Covid-19 Blog

  • Covid Task Team Update 1/25/22

    Posted by Tony Hang on 1/25/2022

    Dear HCPA Families,

    During this shift to temporary distance learning, the HCPA COVID task force has been keeping a close eye on positive cases with staff and students to safely operate the school. The team has determined that with our continued mitigation strategies, all staff and students are able to return safety on campus beginning January 31, 2022.  This will also coincide with the start of Semester 2.  We are excited to have students back on campus.  Since going to distance learning the entire building has been deep cleaned in anticipation of the students’ return.  We do ask that whose students who are positive for Covid-19 remain quarantined until the return date given by the Health Office.  If your child has covid-19 symptoms or is sick, please keep them safe at home.

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  • HCPA COVID-19 Distance Learning Update 1/12/22

    Posted by Tony Hang on 1/12/2022

    Hello HCPA Students and Families,

    As students are at home for Distance Learning, our school team is still actively working to monitor the health and safety of our staff and students.  If you, your student, or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during Distance Learning, please contact us at 651-209-8002.  HCPA keeps accurate records on positive cases and is required to keep information up-to-date with the Minnesota Department of Health.  Additionally, health office staff are on hand advise you and your family on school health protocols and resources.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

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  • Available 5-11 Vaccine clinics for schools

    Posted by Tony Hang on 12/7/2021 1:00:00 PM

    Available 5-11 Vaccine clinics for schools

    Saturday DECEMBER 18 at the Oxford Community Center in Saint Paul, 3-6pm:

    o   Pediatric Vaccination Clinic: ages 5 through 11 only

    o   Vaccine: Pfizer 5-11, FIRST and SECOND doses

    o   Registration:

      Wednesday DECEMBER 22 at the New Brighton Community Center in New Brighton, 3-6pm:

    o   Vaccine: Pfizer 5+ SECOND and BOOSTER doses | Moderna: BOOSTER doses


     Thursday DECEMBER 23 at the Arlington Hills Community Center in Saint Paul, 3-6pm:

    o   Vaccine: Pfizer 5+ SECOND and BOOSTER doses | Moderna: BOOSTER doses



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  • Minnesota Mask Mandate 5/14/21

    Posted by Tony Hang on 5/14/2021 12:00:00 PM

    HCPA Students and Families,

    Governor Walz announced and has signed an executive order lifting the mask mandate in Minnesota. However, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education have stated the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan will remain in effect through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. This means HCPA staff and students will continue to wear masks inside the school building, at recess and on school busses. If guidance from MDH or MDE changes, we will keep you informed.

    -HCPA Covid Task Force and Admin

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  • Covid-19 Testing Resources for Kids & Families

    Posted by Tony Hang on 3/8/2021 9:00:00 PM
    MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.
    Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on ( to families to encourage testing.
    Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
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  • HCPA Statement on Mask Mandate

    Posted by Tony Hang on 7/23/2020 6:00:00 AM


    In alignment with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s July 22 state order to control the spread of COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of employees, students and the community, face coverings are now required in all HCPA buildings, starting July 25th, 2020.

    This rule applies to all employees, students, visitors, and vendors coming to the HCPA campus and seeking entry to the building and will continue until further notice. For your information, the link to the mandate is here:

    COVID-19 has impacted every corner of our state and every aspect of our lives,” said Governor Walz. “But as Minnesotans always do during tough times, we come together and we take care of one another. And right now there’s no better way to demonstrate our Minnesotan values than by wearing a mask. By combatting the spread of COVID-19, masking will help protect our neighbors, keep our businesses open, and get us on track to return to the activities we love.”

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  • Family Guidance Planning for 2020-2021

    Posted by Tony Hang on 7/13/2020 10:00:00 AM


    As Minnesota school districts and charter schools plan for the 2020-21 school year, so are Minnesota families. This document will give families a quick overview of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance for schools and so families know what information they should expect from their child’s school.


    Family Guidance Planning for 2020-2021 English

    Family Guidance Planning for 2020-2021 Hmong

    Family Guidance Planning for 2020-2021 Spanish

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  • Summer Planning 2020-2021

    Posted by Tony Hang on 7/8/2020 8:00:00 AM


    July 6, 2020
    Dear HCPA Families,

    This spring has been difficult for our students, families and community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning and the unrest issues wehave all witnessedacross our state and the Nation. 

    We know and understand that parents and students are feeling uncertain and have many questions about school in the fall – Will we return back to school as normal? Will we continue distance learning? Unfortunately, we do not have the exact answer yet.  However, by the end of July, Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Educationareexpectedto provide specific guidance on how schools across the state will resume.  

    In the meantime, we are getting ready and formulizing a plan in order to respond to the direction given by MDE. HCPA is working tirelessly toplan for three opening scenarios when school begins on September 8th:

    • A full return of ALL students to school for in-person learning.
    • A partial return of students in schools with a hybrid approach of distance learning and in-person learning.
    • No immediate return of any students and a continuation of distance learning.

    The Governor has stated that schools should expect to operate in one or more of these models for the upcoming academic year.  In any scenario, please know that all decisions will be based on safeguarding the health and safety ofHCPA students, staff and families. We will communicatewith students and family as soon as the final decision are made and communicated to us. 

    It isimportant that we hear about your concerns as we plan for school in the fall.  This spring, we sent two surveys to you and your students to assess our distance learning.  This information will allow us to make changes and adjust teaching instruction to better meet the needs of our students and families.  During this summer, HCPAwill continue to reach out viaphone calls and mass emailsto ask for your feedback. We want to gage and have a better understanding of your questions and concernssurroundingthe state’sthree possible scenariosfor school in the fall.  Your perspective, ideas and concernsare valuable and will be taking into consideration as we plan for the upcoming school year.

    As the summer progress, we also encourage you to continue to reach out to us:

    Lastly, although the fall is a bit uncertain, we want to extend a thank you for all that you have done to support the learning and growth of your students.  In collaboration with you, we are confident that we can offer the best possible educational experience for all HCPA students in the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you.

    With warmest  regards,

    The Administration and Team at HCPA



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  • Distance Learning Plan Updated 5.5.2020

    Posted by Tony Hang on 5/5/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Hmong College Prep Academy COVID-19 Distance Learning Plan

    Updated May 5, 2020

    At HCPA, the health and safety of our students and staff members is always a priority. Earlier this month, HCPA sent home several documents detailing the proactive and preventative actions HCPA were taking as a school in response to COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. It also included guidelines HCPA asked for all families to follow in order to ensure the health of each student and the community as a whole. During this time, HCPA also wants to safeguard the academic success of each student and take measures to ensure that students have access to learning no matter the situation.

    Since the announcement from Governor Walz on Sunday, March 15th, our schools have been closed to allow for planning and preparation of distance learning materials. Subsequent executive orders and guidelines from Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Department of Education have led to the creation of this document. Below is information detailing and summarizing the logistics of Hmong College Prep Academy’s Distance Learning Plan for kindergarten through 12th grade.

    HCPA’s Distance Learning Plan is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6, 2020following HCPA’s scheduled Spring Break from March 30th - April 2, 2020.

    This means that HCPA will remain in distance learning through our final day of school on Thursday, June 4th, 2020.

    As distance learning continues, these plans will be monitored and are subject to change and modification.

    Additional information from the Minnesota Department of Health on COVID-19 can be found online in Englishand Hmong.

    To access our Distance Learning Plan please click here.

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  • April 23, 2020 Updates

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/23/2020 3:00:00 PM


    April 23, 2020

    Governor Walz ordered K-12 schools in Minnesota to remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, the Minnesota State High School League canceled the spring athletic and fine arts season. These steps are being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

    ·       We will end the year through Extended Flexible Learning. We continue to refine instructional practices and seek an appropriate balance of activities and connection. We will double down on these efforts to make extended flexible learning for the remainder of the school year the best experience we possibly can.

    ·       May 1 and May 4 there will be no student instruction days as teachers plan for the rest of the year. The governor had previously closed schools through April 30 with planning days on May 1 and May 4 in anticipation of schools reopening on May 5. We will use these planning days to prepare for the last six weeks of the year. Next week, we will be asking for feedback on how extended flexible learning is going to inform our planning.

    ·       Meal service and childcare continue. The district is continuing to provide essential food services to community children and child care services to Tier 1 and Tier 2 level essential employees during this time.

    ·       We are looking at all spring events.  Spring in our schools brings many important events and milestones. Over the next few weeks, we will be making decisions about what to postpone, do differently or cancel. 

    ·       We are postponing prom and graduation. Our plans will continue to be subject to changing conditions, and we remain hopeful we can preserve these experiences. More to come. 

    • Please see the appropriate school newsletter for the most up-to-date information on extended flexible learning. Links to school newsletters can be found HERE. The primary, day-to-day communication between students and families is now at the building and classroom level. 

    Please continue to check here for the latest information. 


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