Back to School 2021 Q&A

Dear Hudson Area Schools Families,

This document is intended to assist you in your planning for the fall of 2021.  This document communicates our plans as of today which may change by law or lawful order.  Athletics will follow the rules set forth by the MHSAA.

A similar document was sent to Hudson Area School families in July. There has been only one significant change to the document. The United States Center for Disease Control requires that masks be worn on school buses (see question #4).

  1. What will Hudson Area Schools’ instruction look like for the 2021-2022 school year?

We will be holding in person instruction five days a week for all DK-12th grade students.

  1. Will there be an online/virtual option?

Yes.  Virtual instruction will be provided through Hudson’s Virtual Academy for Kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information or to register please email Mr. Lance Horwath at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (517) 448-1413 x457.

  1. When does school start?

The first day of school will be Monday, August 30th (Half day, Tuesday, August 31st is also a half day).  Click the following link for the Hudson Area Schools’ 2021-2022 Academic Calendar- 2021-2022 Hudson Area Schools Academic Calendar

  1. Are facemasks required to be worn on school buses?

Yes, All individuals, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, must wear a facemask while boarding, riding, and disembarking a school bus (or another form of District transportation) when others are present (a driver who is alone on the school bus is not required to wear a facemask). This is required by order of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  1. Are facemasks required in school buildings?

No, Face masks will be optional for staff and students during school and during school events. It is strongly recommended by the CDC, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Lenawee County Health Department that all persons, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, wear a facemask while indoors. Although strongly recommended, it is not required that any person wear a facemask inside except when on a school bus.

  1. Will students be required to have the COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend Hudson Area Schools?

No. There will be no requirement for COVID-19 vaccines.

  1. Will students be separated or cohorted by vaccination status?

No.  Vaccination is a personal decision and all Hudson Area Schools’ students will be together as normal.

  1. What about playgrounds, cafeterias, and classrooms?  Will students be cohorted or required to social distance?

No.  These orders have expired and we are returning to pre-pandemic practices.

  1. What will sanitizing practices look like this school year?

We will continue to be committed to high level disinfection practices, which will include providing hand sanitizer for staff and students.  Hudson Area Schools’ custodial staff members will continue to use antibacterial and antiviral products to disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

  1. Will contact tracing continue?

Schools are required to report communicable diseases to their local health department, therefore, positive cases will be reported to the Lenawee County Health Department.

  1. Will Hudson Area Schools quarantine students who have been exposed to COVID-19?

No.  Any quarantine restrictions will come from your local health department, which depends on your county of residency.  Hudson Area Schools will no longer be quarantining exposed individuals.

  1. Will students or student athletes be required to test for COVID-19 in order to attend school or participate in athletics?

No.  MDHHS and MHSAA lifted all requirements for Covid testing as of June 22, 2021.


Again, this document outlines our plans as of today and may change if we receive additional information. We will keep you informed on any changes.


We are excited to have our Hudson Area School District students return for a great school year!  Continue to enjoy your summer!



Dr. Michael J. Osborne, Superintendent

Hudson Area Schools

517-448-8912 (Office)

517-673-4519 (Mobile)

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