Hopkins Public Schools realizes that families may have questions about COVID-19, the coronavirus. We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to track information about the virus and its potential impact on our community. Our priority is to always provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our staff and students.
If you have questions about COVID-19 and its status in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website. MDH has set up a hotline at 651-201-3920 to answer general questions or concerns. You may also contact the nurse at your child's school.
Here are the important highlights for you to know:
- Student Nutrition: Find meal information here.
- School-Loaned Student Devices: We have sent students and families home with technology devices because they are critical to your child’s engagement in Hopkins Distance Learning. Please take extra care of them. We trust our families and know that students will do their best to protect the device from damage. We will collect the devices and chargers when students return to school.
- Internet Resources: Our technology team has pulled together a number of resources for families who do not have consistent access to the Internet. Please see this document for more information."
- Child Care: Emergency worker child care has reached maximum capacity and is no longer able to accept enrollments. Please call 952-988-4080 with questions.
- Community Outreach: Outreach Taskforce: We are grateful for the robust, long-standing partnerships in our school community that have supported our families long before the current pandemic. In the context of COVID-19 we recognize that needs are increasing, and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from those wanting to help. The Hopkins COVID-19 Community Outreach/ Support Taskforce is setting up systems to help further connect families to resources, as well as mobilize a volunteer pool of staff, parents, and community members -- many thanks to those who have already started to help! If you would like to be added to the volunteer database, please contact Dominique Pierre-Touissaint or Holly Magdanz. If your family is in need of support, school counselors and social workers are able to help and can be contacted by email (preferred) or voicemail. We encourage all families to check out our new resource hub: The Loop: Hopkins District and Community Resources.
- Stress or Anxiety: The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, which can cause increased worry, stress, anxiety, and confusion for students and adults alike. Hopkins Public Schools would like to support parents and caregivers with the following resources.
- Tips for helping your kids cope during the outbreak
General family tips for coping during the outbreak
Tips for talking to your kids about COVID-19
Parent/ Caregiver Guide to helping families cope during the outbreak (by age group)
An example daily schedule to adapt (elementary focused)
With the rise of concerns about COVID-19, there have been increasing incidents worldwide of xenophobia and racism targeting Asian Americans and Asian people. Our school community includes people of many cultures and ethnicities. One of our core values is authentic inclusivity. Acts of discrimination, exclusion, or harassment against any culture or ethnicity are not tolerated. Everyone is welcome at Hopkins.
Listed below are some links that you may find helpful regarding COVID-19.
How to Talk to Children About COVID-19 (National Association of School Psychologists)
Links to trustworthy state and national agencies:
CDC info in Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
MDH info in spanish: Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
MDH info in Somali: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/somali.html
MDH info in Hmong: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/hmong.html