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.

Schools Closed Through May 4, Distance Learning Beginning March 30

In compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-19, distance learning will begin Monday, March 30, 2020 and last through Monday, May 4, 2020. Our schools will remain closed during this time. All in-person, school-sponsored activities and co-curricular practices that were scheduled are suspended for the duration of distance learning, until in-person instruction resumes. While our school buildings will remain closed, our students will learn from home through our Extended Flex Learning plan.

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 Zoom 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
 

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 Zoom video conferencing app. Students do not need a Zoom account to participate in a Zoom meeting.
    1. Using zoom on your device (add directions for Chromebook, iPad, web browser)

Lakeville Area Schools will make breakfast and lunches available to all children in the district through pickup and delivery. Meals will be available even during the shelter-in-place order, which is in effect until April 10. 

  • Meals will be available to children preschool age through grade 12, Monday-Friday, beginning on Monday, March 30
  • There will be no food distribution during our 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. 

Requesting Meals

Families are asked to pre-order meals by 9 a.m. each morning through this Meal Request Form to ensure enough meals are prepared while minimizing food waste. 

While meals are not available on the weekends, the link to order for Monday will be open starting at 2 p.m. on Fridays through 9 a.m. on Mondays. The District will collect the names of students obtaining meals for USDA records.

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

Lakeville Area Schools is partnering with Schmitty & Sons Bus Company to distribute meals at locations throughout the district. At these locations, we ask that families follow social distancing guidelines. While waiting in line, it is important to remain 6 feet apart from other families. Meals will be delivered to the following locations:

 
Location Time
Greenhaven Park, Burnsville 10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
210th Street W. at LakeVillage Apartments 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lakeville Court Apartments 11:05 a.m.  - 11:20 a.m.
Sunny Acres (Clubhouse) 11:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
South Fork Townhomes (Main Area) 11:35  a.m. - 11:50 p.m.
Queen Anne Courts Apartments at Jeffrey Rd. & Ricky Ln. (at the shelter)  11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lakeville Pointe Apartments 11:55 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Connelly’s Mobile Park 12:20 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Emagine Lakeville Movie Theater (Southeast corner of the parking lot) 12:25 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Christina Huddleston Elementary 12:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Little Windrose Park, Elko New Market 1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

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 6:30 a.m.-6 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.

District Services the Extended School Closure

  • All school-sponsored and district-sponsored events and activities are canceled. 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 March 29. 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
  • All school-sponsored and district-sponsored events are canceled at least through 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/
  • 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

The 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
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • 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. 
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).
Even though there are travel advisories for several destinations, some people may still need to travel long distance. 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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