LQPV Middle/High School Distance Learning Plan

Last Updated: 5/5/2020 8:35 PM

Distance Learning Plan - 

Lac qui Parle Valley - Grades 5-12

Spring 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Our daily lives including school have been greatly impacted by CoVid-19.  During these unprecedented school closures, LqPV Middle/High school staff are working hard to ensure that our students will be supported emotionally, educationally, and nutritionally.  


Teachers have been preparing lessons, activities, and experiences to keep our students engaged, learning, and in community with one another.  The intention of this Distance Learning Plan is not to replace the experiences a student would have in the classroom, but to support continued learning and interaction while away from school.  


This Distance Learning Plan will provide some school-specific information and guidelines to help your child start on this distance-learning journey.  Together, we will learn much over the next several weeks and our plans will continue to evolve and improve.  


We know this type of learning will be easier for some students than for others.  We look forward to working with you during this distance learning time. Please keep in close contact with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions.  This alternative learning method is a new process for us all, and if there are ways we can improve upon it, we will definitely do so. We hope to see you all very soon!




LqPV Middle/High School Staff


Distance Learning Plan - LqPV Grades 5-12

(Printable PDF Version of Plan)




  • Students in grades 5-12 are expected to log into each of their classes using Google Classroom,  every day that school is in session.  Teachers will have a “Google Classroom Question” that will track students logging in.  Students have until 11:59 PM each school day to log in.

  • Please note that the 11:59 PM log in is for the daily attendance check only.  This is not the time for assignments to be due, as some assignments may be extended over a couple days.  Teachers will communicate when assignments are due.

  • Teachers will forward the “log in” data to Mrs. McFarland using a “student attendance” Google Doc, starting at 7:30 AM the next school day.

  • Families without internet are asked to call Shelly at 320-752-4802 one time per school day OR send an email from work if that is permissible by your employee, to have attendance recorded.

  • NOTE: There will not be attendance check-ins for Study Halls




  • Students are asked to check their emails every day for teacher support, guidance, and communication.

  • Teachers may be connecting with students via phone calls, emails, letters, social media, etc.  We will be diligent in communicating with students and encourage students, as well as parents, to reach out if anything is needed.

  • Teachers will be available via email from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM each school day.

  • If any materials are needed, please call Mr. Sawatzky at 320-752-4807 to make arrangements.



Qtr 4/Distance Learning Grading Scale:

85-100% = A

75-84.9% = B

60-74.9% = C

40-59.9% = D

 0-39.9% = F

  • NOTE: We are not including + or - in this new format
  • NOTE: We will also reach out to students that are sitting at the failing mark as of Friday, May 22 to see if there are extenuating circumstances that might warrant an extended time frame to meet a passing grade.
  • NOTE: We will continue to use the Pass/Fail option for transcripts in grades 5-8, and this too will be based on the new Distance Learning grading scale.  We will continue to give our 9-12 grade students the opportunity to request P/F grading if the grading scale has a negative impact on their transcript.


Semester Grading:

Students need to earn a passing mark in 2 out of 3 areas each semester (Qtr 3, Qtr 4, and Semester Exam) to earn credit for a class.  Due to COVID-19, most teachers won't be using a semester exam.  Instead, we would use this adjusted semester grading system.  It consists of 60% coming from their traditional Qtr 3 learning and 40% coming from their distance learning grades.  This mark would be one of the 3 benchmarks to determine credits for the 2nd semester.


88-100% = A

78-87.9% = B

66-77.9% = C

52-65.9% = D

 0-51.9% = F


Grading Letter to Parents 5-5-20

How to be a distance student

  • Time management

  • Maintain a consistent schedule

  • Have a designated “study area”

  • Asking questions

  • Connecting with peers

  • How to be a part of an online discussion

  • Academic honesty


How to be a distance parent

  • Creating space to work from home

  • Monitoring/supporting student progress

  • Caregiving when no one is home



If your child is sick and unable to do their school work, please use our traditional protocol and have a parent call in to Shelly McFarland at 320-752-4802 each day the student is unable to do their work.



  • LqPV is offering breakfast and lunch to students in grades K-12.  Those meals are FREE to every child that signs up.  

  • To register for these meals, go to the LqPV webpage at www.lqpv.org, scroll down on the home page, and click on “Breakfast/Lunch Sign-Up” 

  • Meals will be delivered to the following locations each morning and are available for pick up from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

  • A-M Elementary (Come to front entrance on east side of the building)

  • GMI Building in Milan (knock on door by the parking lot)

  • MMN Elementary (Northeast side door by small playground)

  • If families are not able to pick up meals at the closest location, there is a place on the “Breakfast/Lunch Sign-Up” form that allows families to request meals be delivered directly to their home.  


Technology & Homework:

  • All students in grades 5-12 have been sent home with a chromebook and charger.  If a student does not have a chromebook and/or charger, please contact Dave Raddatz at draddatz@lqpv.org to make arrangements to pick up the student’s technology at school, or to have it delivered to your home.

  • If your household does not have internet access or if your child will be unable to access hotspots in your community, please notify your child’s teachers via email so accommodations can be made.  Those accommodations will likely be paper copies of assignments and assessments to your child.

  • Paper copies of assignments and assessments will be delivered on the first day of the school week (typically Mondays).  Those delivery pick-up points will be the same sites listed in the “Lunch” section above OR selecting to have them delivered to your home is an option too.

  • If you need assistance with Google Classroom, here is a link that may be helpful.  You can also connect with your child’s teacher for assistance.



  • Tech Tip:


Families without internet access:

  • Does your child need to have packets delivered to the delivery site each week on Mondays (or the first day of the school week) for pick up between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM

If yes, please contact Mr. Sawatzky at 320-752-4807.  The delivery/return sites are:

·         A-M Elementary (Come to front entrance on east side of the building)

·        GMI Building in Milan (knock on door by the parking lot)

·        MMN Elementary (Northeast side door by small playground)


If packets are needed, they would need to be returned to the sites above on the following Monday (or the first day of the upcoming school week) between 7:30 and 8:30 AM or if they are being delivered to homes, the exchange can occur at delivery time.

Students in need of technical support can send an email to draddatz@lqpv.org or call 320-752-4820.