The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly changing across our nation and the state of Minnesota. We are committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, family, staff and community. We will continue to provide up-to-date information about the district’s prevention and preparation strategies. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are offering guidance, which the district is taking into consideration into our response plans.
Fall 2020 and Return-to-School – Hybrid Model
Lakeville Area Schools will start the 2020-21 school year in a Hybrid Model, in accordance with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan. This model will allow each K-12 student to attend school in person two days a week at no more than 50 percent capacity in buildings and buses, while wearing face coverings and social distancing. Students will learn from home on days when they are not in school.
For more details and a brief overview of the Hybrid Model, please visit our dedicated Fall 2020 page here.
District Office In-person Services
Beginning July 13, the Lakeville Area Schools District Office will be open for in-person services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We strongly encourage remote processing (mail in or drop box) of transactions whenever possible. If you require face-to-face assistance, please wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines posted and set up in the lobby. If you require visiting with a staff member other than the receptionist, please schedule an appointment directly with that staff member.
The District requests that visitors who are COVID-19 positive or symptomatic do not enter district facilities.
For questions, please call 952-232-2001. Thank you for your cooperation.
With the health and safety of our students and staff being of the utmost importance, we hope you understand that summer programs will look different this year. With the support of the School District, we are working to adapt our programs to follow the most current guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education. This includes health screenings, frequent hand washing and hygiene standards, social distancing and small group sizes, extensive cleaning and limits on visitors and observers. These practices are being put in place to provide a healthy environment while continuing to provide you with the innovative and engaging programs you have come to expect. A summary of precautions that Community Education programs will be following are listed here.
While we realize that not everyone will feel comfortable or ready to join us in person yet, please know that Lakeville Area Community Education is here for you and your family when the time is right. In the meantime, we will continue to offer great programming online so you can continue to move, learn and experience new things with your family and friends. Please review the latest information about online and in-person programming through the Lakeville Area Community Education here.
Prevention, Mitigation and Other Resources
- Know the symptoms of COVID-19 which include a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
- You can learn more about how COVID-19 symptoms present on the MDH website.
- Stay home if you are sick
- If you feel the need to give your child fever-reducing medication before emergency child care, your child should not come to the school building. Children who are mildly ill are still contagious.
- Practice simple, everyday hygiene habits
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Don’t share personal items like water bottles, chapsticks, utensils, etc.
- Cover cough and sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in trash
- If your student is experiencing these symptoms, the CDC recommends that you keep them home until their symptoms subside for 3 days without use of fever-reducing medication. If you believe your student’s illness may be due to COVID-19, please call your primary healthcare provider.
- If your student needs to be quarantined or tests positive for COVID-19, contact your school’s principal. If you have concerns about COVID-19, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health hotline by calling 651-201-3920.
- If a K-12 student is sick and cannot complete Extended Flex Learning activities, parents should call the attendance line to report their health status/absence. Per attendance policy, a secondary student can access all of their classroom materials in Schoology.
Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students, and therefore will not tolerate discrimination against anyone for any reason.
The combination of anxiety and the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 has lead to social stigma and acts of discrimination towards people of Asian heritage. It is important to know and share with your student that this virus is not tied to a specific ethnicity.
If your student is experiencing discrimination due to COVID-19 or for any other reason, please contact your school’s principal or your student’s teacher.
How you can help
We know that in these uncertain times, many Lakeville Area families may be experiencing financial hardship and other, perhaps unexpected, need. We also know our Lakeville Area community is committed to one another, and will rally together. Learn more about ways to help those in need during this pandemic.
If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.