A Weekly eNewsletter from Hastings Public Schools
Message from the Superintendent
Hello Raider Families!
Overall, I am very pleased with our K-2 return to the classrooms. It was wonderful to see students back in buildings and the excitement that was generated. The question now becomes when do more students return? Our plan continues to be bringing 3rd and 4th graders back to in-person, and 5th grade to hybrid on February 1st. In working with our Regional Support Team and looking at our projected numbers, the soonest we would bring back the first groups of secondary students would be February 16th. We would then be looking at March 1st to bring in our last groups of students. I know this still feels like a long time, but we are required to follow the state guidance for secondary and need to see county numbers back at 30 per 10,000. We are restricted to bringing in a maximum of three grades, at a time, in a building, and we need maintain a two week roll in between groups moving back in. Once we know the dates and plans for certain we will again communicate out to families.
Robert McDowell, Ed.D.
Elementary K-2, Great First Week
Hasting High School Update
The Hastings High School is responding to student and parent survey results, achievement data and the need for increased individual instruction with a change in our learning model expectations. Beginning Monday, January 25 students will be required to attend class Zoom meetings 2 times each week. This will be on Monday’s and Thursday’s in a typical five-day week. Tuesday’s and Friday’s will return to teacher-directed flexibility, options and choices for students to support their learning in groups and individuals. Wednesday’s remain a FLEX day.
Updated transportation routing information for students in grades 2-4 is available in the Campus Portal by clicking “More” and then “Bus Information”. If your pick-up or drop-off location is not accurate, please contact your child’s Building Office.
There will be some minor updates to transportation routing for students in 5th grade. Updated information will be available no later than January 27th and can be viewed in the Campus Portal by clicking “More” and then “Bus Information”. If your pick-up or drop-off location is not accurate, please contact the Middle School Office at 651-480-7060.
Courtesy bus routes will start running again on February 1st. The courtesy bus stop schedule is available here.
Breakfast and lunch will be offered Monday – Friday (on school days) the following ways;
Grades K-2 (starting February 1st also grades 3-4)
Meals served in school for students
Hybrid learning (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, Friday) meals served in school when in the building.
Meals needed when not in school will be provided for students in the following ways;
Tuesday – breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Friday- breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Grades 6-12 (including HOA Students)
Pickup 1 breakfast and 1 lunch daily at any of the following locations: (no signup required)
Middle School (door #22) between 8:00-10:00 am
Middle School (door #24) between 2:30-5:30 pm
High School (lower student entrance) between 10:00-12:00 pm
Pinecrest, McAuliffe and Kennedy (main entrance) between 3:45-4:15 pm
For families preferring to reduce frequency of pickups, meals can be ordered for pickup twice a week (Monday and Thursday) at the Middle School (door #24) between 8:00-10:00 am and (door #24) between 2:30-5:30 pm (signup required). Click this link to sign up.
Students in school can bring home meals for siblings daily (signup required). Click this link to sign up.
You only need to fill out the sign-up form one time. We do not need a weekly order. If something changes, please contact Brittney Hirschauer at 651-480-7126.
Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families
Updated State Testing Guidance Focuses on Children
The new guidance comes as students across the state begin returning to the classroom and extracurricular activities following Governor Walz’s loosening of restrictions on certain activities and sectors of the economy.
Read more about MDH testing guidance here.