UPPER SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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BORROWED DEVICE EXPECTATIONS

By issuing students of the same grade the same type of device (Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads), we hope to make technology access and learning opportunities equitable. All students have the same tools aligned with teaching and designed to best support their learning. Please remember that using the borrowed device is a privilege and not a right. You and your student are responsible for the borrowed device until you return it at the end of the year. Click here to read the Borrowed Device handbook.

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TAKE HOME MEALS FOR HYBRID STUDENTS

Take home meals are available for hydrid upper school students on their days of at home learning. Students who qualify for Free or Reduced meals will be given a bag of 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches before they leave for the day. Cohort A students will receive their meals on Monday and Cohort B students will receive their meals on Tuesday. Students who do not qualify for Free or Reduced Meals can purchase meals to for at home learning days. If your student(s) do not qualify for Free or Reduced Meals, but you want to receive 2 free breakfasts and 2 lunches ($6.00 total) for their at home learning days, please call Janette Takata at 612-540-2010 and reserve your take home meals.

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MEALS FOR DISTANCE LEARNERS

Grab and go meals are available to pick-up on Mondays from 10 am to noon. (Or Tue if there is no school Mon). Any family who is in distance learning can come pick up a box of breakfasts and lunches (1 per school day) and a free Fresh Fruit or Vegetable if the student is in grades K-5. Meals are ONLY available to students enrolled at Hope Academy. Meals will not be delivered to distance learning students. If you want to pick up a box of meals for your student, please call Janette Takata 612-540-2010 and reserve your meals for contactless pick up by 3 pm on Tuesday, Sept 1. Meals will only be available to those who reserved a box for their students.

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BUSING UPDATES

New bus protocols include wearing a mask, siblings sitting together, buses being loaded back to front, buses being exited front to back, keeping the seat behind the driver empty, and leaving windows & overhead hatches open (weather permitting). There is also a new bus app this year! Download ‘Versatrans My Stop’ from the App Store to get bus stop information and live bus tracking updates. Please select “MN Charter Schools (MN)” for our school district Click here for more bus app information.

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PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF

Gym entrance on E. 22nd Street
• Morning Drop-Off: 9:30-9:55 am
• Afternoon Pick-Up: LS: 4:15 pm and US: 4:25 pm

Late Pick-Up Fee: If any K-5 student (not enrolled in after care) is not picked up by 4:45 they will be sent to after school care and the family will be billed $10 for every 15 minutes late.
Transportation Changes: All changes in transportation for your students need to be called in to the office before 3 p.m.

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ABSENCES

Call the attendance line 612-540-2023 by 10 a.m. to report your child’s absence and please provide the reason for your child’s absence.

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MUST STAY HOME IF SICK

If your child is feeling sick (vomiting / 100 degree temperature / lice / other contagious health concerns) the night before OR morning of a school day, they MUST remain at home in order to prevent the spread of illness. Children with any of these symptoms will be sent home if they come to school. Staff and families must self-report to the school if they or their student have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or had a close exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

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ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER (ASC)

The Upper School Academic Support Center will be open before school Monday through Friday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. (or 7:45 a.m. by special arrangement). The after school Academic Support Center will also be open Monday through Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. We will be taking extra precautions to make sure that students are following COVID-19 safety protocols and physical distancing expectations.

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TUITION FOR 2020-21

2020-21 Tuition amounts were emailed out to each family over the summer. If you HAVE NOT accepted your 2020-21 tuition amount, CLICK HERE to complete the survey ASAP!! (This includes your Tuition amounts, Parent Covenant and Educational Aid form). This MUST be completed for your child to start school in the fall. Email any questions to tuition@hopeschool.org.

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7TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS

6th graders going into 7th grade need to have two additional vaccines (Tdap and Meningitis) ASAP. Please turn in your records to our school nurse Lizabeth Payton at lizabeth.payton@mpls.k12.mn.us or bring them to the front office. Click here to view a list of Minneapolis Area Clinics that do immunizations. If insurance or cost is an issue, the public health clinic in Hennepin County has an immunization clinic on Fridays from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Families must make an appointment first (612-543-5555). Each immunization costs 10 dollars unless the cost is too burdensome. There are very few slots available so plan accordingly.

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