This is an extraordinary time. Two months ago we were hearing about a virus running rampant in China and many of us were unconcerned. About a month ago, the news media started focusing more on the COVID-19 story and we learned even more about what was going on around the world and in the State of Washington. Last week, on March 15, Governor Walz temporarily suspended school to allow time for teachers to develop distance learning plans for our students. Just a few days ago, Lac qui Parle County had its first confirmed case and yesterday, Governor Walz told us that Minnesotans need to stay home for two weeks. Wow! Things have certainly progressed at a rapid pace.
As you likely know by now, students will not be returning to school until at least May 5, 2020. According to Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20, issued on March 25, 2020, the distance learning period may be extended beyond May 4 for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year if it is deemed necessary for the health and safety of students and staff.
Please know that we empathize with students and their families for the disruption that COVID-19 is causing. Our main goal during this distance learning phase is to continue to build and maintain strong relationships that allow students to feel valued while empowering them to make academic progress. We’ll do that by making sure that we stay connected to students and their families during this time.
As we move forward, here are some dates of significance:
- Friday, March 27 Last day of distance learning planning period
- Monday, March 30 First day of distance learning
- Thursday, April 9 No school (No work assigned)
- Friday, April 10 No school (No work assigned)
- Monday, April 13 No school (No work assigned)
- Tuesday, April 14 No school (No work assigned)
- Monday, May 4 Last day of distance learning (See paragraph 3 above)
- Friday, May 22 Last day of school for 2019-20
Other Important Items
- LqPV provides free breakfast and lunch for students between now and May 4 for parents who register. Sign up on the website at www.lqpv.org
- LqPV provides child care for school-age students 12 and under whose parents are medical professionals, first responders or are employed in other eligible categories. Sign up on the website at www.lqpv.org
Let’s do what we can to help slow the spread of the virus. Health care providers need time to get the necessary supplies and equipment in order to treat those of us who will get sick. The next several weeks are going to be trying times. I wish you and your families my best as we navigate this challenging time in our country’s history.
Click the links below for Distance Learning pages
Appleton-Milan Elementary School
MMN Elementary School
Lac qui Parle Valley Middle/High School
Parent & Student Resources:
How to Use Zoom Tutorial
How to Use Google Meets Student
Webcam Etiquette Video
Breakfast/Lunch Sign-Up (Ages 18 & under)
Breakfast/lunch delivery will occur on regular school days beginning Monday, March 30th through Monday, May 4th. Students will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch at the same time for each child. Please register for these services. Once you have registered for this service, you will receive meals until in-person school resumes.
Sign up once for each student.
Child Care Sign-up for Health Care/Emergency Workers
Per the guidance of the MN Department of Education, schools should provide care to, at a minimum, district- and charter-enrolled students aged 12 and under who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19.
Emergency staff is defined as:
-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
-Direct Care and Treatment
Other emergency staff, including:
-Personnel providing correctional services
-Essential Court personnel
-Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff
-State and local public health agency employees
-County financial/eligibility workers
-County case managers
-Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services
Please register for these services. Child Care Sign-up
Google Meet (Hang Outs) http://meet.google.com/
Offline Ideas: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FnwwnpP7_-6bZBVAsIDyukAUdqapC-lxxybYC7FK1tA/edit#slide=id.g6046610587_0_324
Webcam etiquette video