Hopkins Middle School Newsletter
March 14th, 2020
From Mr. Stockwell
I want to thank you all for your support this past week. With news breaking almost hourly, we did our best to communicate immediate changes. Yesterday, we implemented as much as we could to follow the guidelines put out by the Health Department. This included limiting the number of students in the cafeteria to under 100, and allowing extra time to wash hands before lunch.
As of today, March 13th, the guidance has changed. Governor Whitmer has mandated (3/12/2020) a shutdown of all K-12 schools in Michigan until April 6. In our district, we will continue to hold our regularly scheduled spring break, so that means the next day of school will be April 13.
Please keep in mind the situation is still changing. As a district, we will continue to update you via school messenger. Please be on the lookout for Mr. Wood's updates and use this newsletter to reference his most recent notifications. If at any time, you have questions about what our district is doing, please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Middle School Principal
Hopkins Public Schools
269.793.7407 ex 3507
Regarding our Current School Closing
Dear Hopkins School Community:
This communication is to provide you with additional information regarding the school closing directive issued by Governor Whitmer.
- Spring Break will remain as scheduled.
- All school offices will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. next week. If your child has medication at the school, please come in on one of those days to pick it up. If you cannot make it during that time, please call the office to make alternative arrangements.
- All events, practices, meetings, etc. will be canceled or postponed until after spring break. Exception school board meeting.
- There will be no community access to the buildings.
- Scheduling for grades 8-11 will take place after spring break.
- The business office will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We are encouraging our teachers to share resources that will continue to support student learning during this period of time.
Gary Wood, Superintendent
Hopkins Public Schools
Letter from the Superintendent
May 11, 2020
Dear Hopkins School Community:
As you are probably aware, Governor Whitmer has declared a State of Emergency in Michigan with two confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. Please know we continue to have constant communication with the Allegan County Health Department who are in direct communication with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The following is the most recent information received from the Allegan County Health Department.
WHAT IS KNOWN
- The virus causing Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new Coronavirus that has not been previously identified and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia.
- More than 80% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease.
- Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes.
- There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19.
- As of March 11, 2020, there are 2 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan. At this time cases are in Wayne and Oakland Counties.
- As of March 11, 2020, there is NO confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Allegan County, but experts predict there will eventually be community spread.
HOW THE VIRUS SPREADS
- COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
- People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY
- Stay home if you are sick, and advise others to do the same.
- Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.
Our middle school counselor, Mr. Crook, has provided some resources for students, parents, and teachers on his website that you may find helpful.
Hopkins Public Schools will continue to make decisions based upon facts and recommendations from our local, state and national health experts. Our custodial staff continues to do an excellent job of making sure our buildings are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
We will continue to monitor and adapt to this evolving situation and keep you updated as we receive new information or guidance. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and family are of utmost importance.
Yours in Education,
Hopkins Public Schools Superintendent
78ers Baseball tryouts are postponed until after Spring Break.
For questions regarding our Athletics program, please contact the Athletic Director, Adam Valk (email@example.com) or the Athletic Secretary, Kelly Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Athletic Office. 269-793-7616 ext 1511/1504
HYSO Summer Ball Registration
HYSO is now accepting registration forms for Summer Ball until March 22nd.
For more information e-mail: email@example.com, visit their Facebook page or contact Katy Price (269)-838-0420.
Attention: Spring Fling Postponed
Hopkins Public Schools Presents...
April 30, 6:30 pm
May 1, 7:00 pm
May 2, 2:00 & 7:00 pm
Hopkins Middle School Stage
Tickets on Sale March 30th in the MS office at 3:30 pm or online at Lodus.com
Students & Seniors $8.00
May 5June 2 (Tentative)
Contact Mr. Stockwell for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkins Middle School Counseling Department
For additional resources and information please click on the link.
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
No School Until Through Spring Break.
All students should return on April 13th
April 21 - Parent-Teacher Conference 4:00-7:00
April 24 - 1/2 Day
May 1 - Blue Man Group Concert (M.S. Choir Students Only)May 8 - All A’s Ceremony
June 3 - 8th Grade Graduation
June 4 and 5 - ½ Days
June 5 - Last day of school
Additional Information and Important Links
Please click on the link for this month's breakfast and lunch menu.
Please call the Middle School office at (269) 793-7407 within 24 hours of your students' absence. You may leave a message on our voicemail system day or night. When reporting illness, please inform the secretary of the type of symptoms your child is experiencing (fever, sore throat, ect.). If your child is absent 2 days or more, you may request homework. If your student is absent only 1 day, homework may be picked up from their teachers the following day. You may also email absences to email@example.com.
Telephones in the office are to be used for illness and emergencies only.
Please report all immunizations that your child has had so we are able to keep our school records up to date. All new students and all 6th graders must be completely up to date on all immunizations. Contact the HMS office if you have any questions.
ALL medications needing to be dispensed to students must be supplied from home. The school does not provide any type of medication. All prescription medication must be provided in a pharmacy labeled bottle. Tylenol/Aspirin must be brought to the office in an unopened bottle. All students requiring any type of medication must have a medication form completed by their parents and on file in the office.
CHANGES in Phone Numbers, Home Address & E-Mail
Please inform the office any time there are changes in your address or phone numbers. We need to have this information so we can update our records and successfully contact you if needed.
The Hopkins Public School District Board of Education complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, height, weight, or disability in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Mr. Gary Wood Superintendent of Schools, Hopkins Public Schools, 400 Clark Street, Hopkins, MI 49328 Phone 269-793-7261.