Welcome Title

The Mission of Harney Education Service District Region XVII (HESD) is to assist our component school districts and the State of Oregon in providing excellent and equitable educational opportunities and successful learning environments for all Harney County students. HESD is dedicated to providing leadership in helping to achieve Oregon's education goals and working in partnership with our schools and our community to enhance the healthy development of children and families for today and tomorrow.

HESD is “Committed to Excellence,” and we work hard to make the site a primary source for timely information for all users, and a main gateway for improved communication between parents, teachers, students and other members of our community. Our goal and responsibility is to help each student develop an enthusiasm for learning, a respect for self and others, and the skills to become a creative independent thinker and problem solver.



Superintendent's Monday Morning Thoughts

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 

 Fall Interactive Board


Newsletter, Fall 2020

 Newsletter, Spring 2020

Newsletter, Winter 2020


In response to Governor Brown's orders,
HESD Offices will be closed to the public from November 16-December 2.
Staff will still be available by phone.

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
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
Gratitude Notes
An Attitude of Gratitude
Harney ESD staff is focusing on the theme of Gratitude for the school year. As Thanksgiving nears, the theme blends in perfectly!
Read More about An Attitude of Gratitude
Journeying Back to Normal
It's hard to imagine what we would have thought if, at the 2019 inservice, we could have foreseen what we would look like in our 2020 photo!
Read More about Journeying Back to Normal

Upcoming Events

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   HESD Office Closed to Public Nov 16-Dec 2
   Nov 16 2020
   HESD Board Meeting
   Dec 09 2020 at 01:30 PM
   HESD Board Meeting
   Jan 13 2021 at 01:30 PM
   HESD Board Meeting
   Feb 10 2021 at 01:30 PM
   HESD Board Meeting
   Mar 10 2021 at 01:30 PM