Coronavirus Response Plan

Coronavirus Response Plan
Posted on 03/24/2020

Our Top Priority
Is the Safety and Wellbeing
Of our Students.

Minnesota Department of Health Public Hotline Number - (651) 201-3910


Information Update:  March 30,2020, 6:15 PM

Food security for our families continues to be a priority.  We are currently delivering 2000+ meals each day but we are not alone in supporting food security.  The district student support staff is continuing its Food 4 Kids program which is a partnership with the local United Way to provide food items that can support families throughout the week.

In addition there are other agencies within the City of Hastings helping in this effort:

  • YMCA meal bags available for pick-up.
  • Hastings Family Service

If you are looking for more information about these community wide initiatives, follow this link - a collecting point for community sharing. 

Information Update:  March 24, 2020, 6:30 PM

Food security for our students is one of our primary focuses during this school closure.  We are currently making 2,000 lunches each day and that is the daily capacity for our staff to assemble and the supplies we can maintain for the near future.  Effective Wednesday, March 25, we will run all of the morning bus routes first.  Then we will take remaining meals to Kennedy and McAuliffe for pick up between 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.  All remaining meals for the day will then be available for pick up at the middle and high school until they are gone, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  If these meals are a high priority for a family, we are encouraging them to pick up at the elementary sites.  We look forward to distributing every meal that we make each day.  Plus the smiles provided by our drivers and lunch crew are a nice bonus!

Information Update: March 20, 2020, 6:00 PM

The following are resources (articles, tools, videos, etc.) to support you and the young people in your life manage the stress and other mental health impacts of all the disruption. 

Source – YIPA (Youth Intervention Programs Association)


·        YIPA Video: provides practical tips to manage the stress and anxiety during these disrupted times  

·        Enilda Clinic Video: specific strategies to help families cope with school closures related to COVID-19 as it relates to behavior, child and parent stress, anxiety, keeping up education routines, etc.

Articles and links to other resources:

·        Mental Health Support and COVID-19  – NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

·        COVID-19 and the Mental Health of Your Children  – The Youth Mental Health Project

·        Don’t Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral 

·        What to Do if Your Anxiety About Coronavirus Feels Overwhelming

·        6 Ways to Manage Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak

·        How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus - YouTube video, The Child Mind Institute

·        Managing Anxiety and Stress - Center For Disease Control

For Kids: Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do – KidsHealth 

Meal Distribution Plan
Beginning Monday, March 23, the Hastings Bus Company will be delivering meals to bus stops on a 2 hour late start schedule.  Any person who walks up the bus articulating that they are picking up a meal for a school-aged child will receive a bag containing 2 meals (one breakfast and one lunch).  

Students who receive special transportation will be delivered directly to the door.  Student who are walkers can pick-up food at one of our walk-up locations:

Elementary Walk-up
McAuliffe & JFK
Buses will distribute meals in the parking lot near the main entrance from 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Pinecrest & Middle School Walk-up
Middle School Main Entrance from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
High School Walk-up
High School Student Entrance on the lower level from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Information Update:  March 19, 2020,  4:30 PM
District Response to the Governor’s Executive Order:

Childcare Begins March 23
The district will provide school age childcare (kindergarten to age 12) at Pinecrest from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for eligible families of emergency workers.   Two meals are included for each child.

We intend to honor registrations for residents and open enrollees of ISD #200 who are:
Tier 1 emergency workers (required) 
Tier 2 (optional) 
School aged children of Hastings Public School employees regardless of their resident district.  Check your eligibility by following this 

Extended childcare is available to eligible emergency workers from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on a space available basis.  We are bound to follow the protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childcare will only be provided for eligible students who are registered at:  prior to drop off.

Transportation for school day childcare is available.  Regular and special needs bus routes will be determined based on registrations.  Transportation for any child will begin following confirmation by Hastings Bus Company.

Meal Service Begins March 23
Students or family members can accept the meals.  The meals meet child nutrition requirements and are intended to have an extended storage life to increase the food security throughout the community.  Families may make advance requests for meals that meet special dietary or allergy requirements by contacting (651) 480-7127.

All students on scheduled morning bus routes may receive two meals per day at their regular bus stop.  The bus routes will run exactly two hours later than on a regular school day. 

Students who regularly receive special transportation will get meal delivery at their door. 

Students who live in walking zones are eligible to pick up two meals per day by either of two options:  

 At Hastings High School or Middle School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  A distribution area will be set up near the main entrance.
At Kennedy or McAuliffe Elementary Schools at approximately 10:00 a.m.  Please meet the parked school bus.

Distance Learning is Tentatively Scheduled to Begin on March 30
We strongly recommend that parents begin providing structure on March 23 by having students participate in meal service and gathering educational materials.  This will greatly improve their readiness for distance learning.

In the event that regular school does not resume on March 30, each grade level from preschool to high school will participate in developmentally appropriate distance learning until schools are able to reopen.

Specific details on learning management platforms, technology, and expectations will be shared by each school.

The district will receive state funding based on the daily participation rates of students in the distance learning activities.  All healthy students are expected to participate under the state compulsory attendance law.


Information Update:  March 17, 2020, 5:00 PM
Beginning on Monday, March 23, Hastings Public Schools is opening Emergency Child Care for families that qualify, in Grade K through 12 years old at Pinecrest Elementary. For Priority Categories of Emergency Workers Click Here.

Qualifying families will receive Emergency Child Care for free from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Breakfast and lunch are included.  Early morning and late afternoon care is also available to qualifying families from 6:30 -8:00 AM and from 3:00 - 6:00 PM for a fee. 

If you are interested in Emergency Child Care and are employed in one of the fields listed, you may register here: Please register at least 24 hours in advance so that we can plan accordingly.  Families may be asked for proof of their employment through an employee badge, letter from employer, etc.

The Governor’s order requires that transportation is provided to students to and from school during their normal school hours. More information on this is forthcoming.

Please do not bring your child if they have symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, have traveled to a high-risk area for transmission of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or if you have been in close contact with someone confirmed positive or currently being evaluated for COVID-19. Temperatures will be monitored by District Nurses. Students will practice social distancing, and we will group students so there are no more than 10 people in any space.

Information Update:  March 16, 2020,  4:00 PM
District leaders have been working diligently to set us up for success in our planning week next week and for the events that may arise in the weeks to come.  We have been working to respond to information coming from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health. It is our intention to provide daily updates to keep you in the know.

Information Update:  March 15, 2020, 1:00 PM
The Governor has closed all schools beginning on Wednesday, March 18th.  Since we are not in session due to Spring Break, this closure will begin for Hastings Public Schools on Monday, March 23rd.  

The Kids Campus program scheduled for the coming week (March 16– 20) will operate as planned for those pre-registered, however, there will be slight revisions to specific programming events. 

Hastings Public Schools will be closed for students the week of March 23rd -27th. Our district leaders and school staff are working diligently to be prepared to provide distance learning beginning March 30th, should the need arise. 
The district is following the direction of the Governor, to offer opportunities for students who are children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel), those who need meals and/or supervision during the day and after school beginning March 23rd.  This is intended to allow parents to continue to participate in critical workforces throughout the state.

We will continue to work in close contact with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), who have been integral in our planning.  The safety and security of your children is our top priority and as a result, we will continue to evaluate and provide up-to-date communication related to childcare, extra-curricular activities and other school functions that are intended to operate March 16th – 30th. 

We will be exploring how wide of a support net we may be able to provide to the community in general.  Further information about meals and supervision/enrichment opportunities will be shared early next week.

Information Update:  Thursday, March 12th, 5:00 PM
The School District is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  We are in contact with both the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Education.

The global data indicates those who are 19 years old and under are at the lowest risk of contracting COVID-19.

A decision to close school would made in consultation with the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health. The District would be responsible for implementing any closures.  

For additional info about the Coronavirus and updates from the Minnesota Department of Health(MDH) please Click Here