Letter From Principal Bunn
To: Parents & Guardians
From: NRHEG Secondary Principal, Dave Bunn
Re: Distance Learning Plan (DLP)
I hope all of our NRHEG families are well and safe. The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to impact communities locally and regions across the globe. We are listening to parent/staff questions as well as concerns, and we continue to update actions/decisions based on communications with Governor Walz’s office, Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education.
In the state of Minnesota, all districts and charter schools will be expected to resume instruction, whether in-person or in a distance learning model, on Monday, March 30. This is much more rigorous than our Flexible Learning Plan as it will replace in-person learning in the building. Our staff has been working diligently on our Distance Learning Plan (DLP). Please make sure that you read and understand the DLP. Here are a few highlights of the plan: On Mondays, we will hold regular Virtual Classes via Google Hangouts/Meet. The school day will follow a regular school schedule from 8:28-3:05. On Tuesdays-Fridays, we will have what are called Collaborative Learning Days, and here are the student expectations for those days: submit coursework/assignments for Collaborative Learning days (Tuesday-Friday) by 8:00 PM (submitted coursework is how you get marked present for the day) or participate in other class teachings as determined by the teacher (i.e. watch flipped classroom video, participate in a class discussion, etc.). The attendance policy will be the same as it always is and truancy applied when needed. Please use the following protocol for reporting student absences: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the attendance line at 507-417-2677. It is absolutely vital that all students participate in the DLP in order to continue their education. The elementary and the secondary will have a slightly different approach to the DLP. Below is a little more information on what the Distance Learning Plan will look like in the secondary building.
Students at the middle/high school level are using a Shared Virtual Space (SVS) called Schoology in their classes. Students know how to access their teachers’ shared virtual spaces and will be expected to check their classes often for class updates. Parent access can be obtained by contacting ONE classroom teacher in order to get a code if they have not already done so. Teachers will have assignments posted to their SVS by 8:30 am on Collaborative Learning Days (T-F)and will be available for questions, discussion or additional Google Hangouts/Meet sessions. Students are also expected to check their email often. We have several internet “hotspots” for students to check out from the media center that will assist with internet access if needed. It is imperative to email Angie Aaseth at email@example.com if you need to get a “hotspot.”
Although we are very disappointed that we will not be having school during the state-mandated closure, we are excited to have crafted a plan that provides a unique learning opportunity for our students when we have circumstances beyond our control preventing us from having regular school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Distance Learning Plan, please do not hesitate to contact me. For more information regarding the DLP, please visit the secondary website and look for “Distance Learning Plan” information. The plan is subject to change as it is implemented and adjustments need to occur.
We understand the hardship an extended Distance Learning Plans has on many families. We are in the business of educating students which is why the staff will do what is necessary during this distance-learning time to prepare and deliver an educational plan that ensures every child has access to the education they need and deserve. However, as always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students.
As a reminder for practice on a regular basis important hygiene habits and other actions including:
- Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Covering sneezes and coughs thoroughly.
- Avoid touching your face especially if hands have not been recently washed.
- Avoid sharing food.
- Practice “social distancing.”
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Be safe and continue to expect further communications via email, text, calls or via the website.
David A. Bunn, M. Ed.
Secondary Principal of NRHEG Schools