COVID-19 Information Update

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.

Summer 2020

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.

Community Education

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 handwashing 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.

Distance Learning Spring 2020

Distance Learning Dashboard

Keep track of everything going on in Lakeville Area Schools during distance learning. Every day, we are updating the number of devices distributed, meals served to students, students in child care, and the online interactions happening through distance learning. Click “Google Data Studio” in the lower right corner of the dashboard to open it in a new window for easier interactive viewing.

Extended Flex Learning (Distance Learning)

Extended Flex Learning Family GuideDocument: Extended Flex Learning Family Guide

We understand that distance learning may feel daunting, which is why we have provided this document to support students and families throughout this experience. This document provides guidance on how to support learning at home as well as important information related to social, emotional and academic support for students. There is information on communicating with teachers, attendance and grading practices. Also included are directions on how to access child care, meals and delivery of learning resources.

Please take time to read through this family guide. Below you will find brief summaries of the family guide.


Extended Flex learning takes place when schools are expected to be closed for an extended period of time (weeks). The Minnesota Department of Education expects that students who participate in distance learning have full access to appropriate educational materials. Equitable access must be ensured within an Extended Flex Learning plan.

At Lakeville Area Schools, Extended Flex Learning work will include a balance of digital and non-digital learning activities that will be posted daily on Seesaw/Schoology within a two-hour late start modified schedule.

If your child needs access to educational materials, such as a device, school supplies, meals, and/or child care, please contact your school’s principal.

General Practices at Home

  • Designate a place to learn at home away from distractions
  • Give your child the opportunity to organize their learning space
  • Create a balanced schedule with your child's input

Accessing Lessons

  • Students grades K-4: Login to Seesaw
  • Students grades 4-12: Login to Schoology
    • Note, 4th graders may be utilizing Seesaw or Schoology depending on the school they attend

Extended Flex Learning work will include a balance of digital and non-digital learning activities and will be posted daily on Seesaw/Schoology within a two hour late start modified schedule. These activities will represent learning across multiple subject areas including considerations for students physical and mental wellbeing.

As a rule of thumb, use the following expectations for instruction.

  • Teachers will interact with students and answer family questions during their daily schedules for their program
  • Teachers will post office hours and check email and phone messages daily and try to answer questions within 24 hours
  • Families are encouraged to participate in as many activities as they like
  • Learning activity packs will be provided to families
  • Each program will also provide instruction and interaction using the following digital formats:

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Small Wonders Preschool

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • Case Managers will work with students and provide IEP services using email, phone calls or the Remind App
  • Students enrolled in Small Wonders or ECFE are also encouraged to participate in the learning activities and resources in those programs.  
 
  • Students will follow their school's two-hour late start bell schedule.
  • Teachers will post office hours and be available to answer questions during this schedule.
  • Teachers will check email and phone messages daily and try to respond to questions within 24 hours.
  • Teachers will share Extended Flex Learning activities with students.
  • Visit your teachers' Seesaw/Schoology courses to see daily and weekly assignments and learning activities
  • As a rule of thumb, lessons and activities in grades K-5 should take on average no more than 15-20 minutes to complete per class
  • Students will follow their school's two-hour late start bell schedule.
  • Teachers will post office hours and be available to answer questions during this schedule.
  • Teachers will check email and phone messages daily and try to respond to questions within 24 hours.
  • Students should check their teachers' Schoology Course to see daily and weekly assignments and tasks
  • Daily lessons/activities should take on average no more than 20-30 minutes to complete per class

Students eligible for special education will continue to receive specialized instruction and related services to meet their identified needs through distance learning. The district’s distance learning model includes equitable access to specialized instruction and related services for students with disabilities so they have access to general education standards and continue to demonstrate progress toward their general education and IEP goals.

Please review the Special Education Extended Flex Learning Information for Families document.

Students in grades K-12 should have a device (tablet, Chromebook, or computer) and internet connection to engage in Extended Flex Learning. If your child(ren) does not have a device, please contact your principal to request a device to borrow from the school district.
  • For tech support, please visit: Student/Family Tech Support
  • For support logging into digital resources, refer to these instructions: How to log into Lakeville Area Schools digital resources
  • Please note your teacher may offer "live" webinar sessions using Webex or Schoology Conferences
    • Teachers will record these sessions and post to Schoology so students can view at a later time
    • If you don't want your child's image to be displayed during these sessions you can cover the webcam with tape or turn off the webcam when joining the session

Setting Digital Expectations for Your Child

  • Share expectations with your child about accessing only appropriate sites and content
  • Monitor use of technology
  • Help your child learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments before other internet activities
  • Put devices away overnight to discourage late night, unmonitored use and sleep disruption

Student Privacy During Distance Learning

Teachers will take attendance each day, just as they would at school. Ways in which teachers will verify attendance include:

  • Email exchange/online discussion/video chat/phone call between student and teacher. 
  • Activity in classes (pages accessed, discussion participation, formative assessments completed).  
  • Work or assignments submitted via Seesaw or Schoology

Students who don't participate in planned activities are considered absent for those classes, just as if they were not present for an on-campus class.

Students whose family chooses to not participate in Extended Flex Learning will be reported as absent.

If your child is incorrectly market absent, please contact the teacher.

Elementary (K-5)

Grading practices at the elementary level will continue to use the same descriptors for the standards that are taught and assessed. 
  • M = Meets Learning Targets: an “M” indicates that the student independently met grade level learning targets.  The student requires no additional support or assistance in successfully demonstrating grade-level skills and concepts learned and mastered.
  • D = Developing Toward Learning Targets: a “D” indicates that the student is developing foundational skills to master the grade level learning targets.  His/her current level of progress/growth is characterized as requiring consistent teacher support to ensure progress/growth.
  • N = Not Meeting Learning Targets: an “N” indicates that the student has not developed foundational skills necessary to master grade level learning targets.
  • X = Not Assessed or Taught at this Time: an “X” indicates that the Learning Target(s) has not been introduced. 
    • Within an Extended Flex Learning model, teachers will focus on the most “essential” of the priority standards and will grade appropriately with the understanding that some standards may not be taught or assessed and could possibly be marked as an “X” at the end of the school year.

Middle School (6-8)

Students in grades 6-8 will continue to be graded and assessed by their teachers, but at the end of the quarter, all grades will be converted to  ‘Pass’ or ‘No Credit’. Please connect with your teachers regarding specific grading and assessment questions.

High School (9-12)

The grading scale remains the same for high school students, but students will have until May 1 to elect to convert their grade to ‘Pass’/‘No Credit’. Please connect with your teachers regarding specific grading and assessment questions.
Teachers will be communicating with students and families in a variety of ways. If you or your child need to communicate with your child’s teacher(s), use the methods below.

Parents

  1. Send an email or leave a voicemail -- Teachers will be checking their email and voicemail throughout the school day.
  2. Send a Seesaw Inbox Message (for students in grades K-4) -- This messenger tool is one way to get a hold of your child’s teacher if you have a quick question or if you’re having difficulties with home learning assignments. **It may be helpful for parents to turn on Seesaw Notifications. 
  3. Send a Schoology Message (for students in grades 5-12) -- Schoology private messages can be sent to and from our teachers and families.
  4. For families that prefer an alternative language, please contact our student success liaisons.

Students

  1. Send an email or leave a voicemail -- Teachers will be checking their email and voicemail throughout the school day.
  2. Use Seesaw Communication-
    1. Replying back to responses teachers have sent. **Be sure they check the INBOX and NOTIFICATIONS
    2. Add their own photo, video, or drawing to say hello or share! Click the Green Check.
  3. Use Schoology Communication-
    1. Schoology Conferences App - video conferencing app
    2. Students will upload completed work, participate in online discussions, and retrieve directions from teachers
  4. Use the Webex video conferencing app. Students do not need a Webex account to participate in a Webex meeting.
    1. Using Webex on your Chromebook
    2. Using Webex on your iPad
    3. Using Webex on your Mac/PC

Lakeville Area Schools is making breakfast and lunches available to all children through 12th grade in the district. Meals are available through curbside pickup and delivery.

  • Meals are available to children preschool age through grade 12, Monday-Friday
  • There will be no food distribution during regularly scheduled days off, April 10 and April 13.
  • Meals will include a lunch for that day and a continental breakfast for the next morning. 
  • Students do not have to be enrolled in Lakeville Area Schools to receive a meal. 
  • You do not need to qualify for free and reduced meals to receive these meals. 

Weekly Meal Requests

Families should fill out this Meal Request Form once a week to order meals for the week. This form will open daily at 2 p.m. and close at 8 a.m. the next weekday to allow nutrition staff enough time to prepare enough meals for the day. This will allow you to sign up mid-week, if necessary. However, you can sign up for a full week at a time.

Pickup Location and Times

Lakeville North High School Student Entrance 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Families/students should drive up to the student entrance sidewalk and roll down their passenger window. A staff member will hand you your meals curbside.

Delivery Locations and Times

*UPDATE: For your convenience, we have added additional school bus delivery locations. Please note the delivery times of some of our bus stops have changed as well. Please review the location list or the interactive map to find a location and time that works best for you. All locations are open to any child.

Lakeville Area Schools is providing free child care for children ages 3-12 of Tier 1 emergency and healthcare workers as designated by Gov. Walz as well as Lakeville Area Schools staff who are working on site in our buildings providing essential support. This child care will begin Monday, March 30. Child care will be provided 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday on regularly scheduled school days.

Child care will be provided at Eastview Elementary. If capacity allows, we may open another building to accommodate students.

If you are a Tier 1 emergency worker or district staff member who must still report to our buildings and need child care, please fill out the Emergency Child Care Registration Form. Please note, any changes to your next week’s schedule will need to be submitted by noon each Friday.

Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the wellbeing of all families during this unprecedented time. The Collaborative of Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has prepared exceptional resources for students and families specific to social-emotional needs resulting from COVID-19. Included are these topics:

  • general guidelines to support families
  • talking to children about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • planning activities at home
  • coping with stress and anxiety

We encourage parents/guardians to review Resources for Parents and Caregivers During COVID-19.

In case of a mental health emergency, Dakota County residents should call Dakota County Crisis Response at 952-892-7171. Crisis response services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Scott County residents should call Mental Health Center Intake at 952-496-8481 during regular business hours.

Student Resources Forms

We want to make sure students have everything they need for distance learning. This includes supplies and mental support.

District Services During School Closures

  • All school-sponsored and district-sponsored events and activities are canceled through at least May 4. This includes band and choir concerts, elementary music performances, plays and theater productions, field trips and banquet events
  • All Board of Education-approved overnight trips are canceled until further notice
  • The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has suspended spring activities including competitions, training, practices, scrimmages and contests. For the latest MSHSL updates, visit: https://legacy.mshsl.org/mshsl/
  • For specific information on Facility Use visit www.LakevilleAreaCommunityEd.net or call 952-232-2155 or email Facilitiesuse@isd194.org 
  • All non-district facility use of District buildings and grounds is canceled through at least May 4. This includes all community group use, PTO groups, Booster Clubs and church rentals
  • Options for rescheduling non-district facility use are not available at this time
  • For specific information on Facility Use visit www.LakevilleAreaCommunityEd.net or call 952-232-2155 or email Facilitiesuse@isd194.org
  • The Minnesota State High School League has canceled all spring activities through the end of the year. This was done in line with the governor's Executive Order 20-41.
  • This means all spring athletics and fine arts have been canceled fr the remainder of their seasons, including but not limited to, practices, tryouts, scrimmages, contests and competitions, and postseason tournaments.
  • The district will be automatically issuing refunds for activity participation fees at both Lakeville North and Lakeville South High School.
  • Lakeville South's production of "Shrek" has been canceled and ticket refunds will be processed.
  • Lakeville North's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" is postponed with a possibility of a summer performance. Refunds will not be processed at this time as we wait to see if a summer performance will be possible.
  • Summer camps are considered on hold at this time. MSHSL will help provide guidance on whether summer camps need to be rescheduled or canceled.
  • For the latest MSHSL updates, visit: https://legacy.mshsl.org/mshsl/
  • Schmitty & Sons will provide transportation to school-age children ages 12 and younger who are receiving Emergency Child Care. 
  • Schmitty & Sons buses will also be used to deliver meals and supplies to students throughout the school closure.

Prevention, Mitigation and Other Resources

Lakeville Area Schools follows this protocol for handling COVID-19 cases in our schools. Our district nurses work closely with our district staff and MDH to trace contacts. District nurses will notify and support any staff members or parents/guardians of students who are identified as a close contact or possible contact with a symptomatic or confirmed positive individual. In compliance with HIPAA Lakeville Area Schools will not share identifying information about symptomatic or confirmed positive individuals. What to do if you have symptoms or have been around someone with symptoms: English | Español | Soomaali
COVID-19 symptoms include:
  • new onset cough, fever (100.4ºF or higher), shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following:
  • chills
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • new onset of severe headache
  • new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
  • congestion
  • gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea
Please note that if you have a child or family member in the household who has symptoms, then all students or staff in the household must stay home and not report to work or school.

For a POSITIVE COVID-19 Result:
    • Positive individual stays home and isolates for at least 10 days AND until symptoms improve with no fever for at least 24 hours.
    • Household members AND close contacts quarantine for 14 days. You must quarantine for a full 14 days,  even if you receive a negative test. 

For a SYMPTOMATIC individual:
  • Symptomatic individual stays home and isolates for 10 days. If a negative test or alternate diagnosis is received AND symptoms improve with no fever for 24 hours, the individual can return to school or work.
  • Household members stay home and quarantine from all activities for at least 14 days. If symptomatic individual receives a negative test, household members may return to school/work/activities.

If your student needs to be quarantined or tests positive for COVID-19, contact your school’s principal. 
The necessary, yet intense response to the COVID-19 pandemic can affect emotional wellbeing. We know this situation may be on the minds of our students. In addition to our students physical wellbeing, we value the emotional well-being of our students and community, and therefore recommend this resource for Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Health and Safety Tips and COVID-19 SymptomsThe most important actions we can all take at this time are:
  • 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
Even though there are travel advisories for several destinations, some people may still need to travel. If you are traveling, we ask that you review the travel guidance from the CDC
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.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please email information@isd194.org

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