Additional Information

Last updated: Aug 7
Note: New content in bold

iPads

Students in grades 1-5 will have 1:1 iPads. The iPads will go home in the child’s backpack each day and return in the backpack each morning. In the event that a kindergarten cohort or all kindergarten students must be home for distance learning, iPads will be provided and sent home.

Students will use a combination of paper-based materials as well as their iPads. Individual workbooks will be provided as usual and students will be asked to bring individual materials such as notebooks. We will also onboard students into use of the iPad from the beginning of the school year so that in the event that we need to move to distance learning students are equipped to continue using the iPad as a powerful learning tool.

 

Technology

All instructional spaces will have technology to support student learning. We have identified a powerful suite of technology tools that we’ll use throughout the year, including if we are forced to move into a temporary distance learning environment.

Teachers will begin using our identified technology tools immediately in the school year. We will teach students the tools so that they are comfortable and proficient with these tools. We will also provide training for parents on these tools.

 

Supplies

Each Lower School student will bring a backpack that will function as his or her desk. Students will keep a pouch in their backpacks containing basic school supplies (e.g.; pencils, scissors, crayons, markers). Students will also keep their iPads in their backpack. The backpacks will go home each day with the students.

Preschool students will not have multiple instructional spaces so they will keep their supplies in their bin in the classroom.

Classroom teachers, teaching assistants, and specialists will have individual kits of supplies as much as possible to limit the sharing of materials. In cases where materials may be shared (ie: books from a classroom library), teachers will use cleaning protocols to ensure that materials are safe.

Supply List

 

Absences

The attendance line is (612) 721-3359. Parents must call the school by 8:45am to report an absence, late arrival, or early departure. As a reminder, parents should call the attendance line if they will be picking their child up early.

Students will take their iPads home each day so that if they are absent from school for any reason will have access to their instructional experience through our technology tools.

Teachers will not be providing separate instruction for students who are absent. Students will be able to participate in classroom instruction from home through live links; lessons will also be recorded so they can be accessed at another time.

 

Health Services

Minnehaha Academy will continue to have a registered nurse on-site at all times. A separate space will be used for students with covid-like symptoms.

In order to limit the number of students going to the nurse’s office, instructional spaces will be equipped with supplies to handle basic health needs, including:

  • Cleaning small scrapes and applying bandaids
  • Providing baggies for lost teeth
  • Guidance for minor headaches and/or fatigue
  • Guidance for mild indigestion and/or upset stomach especially immediately after lunch or recess
  • Guidance to help with localized bug bite AND the student has no bug bite allergies
  • Supplies to stop a bloody nose

The school nurse will respond to emergencies, administer student medications, examine injuries, administer ice, determine if parent approved over-the-counter medicine should be administered (ie: Tylenol, cough drops), and will be available for any other health needs in the building.

 

Face Coverings

Students will wear face coverings during instruction but will not wear face coverings while doing physical activity during PE class. Students will not wear face coverings for recess or while they are eating lunch.

Students who have tested positive for COVID prior to August 27 and fully recovered will still need to wear masks and follow the social distance rules like other students.  Even if students have spent time with peers this summer without masks, they are required in school.

Face Coverings are required on school transportation and in the school building. Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf, or a bandanna. Students will be provided with two Minnehaha cloth masks. Minnehaha gaiters will be available for purchase in the front office. In keeping with our school dress code, face coverings must not be distracting or controversial.

If a K-5 child is not able to wear a face covering for extended periods of time, a face shield is also an acceptable alternative while in the classroom. A mask or other face covering will still be required when traveling in the hallway or in common spaces outside of the classroom. If using one in the classroom, a face shield must cover the face from the forehead to below the chin and just in front of the ears.

Preschool students are not required to wear face coverings in the classroom. They will be required to wear masks when arriving at school, when traveling in the hallways, and at pick-up time. Preschool faculty and staff will follow the same protocols as other faculty - shields during instruction, masks during times of close contact. 

It is recommended that families practice using a face mask at home for longer time periods before school starts to help students comfort level in wearing a mask throughout the school day. Students will be trained in proper mask use, including putting it on, taking it off, and mask hygiene. Families will be asked to launder the face masks routinely, often enough to have a clean, laundered face mask each day at school.

 

Library

Our library is a vibrant place and a significant part of our student’s educational experience. We won’t be able to have students visit the library, so we’re bringing the library to them!

Students and teachers will request books, and books will be delivered to classrooms. Our library staff will be available to talk with students about book selections they might enjoy or would be a good fit for their reading levels. In accordance with national guidelines, returned books will be quarantined for 3 days before they can be shelved or returned to circulation.

 

Visitors

In keeping with our commitment to limit exposure and contact between students and families, parents will not be able to come into the building. Visitor access will be limited.

Lower School is OPEN

Middle School is OPEN ✅

Upper School is OPEN

When to Stay Home

Students and faculty must not come to school if they display any symptoms or come into close contact with COVID-19. Please use our decision tree when determining whether or not to come to school.*

*MA follows guidelines from the MN Health Department for reporting contagious illnesses, please let the school know if your child has a contagious illness or if your family has had close-contact exposure to COVID-19.

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