Welcome to Your Back-to-School Hub!
Alice Smith First Day of School Dates
- Grades 1-6: Monday, August 29, 2022, 9:33 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.
- Kindergarten: Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 9:33 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Do you need support for collecting school supplies?
ResourceWest provides school supplies to help students start the school year strong. Their Back-to-School program offers a new backpack filled with basic, grade-specific school supplies to registered K-12 students.
For more information about how to register or donate, visit the ResourceWest website.
Important Key Dates
- Kindergarten Playground Night: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Open House for New Families: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6-7 p.m.
- Open House for All Families: Thursday, Aug. 25, 4-7 p.m.
How do I apply for Free Meals?
The USDA has determined that school meals will NOT be free for all scholars for the 22-23 school year. Therefore, students must have an approved 2022-23 Application for Educational Benefits on file in order to receive free meal benefits.
To apply for free meal benefits, download an application at HopkinsSchools.org/nutrition and click the Free Meals and Food Assistance tab or call Nutrition Services at 952-988-4060. If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child qualifies for free school meals.
|Free Meal Benefit students (all grades)||FREE|
|Grades 1-6 students||$1.50|
|Free Meal Benefit students (all grades)||FREE|
|Grades 1-6 students||$3.20|
Bus Transportation Form
All families that are enrolled in Hopkins Public Schools are asked to fill out a bus transportation form. If your child does not need transportation, please complete the form and select "Bus Not Needed."
Bus Route Assignments
In mid-August the transportation department will contact families regarding their assigned bus stops, bus numbers and approximate bus pick up times. You will also be able to look them up using your your child's district username and password. If you do not know your child's credentials, reach out to the Hopkins Technology Help Desk at 952-988-4111 on school days between 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
If you have questions regarding your child's bus assignment, please email the Transportation Office at SchoolBus@HopkinsSchools.org or visit the Transportation web page.
Hopkins Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health in its response to COVID-19. At this time, no formal mitigation strategies are in place. In the 2022-23 school year, we will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and our community; however, we do not expect to track individual cases as we have done in the past two years. Mask wearing is not required in our buildings or on the bus. Please check our website for the latest information on COVID-19 and our current response.
If your child is ill or will not be in school for other reasons, please fill out our attendance form or call the absentee number at 952-988-4310.
Leave the following information: student's name, teacher's name, and reason for absentee or tardy. If your child will be absent due to travel or for some reason other than illness, please contact the school for instructional activities.
If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, the school nurse may provide you with specific instructions.
Kids & Company is Hopkins Public Schools' before- and after-school and summer care program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. A fee-based program, Kids & Company is offered in each of the District's six elementary schools.
Due to a national workers shortage, Kids & Company is experiencing a long waitlist. We are working diligently to solve this problem through a variety of solutions and help all of our families who need childcare have access either through Kids & Company or through a partner organization. Waitlist information is available on our Kids & Company page. Scroll down to the "Kids & Company Information" section and choose the Kids & Company Waitlist tab.
If you need childcare and have not signed up with Kids & Company yet, you are still encouraged to do so. We're working through our wait list as quickly as possible and look forward to serving you as soon as we are able. You may want to explore backup-plans as we might not be able to serve you at the start of the school year.
View the changes to the Hopkins Public Schools policies and legal notices for the 2022-23 school year. Policies are available in each school office, from the District’s Administrative Office, and on our website.
Canvas Learning Management System
Canvas is our District-wide learning management system. Using Canvas, teachers can collaborate to build world-class, student-centered experiences delivered in person, distance, or hybrid. Canvas allows each student’s learning to be in one central place. In addition, parents are able to observe and access their child’s classroom experience.
All parents and caregivers should create a Canvas Observer Account (parent account).
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Parents and guardians can access attendance, schedule, fees, and final grade reports in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you have not logged in for a while, this is a great time to check your contact information and to verify that your census and ethnicity information is up to date. If you have a student attending North Junior High or West Junior High, you will also use the parent portal to view assignment scores. If you do not currently have an account, you can request an account on our website.
School Closings and Emergencies
Our email notification system will be used to inform you about unexpected delays or school closings. We will also post this information on our website, social media, and television stations such as WCCO TV (Channel 4), KSTP TV (Channel 5), KMSP TV (Channel 9), and KARE (Channel 11). An announcement will be sent as early as 5:30 a.m. when school needs to close or start late. Early dismissal from school in session will be announced approximately one hour before dismissal.
Hopkins offers translation and interpreter services for families whose primary language is not English.
- Spanish communications, please contact Elisa Dorfman at 952-988-4211 or email Elisa.Dorfman@HopkinsSchools.org.
- Somali communications, please contact Monica Baran at 952-988-4088 or email Monica.Baran@HopkinsSchools.org. Monica will connect families with a Somali interpreter.
- Hmong communications, please contact Panou Xiong at 612-282-2632 or email Panou.Xiong@HopkinsSchools.org.
- For general questions about translators and interpreters, please email Monica.Baran@HopkinsSchools.org or call 952-988-4088.
Alice Smith News
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Hopkins Public Schools expects to welcome 7,852 students in preschool through 12th grade when the 2022-23 school year begins.
Join Hopkins Legislative Action Coalition's Meet the Candidates Forum virtual community event on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hopkins Public Schools’ policies are available in each school office, from the District’s Administrative Office, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305, 952-988-4027.
We care both about system-wide alignment as well as school-by-school agency and innovation.
Enroll your new student
Have a new kindergartner or new-to-Hopkins student? Hopkins Public Schools district residents need to complete an enrollment form for each new student. If you live outside the district, we welcome you to start your Hopkins path by completing an Open Enrollment form. Learn more: