Raider Update

A Weekly eNewsletter from Hastings Public Schools

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February 21, 2021

Message from the Superintendent

Good afternoon Raider Families,

This past week brought some changes for our learning model, with the governor’s announcement. In the short term, the changes allow us to bring back our 10th and 11th grade students earlier. Hybrid will begin for them tomorrow. Looking out a few weeks, we are securing plans for how and when we can move all secondary students to full-time, in-person learning. Given the new parameters, the soonest we believe we could successfully make this move would be March 15th. I anticipate being able to share a more definitive answer this coming week.

Our in-person learning is really going well at the elementary level, and I believe it has a lot to do with everyone’s willingness to follow health guidance and mask usage. It is also important that families take advantage of getting tested every two weeks. With the level of asymptomatic folks, it’s the only way we can for sure help minimize the exposure in our buildings. Our staff is already being offered free testing at their buildings. Families can take advantage of FREE testing at different sites or even from the convenience of homes. Click here to find out what will work best for you and your family.

Bob McDowell, Ed.D.


Looking for a Good Book?

The school district’s Equity Action Planning Team has been curating a list of books that address issues of race and equity. With nearly 30 books already on the list, there’s bound to be something for anyone interested in learning more about anti-racism efforts. From a collection of essays to historical perspectives to “how to” help books, there is quite a range to choose from.

Find the list linked on the district’s Equity website or go directly to the Virtual bookshelf here. Each book cover is linked to a video or podcast of the author talking about their book.

Have an equity-related book to share? Please submit your ideas on this form, and we’ll consider adding them to the list. Also, feel free to share this list - or one of your personal favorites - with a friend or colleague. We are truly all on this journey together.
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Transportation Update

For students in grades 10 & 11, please check the Campus Portal by clicking “More” and then “Bus Information” for updated routing information. If your pickup or dropoff location is not accurate, please contact your child’s Building Office.

Courtesy bus routes will be running, and the schedule is available here.

Meals Update

Starting February 22nd, daily meal pick-up will be available at the Middle School and High School only. Meals will be available at all schools to bring home on Tuesdays and Fridays.

HOA meal pickup will continue at the Middle School on Mondays and Thursdays.

Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families

If you want to be considered for P-EBT Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year, please apply for free/reduced-price meals before February 28, 2021. If you are already receiving SNAP or MFIP, you do not need to act.

Si desea participar de los beneficios de P-EBT durante el año escolar 2020-2021, solicite comidas gratuitas o a menor precio en la escuela de su hijo antes del 28 de febrero de 2021. Si ya tiene SNAP o MFIP, no tiene que hacer nada.

Complete the meal application here. Applications can also be picked up at the District Office.

More questions about P-EBT? Click here for answers to commonly asked questions.

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: