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Phone Blast on September 4, 2020

Good evening Hopewell students and parents.  We look forward to opening our school year next week. Our staff can’t wait to greet our students in person or virtually on Tuesday, September 8.
 
There are several important informational items posted on our website.  They include:
  • Parent pickup and drop-off information for elementary students,
  • A letter from our nurses regarding when to keep your child home from school,
  • Information regarding student travel during the school year, and
  • A link to a tech help form for parents and students.
 
Under the NEWS section of the website, there is a sneak peek of some of our elementary classrooms.
 
As a reminder, unless you contacted the school to make other arrangements, students with the last name A-K will attend school in person on Tuesday, September 8. Students with the last name L-Z will join us in person on Wednesday, September 9. See you next week for a positive and safe start to the school year!

Phone Blast on September 1, 2020: Welcome Back Parent Letter

Good morning.  This is Michelle Miller, Superintendent at Hopewell Area School District.
 
On Tuesday, September 8, we are looking forward to welcoming our Vikings for a great school year.  We will operate on a hybrid schedule with students attending 2-3 days each week.  As a reminder, unless you have contacted the school to change days, students with the last name A-K will be in-person on September 8 and students with the last name L-Z will be learning remotely at home.
 
A letter was emailed to parents today and also posted on the website.  This letter has important information for parents regarding remote learning days, transportation, devices, and much more.  Please read through this information and contact the school with any questions.
 
This year will be different, but it also presents an opportunity for all of us to grow and find new and exciting successes.  Thank you for your continued support and patience as we focus on the health and safety of our entire community as well as the academic growth of each of our students.
 

Phone Blast on September 9, 2020

Hello.  This is a message from Dr. Jacie Maslyk, Hopewell’s Assistant Superintendent, regarding free breakfasts and lunches for all Hopewell students. 
 
Beginning Monday, September 14th, Hopewell Area School District is able to implement a Federal program that was recently approved by the USDA that permits the District to serve breakfasts and lunches to all students, free of charge.  The District will be providing free meals to students who are eating in our cafeterias, learning remotely at home, and attending Hopewell’s Cyber program.  Students who are in school will receive a free meal from the cafeteria, if they desire. At the end of the in-person learning days, students will be able to take a bagged lunch and breakfast home for the following day of remote learning.  Cyber students can pick up meals between 12-1 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays at the high school auditorium doors.  
 
Please see the letter on the District website for additional details.

Phone Blast on September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020 at 5:00PM
 
As part of our commitment to protecting student and staff health, the District tested all drinkable water sources in our buildings on August 27, 2020. The District received the results of the lead testing yesterday and has posted the results along with a letter on the district website. Through a grant, the testing and any remediation will be funded by Women for a Healthy Environment at no cost to the District.
 
At this time, the District has only received the data associated with the water samples and is awaiting a full report with recommendations on remediation steps from an independent resource for lead testing and remediation. The District has identified 9 water outlets with lead levels above 20 parts per billion. These are now isolated and removed from service or limited to dish washing and hand washing. 
 
There are no drinking water outlets above 20 PPB at the High School, Hopewell Elementary School, or Margaret Ross. There are, however, seven water outlets at Independence Elementary, one at the District Office, and one at the Junior High School that have levels above 20 PPB. Prior to testing, we believe that these water outlets were not used, or minimally used, since the closure of school on March 13, 2020. 
 
We are committed to the safety of all of our students and staff and will follow the recommendations to remediate any water outlet with elevated lead levels.  A letter with specific information including the lead levels and locations is posted on the district website.  
 
This message is also posted on the website for reference.   
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