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Covid-19 Blog

  • 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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  • 6-12 Student Submissions for Determining Attendance

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/13/2020 8:00:00 AM
    6-12 Student Attendance Update.
    Starting Tuesday 4/14 there will be an additional component for how we track attendance.  Normally, during in-person school, teachers record attendance based on who is in the room. Students are marked present regardless of the work they complete.  Last week it was identified that our attendance was being tracked more for an accountability of learning versus students being present. The district needs attendance to be 100% accurate and based on which students were present, versus who completed specific learning tasks. 
    In order to help with that all teachers will post a discussion board in their course for each period, every day. Students will simply have to submit their name in the discussion board.Students will have between 8:00 am and 11:59 pm to complete this. Then on the following day, teachers will use the data in the discussion board to record students present or NDLAs long as a student puts their name in the discussion board prior to 11:59 pm they will be marked present.  Official attendance will continue to be taken in PowerSchool by using the multi-day or seating chart tools. Of course students are still expected to complete the expectations set by teachers, but this process helps to separate attendance from the accountability of learning.
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  • Saint Paul Bridge Fund

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/9/2020 4:00:00 PM
    To all our Warriors who live in St. Paul  

    Applications are now open for the Saint Paul Bridge Fund, which will provide emergency relief for families and small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.

    The Saint Paul Bridge Fund is an emergency relief program for families with children and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The $3.85 million fund will be distributed to qualifying Saint Paul families with children as a flat-rate $1,000 grant and to qualifying small businesses as a flat-rate $7,500 grant. It is designed to complement other state and federal emergency relief programs and ‘bridge the gap’ between now and when those dollars are available

    Apply by April 19 at 5 p.m. at

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  • Extended flexible learning March 30-May 5, 2020

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/8/2020 3:00:00 PM
    Important Message: Extended flexible learning March 30-May 5, 2020

    All Minnesota schools are in an extended flexible learning environment March 30-May 5 2020. Right now, the statewide plan, which is subject to change, is for schools to resume in person on May 5, 2020.

    Through May 4, 2020, district activities, athletics, programs and services remain closed. The district is continuing to provide essential meal delivery services to community children and child care services for health care workers and emergency responders during this time.

    Find the latest information at (our website link to COVID updates)
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  • Distance eLearning Starts Monday April 6,2020

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/4/2020


    Distance Online Learning Begins April 6th thru 30th for all K-12 Students.

    *Do not bring your child to school site. School building will be closed until further notice.

    Grades K-5 Questions may be directed to Krista Skoglund. Email or (651)-231-3960

    Grades 6-12 Questions may be directed to Mrs D.
    Email or 651-269-3865

    All other questions may be directed to Mr Yang at Email or 612-290-2793

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  • COVID-19 Distance Learning at Hmong College Prep Academy

    Posted by Tony Hang on 4/2/2020 1:00:00 PM

    COVID-19 Distance Learning at Hmong College Prep Academy

    Greeting Parents, Students, and Families,

    Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced last week that all Minnesota public school districts and charter schools will implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until at least April 30, 2020

    It was announced that all Minnesota public schools will close from March 18 through March 27, 2020, to allow districts and charter schools to develop distancing learning plans. 

    Just a reminder that we are closed for Spring Break (March 30 – April 3).  Our HCPA teachers and staff have been working hard over the last several weeks to prepare resources for distance learning. This learning will start after Spring Break – Monday, April 6th.   Students should not start their packet work/ distance learning until that time.

    If you have not picked up a student learning packet for your students in grades K-2, please contact Mrs. Krista Skoglund at

    We care about keeping you, your family, and our staff safe and healthy, and look forward to seeing you online in the coming days as we prepare for extended distance learning!


    Dr. Christianna Hang, Superintendent

    Administration Team

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