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Current News

Alternative Event Announced for Highland Homecoming

Due to current local and state health regulations, Highland High School is unable to host its annual Homecoming Dance this year. However, the HHS Student Advisory Group offered several fun alternatives and students recently voted on their favorite option.

The majority of students voted for Fall Fun at Mapleside Farms! This event has been set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 5. Tickets will be on sale during school lunch periods for $20 per student. Please know that Mapleside Farms is booked each weekend through November and opening on October 5 to host this event for Highland High School (they are typically closed on Monday).  

In accordance with CDC, state and local guidelines, Mapleside Farms has implemented an 11-point COVID-19 safety plan that includes reduced building capacity limits, use of UV-C sanitizing wands, mandatory face coverings and adhering to social distancing guidelines. To learn more, please visit their website here

We are happy to be able to provide a fun, safe alternative to the Highland Homecoming Dance for students. Please direct any questions to Principal Carrie Knapp at or Assistant Principal Josh Backo at Thank you!

AP Exam Fees Due 10/16

AP exam fees are due October 16. Each exam is $95 and listed with all other school fees on the PaySchools account. Fees can be paid by check (payable to Highland Local Schools), exact cash, OR online through PaySchools, which is accessed through the Parent Portal. Students with acute financial need who qualify for a fee reduction, or students qualifying for exam accommodations such as extended time, must contact Mrs. Archer by 10/16 to seek approval. Accommodations cannot be provided unless approved by the College Board.

 COVID-19 Reporting System, Dashboard

Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health’s executive order that requires K-12 school districts to implement a COVID-19 Reporting System in now in effect. On September 17, a public dashboard will be published on the state’s website ( that will include the number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in both staff and students per school district in each county. The dashboard will include cases both newly reported in the previous week and cumulative cases from September 8 forward. 

These cases will then be reflected on Highland's COVID-19 Dashboard, located on our homepage. Our numbers will be updated each Tuesday by the end of the day as long as school remains in session.  

The order also states that if a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the parent/guardian should notify their child's school within 24-hours (or sooner) of receiving a positive test or clinical diagnosis.

VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form

The Highland School District will offer lunches at NO COST to ANY Highland students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy. This service is offered in conjunction with the USDA free lunch program. You do not have to be eligible for free and reduced lunch status to qualify. 

The district will offer school lunch meal “pick-up” on a weekly distribution. Families with students enrolled in the Highland VLA can receive a WEEKLY allotment of their child's school lunches. 

Beginning Monday, September 28 through Friday, December 20, 2020 (end of the USDA free lunch program), lunches will be distributed to families for the entire week. Each lunch bag will contain 5 complete lunches. (Please note, we will not be serving lunches on weekends or scheduled holidays).

All orders must be placed by 12 p.m. on Friday preceding the upcoming week's offering OR parents may sign up for all 12 weeks when completing the form. Parents must complete the following “VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form” in order to receive the free lunches. (COMPLETE A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH CHILD).  DOWNLOAD FORM

Welcome Back, Students!

Dear Highland Families,

We are so happy to have our students back!. As a district, we remain committed to a safe and responsible learning environment for all of our students and staff. 

As a reminder, we begand the year using our staggered hybrid schedule, which consists of 50 percent of students in a building at one time with all safety protocols in place.

  • Students in grades K-12 attending school “in-person” are assigned to Green or White cohorts began school on Monday, September 14 (Green) or Tuesday, September 15 (White) and will rotate school attendance days through Friday, September 25. Hybrid Schedule 
  • On Monday, September 28, all “in-person” students attend.     
  • Students enrolled in Highland’s Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) began school daily on Monday, September 14.

The Highland School District will continue to remain in close contact with the Medina County Health Department to analyze and review available data related to COVID-19. We are prepared to move quickly into our contingency plans of hybrid or home distance learning, if necessary, due to increased school-based or community spread of the virus.

2020-21 Teaching & Learning Guidelines

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In addition to the district’s 2020-21 Reopening Plan we provided in August, we now present students and families with the new “Teaching & Learning Guidelines” (including building schedules) for Option 1 (Traditional In-Person Learning, with Hybrid and Home Distance Learning Contingency Plans). Download HERE

Information on Option 2, Highland’s Virtual Learning Academy, (FAQ, Learning Expectations, VLA Support for Parent Coaches and Parent Communication Updates) is accessible on our website on the homepage.

Please contact your child's school office if you have any questions. Thank you!