Hopkins Back-to-School 2020-21 Information

We know families will have many questions about what school will look like in the fall. We will use this page to keep you informed.

We are pleased to share with you our Roadmap to Reopening Plan, which summarizes our thinking and planning for this coming school year. Please know that this roadmap is subject to change. More than 100 staff members (teachers, paraprofessionals, leaders, and students) spent many hours crafting this plan. We are grateful for their contributions and insights. Our process has been focused on delivering our Hopkins families and students the exceptional education they need and deserve in the safest way possible. 

Current health data and feedback from many Hopkins stakeholders compels Hopkins Public Schools to offer two learning models in the 2020-21 school year — Hybrid and Distance Learning. Each learning model includes a focus on academic instruction and a commitment to the social-emotional health of our students and staff. 

Specific highlights of our back-to-school plan include: 

  • While the first day of school will not change, all students will begin their school year with a staggered remote learning approach for 2-4 weeks — we are calling this our #HopkinsStrong Start. K-6 families will be in the #HopkinsStrong for a shorter amount of time. More information will be provided soon.  

  • Hopkins will offer full-time Distance Learning as a choice for all families for the 2020-21 school year through our Royal Distance Learning Academy.  

  • Hopkins will also offer a Hybrid model, which prioritizes maximum in-person learning for our youngest students. K-1 will learn in-person four days a week and grades 2-6 will learn in-person two days a week. Students will learn through Distance Learning on days when they are not scheduled in person. 

  • If health guidelines allow and we have teachers and staffing to support, we will increase weekly in-person learning time for our K-6 students. 

  • All elementary students will attend school in their home buildings using a Classroom/Companion Classroom model. 

  • Junior high and high school learning offers several models with varying levels of in-person learning based on current health data indicators.

 

Roadmap to Reopening Schools Plan School Board Workshop, August 6, 2020 

Virtual Information Sessions

We are continually identifying ways to share more detailed information as we design, build out and staff our learning models. We invite you to attend virtual information sessions focused on the learning day for elementary and secondary students, and also focused on health and safety.

Our Innovation, Design & Learning department will host two virtual info sessions for parents of K-12 students. These sessions will be designed to share more detail about the instructional components of our learning models.

    • K-6 focused session will be Friday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. (link coming soon) 

    • Immersion focused session will be Friday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. (link coming soon) 

    • Health focused session will be Monday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. (link coming soon)  

    • 7-12 focused session dates coming soon. 

    • (please note, we removed the Thursday, August 13 session) 

Enroll in the Hopkins Distance Learning Academy 
Regardless of how we are advised to begin the school year, we know some families will prefer a full-time Distance Learning experience for their child(ren). Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan requires districts to offer a full-time Distance Learning option to families. We have been planning for this throughout the spring and summer. K-6 families, if you are ready to select your learning preference, please fill out this survey for K-6 families that allows you to confirm your registration for K-6 Distance Learning. (7-12 families will be asked to choose a preference at the start of the school year due to being in the #HopkinsStrong Start for a longer period of time.) 

Social Emotional Needs are a Key Priority
Regardless of what school looks like, district and school staff are committed to supporting students’ social emotional wellness and offering resources to ensure as smooth of a back-to-school transition as possible. Supportsinclude social-emotional learning, a priority on building relationships, community-building activities, increased access to mental health/wellness services, and the creation of self-care plans for students and staff. Staff members will receive on-going professional development on social-emotional learning.Families and schools will work together to continuously assess how students are feeling in order to gauge individual needs for personalized support. 

Building an Anti-Racist Organization
We also recognize the specific socioemotional needs of our black and brown students during this time in our nation’s history. While institutionalized racism has existed for centuries, we have been impacted deeply by recent and widespread civil unrest. Many of us have experienced a heightened awareness of how oppression and privilege show up daily. Staff and students on the Wellness Task Force developed a comprehensive set of wellness recommendations for our district’s consideration. The foundational principle driving the plan was that it is essential to simultaneously consider the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism as we design and facilitate high quality student and staff experiences. We strive to evolve into a truly anti-racist organization. We seek to meet the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students of color as well as staff of color. We will do this through explicit acknowledgement, affinity group opportunities, and growing our racial consciousness, love and empathy.


Summer Resources 
Due to COVID-19 and recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd, Hopkins Public Schools like to continue to make resources available to our students and families to help get through this difficult time. If you are in need of support over the summer, please visit The Loop for information on district and community resources. If you would like to talk to someone directly, please reach out to our summer support staff for any non-emergency and the support staff will return your message within 1 business day. This can be done by leaving a voicemail message at 952-988-5119 or by completing this form.