Message from the Principal – September 9, 2020

Greetings Hastings Families,

With the rush to get the Back to School information out to families there was an inconsistency in my letters. School drop off is at 8:45am, not 8:30am. This note contains multiple important links for technology, health and safety, dismissal routine, and access to the ASPEN Parent Portal.  Please read everything carefully and call the office if you have any questions. 

Also, many families selected Remote Learning Academy at the deadline, shifting our enrollment in the hybrid model. We had to change teacher assignments in Kindergarten and second grade. Here are the changes: Kindergarten hybrid is being taught by Ms.India Anderson and Ms. Jennifer Sheerin. Remote Learning Academy second grade classes are now split by Ms. Kelly Flaherty and Ms. Ifana Syed. 

I know that many families want to “see” the inside of the new school. The current circumstances don’t allow that at this time. There is a virtual tour of the school and this welcome video. You could also show your student a time lapse video of the new building going up and the old building coming down! (click on the top left to open the video controls).


Health and Safety Forms

This is an updated version of the symptom list sent by Nurse Leader Karen Rufo.

Daily Symptom Checker (updated) 

If your child is sick, please call the school at 781-860-5800 and follow the prompts to leave a message on the absence line. In addition, below is a form to complete each time a child is sick.

Hastings Absence Form

Hastings Dismissal Form 

There Dismissal Form helps teachers and the main office know how your children get home each day, as well as important medical permissions.

Hastings Dismissal Form


In the beginning of the year, we ask parents to review and update critical information through the ASPEN Family Portal

By September 18, parents/guardians should review/update their child’s media permissions and data privacy preferences in the Aspen Family Portal (here’s how).  If you have more than one child, permissions must be entered for each child. Your response is needed to ensure that your student’s information is handled according to family preferences. We ask that you also check that your contact information is all up to date. If you are unsure of your ASPEN login ID or password, email  For more information about LPS data privacy and media permissions, you can see our website here.

Hybrid phased in schedule: September 14 – October 9

HALF DAYS at school: 8:45am-12:00pm (students come to school one day a week depending on grade level).

For more details about when your child is expected at school, see my previous letter here.

  • 8:45am Arrival: Line up outside by classroom
  • Lunch will be eaten at school at 11:15am
  • 12:00pm Dismissal

Arrival & Dismissal Map

**Please note, typically on 1/2 days students are dismissed at 12:30pm. This 12pm dismissal is ONLY for the phased in period. As of October 12, we will resume normal dismissal times: 2:30pm (M,T,W,TH) and 12:30pm every Friday.

LUNCH: If you send your child to school with lunch, please consider sending items that your child is able to independently open and disposable containers. Next week more information regarding lunch and our new purchasing app “Choosi” will be coming from Whitsons, the vendor that provides our school lunches.

Below is a good article about the return to school.

Thank you again for paying close attention to the communications in the upcoming weeks. While none of us have traveled these roads before, we will do it together, even if we “hit a pothole” along the way!!

Louise Lipsitz