Welcome to Harbor Springs High School

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Harbor Springs High School, I am pleased to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year.  We look forward to helping your child grow and discover their talents, expand their academic knowledge, and ultimately prepared for their post-secondary path.  We are excited for the opportunity to work with your child during their educational journey.

Harbor Springs High School offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs for students to explore.  We appreciate the sustained support provided by parents, community members, and local businesses.  We pledge to continue to work hard to make our academic and extracurricular programs even stronger to ensure our students are successful and prepared upon graduation.

If you have questions, comments, or recommendations, you may contact me directly at bplackemeier@harborps.org or (231)526-4855.

Brad Plackemeier, Principal

Harbor Springs High School Back to School Information and Dates

  • High School Orientation will be held at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, August 26th in the PAC. 9th Grade students and parents are invited to attend for information regarding the 2020-2021 school year and to check out student computers.  In order for students to be issued a computer, they will need to submit all of the forms and paperwork that you will receive in the mail.
  • Technology Distribution (10th/11th/12th Grades) – Students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades will be able to check out their computers on Thursday, August 27th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM or Friday, August 28th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the main entrance of the High School. In order for students to be issued a computer, they will need to submit all of the forms and paperwork mailed earlier this week.
  • First Day of School – The first day of school for all students in the Harbor Springs School District will be on Tuesday, September 1st.
    • Doors open for students daily at 7:40 AM
    • Classes begin at 8:00 AM

Back to School Newsletter

We’ve moved the high school newsletter to our website. CLICK HERE to find out information that you will need for the beginning of the school year including information regarding COVID procedures, required documents, school supply lists, and much more.

High School Highlights

  • Michigan Youth in Government
  • Spanish 
  • Robotics and STEM
  • High college acceptance rates at prestigious universities for honors certified students
  • National Honor Society
  • AP options in English, Calculus and Computer Science Principals
  • Accelerated Math program grades 8-12
  • Highly qualified, compassionate staff
  • Advanced technology for student use and instruction in drafting/journalism labs
  • Athletic opportunities
  • Fine Arts: Band, Music, Drama

Gov. Whitmer Executive Order
Suspends Some Requirements for
Youth Work Permit Applications

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-79, which lifts certain requirements of the application process for young Michiganders to obtain a work permit. 

Young Michiganders constitute an important part of the summer workforce, especially because the COVID-19 pandemic requires that many workers stay home when experiencing symptoms or because they are part of a vulnerable population. As a result of the governor’s previous order to close schools for remainder of the school year, obtaining the proper documentation from school personnel is difficult and therefore it is necessary to lift requirements to ensure youth can obtain summer work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Michigan’s young people are an essential part of the state’s workforce, and making sure they have an opportunity to acquire the proper permit and help fight COVID-19 is vital,” said Gov. Whitmer. “This executive order will lift some requirements to ensure those opportunities for them.” 

The order suspends the requirements of Youth Employment Standards Act to allow work permits to be mailed, emailed, faxed or sent via the web rather than the previously required in person submission.  

The executive order is effective immediately and extends until June 8th.   

To view Executive Order 2020-79, click the link below:  


Anyone working who is under 18 or not yet graduated is required by the State of Michigan to have a work permit. The exception is if you are working at your parent’s business.

You can print your age appropriate work permit from the links below or you can pick one up at the main school of the high school. They are located in the plastic box on the table outside the main doors. The pink form is designated for students UNDER 16 years of age. The yellow form is for 16 -17 year-olds.

The student will fill out the top part of the form and your employer will fill out the middle section. After those two sections are COMPLETELY filled out, you can either bring it to the high school during our business hours or your employer can fax to 231-526-4833 or email to thaas@harborps.org or aouellette01@harborps.org. We will be able to process your form during the following hours –

                                      Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

                                               From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you are bringing to the school, please buzz the office to let us know that you have a permit and we will come get it from you. It will take us a few minutes to process. You are welcome to wait outside of the building or return to pick it up. If you are returning, it will be on the table outside of the main office in an envelope with the student’s name.

To make the process as quick as possible –

  • Please fill out the form with an ink pen. Not pencil.
  • Make sure ALL of the boxes in your section as well as your employers are filled out. If the form is not completely filled out, we are not allowed to process.
  • Your employer must list the equipment being used, even if it is just pencil and paper or a broom, and your list of duties.


After we fill out our part, return it to your employer.


IF YOU ARE EMAILING OR FAXING A WORK PERMIT for a minor from out of town or out of state, please send a copy of their birth certificate or driver’s license along with the permit so that we can verify the worker’s age.

We have also attached the Youth Employment Informational Sheets, which details the jobs that students are PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED from doing per their age.




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2020-2021 Calendar

Harbor Springs High School April/Remote Learning Newsletter

Upcoming Dates To Know:

Freshmen & New Student Orientation – Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 at HSHS
Sept. 1st – First day of School




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Telephone: (800) 256-9559 / Fax: (586) 677-9036


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Important Links:

High School Office Contacts:


Guidance Counselor

Administrative Assistant






Brad Plackemeier

Shelby Richardson

Tina Haas

Annette Ouellette

bplackemeier@harborps.org                                                                  School Office:  231-526-4800

srichardson@harborps.org                                                            School Fax:  231-526-4833

thaas@harborps.org                                                                      Attendance Line:  231-526-4880

aouellette01@harborps.org                                                            Address:  500 Spring Street

                                                                                                                        Harbor Springs, MI 49740