Posten on April 4, 2022 By Brian Bartley
Reminder that we still have the same requirements when it comes to COVID-like symptoms as we started with this school year. We have been fortunate over the last months to not have many COVID cases, but we are starting to get more recently.
As noted in earlier email communications this year: Testing or MD visit is required for fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell.
Testing recommended for other symptoms. We have plenty of rapid home tests for your students.
It’s so important to stay home when you are sick, even if it’s not a symptom that requires testing.
Click here for a resource regarding testing/positive cases etc.
Posten on February 28, 2022 By Brian Bartley
Parents, Students, and Staff:
Effective immediately, the CDC no longer requires the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems. Masks on school transportation will be a family choice starting immediately.
Posten on February 23, 2022 By Brian Bartley
Posten on February 21, 2022 By Brian Bartley
Posten on January 19, 2022 By Brian Bartley
Hayfield Boost Preschool is pleased to announce that we will be expanding their enrollment openings for the fall of the 2022-2023 school year. This program will be a full day preschool program, targeted for future Hayfield kindergartners. Students will prepare for entrance into school in a positive environment where they can learn, grow, and build relationships.
Applications will only be accepted online through the district website You can access the application by Clicking Here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page
Bus transportation is available for those students who live outside Hayfield city limits. SACC (School Aged Child Care) is also available for Boost students.
Monthly Tuition Costs:
5 Days per week= $500 per month
4 Days per week=$475 per month
Posten on November 15, 2021 By Brian Bartley
Parents and Staff:
As stated, since the start of this pandemic we will try to use as much common sense as possible when dealing with the pandemic here at school. Today we went above the 5% threshold for positive Covid cases in the elementary school. As of today, our positivity rate for the elementary is 7.7% of our student population. We also have had an uptick in our 6th grade. Per our Hayfield Return to School Plan, which was board approved before the start of school, masks were recommended to be worn by our students per the CDC guidelines.
At this time, we want to say that we are Strongly Encouraging the wearing of masks while indoors between the hours of 8am to 3pm in grades K-6. If we had the answer for Covid, we would give it to you. We do however believe it is time to try something before we are forced into other mitigations strategies that no one wants to have to follow. At the end of the day our #1 priority is to have kids physically in school and safe.
If we are able to slow down this uptick of cases in the school, we will inform the parents and go back to recommending. If we are unable to slow this uptick of cases, we may go to a mask mandate for a period in an effort to curb the sudden uptick of positive Covid cases. If none of these strategies slow the uptick, we may have to move to other mitigation strategies.
Again, we don’t have the answers and we don’t want to do anything just for show. Debates about masks can go on for days, but we are Strongly Encouraging our parents to join us in trying to mitigate this problem in its infancy. If we try this through Thanksgiving break perhaps we can come back out of it back to where we have been the majority of this school year. We believe it is time to at least try.
So, in closing, Hayfield Community Schools in grades K-6th grade are Strongly Encouraging the wearing of masks starting Tuesday November 16th, 2021 until further notice. Grades 7-12 will stay at recommending per the CDC guidance.
If your child wants a mask and doesn’t have one or forgets theirs, we have extra’s in both offices.
Posten on October 12, 2021 By Brian Bartley
For Operating Referendum Information, Click Here
Posten on August 25, 2021 By Brian Bartley
Dear District 203 Families,
As we continue planning for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year we want to share with you our Return to School Plan that has been developed and approved by the Hayfield School Board. Please click the link below to view the Return-to-School-Plan.
Posten on July 6, 2021 By Brian Bartley
Many of us have either read The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper ourselves, or read it to our children or grandchildren. This is the story of the Little School District that Could.
This little school district is a small rural school district located in Southeast Minnesota, a geographically large district with a somewhat small population. It encompasses the communities of Brownsdale, Hayfield, Oslo, Sargeant, and Waltham, as well as several townships across two counties.
This little school district believes whole heartedly in itself. The students, teachers, staff, administration, food service providers, bus drivers, and everyone else involved with this little school district believe they have what it takes to succeed in today’s educational environment. In addition, the citizens, taxpayers, and the local business leaders also believe in this little school district.
In 2017 this aging little school district went to the taxpayers with a bold plan: The 65+ year-old building needed to be renovated, they explained. Major changes were needed to bring the educational facility into the 21st century.
So, the brand-new superintendent gathered his team and went to personally talk with voters to explain the current conditions and future plans. Meetings were held, tours were given, and questions were answered. In September of 2017, just 2 ½ months into the new superintendent’s position, a special bonding referendum election was held. Thankfully, the voters of this special little school district agreed renovations were indeed necessary. And so began a multi-year plan to modernize this aging little school district.
One focus item of the renovation plan was a completely new Heating and Ventilation (HVAC) system. The unit would circulate fresh air multiple times per hour throughout the day, oxygenating and purifying classrooms, offices, gyms and hallways.
In just a few months, a novel virus would hit the country. The new system would become vitally important.
Equally important was the new investment in technology the little school district made just prior to the virus. In March of 2020, the Governor of Minnesota shuttered all schools in the state due to Covid-19. Students in the little school district did not lose instructional time; new technology meant the majority of students had devices they could use for Distance Learning.
As the little school district moved through the remainder of the 2020 school year and into the summer months, it quickly became clear that distance learning did not reflect the best the little school district had to offer. Students missed their peers; teachers missed their students; lessons and learning were not the same. The little school district students were struggling. It was time to prepare for another uphill journey: the superintendent knew face-to-face learning in the fall of 2020 would be of paramount importance. It was time to get back to work.
At that time, much was reported about the importance of updated HVAC systems in schools. A clean air exchange would go a long way in protecting students. Fortunately, the little school district was ahead of the game, with a state-of-the-art HVAC system.
Along with this was a wonderfully renovated facility, an enthusiastic staff and eager students. The little school district knew it could successfully resume face-to-face education, but would the virus thwart all plans? There was only one way to find out.
On the Tuesday after Labor Day, 2021, the little school district reopened for in-person, face-to-face learning. While many other districts struggled with remote learning challenges, this little school district brought its kids “home” to the classrooms! Pre-K through the 6th grades were able to spend the entire school year in face-to-face learning. Grades 7-12 were face-to-face except for a 6-week hybrid period. Throughout all of the challenges, the primary focus was to “Keep the kids in school!” Once again, the little school district proved it could.
Not only did this little school district keep the kids in school, they kept all of the programs going as well. For the first time in history, there were virtualized concerts, streamed events, and in-person sporting events with limited spectators. Creativity abounded as technology kept spectators in touch with district events.
Was that enough for the little school district? No! It would finish this spectacular year by sending athletes to compete at the state level. For the first time in school history, “I think I can” morphed into “I know we can.” In April, the boys basketball team brought home the State Championship. In June, the baseball team brought home a second State Championship!
This little school district surpassed all expectations, all year long. Not only does it believe in itself; it believes in its students. It will go the extra mile because it believes students deserve the very best educational, enriching experiences possible.
If you are looking for a School District for your children that believes in putting kids first, offers small class sizes for optimal learning, and enlists teachers, staff and an administration that care, this little gem of a school district in a state-of-the-art facility is for you.
Hayfield Community Schools in Hayfield, Minnesota, the Little School District that Could!
Posten on June 18, 2021 By Brian Bartley
Here is your 2021 Class A State Champion Baseball Team. Finishing the season with a perfect 26-0 record.