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HMS Back To School Information

Hello.  I hope everyone is healthy and hanging in there.  I wanted to send out an email to provide some HMS specific information about the upcoming school year.  Our district leaders are working closely with the local health department, CDC, and Nebraska Department of Education.  We  will continue to update our practices based on recommendations. 

Here are some updates for those attending in person school:

    • We will NOT have Schedule Pick-up Day or Open House.  Forms will be mailed out to you to fill out and picture day will be on August 17th for 7th and 8th grade students and on August 18th for 6th grade students.
      • Forms that will be mailed:
        • Green - Local Field Trip Form
        • Blue - Hastings Public Schools Parent Handbook Form
        • Salmon - Hastings Public Schools Student Handbook Form
        • Purple - Hastings Public Schools Annual School Health History Form
        • White - Hastings Public Schools Student Census Form
  • *PLEASE make sure to include your email address on the Census form if you would like to receive informational emails from Mrs. Pfeifer, EVEN IF you were on the list this last year.
        • Yellow - Computer Loan Agreement
        • *Please make sure a parent and student sign this form.
  • Sneak peak for incoming 6th graders will be via a video that will be posted on our HMS website.
  • Forms will be collected by homeroom teachers and Chromebooks will be checked out to ALL students the first day that students attend.  
  • Please drop students off at their 6th, 7th, or 8th grade pod doors.  They will enter these doors at 7:45 daily to go to their homerooms for temperature checks and the opportunity for a grab and go breakfast.  There will be no morning program.  *No students will enter through the main entrance unless they arrive after the tardy bell. 
  • As of now, we are planning as if we will have activities and clubs, but that may change suddenly.  We are waiting on recommendations to make plans on if/how this will look different than the past and then we will share the information with you.

Safety Measures That Will Be Taken:

  • Anyone entering the building will be required to wear masks.  Students will be given mask “breaks” and outside breaks when possible.  We will have masks available for those who do not bring one.
  • We encourage students to bring their own water bottles to decrease the need to use the drinking fountain.  Eventually, we will have filling stations for water bottles in each pod.  Currently there is one in the commons and in the big gym.
  • Temperatures will be taken each morning.  If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will go to a room by the office to wait 10 minutes to have it checked again.  If it is still high, the student will be sent home until fever free for 48 hours.
  • Please keep any student with symptoms similar to Covid symptoms home.  If a student starts to exhibit these symptoms at school, they will be sent home.
  • Students will sanitize their hands when entering each classroom.
  • Students will have the opportunity to wash their hands thoroughly at least once a day in the Science classrooms.
  • We will encourage social distancing whenever possible.  
  • Once students are at their seats at lunch, they can remove their masks.  Seats at lunch will be spread out and we will also have lunch seating in the small gym. We created a system to eliminate any long lines to get their lunches and to dispose of their trash and trays.
  • Custodians will be disinfecting lockers, door knobs, bathrooms, drinking fountains, and other high traffic areas throughout the day.  Desk will be wiped down as often as possible and all desks will be disinfected thoroughly at night.


  • Once we calculate how many students are choosing the online e-learning option, we will send out more information on this process.

There are probably items that I left off this list from our many lists of brainstorming and planning, but those are the highlights.  Please refer to the district website or Facebook page for more information.  Lastly, I am glad to have such supporting and understanding families to work with during this time when flexibility and teamwork will be the key to keeping everyone safe and healthy.  As always, please reach out with questions/concerns and we will do our best to answer what we can.  Take care.

Shelli Pfeifer - Principal

Mike Nanfito - Assistant Principal

Jason Strong - Assistant Principal/Activities Director