Raider Update

A Weekly eNewsletter from Hastings Public Schools

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December 13, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

Hello Raider Families,

COVID numbers remained over 140 positive cases per 10,000 this week and our positivity rate was 11.8%. Even in distance learning, the number of student/staff positive cases is increasing. We will again be consulting with our regional support team this Thursday and I plan to make an announcement on Friday, December 18 regarding what our learning model will look like after winter break.

As has been pointed out by our state health officials, it takes all of us to help control the spread of COVID. Following social distancing practices, consistently wearing masks, and being diligent with handwashing continues to be the best prevention of spreading the virus. When we think about what a return to school looks like, these are especially important for the community as a whole. One positive case can impact an entire classroom, childcare section, sports team, bus route, and/or staff to support these. It will take all of us to get back into school sooner and be able to stay there. Community testing sites are up and running. Check out this website to locate a protentional site to get your COVID test.

We want your feedback!

Please take a few minutes to share your feedback about how distance learning is going for your child. We ask that you submit one survey per child so your feedback allows us to make adjustments specific to grade levels and schools. The survey can be accessed here, it can be found on our website under the "Bridge to Learning" icon found on our website and principals will share the link in their next communication.

Distance Learning Tip of the Week

This week's tip is a two-for-one! A great tip is to set up a dedicated space for distance learning. Putting a space together doesn't have to be expensive or take up a lot of room in your home. It's helpful when students have a place where they can keep their nearby learning tools organized and work to keep the space free from distractions; you may even consider giving your child a headset to allow them to hear the teacher's directions and engage more clearly. Related (and our two-for-one addition) for any age child, you may feel compelled to coach your child as they are engaging in Zoom conversations or while they are working on their assignments. When teachers are able to hear authentic answers from their students, they know best how to support their learning. Resist the temptation to do the thinking work for your child; the productive struggle is great for their brains!

Shout Out!

We know that the 2020-2021 school year is unlike any other in history. We also know that all of our staff are working differently than in the past. This week, we'd like to extend our thanks to the foodservice workers! These folks are packing 1800 to 2000 meals per day so that any child in our district can have a healthy breakfast and lunch each day of the week. Our foodservice workers are awesome!

Technology Support

If you are struggling with internet connectivity, please reach out to us!

  • If you have elementary children, visit this site or call the school directly. Kennedy Elementary: 651-480-7221, McAuliffe Elementary: 651-480-7390 or Pinecrest Elementary: 651-480-7280.
  • If you have middle school children, call 651-480-7060 or email this address.
  • If you have high school children, call 651-480-7470 or email this address.

If you have any technology-related needs, please access this help document that will share who to contact in each school with anything technology-related.

Hastings Public Schools

The Hastings School District consists of approximately 4,300 students. Please click on the links below to email the building principal or site leader. We've also included the phone numbers to the main offices of each of our district's sites: