Hayes Highlights

December 2021

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Hello Hayes Families,

We have been lucky the last few days with our warmer December weather. However, we know the snow and cold is coming our way soon. Please make sure each day your scholar(s) are fully ready for winter outside learning and play. Our focus theme for the month of December is to encourage our scholars to be “thinkers” and “problem solvers”. At school, our scholars get to be thinkers and problem solvers through their academic Units of Inquiry studies, completing math, reading, social studies and science experiments, through curriculum, current events and other technology platforms. Seeing them in my classroom visits is always the highlight of my day. As we venture into the month of December, please know, I am very thankful for our scholars and our amazing learning community at Hayes!

Please join me on Monday, December 6th, 2021 at 4:15 PM for our virtual parent Better Together meeting. Here is the link to join:


Or dial: +​1​ ​5​1​8​-​6​5​0​-​2​8​7​2 PIN: 8​5​4​ ​4​2​1​ ​2​1​6​#

Ms. Iverson




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Hello Families-

If you have not completed the annual Application for Educational Benefits, please complete as soon as possible. If the application is approved, you must complete a 2021-22 application to potentially be eligible for P-EBT benefits. The application can be found on the Nutritional Services webpage at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications

A paper application can be obtained from the school office and if you have questions please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021

Reminder~ breakfast and lunch is free to all students this year. Breakfast is served is serve in the classroom. We encourage all students to come and eat breakfast with us. Lunch is served in the café and the menu may change due to product shortages. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you or your students. If you have menu questions, please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022 or the Cook Manager at your school.


FREE MEALS will soon be available at Coon Rapids Fire Stations 1 & 2. The meal pick up begins this Friday, Nov. 19 and continues 24/7 through Jan. 3, 2022.

The meals are available to everyone - regardless of income or residency. No sign up is required.

Show up anytime, enter the front doors of the fire station, and the meals will be free to grab and go inside the front entry - no need to check in with staff. Help yourself!

Station #1: 1460 Egret Boulevard
Station #2: 1199 121st Avenue NW

The meal bags include 4-5 pounds of food with a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and entrees.



SACA Toy Drive

Do you need help with gifts or food this season?

Please click below:


If you'd like to donate toys for children in our community, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at Hayes anytime before Dec. 13th, 2021 during school hours!



As we approach fall and plan for winter, we want to share this annual information with you regarding our procedure for school building closures and student learning when school buildings are closed.

Notification of school building closure

In the event that school buildings have to be closed, the school district will inform parents/guardians through multiple channels. District/school will send parents an email, text message and will also call parents directly. In addition, the closure will also be posted on the district website as well as local television channels. The district uses the parent contact information on the Campus Parent Portal to communicate with parents/guardians. Please make sure that your contact information is accurate on the Parent Portal.


School building/classroom/program closure due to COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has approved the provision of short term online learning to allow for flexibility in learning formats during the pandemic. In case of a COVID-19 situation that requires a school, program or classroom to temporarily transition to online learning, Fridley Public Schools will implement its MDE approved Blended Learning Plan for students.

· We will follow our district’s Blended Learning Plan that will allow students to continue to learn at home.

· Blended learning “blends” short-term online learning in place of regular in-person learning in the event groups/buildings need to isolate due to a COVID-19 spread.

· Students will learn from home through online instruction provided by students' individual teachers through SeeSaw (PreK-K) or Google Classroom (Grades 1-12).

· Our district has been provisionally approved to provide short-term online learning in order to allow flexibility during the pandemic.

· Each school will share more information with parents/guardians prior to any classroom/program or school building closure.


School building closure due to inclement weather

When severe weather conditions create hazardous conditions that pose life threatening risks for students and staff, the superintendent of schools may need to close school buildings and implement the district’s E-Learning Plan.

· The district’s E-Learning Plan will support learning for students in grades PreK-12 for up to five days a year when school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.

· There may still be a need for a traditional snow/cold day, but the district will make every effort to utilize E-Learning days to continue learning.

· An E-Learning day is considered an instructional day and attendance is taken.

· On an E-Learning day, students will learn from home through online instruction provided by students' individual teachers through SeeSaw (PreK-K) or Google Classroom (Grades 1-12).

· Students in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in the fulltime Fridley Online Academy will have no change in their learning day.

· As we near winter, each school will share more information with parents/guardians prior to any school building closure.




Fridley Public Schools will continue its practice of notifying the Minnesota Department of Health of any lab confirmed positive case in its schools. Parents/Guardians will also receive direct communication if their child is identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case. Notification will include the most current information on symptoms that parents can watch out for and monitor.

Health/Safety Reminders

· Please keep your child home if he/or she is not feeling well. Notify the school if someone in your household has been exposed to, has symptoms of, or has tested positive for COVID-19.

· Properly wearing a face covering/mask is a universal protection strategy that can help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

· Remember to send your child to school every day with a mask. They are required on school buses and inside our school/buildings.

· If your child is 5 years and older, consider having him or her vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are free and are available to all Minnesotans ages 5 years and older.

COVID-19 Vaccines

· COVID-19 vaccines are currently available free of charge to all Minnesotans ages 5 years and older.

· Please follow this link to learn more, to schedule a vaccine for yourself, family member or child who is 5 years or older: COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 Testing

· COVID-19 saliva tests are available to all Minnesotans at no cost.

· Regular screening testing is an important mitigation strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

· Any parent/guardian who wishes to order a test kit for their children and/or family members can use this link to order a free COVID-19 saliva test kit through Vault Health.



Winter brings an expectation of extreme cold temperatures and/or heavy snow. The Fridley Transportation Department would like to share a few winter-weather transportation reminders with you that will help keep our students safe.

  • Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the winter weather.
  • Your child is required to be at the scheduled stop 5 minutes prior to bus pick-up time. We do not expect the student to stay at the stop any longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled time. Should the bus be late by more than 10 minutes, the student should go home and call the assigned bus company (see below).
  • Information and updates on late busses are communicate through our messenger program, so please make sure that your contact information is accurate.
  • You may log in to your Parent Portal parent account and update your email or phone number.
  • If school buildings are closed due to severe weather, the district will communicate with families ahead of time through email, phone call, and will also post the announcement on the district website, local news channels and district social media.
  • For more information on school closures, click here.

Our Bus Companies:

  • Voigt’s – 763-571-1241 #2 (Route #’s 1- 19)
  • 1st Student – Champlin 763-421-5785 (Route #'s 20-32)
  • R & D Transportation – 763-767-1804 press #2 (Van)
  • Halo Transportation – 763-432-6806 (Van)