Critical Worker school-aged Care information & Form
The Cass Lake-Bena schools are in the process of preparing for Distance Learning for all students beginning on September 8, 2020. In accordance with Executive order 20-82 issued by Governor Walz, the district will provide childcare services for children ages 12 and under for Tier 1 Critical Workers:
Tier I Workers:
  • Healthcare and public health
  • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
  • Food and agriculture
  • Judicial Branch (essential services)
  • National Guard (activated under a Governor Executive Order)
  • Educators in pre-K through grade 12 settings
  • School staff caring for children of critical workers
  • Child care and school-age care providers

School Aged Care Request Form
School Aged Care Guidance and FAQ
INTERNET ACCESS INFORMATION
Wireless Internet Access for Student Chromebooks
  • Wireless Internet access for school assigned Student Chromebooks is now available in the following locations:
    • High School Staff Parking Lot (west parking lot by wood and metal shop areas)
    • Elementary School Bus Parking Lot
  • This wireless access will only work for school assigned Student Chromebooks , and will be turned on only between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  No other devices will be able to access the Internet at these access locations.  Please use these areas for completing homework assignments during the Distance Learning period.
  • Please stay in vehicles and maintain excess social distancing, the further from each other the better.  The entirety of these lots is well covered by this new wireless access, and you do not need to be physically close to the access point itself.
Home Access Information
  • Arvig announced they are offering an Education Assistance Program for families with a student in the K-12 system or for college students. (link)
CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION
  • All schools are wanting to make sure all student and guardian contact information is correct and up to date.  Please contact your school if you feel they do not have the most current information.
  • Introduction
  • Scenario 1
  • Scenario 2
  • Scenario 3
  • Support Services
  • Other
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In planning for the coming school year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has requested school districts to plan for three different scenarios going into the 2020-2021 school year. Those three scenarios include:
  • Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. Creating as much space as possible between students and teachers that is feasible during the day but is not held to strictly enforcing the 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Scenario 2: Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model. Following strict social distancing and capacity limits to 50% maximum occupancy. Social distance of at least six feet between people must always occur.
  • Scenario 3: Distance Learning Only

The Cass Lake-Bena 2020 School Plan is based on the MDH 2020-2021 Planning Guide for
Schools, MDE’s Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools: 2020-2021 School Year Planning and
current public health recommendations at the time this document was developed, which include:
  • Maintain a distance of six feet between individuals
  • Wear face masks or coverings
  • Screen for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Practice good hygiene protocols, including hand washing, cleaning, and disinfecting
  • Limit group gatherings
  • Plan for short-term school closures, should there be a suspect or confirmed COVID-19
  • case
The Cass Lake-Bena schools will follow Gov. Waltz’s July 22, 2020 Mandate that Masks are to be
worn in School.
The Cass Lake-Bena School Plan is a working plan to be updated as changes occur.
Updated August 7, 2020

Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students.

Creating as much space as possible between students and teachers that is feasible during the day but is not held to strictly enforcing the 6 feet of social distancing.
  • All students will return to school following the district calendar.
  • Students attend school, following additional safety precautions, including face coverings as mandated by state officials.
  • Students would attend school with normal hours and classroom settings.
  • Families would continue to have the option of distance learning for the academic school year.

Scenario 2: Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model.

Following strict social distancing and capacity limits to 50% maximum occupancy. Social distance of at least six feet between people must always occur.
  • All schools will follow the district calendar for scheduled school days and start and stop times.
  • Mondays are Distance Learning days.
  • Elementary, Middle and High School students will be split into two groups, A and B. Group A will be in their buildings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Group B will be in their buildings on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students report to their regular classrooms.
  • Middle School students report to their homerooms.
  • High School Students academic schedules will be scheduled according to their block schedule of A day/B day curriculum. Students will report to their homerooms daily.
  • Instruction will be both in-person and at home through a combination of in person, live recordings, pre-recorded instruction and paper packets.
  • Technology – Students in grades 4 – 12 shall receive a Chromebook. Students in grades 2-3 shall receive a Chromebook at a parent’s request. Students PreK- Grade 1 shall receive packets of instruction.
  • Special education students will have their IEP’s reviewed and their schedules will be tailored to the individual person.

Scenario 3: Distance Learning Only

All students are to remain out of school and will be provided education through the district Distance learning plan.
  • All schools will follow the district calendar for scheduled school days.
  • Students will receive a Distance Learning Matrix with learning activities weekly.
  • Teachers will be reaching out to students to review completed activities and to assist students as needed.
  • Technology – Students in grades 4 – 12 shall receive a Chromebook. Students in grades 2-3 shall receive a Chromebook at a parent’s request. Students PreK- Grade 1 shall receive packets of instruction.
  • Indian Education- programming support will be available through the district’s Indian Education program coordinator.
  • Academic and Career Counselling- including scholarship and post-secondary applications, is available by contacting High School Guidance Counselor
  • Activities/Sports - there are no Minnesota High School League activities, including practices. We encourage students to do individual activities to preserve fitness and performance levels.
  • No group activities will be held, and coaches are not able to provide workouts, or evaluate individual student performance level
  • Attendance: Students will be considered in attendance once contact has been made between the student and teacher, unless indicated otherwise by their parents. Parents may call the school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon to report an absence. This absence will follow the same protocols as for an absence when students physically attend school.
  • Student learning activities shall be completed based on instructions from the teacher.
  • Grading: Grading for Distance Learning activities will be on a Pass/No pass basis. Students may be allowed additional time for completion of an activity on a case-by-case basis. Students who need additional time because of limited Internet access or other family responsibilities should contact their teacher for an extension.
  • Special Education Services Special Education Teachers will be contacting and sending a Prior Written Notice to notify parents of the Contingency Plan for Distance Learning which will go into effect on the date the district implements distance learning until the district resumes onsite instruction. A Contingency Plan for Distance Learning will be attached to the Prior Written Notice and will describe the following: Parent’s Preferred Mode of Communication, Service, Frequency of Service, and Mode of Delivery. Distance Learning Plans will be individualized per each student’s Individual Education Plan. Distance Learning may occur through a variety of means which may include but is not limited to, paper packets or worksheets, textbooks, telephone instruction, online resources, instruction via the school’s learning management system, instruction via Skype, Facetime or Zoom.
  • Homeless Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools is committed to ensuring that each and every one of our homeless students are being monitored and provided with an equal Updated: August 7, 2020 6 opportunity for continued learning and achieving success within our district, all within the guidelines of the McKinney- Vento Act.
  • Meal Plan Free meals are available for children every weekday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The service will be a combination of a “drive-through” option located at the Cass Lake Elementary school and also meal distribution at 18 sites throughout the district

Support Services

Families can expect that throughout the school year the educational scenario is dependent on the health situation of our counties and Indian Health Service data. It is our hope that through these transitions, students and families can maintain a high level of support. Clear communication and thoughtful and organized planning from the school and families will make these transitions smoother. Support services will continue to be available for all students to include:
  • Homeless: Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools is committed to ensuring that each and every one of our homeless students are being monitored and provided with an equal opportunity for continued learning and achieving success within our district, all within the guidelines of the McKinney- Vento Act.
  • District Home/School Liaison: We also have designated Home/School Leads in each of our four (4) buildings who have the ability to support and back up the liaison in times of need.
  • Mental Health: If children are struggling to manage emotions during this time, contact can be made with social work staff; call the school for more information. The Cass Lake-Bena school district contracts with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for our mental health needs. Our school counselors, administration, and LL mental health workers are available on-site in all three scenarios. District staff have developed distance learning protocol which includes, daily phone well-being checks, home visits when appropriate, and a referral network with a list of resources.
  • Social Emotional Learning: Under the guidance of building administration, social workers, home/school liaisons, and teacher-leaders, each building's SEL/PBIS leadership team has created a system of student support. Social workers and counselors will also be making phone calls and maintaining relationships with identified students and families to ensure that they are continually supported.

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