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Distance Learning Required through May 5th
The Governor announced Wednesday that all Minnesota school districts must implement a Distance Learning Period from March 30 to May 4. At Magnuson, we have been ahead of the curve, implementing review and instruction that began Monday. We have an amazing group of teachers committed to your children and we miss them so much!
What this means for our school is the following:
This information was sent to families on 3/26/2020
- We will continue our Distance Learning Program until May 4th (unless otherwise directed by Governor Walz).
- Tomorrow from 1 to 2 pm families with students in Kindergarten, Second Grade and Third Grade need to pick up the additional packets for their students.
- In response to the state-wide Stay at Home Executive Order effective Friday, March 27th at 11:59 pm to Friday April 10th all of our staff will be working remotely. While our teachers have already been working from home, administrative staff will not be on campus until after the order is lifted.
Mrs. Norman, Principal
Mrs. Lemke, Health Aide
This information was sent to families on 3/16/2020
We wanted to update you on our current plan here at Magnuson Christian School to provide for your children while schools are not in session. As we look forward to distance learning programs we request that all of our parents fill out the following survey by tomorrow at noon. We want to ensure that your children can complete the work we will be sending home and have access to the resources that each of our classroom teachers will provide.
Over the next two days our teachers will be compiling student packets for students to complete at home from March 23rd through March 27th. Classroom teachers will also be contacting parents via email with an outline of their plan over the next week. If the school closure time is extended, we will arrange for a second pick up pending updates from the federal and state government.
On Thursday, March 19th, and Friday, March 20th, we will have a drive through to pick up the packets for students on the west entrance of the building (the Extended Day door) for families to pick up. Pick up times will be as follows:
Thursday: 3 pm to 5 pm
Friday: 1 pm to 3 pm
For those of you who need to borrow a Chromebook, please be sure to complete the survey prior to this pick up time. You will need to sign a waiver prior to taking a Chromebook home if you request the use of one for your child. Devices are limited so we ask that you only request a device if you have a need. Students in grades second through Middle School will be expected to complete coarse work on devices.
Details about pick up:
- We ask that the parents coming to pick up remain in their car.
- Please note that the only students that will be allowed in the building are Middle School students who need to open their lockers to get their books. This is to ensure the safety of both the students and the staff.
- If you have any questions for your child’s teacher please utilize email. Teachers will not be onsite during the packet pickups on Thursday and Friday.
As things continue to change we will keep in communication with all of you. We recognize that we are in uncharted territory and want to be here for you in any way we can. Feel free to send questions to Mrs. Norman or Mrs. Lemke as you have them.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will lead your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Mrs. Norman, Principal
Mrs. Lemke, Health Aide
This information was sent to families on 3/15/2020
Governor Walz have just announced the closing of all schools through March 27th. This decision has been made in an effort to protect both the staff and students. We know that you have many questions, we will send more information tomorrow outlining our next steps as a school. Please know that we will provide excellent education for your children as our staff and teaching team prepare, plan, and ensure that this time is utilized for the educational needs for our students.
Please continue to pray with us for all our families during this time.
This information was sent to families on 3/13/2020
School Closed – Monday & Tuesday
MCS Closed 3/16 and 3/17
MCS Closed 3/16 and 3/17
We have just received the following communication from the White Bear School District:
“Due to additional planning and preparation needed related to the COVID-19 situation, White Bear Lake Area Schools is extending the district’s Spring Break by two days, with students returning to school on Wednesday, March 18. The district will be closed to students on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
At this time, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are recommending that districts remain open until further notice. It is expected that school will be back in session for students starting Wednesday, March 18.”
As you know Magnuson Christian School follows the decisions and guidelines of the White Bear School district. MCS will also use these two additional days of spring break in order to prepare for students to return.
While we do not anticipate this impacting any of our MCS families we also would like to send you the following MDH guideline:
“To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC and MDH are recommending that travelers who return from a country with a Level 3 Advisory stay home from school and work for 14 days. A list of these countries can be found here. If symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) appear within these 14 days, we encourage you to call your doctor and report symptoms and travel history.”
If this guideline applies to your family, please let both your teacher and Mrs. Norman know. We will work alongside any families that may fall under this guideline for needing additional time home.
At Magnuson we are family. During this time we need to work together for the health and safety of everyone. If you, your family, or your children have been exposed to COVID-19, we need you to communicate this to us. We will continue to notify you with any changes or developments.
This information was sent to families on 3/3/2020
Good Afternoon Parents,
We wanted to send a special communication to our families regarding the growing concerns about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Friday, February 28th, the Minnesota Department of Health stated that, “at this time, the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 is low, including for people in Minnesota schools.” Please take a moment to review the statements and updates given from the Minnesota Department of Health and the White Bear School District by clicking here.
We have been in communication with the White Bear district about the situation and they will continue to inform us of any updates and changes to the status of this outbreak. We will also implement any action plans they recommend should changes become necessary.
In the meantime, we would like to remind parents of the importance of keeping your child home if they are not well enough to go to school. Click here for the guidelines. Especially important during this already busy flu season are the following guidelines:
Keep your child home if:
- They have a FEVER (≥ 100°). Students must stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication. Measure your child’s temperature before giving medications to reduce fever.
- They are VOMITING (two or more episodes). Students must stay home for 24 hours after last episode.
- They have ANY RASH that may be disease related, or the cause is unknown. Check with your child’s physician before returning to school.
Finally, if you are interested in reading the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health to our schools, please click here.
As we continue to receive updates from the WBL district, we will continue to communicate with parents should there be any implemented changes in the district.
Heather Norman, Principal
Tiffany Lemke, Health Aide