COVID-19 Notification to All Families

Monday, March 16th, 2020
HIA Parents,
On Sunday, March 15, Governor Walz issued an Emergency Executive Order that authorized and directed the Commissioner of Education to temporarily close schools to plan for a safe educational environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Governor Walz’s order, all schools in Minnesota would be closed for eight days beginning no later than Wednesday, March 18 through March 27.
In response Minneapolis Public Schools will be closing beginning Tuesday, March 17. This closure will go through March 27. Please keep in mind that Minneapolis Public Schools will be on Spring Break beginning March 30 through April 3. HIA and other Minneapolis Public Schools students will return to school on April 6.
To keep up on any up to date information about COVID-19 and MPS response you can regularly check the following:
  • Minneapolis Public Schools website:
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Health Services Information website:
  • Hmong International Academy website:
  • Minnesota Department of Health website:
  • City of Minneapolis website:
As students will be out of school beginning March 17, the Teaching and Learning Department has provided teachers with guidance around what students should bring home to continue with their learning during the eight days that Minneapolis Public Schools will be closed. The information is below (this information will also be on the HIA website):
Students in Kindergarten-5th grade should bring home with them:
  • Their individual Clever Badge (to login to Benchmark and Dreambox)
  • Their user name (MPS email) and password
  • Independent reading books
  • Current math workbooks
  • Current Shared (K-2) or Close Readers (3-5) from Benchmark
  • Any makeup or missing assignments that are appropriate for completion at home
  • Parents you can also access Distance Learning resources for your elementary students by going to this website:
Students in 6th -8th grade should bring home with them:
  • Their user name (MPS email) and password
  • Books, workbooks, worksheets/to-do list that students can access if school closure extends past the 27th.
  • Independent reading books
  • Any makeup or missing work that are appropriate for completion at home
  • Parents you can also access Distance Learning resources for your middle school student by going to this website:
A Few Additional Notes:
  • We will also be providing an email directory for you to contact your child’s teachers, HIA social workers and administration if you need to reach out to us.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools will be offering a meal and a snack at various school sites between the hours of 10am-2pm.
    • HIA will one of the meal sites.  At HIA, our meal distribution will take place at the Northside parking lot along 30th Ave. outside of our school. 
    • Other sites are Olson, Jenny Lind, Henry, Cityview, Hall, and Bethune. For more information about meal sites, visit:
    • Meals and snacks will be served to individuals 19 and under.
  • Sheridan Story bags will also be handed out to families on Tuesday as well
Please remember the safety and you and your students comes first and the Minnesota Department of Health recommends the following guidelines in preventing the spread of COVID-19:
  1. If you are sick, stay home
  2. If you have had direct contact with a confirmed COVID case, quarantine for 2 weeks, stay home
  3. If you are a care provider for a medically fragile or elderly person, stay home
  4. If you are medically fragile individual or elderly, stay home
  5. Practice good personal hygiene
  6. Notify your supervisor in advance if you are not reporting to work, or unable to work at home due to illness. Follow existing processes for recording absence.

As the principal of Hmong International Academy, I believe that we as a school and a school district are doing what is best for our students. Please be assure that our teachers will be spending the next eight days preparing for distance learning for all of our students should the school closure extend past our Spring Break. We will continue to keep all of our families updated with information that affect MPS, our students, families and staff.

Please remember to reach out if you have any questions and make sure that your student is spending a few hours a day doing academic work. This can include doing artwork and getting some exercise outside by playing a game in the park or in your own yard.
We look forward to welcoming our students back on April 6. In the meantime, please stay safe and be with your families.
Jamil Payton and Gao Xiong
Hmong International Administration