VirtualEDU has a new location!
We are excited to announce that VirtualEDU will be housed at our new location in Golden Valley, Hopkins East. Our address is 5300 Glenwood Ave., Golden Valley, MN 55422. Unless otherwise noted, all back-to-school events will be held at this new address.
VirtualEDU start time is 8:00 a.m. and end time is 2:40 p.m.
2023-24 School Supply List
- Headphones (with microphone)
- Color Pencils
As we embark on a new school year filled with endless possibilities, we want to take a moment to offer our support and assistance to ensure your child's learning journey is as smooth and barrier-free as possible. Should you find yourself in a situation where school supplies pose a barrier to your child's learning experience, please consider this a safe space to reach out. We genuinely understand the various financial commitments that come with education and are more than willing to assist in any way we can. Education is a collaborative effort, and we are here to stand beside you every step of the way. You can connect with us at VirtualEDU@HopkinsSchools.org or 952-988-4050.
VirtualEDU K-12 Open House:
Scholars and caregivers will meet and get to know the VirtualEDU team, peers and other caretakers!
Date: August 30 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hopkins East: 5300 Glenwood Ave Golden Valley MN 55422
VirtualEDU K-12 Onboarding & Device Pick-Up:
Tuesday, September 5
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Family Last Names A - J)
Wednesday, September 6
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Family Last Names K - Z)
If you are unable to join us in person, please contact us (VirtualEDU@HopkinsSchools.org) to make alternate arrangements to pick up your device and receive onboarding support. Scholars and caretakers will get their device, schedules, tech help and support for the 1st day of school!
VirtualEDU 1st Day of School:
September 7 (Thursday) 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
You will receive more details regarding the first day of school during the Onboarding Days on September 5th and 6th. Your family pod/advisory teachers will also be reaching out to you with class specific information and daily schedules in their introduction emails before school starts.
VirtualEDU K-12 School Picture Day:
September 22 (Friday) 9:00 am - 1:30 p.m.
Bus Transportation Form
All families that are enrolled in Hopkins Public Schools are asked to fill out a bus transportation form. If your child does not need transportation, please complete the form and select "Bus Not Needed."
Bus Route Assignments
The transportation department will contact families regarding their assigned bus stops, bus numbers and approximate bus pick up times. You will also be able to look them up using your child's district username and password. If you do not know your child's credentials, reach out to the Hopkins Technology Help Desk at 952-988-4111 on school days between 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
If you have questions regarding your child's bus assignment, please email the Transportation Office at SchoolBus@HopkinsSchools.org or visit the Transportation web page.
Bus stop change requests: If your bus stop change request is based on a change of address, please contact the District Enrollment Department to make the address change first. Enrollment Office: Enrollment@HopkinsSchools.org or 952-988-4110. Find the bus stop change request form here.
VirtualEDU scholars who are part of the blended model will receive lunch on their in-person learning days. The Free School Meals Program was signed into law in the spring of 2023. This state-funded program allows us to provide meals at no cost to all students when in person (on their blended learning days). The Free School Meals Program offers one free breakfast and one free lunch to each student every school day. Additional food items will require payment.
Because free meals and educational benefits help your family and our school! We strongly encourage all families to apply for the school year 2023-2024, including families who are in our fully online learning model.
School funding is impacted by our free and reduced-price eligibility, so it’s important this number is as accurate as possible. In addition, students and families may qualify for other program fee reductions based on their eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.
To apply for free meal benefits, you can:
- Apply online. Click the “Free Meals and Food Assistance” tab. Click the “Log in to Campus Parent Portal”. Complete and submit the online application.
- Download an application. Click the “Free Meals and Food Assistance” tab. Click the application in your preferred language to download. Complete and submit the application.
- Call Nutrition Services at 952-988-4060.
- Connect with our VirtualEDU Social Worker, Tait, at VirtualEDU@HopkinsSchools.org.
If your child is ill or will not be in school for other reasons, please fill out our attendance form or call the absentee number at 952-988-4050.
Leave the following information:
- your name
- your contact information
- student's name
- family pod/advisory teacher's name
- reason for absence or tardy
If your child will be absent due to travel or for some reason other than illness, please contact the school for instructional activities.
Scholars can expect:
- A common Morning Meeting or Advisory
- A common lunch time
- A closing afternoon activity
- Flexible options offered throughout the school day to meet scholar needs
- Regular opportunities for connection and fun with community and classmates.
Caregivers can expect:
- Passionate, innovative educators
- Regular communication about scholar progress
- Access to scholar’s work through
- Canvas Opportunities for in-person meetups
- A new way of doing school.
How to help your scholar thrive at VirtualEDU:
View the changes to the Hopkins Public Schools policies and legal notices for the 2023-24 school year. Policies are available in each school office, from the District’s Administrative Office, and on our website.
Canvas Learning Management System
Canvas is our District-wide learning management system. Using Canvas, teachers can collaborate to build world-class, student-centered experiences delivered in person, distance, or hybrid. Canvas allows each student’s learning to be in one central place. In addition, parents are able to observe and access their child’s classroom experience.
All parents and caregivers should create a Canvas Observer Account (parent account).
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Parents and caregivers can access attendance, schedule, fees, and final grade reports in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you have not logged recently, this is a great time to check your contact information and verify that your census, language preference, and ethnicity information is up to date. If you have a student attending North Middle School or West Middle School, you will also use the parent portal. If you do not have an account, you can request one on our website at HopkinsSchools.org/technology.
School Closings, Emergencies, and eLearning Days
Our email notification system will be used to inform you about unexpected delays, school closings, or a need to shift to eLearning. We will also post this information on our website, social media, and television stations such as WCCO TV (Channel 4), KSTP TV (Channel 5), KMSP TV (Channel 9), and KARE (Channel 11). Should an eLearning day be called for the District due to inclement weather, VirtualEDU will operate in a fully online model.
Hopkins offers translation and interpreter services for families whose primary language is not English.
- Spanish communications, please contact Elisa Dorfman at 952-988-4211 or email Elisa.Dorfman@HopkinsSchools.org.
- Somali communications, please contact Lyssa Miller at 952-988-4088 or email Alyssa.Miller@HopkinsSchools.org. Lyssa will connect families with a Somali interpreter.
- Hmong communications, please contact Panou Xiong at 612-282-2632 or email Panou.Xiong@HopkinsSchools.org.
- For general questions about translators and interpreters, please email Alyssa.Miller@HopkinsSchools.org or call 952-988-4088.