Information Regarding Revised Mask Guidelines

Recently the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provided updated guidance regarding face coverings when individuals are outdoors. This updated guidance impacts our school in two ways:

  1. Recess: Students will no longer be required to wear a mask for the entire time they are at recess. As long as a student maintains six feet of physical distancing from other students he/she may remove his/her mask. Students who gather close to one another should keep their masks on, however, if they are playing a game that keeps them separated from one another, they may remove their masks while they are distanced from one another. (Students are still required to wear a mask while indoors in class.)
  2. Arrival/Dismissal: Vaccinated adults who are dropping off or picking up students are not required to wear a mask so long as they maintain physical distancing from others. As the guidance indicates, please maintain physical distancing from those not in your household when you do so. 

We are pleased to see a continued evolution to a greater degree of normal. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to follow the guidelines provided to us by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Spanish translation: 

Buenas tardes familias de Hankey,

Recientemente, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) ha actualizado las guías acerca de cómo cubrirse la boca y nariz cuando las personas están al aire libre. Estas recomendaciones impactan a nuestras escuelas de dos maneras: 

1.     Recreo: Los estudiantes no tendrán que usar mascarilla durante todo el tiempo que estén en el recreo. Los estudiantes pueden quitarse la mascarilla, siempre y cuando mantengan una distancia física de seis pies con el resto de estudiantes. Los estudiantes que se reúnen en grupos deben mantener sus mascarillas puestas, sin embargo, si están participando en un juego que los mantiene separados entre sí, pueden quitarse las mascarillas mientras exista el distanciamiento físico. (Los estudiantes deben usar sus mascarillas cuando estén dentro del aula de clases).

2.     Entrada/Salida: Los adultos que están vacunados no están obligados a usar una mascarilla cuando dejan o recogen a sus niños de la escuela, siempre que mantengan una distancia física de las demás personas. Como se indica en las guías, por favor mantenga distancia física de las personas que no viven con usted durante este proceso.

Nos complace ver una continua evolución hacia el grado de normalidad. Gracias por su paciencia mientras continuamos trabajando para seguir las pautas que nos proporciona el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH).

Hankey Teacher/Staff Shout Outs!

PTSA would like YOU to send a note of praise or appreciation. Visit Hankey PTSA’s website at to fill out a form to praise your favorite staff and teachers at Hankey, and nominate our monthly gift basket prize winner.

Would you like your child’s former or current teacher, or a special staff member to win this month’s prize? Nominate as many teachers/staff as you are able! Each month PTSA will take the submitted forms and do a drawing for one teacher/staff to win gift cards and/or other treats.

If you would like to donate non-perishable treats/prizes or small denomination gift cards towards our teacher/staff recognition fund, contact Thank you for recognizing our rockstar teachers and staff at Hankey!

Give a Grad a Flock!

Do you know a special grad who would appreciate special recognition in the month of May? Send a unique flock adorned with grad hats!  Until the end of the school year, Hankey will be raising money for PTSA programs and events by sending flamingos to family and friends!  For a small donation, you can surprise everyone by sending them a flock of flamingos that will decorate their front yard. Celebrate life events or just spread the flamingo joy in a fun, Covid friendly way. Under the cover of darkness the flock will arrive and stay for 2-3 days until they migrate to the next yard.

Visit for more info and to place your order. Once the online order and payment is received by Hankey, a flock will appear in the recipient’s yard along with a letter explaining their arrival.  You can choose to let the person know it was you who flocked them or keep it anonymous.  If you have any further questions please contact our flamingo wranglers at

So… who will you flock this weekend?

PTSA Needs YOU to Serve on Our Board for the 2021-22 School Year

Be the positive change that you want to see in the Hankey school community. You CAN make a difference! You can help in multiple ways but we are especially looking for candidates for the Chairs of Red Ribbon Week, Art Masters, Reflections, Box Tops, Fall Fundraiser, Hankey Hop, Book Fair & our Winter Event. No experience necessary!

Please contact our Executive VP, Jenn Katayama at for more information on open positions and how to apply!

Can’t Mask Awesome! – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week, May 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021

Help us celebrate our all-star Hankey teachers and staff. Flyers should have gone home with your child with the optional daily activities below.

Monday – Bring a flower or plant

Tuesday – Bring a wrapped snack

Wednesday – Wear your Hankey Spiritwear or the color red.

Thursday – Bring some classroom supplies

Friday – Write a thank you note to your teachers and school staff

PTSA is also organizing treats & meals for the entire staff this week and we would love your help. 

Tuesday, May 4 we are stocking the teacher’s lounge with snacks and drinks. If you would like to donate please sign up at

Friday, May 7 we are providing a boxed lunch for all staff. If you would like to contribute a few dollars towards snacks or meals, we have set up a paypal link for this purpose. 

Visit and scroll down to see what items are needed in your child’s classroom and what snacks your child’s teacher likes.

Thank you for your support in making our teachers and staff feel appreciated this week


Hankey Middle School staff is looking forward to having all of our in-person students together four days a week, starting tomorrowApril 27th, with our 100% virtual students still joining their classes virtually.  We will continue to follow safety and health guidelines with our students in class and during lunch.  Please remember to send your son or daughter with a water bottle, especially as the weather begins to warm up.

An important reminder for students returning to campus– all students need to have a charged chrome book with them every day as we will still be utilizing technology to access CANVAS and assignments throughout the school day..

Hankey elementary students also returned to school today in one full group, so please remember to allow for extra time when you are dropping off your child, as the number of students on campus has increased significantly, and there will be more cars in the drop off line each morning. 

On behalf of the staff, we are all thrilled to be bringing back our red and gray cohorts as one unified group of students for the remaining five weeks of school!

A Special Reminder for Music Students in Periods 1, 4, and 5

To allow students taking Spanish to have a designated time for Spanish class for small group support and extension, whether in-person or online, we have come up with the following schedule for students who have Music in their schedule periods 1, 4 and 5 only, for the remainder of the school year:   

Mondays: All students virtual with Music. 

Tuesdays/Thursdays: Red cohort attend Music and Grey cohort attend Spanish.

Wednesdays/Fridays: Grey cohort attend Music and Red cohort attend Spanish.