COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS PLAN 

April 29, 2022

At the April 28, 2022 school board meeting, the board voted to lift the Face Covering mandate.  All are encouraged to continue to wear masks inside the school building, school grounds and the school transportation vehicles. This will go into effect Monday, May 2, 2022.


February 2, 2022

–FREE COVID-19 VACCINES–

You can also click here for more information

–REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED–

HOPE Community Academy is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that free COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone age 5 and older. The available COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Walk-Ins are welcome.

Clinic Dates: Saturday, February 5
Times: 10 am – 1 pm
Address: 720 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Telephone: 651-796-4500

**Vaccines are available for children 5+ years** 

If you have already received your first dose, you can get your second dose during this session.  Booster shots will also be available.

Please note that only Pfizer and Moderna will be offered. Booster shots will also be available. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at 651-796-4500.

Please click the link below to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgj4wjatC2djYcD9ZiYKyZzUbM7WiWXaU8YKQIs4BrrttmFg/viewform?usp=sf_link


January 27, 2022

Community Testing Site

Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health will launch a community testing site starting this Thursday, January 27th from 2pm-6pm at Frogtown Community Center (230 Como Ave, St. Paul).

Testing will occur at this site by appointment only on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s through March 3rd.

Details below:

Saint Paul Frogtown Community Center
230 Como Ave.

  • Saliva tests offered at this site.
  • Saliva test open to ages 2+.
  • Beginning Thursday, January 27.
  • Thursdays: 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Schedule an appointment.

Other Testing Resources:

  • Community Testing

Testing | Ramsey County

  • Federal at Home Tests

COVIDtests.gov – Free at-home COVID-19 tests

  • Federal Site – Minnesota (address: MNDOT building, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul)

I Need a COVID-19 Test (doineedacovid19test.com)


January 12, 2022

–FREE COVID-19 VACCINES–

–REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED—

(Families get $200 for getting their child 5-11 years old vaccinated,

see link below)

HOPE Community Academy is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that free COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone age 5 and older. The available COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Clinic Dates: Saturday, January 15 & Saturday, February 5
Times: 10 am – 1 pm
Address: 720 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Telephone: 651-796-4500

**Vaccines are available for children 5+ years** 

***NOTE: Families with children 5–11 years old are eligible for a $200 Visa Gift Card incentive per family***

If you have not already received your COVID-19 vaccines, you should register for both sessions.  If you have already received your first dose, you can get your second dose during these sessions.  Booster shots will also be available.

Please note that only Pfizer and Moderna will be offered. Booster shots will also be available.

If you are interested, please complete the registration form by clicking on the link below:

Please click the link below to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgj4wjatC2djYcD9ZiYKyZzUbM7WiWXaU8YKQIs4BrrttmFg/viewform?usp=sf_link

***Families get $200 for getting their child 5-11 years old vaccinated***

**Must complete both doses between January 1 and February 28, 2022**

Please click the link below for Eligibility Requirements:
https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-rewards/kids-deserve-a-shot/index.jsp


January 9, 2022

HOPE is going Distance Learning from January 10 – 21, 2022

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, which is also affecting our transportation, HOPE will be moving to Distance Learning for the next two weeks, January 10-21, 2022.  The school will resume, in-person learning, on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Food will be delivered to all families on Tuesday around 11 am during Distance Learning.

In addition, if your child does not have an iPad and/or laptop at home for use, please stop by the school to pick it up tomorrow, Monday, January 10, 2022, between 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

Please call our main office at 651-796-4500 if you have any questions.

Thank you.


January 7, 2022

–FREE COVID-19 VACCINES–

–Registration is encouraged but not required–

–Walk-Ins Are Welcome–

HOPE Community Academy is committed to the safety and health of our students and staff. We want to inform you that free COVID-19 vaccines are currently available for everyone age 5 and older. The available COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and highly effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.

This event is FREE and Open to The Public.

Clinic Dates: Saturday, January 15th & Saturday, February 5th
Times: 10 am – 1 pm
Address: 720 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Telephone: 651-796-4500

**Vaccines are available for children 5+ years**  

If you have not already received your COVID-19 vaccines, you should register for both sessions.  If you have already received your first dose, you can get your second dose during these sessions.  Booster shots will also be available.

Please note that only Pfizer and Moderna will be offered. Booster shots will also be available.

If you are interested, please complete the registration form and return it to us no later than Tuesday, January 11, 2022, to reserve your spot.

Please click the link below to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgj4wjatC2djYcD9ZiYKyZzUbM7WiWXaU8YKQIs4BrrttmFg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Incentive Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minnesotans must be:
    • at least 5 years old at the time of one or both shots
    • and 11 or younger at the time of their first shot.
  • Minnesotans 5-11 years old must receive both their first and second doses between January 1, 2022 and February 28, 2022.
  • Minnesota families are able to receive one $200 Visa gift card per each eligible 5- to-11-year-old fully vaccinated between January 1 — February 28.

The reward registration form will open at 10:00 a.m. on January 24, 2022. The registration form will stop accepting requests for $200 Visa gift cards at 11:59 p.m. on February 28. Gift card requests will be fulfilled beginning on March 1, 2022 and throughout the month of March 2022. Please allow up to six weeks after March 1, 2022 to receive your Visa card in the mail.

https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/vaccine-rewards/kids-deserve-a-shot/index.jsp


October 21, 2021

Stay healthy this season! In collaboration with Hennepin Healthcare, HOPE will have a flu clinic on Monday, October 25th from 5 PM – 7 PM in our cafeteria. Most insurances cover the cost of the flu vaccine, so please bring your insurance card. For uninsured adults and children, there is a grant program to help cover the cost of the vaccine.


October 13, 2021

Dear families,

Due to school temporary closing all students will be distance learning for the next 10 days.  Students’ food, technology devices and materials will be ready for pick up tomorrow Friday, October 15th between 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM. This is a contact less pick up. Please drive to the main door (cafeteria door) and stay in your car, a staff member will come out to meet you at your car. The staff will get the name and grade level of your child/children. The staff will retrieve the food, technology devices, and materials for you.

In addition, if you need transportation, please contact our office at 651-796-4500 and ask for Cindy Lor and she will arrange transportation for you.

NOTE:  Food—If your child is in person learning this semester, you must pick up the food tomorrow as there will be no food to be delivered next week for your child.  The food bundled should be enough for each of your child for the entire week.

If your child is already in distance learning, please do not pick up food tomorrow as your child will receive the food delivery next Tuesday.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 651-796-4500.  Thank you!


October 13, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I would like to inform you that we have decided to close the school due to COVID-19 precautionary measures.  Therefore, the school will be closed for sanitization beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 14, 2021 until Friday, October 22, 2021.  Students will be returning to school for in-person learning on Monday, October 25, 2021. 

During this period while the building is being closed, all students will have distance learning on October 18-October 22, 2021.  Tomorrow you will receive a detailed schedule to pick up a computer for your child, if he or she does not already have one.

We understand this building closure can be inconvenient to your daily activities.  We appreciate your understanding of the safety measures.  Again, the safety of our students and staff is top priority.  Please call or Email Dr. Chai Lee if you have any questions.  A more detailed plan will be shared tomorrow.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chai Lee

Principal

September 3, 2021

Dear Parents:
Due to operational issues, our PreK students will start on Monday, September 13, 2021.  We apologize for the inconvenience of this delay.  Please call Executive Director, Maychy Vu at 651-248-8980 or Dr. Chai Lee at 651-796-4588 if you have any questions.  Thank you!
Reminder:
Distance Learning will start on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
“No School on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021”

August 31, 2020

Facial coverings and temp check: starting tomorrow, August 31st, we are implementing a strict facial covering mandate and temperature check prior to students getting on the bus/van. Parents and guardians, if you notice that your child or children are not feeling well and have a temperature of 100.04 or higher, please keep them home and do not send them on the bus. Please also make sure that your child(ren) are wearing their face mask prior to and during the ride to and from school. Thank you for your cooperation!


August 23, 2021

“Distance Learning”

Please click on the link below to join the meeting:

Topic: Distance Learning
Time: Aug 25, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89292050734?pwd=ZGhiNXZDWFRLRWZneE0zUXh5S2NXUT09


August 31, 2020

Facial coverings and temp check: starting tomorrow, August 31st, we are implementing a strict facial covering mandate and temperature check prior to students getting on the bus/van. Parents and guardians, if you notice that your child or children are not feeling well and have a temperature of 100.04 or higher, please keep them home and do not send them on the bus. Please also make sure that your child(ren) are wearing their face mask prior to and during the ride to and from school. Thank you for your cooperation!


August 23, 2021

“Distance Learning”

Please click on the link below to join the meeting:

Topic: Distance Learning
Time: Aug 25, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89292050734?pwd=ZGhiNXZDWFRLRWZneE0zUXh5S2NXUT09


August 6, 2021

Right now, only one-third of Minnesotans 12-15 years old and less than half of Minnesotans 16-17 years old are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
To drive up vaccinations rates, the State launched ‘Vax to School’ — a statewide campaign encouraging students and families to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the school year. It was launched 5 weeks out from the first day of school — the length of time it takes for a student to go from their first dose of Pfizer vaccine to fully vaccinated.
We’re asking for you to help spread the word on this campaign because we all want a school year that’s as close to normal as possible.
How youth and families can get their free shot:
Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a local vaccine: https://mn.gov/…/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp.
Check for vaccine appointments using the Vaccine Finder on https://www.vaccines.gov/Parents can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
Parents can contact their primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
Vaccine Incentives:
Minnesotans can now submit their requests for the $100 vaccination rewards program today at mn.gov/covid19/100. Minnesotans 12 years of age and older who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since July 30 can submit a request for a $100 Visa gift card. The form will remain open for submissions for Minnesotans who get their first dose until August 15.

July 12, 2021

A few words from our Executive Director about the expansion, plus a sneak peak at one of our new classrooms!

Click here for the video


May 14, 2021

Announcement from the Executive Director regarding Face Masks.

Please click here May 14, 2021


February 9, 2021

*Important Announcement*:  Letter from our Executive Director regarding Distance Learning, please click on this Link


August 6, 2021

Right now, only one-third of Minnesotans 12-15 years old and less than half of Minnesotans 16-17 years old are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
To drive up vaccinations rates, the State launched ‘Vax to School’ — a statewide campaign encouraging students and families to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the school year. It was launched 5 weeks out from the first day of school — the length of time it takes for a student to go from their first dose of Pfizer vaccine to fully vaccinated.
We’re asking for you to help spread the word on this campaign because we all want a school year that’s as close to normal as possible.
How youth and families can get their free shot:
Use the state’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a local vaccine: https://mn.gov/…/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp.
Check for vaccine appointments using the Vaccine Finder on https://www.vaccines.gov/Parents can search for appointments by vaccine type (e.g., Pfizer).
Parents can contact their primary health care provider or a local pharmacy.
Vaccine Incentives:
Minnesotans can now submit their requests for the $100 vaccination rewards program today at mn.gov/covid19/100. Minnesotans 12 years of age and older who have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since July 30 can submit a request for a $100 Visa gift card. The form will remain open for submissions for Minnesotans who get their first dose until August 15.

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July 12, 2021

Join us for an in-person Open House!


May 14, 2021

Announcement from the Executive Director regarding Face Masks.

Please click here May 14, 2021


February 9, 2021

*Important Announcement*:  Letter from our Executive Director regarding Distance Learning, please click on this Link

Dear HOPE families,

As the Minnesota Department of Education works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to plan for the 2020-21 school year, we want to hear from families about their experience with the distance learning this spring.

This feedback is extremely valuable to us. This information will allow us to help families as they balance the responsibilities of work and family, while also supporting student learning.

The survey is available here in English, Hmoob, Spanish, and Somali.

Thank you in advance for your response. The survey will close on June 30th.

Dear HOPE Families and Staff,

The past week’s events have been hard on all of us. The death of George Floyd has been one filled with high emotions from sadness to anger. All human life is important. We must remember that there is only one race, and that is the human race.

The last few months have not been easy with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students have had a challenging time, and now with this latest event, our students may be struggling to understand all these events. What makes this more challenging is that our children are not in school, and having to process all this without the support and resources of HOPE staff may be difficult for them.

We want you to know we are here for you. HOPE Community Academy is committed to equity and opportunity for all. We will continue our work to support our families, students, and staff to create an environment where all voices can be heard. At HOPE, we do not tolerate violence and discrimination. Let us remember the important work that we need to do to promote equality and equity for all.

Please continue to be safe and be kind to each other.

Maychy Vu
Executive Director


June 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Many children in Minnesota rely on free or reduced-price school meals, and when schools closed statewide due to COVID-19, these children were missing an important source of nutritious food. To compensate, the federal government has approved Minnesota to issue Pandemic EBT: a ONE-TIME payment of $325 food benefit for families with children who would have otherwise received free or reduced-price school meals.

Families are eligible for P-EBT benefits if they have a child or children who were between the ages of 5 and 18 as of Sept. 1, 2019, and:

  • Their child’s school is closed due to COVID-19; and
  • They were receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits as of March 18, 2020; and/or
  • Their child was enrolled in school and receiving free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-2020 school year; or
  • Their child is enrolled in a school that offers free school meals to all students.

How will I get P-EBT?

Eligible families who had an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18, 2020, will receive P-EBT benefits automatically on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. They do not need to request a different card or take any action.

Eligible families with children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year or attended a school that offers free school meals to all students – but who did not have an open SNAP or MFIP case as of March 18 – must apply online application at www.mn.p-ebt.org between June 8 and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a Minnesota P-EBT card in the mail within 10 business days with instructions to activate the card. All eligible families will receive P-EBT benefits as long as they apply by June 30.

Who to call with questions?

P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions

P-EBT Hotline: 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Assistance applying
  • Eligibility requirements or general P-EBT questions
  • Status of application

Or call: Juavah Lee: 651-285-1564                     Taw Moo (Karen): 651-331-0155

Phoua Yang: 651-276-6275                                   Cindy Yang: 651-707-3639


April 24, 2020
The new Executive Order from Governor Walz continues the Extended Distance Learning in schools statewide for the remainder of the year. Please read this letter from our Executive Director about the new order. To read the letter in either Hmong or Karen, please click on the respective languages.


May 6, 2020
We will be offering free breakfast and lunch meal pick up every Tuesday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, starting April 7th. Meals will consist of a week’s worth of food per child.


March 27, 2020
HOPE Community Academy is doing distance learning for all students. All students are expected to be working on assignments for their classes. Please read the Distance Learning Plan (English) here.  If you would like to read the Hmong (Hmoob) version, please click here. For Karen language, please click here.

March 25, 2020
HOPE Community Academy will close school through May 4th, 2020. Governor Walz has issued an executive order for all schools to close through May 4th, 2020. HOPE has implemented the Extended Distance Learning Plan and will follow through with it. We will keep our families updated as we learn of any changes. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Maychy Vu
Executive Director

March 15, 2020
HOPE Community Academy will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. Please carefully read the letter below from our Executive Director regarding school closing and our plans for student learning within the next few weeks. It is crucial that we have your most up-to-date contact information. If you have changed your phone number or address, please call our main office at 651-796-4500 or email contact@hope-school.org. Also, please like and follow our Facebook page for any updates.

March 15th Parent/Guardian Letter (PLEASE READ)
March 15th Parent/Guardian Letter (Karen language)
Companies offering free or low cost internet for families
MDH updates
CDC prevention recommendations
CDC mitigation strategies of COVID-19

Archived:
March 12th Letter home to HOPE Families