HSD News Round-up March 5

news round-up

Changes to community access at HSD campuses

It has been great to see our families gather, exercise, and play at Hockinson Middle and High Schools over the past several months.  However, the reopening of HSD schools will come with some changes to hours of access for our campuses.

Summary of changes

  • Campuses are closed to the public while school is in session (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and practices are in progress. Our community is welcome to use facilities prior to 8:30 a.m. and, if available, after 4 p.m.
  • A gate has been installed at the entrance to the Hockinson Community Center and Hockinson Middle School. 

Read the full update about when campuses are available/closed to the public in our blog update.

"Grab-n-go" meal service 

When HMS and HHS students begin returning to school next week, they will experience a new kind of breakfast and lunch experience. 

  • Change #1: Seating. Dining will be individual, rather than group style.

  • Change #2: Meal options. Every day, students will be offered two grab-n-go options: A cold option (e.g., Caesar salad) or a hot option (e.g., cheeseburger). A la carte options (e.g., cookies, yogurt, bottled drinks, etc.) will not be available, but may be in the future. You and your student can get a preview of the week’s menu HERE or visiting the HSD website and clicking on “Families” / “Food Service” / “Nutrislice Menus.”

  • Change #3: Price. Thanks to a USDA grant, all meals will be FREE for all students. You will not need to put money into your student’s meal account on Skyward. Any funds that are currently in meal accounts will roll over to next school year. 

Pandemic EBT is back!

If your student qualifies for Free & Reduced Lunch (FRL) benefits, please read!

Students who qualify for FRL across the country and in the HSD are eligible to receive an additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT. It is money that students and families can use to buy food. This benefit is retroactive to September 2020 and it also applies to the remaining months of the school year for days on which students do not have access to on-site meals.

To find out if your child is eligible and learn how to get access to P-EBT, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833-518-0282 with questions.

Secondary Reopening Timeline

This information was shared earlier this week, but we wanted to make sure our families were clear on the rollout and format at HMS and HHS beginning the week of March 8. 

  • HMS and HHS will follow an “A-B-Remote-A-B” weekly format to ensure social distancing in classrooms and other instructional spaces. A and B denote “Group A” and “Group B.”

  • With the exception of Week 1 (March 8-12, which is the rollout week):

Group A students (Last Name A-L) will attend classes in person on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Group B students (Last Name M-Z) will attend classes in person on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

  • Students will receive further information from their schools on the asynchronous learning that will take place on Wednesdays.

  • Below is start/end time and rollout information for HMS and HHS for the week of March 8 and thereafter:


Hockinson Middle School (9:10 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.)

Grade Level

Start Date

Grade 6 Only

March 8 or 9

Grades 7 & 8 Only

March 11 or 12

Grades 6-8 

Week of March 15


Hockinson High School (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Grade Level

Start Date

Grade 9 Only

March 8 or 9

Grades 10-12 Only

March 11 or 12

Grades 9-12

Week of March 15

Secondary Bus Route Information

Bus route information has been emailed to families. It is also available HERE or by visiting the HSD website and clicking “Families” / “Busing.”

A Message to HSD Parents: Quarantines 

There have been questions about quarantines and where families can find information on COVID-19 activity on HSD campuses. Here a couple Q&As that might help clarify questions on both:

What is a quarantine? A quarantine is a preventive measure that is part of our district’s COVID safety protocols. It involves removing an individual from a school setting if it has been determined that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or recently had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The duration of the quarantine depends on the time of exposure and other factors.

A quarantine is not an outbreak. An outbreak is when there are two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff at the same site that occur within 14 days of each other.

The HSD has not had any outbreaks to date. There have been a number of cases involving infected individuals on our campuses, but thanks to quarantining and other safety measures, there have been no transmissions within HSD schools so far. 

If a quarantine happens, written communications will be sent to:

  • Parents of exposed students directly
  • School staff (general notice)
  • School parents (general notice)

Click HERE to view the COVID-19 Dashboard that is updated weekly on the HSD website.

Season 1 Sports Highlights

Our HHS Season 1 sports teams have continued their successful ways this week. Due to spectator limits, Football, Girls Soccer, and Volleyball games are being livestreamed and recorded, available HERE. Also, because the seasons are shortened, there isn’t much time left to support our teams. You can access sport-specific schedules HERE

Congratulations to our Girls Soccer Team who defeated Ridgefield last night 3-0 and to our Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams, which finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, at yesterday’s multi-team meet at Mark Morris. The meet featured two outstanding performances: Senior Ally Peterson set a personal record time (18:08) on the 3.1 mile course and Senior Traven Bischoff set a school record (16:05), eclipsing the time set by Ally’s brother Kyle in 2016.

Go Hawks!

...and Go HSD Students, Staff, and Families!  Best of luck with K-12 hybrid learning next week.

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