COVID-19 Response Information for River Grove Families

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



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Distance Learning Implementation Status
  • 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.

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Dates and Procedures for Picking Up Distance Learning Materials and Borrowing Chromebooks
  • 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.

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Childcare Reminder
  • 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:

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At-Home Resources (Not Part of the “Core Curriculum”)
  • 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!

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A Note about Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 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.

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A Note about Special Education
  • 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 mkaliher@marineareschool.org.

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Picking Up Personal Items from School

Thank you and take care!


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