The board of education does not encourage nor discourage or require the vaccinations, but has agreed to allow the use of district space to assist students and staff with getting it if they wish to do so. Registration is not required.
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Open House
HCHS Scholarship Memo #1, Tony Turner Scholarship Application, WYMT TV Mountain Achiever Form, Ralph Gabbard Scholarship Application, WYMT TV Mountain Classic Scholarship Form
Congratulations to Jackson Huff on his completion of the Kentucky Governor's Scholar Program. Huff, the son of Lonnie and LeAnne Huff, is a senior at Harlan County High School. He attended GSP at Morehead State University. Huff told the Harlan County Board of Education about his experience with the program. Superintendent Brent Roark presented an award to Huff on behalf of the board of education during a meeting earlier this week.
Harlan County High School - Voted the Tri-State's Best High School
Wallins marks opening of new addition


HCHS Scholarship Memo #2, KSBA First Degree Scholarship Application, KSBA First Degree CTE Scholarship Application


The Harlan County High School stage craft class prepares props for the school's marching band.
Lucas Epperson, a senior at Harlan County High School, was honored by the Harlan County Board of Education recently for his participation in the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summer STEM Program.
Harlan County High School dual credit students visited the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington and the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Richmond recently.
Dennis named HCHS Wrestling Coach
Caleb Rose, a junior at Harlan County High School, was honored by the Harlan County Board of Education recently for his participation in two highly regarded educational programs this summer.
Students in John Middleton's 7th grade science class at Evarts Elementary recently constructed plant and animal cells. Students modeled the organelles found in each cell to better understand cellular composition and function.
The Kentucky Association of School Councils recently recognized Brooke Clem, a teacher at Black Mountain Elementary, for her hard work in the classroom.
At the outset of the school year, Harlan County Schools received trauma kits for each school courtesy donations from Air-Evac Lifeteam and the hospital auxiliary.
HCHS Scholarship Memo #3, Voice of Democracy Entry Form, UK Athletic Training Letter, Blue & Gray Day Schedule, Radon Video Submission Form, UK Student Athletic Trainer Application, Radon Video Contest Background Information, KFRW Scholarship Application
The Harlan County High School Black Bear Players will be performing a condensed version of Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, on Friday, October 22nd at 7pm. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the door. Masks must be worn at all times within the facility.
Harlan County’s Daniels ranked first in the nation among sixth-graders


HCHS Scholarship Memo #4
Black Mountain Elementary School Library Media Specialist Kristin Lester has been selected as 1 of 22 educators by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to serve as GoTeachKY ambassadors for 2022.


The Harlan County High School Choir is busy preparing for their December 14th Christmas Concert. The concert will be held in the school auditorium and will begin at 7 p.m.
Laci Deaton signs her commitment letter for participation in Kentucky’s All-State Choir to be held in Louisville in February. Students from around the state auditioned in regional venues during October and those with the highest scores were chosen to participate. 
Jonathan Caleb Reynolds, a senior at Harlan County High School, was one of 50 students from across the nation to take part in the Henry Clay Center’s High School Student Congress.
Luke Cottrell was honored recently by the Harlan County Board of Education and Superintendent Brent Roark for his participation in the Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.
HCHS Scholarship Memo #5
HCHS Christmas Piano Recital and Concert
HCHS Scholarship Memo #6, Justin Napier Scholarship Application
Congratulations to members of the Harlan County High School Wrestling Team on their success in a recent match at Knox Central High School


ESports Teams Have Successful Inaugural Season
HCHS Scholarship Memo #7, Ed Miracle Cover Letter and Application, Christ's Hands Christian Leadership Scholarship Application, Justin Napier Scholarship Application, Harlan Soil Conservation Scholarship Application
HCHS Scholarship Memo #8


HCHS Scholarship Memo #9, Mission of Hope Scholarship, UNITE Scholarship
HCHS Scholarship Memo #10, Memo #10 Addition, STEM Flyer, Harlan Farm Bureau Scholarship, Harlan Farm Bureau Agent Scholarship, Harlan County Community Scholarship, Loyall Alumni Scholarship, Appalachian Wireless Scholarship, Cumberland Valley Rural Electric Scholarship
HCVLA 9-12 3rd Trimester Online Registration - Registration is closed.
HCHS Scholarship Memo #11, Clarissa Brigmon Application


HCVLA K-8 4th Nine Weeks Online Registration - Registration will close at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 11th, 2022.
Virtual Learning Academy Registration open for students with health risks or caregivers with health risks. Kindergarten through eighth grade students who have a legitimate medical concern or whose primary caregiver has a legitimate medical concern will be considered for the Virtual Learning Academy for the fourth nine weeks. An online application must be completed and submitted no later than Friday March 11, at 3 p.m. for any K-8 student who wishes to participate in virtual instruction for the 4th nine weeks. Students who have not completed the Virtual Learning Academy application by 3 p.m. on Friday will be enrolled for in-person classes. No additional registrations will be accepted after this deadline. Only students who have a legitimate medical concern or whose primary care-giver has a legitimate medical concern will be considered for the Virtual Learning Academy. Our Virtual curriculum is challenging and will require a time commitment similar to in person instruction
HCHS Scholarship Memo #12, Fred and Betty Jo Haas Scholarship Application


HCHS Scholarship Memo #13, Memo #13 Addition, The Mary Emma and AF Whitfield Application, Scholarship Application, Harlan County COAL Scholarship Application, Mike Bowling Scholarship Application, Hall High Alumni Application, Rotary Scholarship
On Tuesday, April 19th, Harlan County High School will hold a registration day for all incoming 8th grade students. We encourage parents to look over our 8th Grade Transition document prior to students arriving on the 19th. If you have questions, please contact Megan Carruba, Guidance Counselor, HCHS at 606-574-2020 x3605.
HCHS Scholarship Memo #14, Loyall American Legion Scholarship Application



Harlan County Public Schools Extended Learning, June 6th - 30th, 2022

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