Update: GA End of Year Covid 19 Plan

Guardian Angels End of The School Year

Plan for COVID 19 – 2020

On Wednesday, April 22nd our governor announced that all school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year. School is still in session, therefore we will continue with Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year. Below is the COVID 19  End of the School Year Plan for Guardian Angels Catholic School. 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:

Students engaging in distance learning receive regular instruction from their licensed teacher(s) and use appropriate, teacher-planned educational materials. These plans will be communicated to parents on Monday each week. 

It is important for students and parents to understand that school is still in session.  The remainder of the school year is vital to enable students’ continued progress and to prevent regression. School is in session everyday, Monday through Friday. Students are expected to have time set aside 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 Google Meets conference for help with school work.
  • Needed school materials or drop off of assignments will be provided on Mondays between 9 am and 4 pm. 
    • Materials may include 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 Minnesota’s response to COVID-19 (see the governor’s policy here)  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. 

See Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines for Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees: Link

Please see the CDC guidelines for Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up (Full information at this link)

  • Hand hygiene stations are set up at the entrance of the facility, so that children can clean their hands before they enter. 
  • Wellness checks for children are completed upon arrival and again at noon to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Information for Families: Responding to COVID-19 – CHILD CARE FOR CRITICAL SECTORS can be found here if Angel Care is not able to staff.

 

  • Families Child Care Resources Link 

 

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 through the end of the school year 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.  

Food pick up on Mondays are for Monday and Tuesday meals, and Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays.

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

Pick-up and Drop-off day will be on Mondays from 9am-4pm. Arrangements can be made to pick up items outside of these hours. Currently staff will be working remotely from their homes. 

  • To pick-up or drop-off schoolwork enter through Door #1
    • Pick-ups outside of the school building may be arranged upon request
    • Home delivery may be arranged for those who are sick 
  • Drop-off items can be left in the labeled bins per teacher.

Due to the current health recommendation (CDC), no one is allowed to enter the school building unless they are authorized. (administrator, support staff & teachers)

Health & Wellness:

Please consider the health and wellness of everyone in your family along with all our GA families and staff. Below are some resources for you and your family. If you are unsure of how to access resources and need assistance, please reach out to the school administration, teachers or nurse for assistance. 

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Stress and Coping Resources Link
  • Cover your cough, stay home when you are ill, and wash your hands, prevent the spread link
  • If your child attends childcare at school, here is the information on Masking criteria: Link
  • If your child has symptoms, here is the COVID-19 specific, exclusion from school: Link

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: 

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. 

  • Reducing Stigma & Discrimination: Link

Attendance & Absences:

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 maintain 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). Attendance will be taken by individual teachers in a manner that will be communicated by the teacher.  This may include Google Meet/Zoom attendance, Class Dojo,  or Daily Ticket/Google Form.

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

 

  • Parents/guardians must email the school office ( [email protected] ) each morning of a student’s absence by 12:00 Noon.
    • 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 be 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 and IEP case managers will contact parents of students with IEP’s to make arrangements and deliver services.  If you have any questions, please contact your IEP manager or Jen Hayes ([email protected]).

Title 1 services – Mrs. Strand will be working with each classroom teacher regarding the students in her caseload. In addition, Mrs. Strand will contact individual families each week. Please email your child’s teacher or Mrs. Strand with any questions or needs in this area.

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 has a financial hardship  which may result in a possible situation of homelessness please contact Principal Sue Lovegreen ( [email protected] ). She will help connect you to the appropriate resources. 

We also would like to be made aware of any GA families that you are worried may be experiencing these financial concerns.

 Below are some resources:

Early Learning – Preschool

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

 

Assessments

There will be no NWEA MAP testing this Spring. Fall testing guidelines will be shared in the fall. 

Grading Policy 

Teachers in all grades are assessing student work. Scores are being recorded and posted in Educate for grades 4-8.  The reporting of progress will look different based on grade level. There will be an attachment to the report card with third trimester progress. Primary grades will receive a grade level checklist of the skills worked on during the year. Each subject in grades 3-8 will receive marks of Proficient, Still Working, or No Evidence. These will be based on the work students submit. 

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 

 

  • Minnesota Office of Broadband Development 
    •  For assistance identifying broadband service options or connecting with broadband providers, please call or email:
    •  K12 Connect Forward Program: https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/connect-forward/ 

Technology

Our use of technology during this time represents how we reinforce the importance of human connections.  The use of Zoom, Google Meet, Google Classroom, and email is vital to our daily and weekly communication with the students.

Technology will be used to maintain structure by keeping a regular schedule. These opportunities may include daily classroom meetings, morning prayer/Pledge, etc.

Grades K-2 – Teachers will strive for consistency and continuity.  For the ease of students and parents one hub such as Class Dojo will be used for teacher instruction and materials and a place for the students to send work back. Student engagement will be conducted primarily through parents.  Teachers will use pre-recorded videos to deliver some lessons.K-2 students will be offered optional opportunities to meet with their teachers and classmates. Communication to the parents is vital and will happen on a regular basis.

Grades 3-5 – Teachers will strive for consistency and continuity.  For the ease of students and parents one hub such as Google Classroom will be used for teacher instruction and materials and a place for the students to send work back.  Internet/technology access is essential. Teachers will use pre-recorded videos to deliver some lessons. Students and teachers will be in regular communication, but communication to the parents is still important and will happen on a regular basis. Students have the opportunity to check out a Chromebook for use as needed during the school year.

Grades 6-8 –  Teachers will strive for consistency and continuity.  For the ease of students and parents one hub such as Google Classroom will be used for teacher instruction and materials and a place for the students to send work back.  Internet/technology access is essential. Teachers will use pre-recorded videos to deliver some lessons. Students  and teachers will be in regular communication, but communication to the parents is still important and will happen on a regular basis. Teachers will provide detailed communication to students and students are encouraged to communicate with teachers regarding any questions or concerns.This puts students in charge of their learning.  Lessons will move toward being short and engaging with some work being completed asynchronously ( outside of the structured class meeting time).  Students are issued and responsible for a laptop for use during the school year.

Training for devices & programs:

Training for devices, programs, and platforms can be arranged by contacting the school office or your child’s teacher.  Teachers will train students in the use of various programs and platforms being used to enhance their education.

Public Library

Students can visit the Public Library online by visiting eLibrary Minnesota (Link) for a wide range of free resources that support learning. Review what’s available: 

An additional resource is eBooks Minnesota (Link). It is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state’s independent publishers, including some of our best literature, both fiction and nonfiction.

Cleaning Resources

  • GA will follow the Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines for Schools and Childcare programs Link

 

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, place your payment in the 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

 

  • Online automatic payments through TADS will continue as normal
  • 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

This information will be sent out to you electronically, in paper form, and posted on our GA website. Please contact Sue Lovegreen ( [email protected] ) if you have any questions or need anything. 

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