Hayes Highlights

November 2021

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Tower Talks - Jack's surprises!


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Thank you Family Alternatives! This fabulous group while visiting Hayes loved our giraffes and mascot and were impressed with our school last year. At their returning visit this year, they donated beautiful giraffe themed items! What a super surprise!

Family Alternatives licenses and supervises foster homes, and coordinate services for the children placed in their care. They visit kids monthly, sometimes in school.

Our SEL team is hosting ZONES WEEK!

This curriculum teaches students to identify their feelings and levels of alertness, understand their feelings, use effective tools and problem solving techniques to better navigate their emotions. This can ultimately assist our young scholars with being strong problem solvers, understand how their behaviors influence others' thoughts and feelings and move toward independent regulation.

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Ms. Charles, our wonderful art teacher, assists our scholars with creating beautiful masterpieces each day. Take a look at some of the gorgeous pieces on display around our school, along with classroom creations teachers have created with scholars.
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Learning during school building closure

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.

Blended Learning

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.

COVID-19 Information



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 12 years and older, consider having him or her vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are free and are available to all Minnesotans ages 12 years and older.

COVID-19 Vaccines

· COVID-19 vaccines are currently available free of charge to all Minnesotans ages 12 year and older.

· Please follow this link to learn more, to schedule a vaccine for yourself, family member or child who is 12 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.

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