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. 

Roadmap to Reopening Schools Plan 

Back to School Guide 2020-21

The #HopkinsStrong Start  

The #HopkinsStrong Start begins on Monday, August 31! We’re excited to take the first step with you into your child’s school year. Listed below are a few things to help get you prepare for the #HopkinsStrong Start.   

  • For Kindergarteners the #HopkinsStrong Start begins Tuesday, Sept. 1. 

  • For Grades 1-6 the #HopkinsStrong Start begins on Monday, Aug.31.

#HopkinsStrong start is not in-person, your student will begin this phase of their learning at home. 

  • About #HopkinsStrong Start: Don’t worry about doing the #HopkinsStrong Start right or wrong! This is a time for families to get settled into the school year.

    • Kindergarten and First Grade families, you will be working on activities together with your child in Canvas during the first week. 

    • Second Grade - Sixth Grade families, your child will have independent activities in Canvas during the first week.

  • About the Elementary Hybrid Model: Remember, the start of the school year is not in person. If you are choosing the Hybrid Model, the first day of in-person school will begin for grades K-1 on Sept. 9. For grades 2-6, the first day of in-person school will be on  Sept. 14 or 16 depending on your AA/BB rotation. Friday is a distance learning day for all K-6.

  • Junior High and High School: secondary students will not start in-person school until at least the third week of school. Schedules will begin to run in a distance learning model starting during the second week. Your school will send you all the information you will need.

  • Canvas Accounts: Remember to set up your student and parent Canvas accounts. Instructions can be found here. If you are having technology issues, please call 952-988-4111. The help desk hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, Monday-Friday. 

Questions? If you have questions or need help, please contact your child’s school. We are here for you and we want to make sure you have the information you need for a successful start to the school year.


Additional Resources and Information 

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 elementary students, k-6 immersion students, and health and safety. A secondary session will be scheduled soon. Virtual Information Sessions

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. Supports include 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 socio emotional 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.