Guardian Angels School Closure  & Plan for COVID 19 – 2020

Guardian Angels School Closure

Plan for COVID 19 – 2020

On Sunday, March 15th our governor announced that all schools would be closed March 18 through March 27, 2020. District 112 also announced on Sunday, March 15th that schools in the Carver County School District would be closed for teachers to prepare for distant learning. Below is the COVID 19 Plan for Guardian Angels Catholic School. We may not have all the answers, especially with things changing by the hour. We will continue to update you frequently. We appreciate your patience at this time. Together with God by our side, we will get through this huge learning curve.

Distance Learning:

Distance Learning defined: Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) via emails to parents on Monday each week.

It is important for everyone to know (students and parents) school is still in session. Just not physically here at school. Everyday Monday through Friday. Students are expected to have set school hours to work on their lessons.

  • Teachers can be contacted via their school email for questions about assignments or to arrange a personal phone call or Zoom conference for help with school work

  • School materials for students to continue their learning will be provided as needed on a weekly basis. We will give specific days for pickup and dropoff of school assignments and materials.

    • This includes textbooks, novels, paper packets or worksheets along with other tools needed to complete their coursework.

  • Online resources for educational purposes will be provided by the classroom teachers.

    • Teachers should be contacted if students have any troubles or issues.

Care for Children of Emergency Workers:

Enrolled students aged 12 and under who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19 may attend Angel Care if needed as long as we have staffing. You must make arrangements in advance with Mrs. Lovegreen ( [email protected] ) This also includes extended care – before and after school hours 7am-6pm  – to students of emergency workers.

Healthcare staff as described below:

  • Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics

  • Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities

  • Other health systems and organizations, such as:

    • Home Care workers

    • Personal Care Assistants

    • Ambulance/emergency

    • Direct Care and Treatment

Other emergency staff, including:

  • First responders

  • Firefighters

  • Personnel providing correctional services

  • Essential Court personnel

  • Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff

  • State and local public health agency employees

  • MNsure Navigators

  • County financial/eligibility workers

  • County case managers

  • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services

Nutrition:

District 112 will provide meals for all children who need them, no matter their resources and no matter what school they attend.

We have free lunches for students in the community that can be picked up at Riverview Terrace or at Clover Ridge Elementary March 16th-20th from 11:30-12:30.   If students need lunches but are unable to get to a pick up site, they can call nutrition services at 952-556-6150 to request meal delivery.

  • Meal pick up will not be available during Spring Break, March 23rd-27th.

Several GA families are also willing to drop off food to any of our families in need. We will have a table outside the Pickup room for non-perishable food to be dropped off or picked up by any GA family that needs it. Please only take what you need so others may receive the needed support. Be sure to contact Sue Lovegreen if your family needs nutritional support.

  • Only parents/guardians/students themselves may pick up food. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult to receive food.

Instructional Materials Pick-up & Drop-off

Drop-off & Pick Up process:

Designated Pick-up and Drop-off days will be prearranged. Dates will be communicated in teacher weekly lesson plans on Monday, confirmed during weekly family check-in calls

  • Currently staff will be working remotely from their homes.

  • To pick-up or drop-off schoolwork enter through Door #1

    • Outside pick-ups may be arranged upon request

    • Home delivery may be arranged for those who are sick

  • Pick up items will be in the Spanish Room 101 – items are grouped by classroom teacher, MS Advisor or for larger families by family name

  • Drop-off items will be in the Learning Center Room 104 – items may be dropped off to the designated areas by teacher or MS Advisors

Health & Wellness:

Please consider the health and wellness of everyone in your family along with all our GA families and staff.

Talking to Children about COVID 19

Concern over this new virus can make children and family members anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. Children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety.

Additional information and specific guidelines can be found at: Talking to Children about COVID-19

Bullying & Harassment:

COVID-19 is not at all connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Everyone should be mindful that bullying, intimidation, or harassment of students based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, or disability (including the actual disability of being infected with COVID-19 or perception of being infected) may result in a violation of state and federal civil rights laws. Guardian Angels School will take immediate and appropriate action to investigate what occurred when responding to reports of bullying or harassment. If parents and families believe their child has experienced bullying, harassment, or intimidation related to the COVID-19 outbreak, they should contact our school principal or their classroom teacher.

Attendance & Truancy:

It is the policy of Guardian Angels School to adhere to all State of Minnesota regulations concerning school attendance. During this time of distant learning, students are expected to establish school hours to do their course work through online learning directed by their classroom teachers. (MS: Google Classroom, Zoom conferences, online educational programs directed by the classroom teachers – all grades)

All work missed by students who were absent due to sickness must be made up as soon as possible after returning to school.

When an absence is necessary, these steps are to be followed:

  • Parents/guardians must email the school office ( [email protected]org ) each morning of a student’s absence by 9:30 AM.

    • Be sure to mention why your child is unable to participate in online learning for the day. (fever, COVID 19 illness or any other symptoms need to be reported)

  • Students will make immediate plans to do all make-up work due to absence upon feeling better.

  • If make-up work is requested during the student’s absence, the parent/guardian must contact the classroom teacher.  Assignments for the week will have been emailed every Monday.

  • If absence is due to work, travel, or some other reason, the parent/guardian should notify the school prior to the absence.Remember school is still in session remotely out of your homes. – This is not an extended spring break or summer.vacation.

Special Education Services, English Language Learners & Students Learning Plans:

District Specialized Education Services Administrators will be sending a link to a brief video outlining what you may expect services to look like in a distance learning model to all parents of students with IEP’s on Friday, March 20, 2020.  IEP case managers will be contacting parents of students with IEP’s the week after spring break (March 23-27) to make arrangements and deliver services as outlined by the video. If, for some reason, you do not receive the District 112 email with the video link, please contact your IEP manager or Jen Hayes ([email protected]) and the link will be forwarded to you.

Title 1 services – Mrs. Strand will be working with each classroom teacher for the students she works with. This information will be shared by the classroom teachers in their Monday emails to home. Please email your child’s teacher with any questions or needs in this area.

Students with Learning Plans:

All teachers will continue to support our learners as best they can remotely. Parents and/or students may ask for a personal phone call for help with a lesson or any other additional support.

Please keep in mind with all of these services, things may change. We will continue to communicate as best we can as changes occur.

Home stability

At any time if your family experiences, needs or comes across a GA family who is in financial hardship resulting in a possible situation of homelessness please contact Principal Sue Lovegreen ( [email protected]). She will help connect you to the appropriate resources.

Early Learning

Preschool Expectations

Mrs. Hennen will communicate on Mondays age-appropriate distance learning activities and programs that will provide educational experiences for our preschoolers.

Assessments

The NWEA MAP testing window was changed to May 4th through May 22nd. We are not quite sure how we will proctor the testing. More detail will come as we learn more.

Broadband Access

If broadband access is an issue for households in your school district, here are links to resources and options that may be available in your area.

  • Contact your local broadband provider(s):

    • List of broadband providers by county (with contact information):

                       https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/maps/data.jsp

  • For help identifying providers in your area:

    •  Minnesota Cable Communications Association: 651-493-0716

    •  Minnesota Telecom Alliance: 651-288-3723

    • Satellite Industry Association: 202-503-1560

    • Wireless Infrastructure Association: 703-739-0300

    • WISPA (fixed wireless providers): 407-319-0062

  •  Companies with service options related to COVID-19 response. Note this is not a comprehensive list. Visit the  Office of Broadband Development for updates and additions to this list.

    •  AT&T

    • CenturyLink

    • Comcast

    • Charter

    • Mediacom

    • Sprint

    • T-Mobile

    • Verizon

Public Library

Online and from home, visit eLibrary Minnesota for a wide range of free resources that support learning. Review what’s available:

o K-12 Student resources (Elementary, Middle School, High School)

 o eBooks Minnesota (especially elementary age and a selection in languages other than English)

Cleaning Resources

• National Association for the Education of Young Children.

https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/accreditation/early-learning/clean_table.pdf

• American Academy of Pediatrics.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Cleaners-Sanitizers-Disinfectants.aspx

Activities

All in-person school-sponsored activities that are scheduled during the statewide school closure are suspended until in-person school resumes.

Fees & Payments for tuition, lunch & yearbooks

  • Any type of payments should be dropped off at the parish office if open. If not open, placed in a mailbox attached to the door outside. You may also send it through the US Postal Service.  Our address is 217 W. 2nd St. Chaska, MN 55318

  • Please be sure to contact Sue Lovegreen at [email protected]  if you have any concerns or are in need of any assistance.

  • Please contact Lynn Arnal if you would like to set up autopayments at [email protected]

Disclaimer

Please contact Sue Lovegreen   ([email protected] ) if you have any questions or need anything.

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