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Superintendent's Monday Morning Thoughts

HESD Board 
 Welcome to 2021! By Shannon Criss, Superintendent
 I am fortunate that part of my job is getting to visit schools in Harney County.  I am lucky to have the opportunity to support and interact with some pretty amazing teachers and students.  During one of my visits  I was talking with a student and I love what she said, “Mrs. Criss, you know, 2020 brought about a lot of things that I am thankful for.  Things that I took for granted before, like being able to go to school.”  WOW!  Love it!  I couldn’t have said it better and it falls right in line with our emphasis around gratitude.  I would like to encourage us all to reflect back on 2020 and think about our own moments of gratitude. I am grateful for a family that loves me unconditionally.  I am grateful for a board of directors who do the tough work required to make sure that our kids are getting the best education possible.  I am grateful for a community that supports students and education.  January is National School Board Recognition Month.  THANK YOU to all of the men and women who are serving on a board; a school board, the ESD board (pictured above), a charter school board.  Your efforts are recognized, valued and appreciated!  The national theme is “Super Heroes” and that is truly what they are!  Be sure to listen to our local radio station  or visit our website as we honor these dedicated individuals.
ODE Operational Blueprint Management Plan 
COVID-19 Resources 
Superintendent October Guest Editorial 
 Superintendent July Letter to the Editor

Superintendent's Message, June 2020

 Resources for Parents for Teaching at Home
Harney ESD 
COVID-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 Schools 
OHA School Metrics Data 
Coronavirus, Harney County Health Office 
 Coronavirus, OR Health Authority
Coronavirus Updates, Oregon.gov 
 Coronavirus Disease, CDC
John Hopkins University COVID-19 Map 
Snowmen by Crane Exploratory Class


Newsletter, Winter 2021 
 Newsletter, Fall 2020
 Newsletter, Spring 2020

Harney ESD offices are open by appointment. Please call 541-573-2122.
Normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Title IX Training


The Harney Education Service District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination and title IX policies:

Name and/or Title - Shannon Criss, Superintendent
Address - 25 Fairview Heights Loop, PO Box 460, Burns, OR 97720
Telephone No.  - 541-573-2122



What's New
Boss of the Year
Shannon Criss, HESD Superintendent, is Harney County's 2021 Boss of the Year
The employees of Harney ESD were unanimous in submitting Superintendent Shannon Criss' name for the annual Chamber of Commerce award of Boss of the Year. Shannon's nomination was also fully supported and encouraged by our Board of Directors. The award was announced as a surprise to Shannon at this month's board meeting. Many family members tuned in remotely to witness the announcement. There will also be a celebration at the Chamber of Commerce's Community Center on January 23 at 4:00 p.m. Congratulations, Shannon, for this well-deserved honor!
Read More about Shannon Criss, HESD Superintendent, is Harney County's 2021 Boss of the Year
Carlee Stutz
Meet Harney ESD's Newest Employee
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ms. Carlee Stutz to the ESD team! Carlee is our Student Investment Account Student Engagement and Technical Assistance Advisor.
Read More about Meet Harney ESD's Newest Employee
Temperature Check
Navigating Through the New Rules and Constant Changes
Janet Caldwell demonstrates a touchless temperature check on Hollie Held. Janet and Superintendent Criss attend many Zoom meetings to keep up with the constantly shifting COVID-19 guidelines.
Read More about Navigating Through the New Rules and Constant Changes

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   HESD Board Meeting
   Mar 10 2021 at 01:30 PM
   Rural Virtual Science Fair Projects Due
   Apr 06 2021
   HESD Board Meeting
   Apr 14 2021 at 01:30 PM
   HESD Board Meeting
   May 12 2021 at 01:30 PM
   HESD Board Meeting
   Jun 09 2021 at 01:30 PM