Additional Information

Last updated: Aug 7
Note: New content in bold

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. Please call the main office (612) 729-8321 if you need to schedule a meeting.

 

Athletics

The Athletics Department will move forward with as many of our regular athletics programs as possible, giving an extra focus to the health and safety of our student athletes and coaches. We are following the guidelines set out by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State High School League, and we are working closely with our own school nurses. We are awaiting further guidance from the Minnesota State High School League in the coming days and will update our plans, policies, and procedures accordingly.

 

Library

The Carlson Family Library may be used at times as a classroom or supervised quiet study hall area. We will have a checkout system in place for books. The library staff will provide more information to students when the school year begins.

 

iPads and other Electronic Devices

Upper School students need to have their school-provided iPad or personal laptop fully charged and in their possession every day at school.

 

Technology

All instructional spaces will have technology to support student learning.

We have identified technology tools that we’ll use throughout the year, whether we are teaching in person or need to temporarily go online, including Schoology, Flipgrid, Padlet, Pear Deck and others. 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.

 

Supply List

There is no Upper School supply list. Students should bring their iPad or learning device, a notebook, and something to write with. Teachers will inform students of any particular supply requirements for their individual classes on the first day of class.

 

Absences

Attendance line: (612) 728-7780; call by 8:40am to report an absence.

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, and lessons/materials will be shared on Schoology.

 

Health Services

Minnehaha Academy will continue to have a nurse on-site during school hours. A second health office space, the covid waiting room, will be used for students with covid 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, such as:

  • Supplies for paper cuts, small abrasions, picked scabs
  • 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 bites IF the student has no bug bite allergies
  • Supplies to stop a bloody nose

 

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.

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.

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.

[T]he partnership between home and school ... elevates our trusted relationship to a higher level.

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