Dear River Grove Families, Staff, and Community
Governor Tim Walz announced that Minnesota schools will implement distance learning starting Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 30. At this time, on-campus classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, May 5. (May 1 and May 4 will be staff-only days on campus.)
River Grove’s Current Status 3/27/20
- Distance Learning Implementation Status
- Dates and Procedures for Picking Up Distance Learning Materials and Borrowing Chromebooks
- Childcare Reminder
- At-Home Resource Ideas During the School Closure
- Helpful ideas (not part of the distance learning core curriculum)
- A Note about Parent-Teacher Conferences
- A Note about Special Education
- Picking Up Personal Items from School
- River Grove has emailed and posted its “Distance Learning Handbook.”
- Teachers will communicate lessons to families no later than Monday, March 30 at 8:00am.
- Dates for Pickup for Distance Learning Materials will be in the Commons building:
- Thursday, March 26, 3:00 to 6:00pm
- Friday, March 27, 8:00am to 12:00pm
- Saturday CANCELLED Because of new restrictions put into place by Governor Walz, the Saturday pickup has been cancelled.
- If you unable to come to either pickup time, please contact us for different arrangements.
- Please follow these instructions to help us maintain the MDE and CDC guidelines for social distancing:
- Park in the “Guest” (parent pick-up) parking lot.
- Please check in with the staff in the Commons.
- Enter by the front door.
- Only one family will be in the Commons at a time. If more than one family is present, we will ask you to wait outside by the front door and space yourselves 6 feet apart.
- Each teacher will have a designated table for student packets and Chromebooks. Find your materials. If you borrow a Chromebook, make sure to tell the staff.
- Leave by the deck door.
- Childcare will continue to be located on the River Grove campus in partnership with the YMCA. The list of those essential to the COVID-19 expanded last week. If you are an “Emergency Worker in Tier I under the Executive Order” who needs childcare, please let us know.
- We will ask all parents to provide a letter from his/her employer.
- If we are able to do so while adhering to the Minnesota Department of Health’s social distancing guidelines, we will try to accommodate the children of Tier 2 employees.
- Childcare links:
- Some of our wonderful paraprofessional staff created a list of suggestions to help you and your kids during this trying time. Take a look here!
- Teachers will be contacting you directly to set up Parent-Teacher Conferences by phone or video call. Expect this to start in early to mid April.
- Our Special Education staff is working hard on distance learning. They have been working with classroom teachers to determine plans and programs. This week, you can expect a call from your child’s case manager and related service providers (OT, PT, DAPE, SPEECH/LANGUAGE, DHH, BVI, and O/M) to determine times that they can collaboratively work with your child. Any general questions should be emailed to our Special Education Coordinator, Molly Kaliher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picking Up Personal Items from School
- The MDE asked that we practice social distancing during pick-ups, so scheduling is necessary. If you have belongings you’d like to pick up, please contact the people below.
- For personal items in the classroom, please contact your teacher (www.marineareaschool.org/about/contact/).
- For medications, please contact the school nurse, Megan Lapos: email@example.com
- For band and orchestra instruments, please contact Erika Hammerschmidt: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For school-provided lunches to those who qualify for free and reduced lunches, please contact Sandi Bonarski: email@example.com
Thank you and take care!