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2020-21 School Year Updates
Hopewell will return to five day in-person learning
Students in grades K-6 will return on Monday, March 29.
Students in grades 7-12 will return on Tuesday, April 6.  
Hybrid learning model will continue until the dates listed above.
Parent Letter- Positive COVID case - March 5, 2021 Click HERE for letter

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Hopewell returns to five days of in-person instruction

HASD Board of School Directors' Statement


As Beaver County COVID rates continue to decline, Hopewell Area School District is preparing to welcome all of our learners back into five days of in-person instruction in the coming weeks. The District has offered hybrid instruction since beginning in September and continuing through November 2020.  As Beaver County COVID transmission rates moved to substantial in November, virtual instruction was implemented and continued through January for most learners.  Hybrid instruction has been offered districtwide from February until the present, as recommended by the PA Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Since the start of the 2020-21 school year, the District has relied on the recommendations from the PA Department of Health.  Since then, additional guidance about COVID in regards to safety of schools and the level of spread within school buildings has been published. With continued decreasing COVID rates in the state, region, and county, the District is prepared to hold five days of in-person instruction for students. The following is a brief overview of the District's five day in-person learning plan. 


Key Aspects of HASD’s Five Days of In-Person Learning Plan

  • Students in grades K-6 return to classes, five days per week, beginning March 29. 

  • Students in grades 7-12 return to classes, five days per week, beginning April 6. 

  • Social distancing of 6 feet will occur during lunch for all learners.  Any student eating at a desk or table will have Plexiglas partition for additional protection. All students will eat in the cafeteria or in alternative locations in each school building.

  • Social distancing in classrooms will be applied to the greatest extent possible.  

  • Strict adherence to facial covering requirements will be enforced.

  • Continued cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be enforced along with additional time for custodial staff to enhance cleaning, as needed.

  • Parent decisions regarding movement to the District’s cyber program or movement from the District’s cyber program will have upcoming deadlines to decide so that appropriate District planning can occur for the return of all students. 

  • Students in the elementary will continue to be kept as a classroom cohort as much as feasible for recess, specials, and lunch. 

  • Students on bussing will be assigned seats on the AM and PM bus routes and may be assigned two students per seat. Facial coverings must be worn at all times on bussing in accordance with the DOH requirements. 

  • If Beaver County’s PCR Percent Positivity Rate is at 10% or higher for 2 consecutive weeks, the District will return to a hybrid instructional model. 


Additional information is provided in the accompanying document. Questions should be directed to your child’s building administrator for specific questions about student return to in-person learning.  



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HASD Executive Summary of February 12, 2021 CDC report

On February 12, 2021, the CDC published updated guidance for schools regarding COVID.  An Executive Summary was created on February 16, 2021 to highlight the District's alignments or possible needs based on the CDC Report.  Please click on the link below to view the Executive Summary. 
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Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

The revised 2020-2021 School Calendar Act 80 half days on March 29, April 26 and May 24 are for students in grades K-4 ONLY.  Students in grades 5-12 will have full virtual instructional days.
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Request to attend HASD March 8, 2021 Board meeting

HASD will hold the March 8, 2021 board meeting on a virtual platform called Zoom AND in public.  Please click on the link below if you are interested in attending the meeting virtually.  Public is welcome to attend in person in the High School Auditorium beginning at 7PM. 

For those attending virtually, an invitation will be sent via email to those interested in viewing the meeting on the afternoon of March 8. Only those who sign up will be permitted in the virtual meeting.  

Those attending in person will be able to address the Board during the visitor's section of the agenda.  Those attending virtually will either need to contact Nancy Barber by noon on Monday, March 8 to be recognized during the visitor's section of the agenda or need to identify their request in the chat box during the meeting. 

Click MORE below for information on how to request to speak during virtual attendance at Board meetings.  





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Student Expectations during Snow Delay

Please find below student expectations when a delay due to inclement weather is called.  Please be sure to review these documents and feel free to reach out to teachers, principals, or building secretaries for support. 

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UPDATED Distribution Sites for breakfasts and lunches

Tuesday, February 16: Families can pick up food for students 18 and under at the High School auditorium entrance between 11AM - 1PM.


Beginning Monday, January 25, curbside distribution of breakfasts and lunches will occur ON MONDAYS ONLY at each building from 11 AM- 1 PM. If school is closed due to a holiday or scheduled day off for students (February 15 and April 5), meal distribution will occur on the following Tuesday from 11-1 at the high school.


Meals are available for families with children at any age through 18.   Families will be given meals for the days that students would be in school for that week.
 
This service is provided by the Hopewell Food Service staff and it is for all of our Hopewell students and siblings, including our cyber students and all of our virtual learners, ages 0-18.
 
 

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Virtual Board Meeting: Public Participation

Effective January 1, 2021, public participation at HASD board meetings has been revised so that the public can speak during the Zoom meetings at designated times.  Please review the following information if you are interested in speaking at an upcoming Board meeting.  
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NOW OPEN! 2021-22 Kindergarten Registration

Welcome families of Hopewell Area School District's Class of 2034! 


Due to the current pandemic, an adjustment will occur to our traditional registration process.  Please click the registration link below answer the questions which will better assist us in communicating with families and plan for the upcoming school year. Additional details about finalizing your child's enrollment and how to register for our upcoming screening dates will be forthcoming. We are looking forward to meeting our littlest Vikings in the coming months. Once we receive your registration, one of our secretaries will be in contact with you.  


Students registering for Kindergarten must be 5 by August 31, 2021.  



All 3 school sites will hold screenings on the following dates and times:
April 26 - 1:00-3:00
May 14 - 9:00-3:00
May 24 - 1:00- 3:00
July 28 - 9:00-3:00

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Return to Hybrid Parent Information

Students in grades K-4 will return to hybrid on Tuesday, January 19. Students in grades 5-6 will continue in virtual learning and will return to in-person hybrid on January 26. Decisions about students in grades 7-12 returning for in-person learning will be determined on January 25. Please click MORE to see additional District information.
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High School Track: Re-opened

As of October 30, 2020, track is re-opened to the public. All are welcome to use the high school track during the school day.
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Full-Time Online Education Attendance Grades 7-12

Attendance notifications for full-time online education students in grades 7-12 will be sent out each week notifying parents and guardians of any discrepancies associated with their child’s online course work and the expectations set by the district.  Please review the attendance policy for full-time online students in grades 7-12 by watching the online education orientation and reading through the attendance policy. Please click on the title of this article to access this important information.  
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Viking Connect

Prior to your arrival, you will need to complete several online forms including a student responsibility form, a parent responsibility form, a student acceptable use policy, a device monitoring acknowledgment, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) form.  You will also need to pay a $25 technology fee to cover the damage or repair of your child’s device.  Families who are on free or reduced lunch will have a reduced fee of $15.  The forms and payment must be submitted prior to your device pick up.  



Viking Connect Devices
 
The District is equipped to provide uniform devices to every student so that learning can be accessed at home and at school.  While parents may have devices at home, we would encourage you to participate in the Viking Connect initiative.  Should you choose to opt out of this program, please contact your school principal.
 
Why opting out is discouraged:
 
A parent/guardian may choose to decline a 1:1 device for their child(ren) ONLY if they decide to provide a personally purchased device to their student. 

An important consideration: Should your child opt-out and choose to use a personally owned device instead, please understand that software (apps) purchased by the District may not be available or distributed to personally owned devices. Students who opt-out will not receive technical support of any kind for any personally owned devices. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian & student to ensure the device is working properly and effectively every day.

Safe2Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Safe2Say Something (S2SS) teaches youth how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. More +

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities: Subbing and Summer Work  The district is always looking for employees and substitutes for positions such as teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Please visit our website at www.hopewellarea.org for more information.  We are also currently looking for summer employees.  If you or someone you know is 18 years or older and wishes to have summer employment to prepare our buildings for the next school year, please contact our buildings and grounds department at 2015 or visit our website at www.hopewellarea.org.  Click on the EMPLOYMENT link and complete the summer worker application.  This is a great opportunity for high school graduates and college students or others needing employment. We hope you will consider this great opportunity.  (The following information was sent to families via a phone blast on March 18.)   
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Immunization Information

Students must have required immunizations per PA Department of Health.  Please click here for more information and contact information for your child’s school nurse.

Building Specific Emails

You can now update your contact preferences so that specific school buildings can send you important information about events and announcements. More +

Calendar Filtering

Filtering can be used to isolate specific events and schools that are of most concern to you. The instructions to apply the filtering to the district calendar can be found inside this article. More +

Important Phone Numbers


  • Emergency Line at 911

  • Beaver County Crisis Line
    800-400-6180

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-8255

  • Safe2Say
    844-723-2729

  • Women’s Center of Beaver County
    724-775-0131

  • Beaver County Food Bank (Salvation Army Food Bank)
    724-891-3605

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