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Today the Governor announced the MN Safe Learning Plan providing direction on the data and process to be used for local decision making for the start of school. Moving forward, we have been directed to use health data from the MN Department of Health and Scott County, and consult with public health officials and our PLSAS Incident Command Team to determine which model will be implemented for the start of school.
This announcement was not what school districts were expecting today. Like you, we were expecting a back-to-school learning model to be announced. While we were all hoping for a final answer today, we know that moving forward we must be prepared throughout the year to use all three learning models: In-Person, Hybrid and Distance Learning, based on Scott County data regarding COVID-19 cases.
The goals of the MN Safe Learning Plan are to:
- Prioritize the safety of students and staff
- Prioritize In-Person learning, especially for younger learners and those with most need
- Recognize differences in potential spread among different ages
- Support planning, while permitting flexibility for districts
- Take into account disease prevalence at a local level
Once a back-to-school model is determined, using a localized data-driven approach, we will communicate with staff and families. Throughout the year, we will continually monitor Scott County COVID-19 data and will be guided by public health officials when making learning model changes. More details from the MN Department of Education can be found here: https://files.constantcontact.com/c31070c4101/d8b93de0-4945-44fb-bd9d-b604e7ec2f8e.pdf
Family Commitment Forms
We know that our school year plans must be flexible, adaptable and always keep student and staff safety as our number one priority.
Regardless of what learning model we start the school year with, all public schools must offer an equitable Distance Learning option to all families, where children can learn entirely from home. Moving forward, PLSAS is calling this our Distance Learning Academy. If you do not want your student to attend in-person or hybrid to start the school year, you can opt-into the Distance Learning Academy. Tomorrow, July 31, all families will receive an email with a form to indicate their commitment on this topic. Additionally, the same form you will receive will ask for family intentions regarding transportation.
Tomorrow, PLSAS staff will be getting a return-to-work commitment and confirmation form. Understanding staff and family intentions will help us further develop our back-to-school plans.
The week of August 10, we will communicate to staff and families more information about our back-to-school plans, as well as child care options, how to access school meals and more.
I want you to know that our planning teams have been working thoughtfully all summer to review stakeholder input and develop inclusive plans so that all students have access to the opportunities to learn and develop to their fullest potential. As a district, we will work to provide the best education possible for students and we will provide the support our staff needs to be successful.
We are embarking on a back-to-school journey that has never been taken before. As we navigate our way through a global pandemic and uncertainty, it will be important for us to work together and be united for students in order to fulfill our mission to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community. We can do this because We Are PLSAS.
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
I hope you all are enjoying summer break! While fall is several weeks away, I know many of you likely are wondering what the 2020-21 school year will look like for your student. Our planning teams are already working to get ready for fall. The following is a brief update.
Yesterday the MN Department of Education (MDE) provided fall planning guidance to all school districts in the state. The Education Commissioner shared that school districts should plan for three scenarios for the 2020-21 school year:
- In-person learning for all students, following health guidelines
- A hybrid of in-building and distance learning, with strict social distance and capacity limits
- A continuation of distance learning only
Because we don’t know which scenario the state will choose, it’s important for parents to prepare for all three possibilities. MDE plans to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff and school communities for the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.
In the meantime, we are providing you with some links so you are able to get a sense of what the fall could look like:
PLSAS is using the above guiding documents as we plan for the three scenarios. In addition, we have been working since May to collect parent, staff and student input as we plan for each scenario and we have identified five main focus areas based on feedback received. Those include:
- Adult Learning & Professional Development
- District Support & Logistics
- Health & Safety
- Social & Emotional Well-Being
- Teaching & Learning
These focus areas will help our planning teams as we develop a comprehensive plan that follows all guidelines from the state and is responsive to the needs of our students.
We also invite you to fill out MDE’s family survey on how distance learning went last school year. This survey is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
Please know that PLSAS is committed to building strong back-to-school plans and we will be prepared to deliver the excellent educational experience you expect, and our students deserve.
Have a great summer!
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
Alternate Bus Stop Request form due July 15
PLSAS is preparing for 3 back-to-school scenarios this fall: in-person learning, hybrid learning and distance learning. As we prepare for the potential for in-person or hybrid learning, we are sending our annual Alternate Bus Stop Request Form. Please only fill out the form for any of the following reasons:
- Daycare pick-up and drop-off location
- Open Enrolled student
- Dual household/two stops for students grades 6-12
To access the Alternate Bus Stop Request Form, click one of the following links that applies to you:
- Daycare Alternate Bus Stop Request Form
- Dual Household Alternate Bus Stop Request Form
- Open Enrollment Alternate Bus Stop Request Form.
Forms can be emailed to Jody Swedberg or mailed/delivered to the District Services Center, 4540 Tower Street SE, Prior Lake, 55372.
Bus stop information will be available approximately 2 weeks before school starts. An email will be sent to families when the information is posted in Infinite Campus under the Transportation tab. For dual household stops, your additional information will be found under the Other Transportation tab. If you do not know how to access your account information, please contact email@example.com For more information about transportation, click here.
PLSAS summer programs will look different than normal as we are adapting them to follow the latest health and safety guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Education (MDE). For more details, please visit our website.
All eligible Minnesota voters may request an absentee ballot for the Primary Election taking place Tuesday, August 11 and the General Election on Tuesday, November 3. Go to mnvotes.org for more information.
Dear PLSAS Families,
I would like to thank you for patience, partnership and perseverance as we close out our very unique school year through Distance Learning. I know there are many end-of-year events and traditions we all were looking forward to that will now happen in different ways. I hope that you all are able to find special moments at this time as you celebrate your student’s accomplishments from this school year.
The following are some logistics for the end of the school year and information regarding summer programming. As a reminder, there is no school this Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The following are the last days of school/Distance Learning for each grade level:
Elementary School - Thursday, June 4
Middle School - Thursday, June 4
High School - Thursday, May 28
Senior Last Day of School - Friday, May 22
Each school is providing information on pick-up/drop-off of any remaining items, year-end celebrations and other end-of-year details.
In order to keep our community safe and healthy, any individual who is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) should not participate in any pick-up/drop-off activities. If you are experiencing these symptoms or are unable to participate for another reason, please coordinate with your teacher, principal or program manager to make an alternate plan.
Summer Programs and Facility Use
While plans are still being finalized for summer, we would like to share a few updates for your summer planning purposes. These summer programs will look different than normal as we are adapting them to follow the latest health and safety guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Education (MDE).
Kids’ Company Summer Child Care (Ages 4 to Grade 5): Summer Child Care will be offered Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, August 21, 2020. Our summer child care aligns with guidelines and direction from the MDE and MDH and the Centers for Disease Control regarding COVID-19. For more information, please access the following link: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/community/kids-company/summer
Community Education Programs and Classes: PLSAS has made the decision to cancel in-person Community Education classes through June 30. This includes all Youth and Adult classes. Refunds are being issued for cancelled classes. Some classes are being rescheduled. If your class is rescheduled, we will contact you directly. For more information, please access the following link: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/community
Summer Programming (High School): Summer Credit Recovery and Summer Independent Study registration is now open. Please access the following link for more information: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/our-schools/bridges-area-learning
Summer Academy (students entering grades 1-8): Only students who meet criteria and have been recommended by their classroom teacher may enroll in Summer Academy. For more information, please contact your child's classroom teacher (elementary) or guidance counselor (middle school).
Special Education Extended School Year (ESY): ESY will be offered in a Distance Learning format from June 6-25th. If your child is eligible for ESY services, more details will be provided by your child’s case manager.
Facility Use: With the Governor’s Executive Order requiring the extension of Distance Learning, we will keep all school district facilities and fields closed to the public through the end of the school year. We will continue to make decisions based on the guidance we receive from the Governor, MDH, MDE and the Minnesota State High School League.
We appreciate all of the support and care you have shown one another throughout this challenging time. Although this school year is ending, our support for you is not. We know that there are still many unknowns ahead and we (along with school districts across the state) will spend the summer planning for multiple scenarios for school in the fall, including in-person instruction, Distance Learning and a hybrid model. As we plan, we will receive direction and guidance from the MDE and the MDH just as we have through every step of this pandemic. Please know that we will be ready to deliver excellent instruction and services to your children, regardless of the model that we will be expected to implement.
Because of the unpredictability of the impact of COVID-19, I do not anticipate that we will receive guidance and decisions until late summer. We will communicate as we know information and we remain committed to doing what is best for students.
Our district theme this year, #WeArePLSAS #RelationshipsMatter, has reminded me that throughout PLSAS, people love one another and show up for one another because of the relationships and trust that has been built. Thank you for sharing your children with us. Thank you for being such amazing partners with us, especially during these past few months. Thank you for being with us on this journey as we all work to fulfill our district mission which is, “to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community.”
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
PLSAS Staff and Families,
I hope this finds you all well and staying safe. As we continue to navigate this very unique time in our lives, I want you to know that we miss you!
Governor Walz just announced the difficult decision that all Minnesota schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and has ordered Distance Learning to continue for all students. As much as we were looking forward to having students and staff back in their school buildings at the beginning of May, we know that this decision was made to help keep everyone safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We understand you have many important questions and we have many details to determine in the next few weeks including how we will commemorate graduation for the Class of 2020, summer school, locker clean-outs and more. As decisions are made, we will share them with you. We will be working to ensure success for all learners as we plan for the next phase of Distance Learning.
Distance Learning Continues
Our Distance Learning plan was designed to be expanded and we will continue to implement the plan to finish out the year. We appreciate how students, parents, teachers and staff have been working so well together in these challenging times. We have collected input from students, families and staff along the way and we have worked to be responsive to your needs as we make changes and improvements. Please know we will continue to do this as we work to support all students and families. Our website is continually updated with information and support resources to help you: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus
Our Child Nutrition Services team will continue to provide free meals to all students ages 3-18, regardless of need. Our bus drivers will continue to deliver meals to our designated locations around the district and we will continue to offer curbside meal pickup at WestWood Elementary. We will be emailing a new school meals form Friday which helps us with our meal planning.
To our senior parents and students, please continue to have hope and patience and we will do our best to give our seniors great memories for their last school year in our district. Dr. Bezek has been collecting input and more details will be shared soon.
I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation. We will continue to keep you updated via email, text, social media and our website, at www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/covid-19
As difficult as these continual changes can be, we are deeply grateful for everyone’s patience and perseverance. I am so proud of our PLSAS community and I continue to be in awe of the many ways you are supporting our students and one another. Thank you once again for your support and partnership as we work to continue making decisions in the best interest of our students, families and staff. #WeArePLSAS #RelationshipsMatter
Superintendent Dr. Teri Staloch shares gratitude and pride for each and every person in our district and community who have banded together to help out while we are physically apart. View her message here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp8pR1mlfNk&feature=youtu.be
PLSAS will continue to provide FREE breakfast and lunches for pick up or delivery to ALL children ages 3-18. The following is a new form for next week that we are asking families to fill out to help us with our planning. If you filled out the form for this week’s meals, please fill out the form again which covers April 6-10: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCF3PlijToriDmYdOkVZV6HFZNSzwcJsBgvGgtDx7cTG-LkA/viewform
Please note that we have added delivery stops to our routes. You can access the list here: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/uploaded/Communications/PLSBA_Meal_Delivery_routes_0403pm.pdf?1585944152007 or the map here: https://5share.com/5maps/public/kmlMap.html?a=priorlakesavagemealloc
Here are some reminders:
- Students do not have to be enrolled in PLSAS to receive a free meal
- Children do not need to qualify for Free and Reduced-Meals to receive these meals
- Please only pick up meals for your immediate family and not on behalf of other families in your neighborhood
Thank you for participating in our meal program. We are happy to serve you.
Child Nutrition Services
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is providing FREE breakfast and lunches to ALL children ages 3-18. Students do not have to be enrolled in PLSAS to receive a free meal and children do not need to qualify for Free and Reduced-Meals to receive these meals. We encourage all students to participate in this great offer.
We do ask that parents and guardians fill out the request form below to help us with meal planning. There are two ways to receive meals: pick up or delivery.
Meal Pick Up
Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for curbside pick up at WestWood Elementary School (5370 WestWood Drive SE, Prior Lake) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday - Friday. Meals will be distributed in the circle drive near the La ola del lago sign. When receiving meals please continue to practice social distancing, stay in your car, roll down your window and a staff member will hand you the meals.
Packaged breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered by school bus to a variety of locations throughout the district, Monday - Friday. You can view locations and drop-off times here (list) or here (map).
Please fill out the following meal request form to help us with our planning: https://bit.ly/2WHVoUc
Thank you and we hope your students had a great first day of Distance Learning School.
PLSAS Child Nutrition Services
Dear PLSAS Families,
I have been thinking of all of you during this challenging time and I hope you are well.
With today’s announcement from Governor Walz, PLSAS buildings will remain closed through April 30, but the quality education and support we provide to our 8,800 students will continue. At this point, our district will implement our PLSAS distance learning plan beginning March 30 through April 30. Per the Governor, we will plan to reopen schools May 5.
PLSAS teachers and administrators have been working continuously since our schools closed to prepare for distance learning, and we are ready! Our priorities with distance learning align with our priorities for everyday learning in the district, in that we want learning to be: personalized, purposeful and empowered.
Additionally, our district theme this year is #WeArePLSAS #RelationshipsMatter. As we have been designing learning in new ways, we are also reminded that without relationships and students feeling a sense of love and belonging, learning does not happen. As we work to implement the academic portion of our distance learning plan, we will also ensure that we support the social-emotional needs of our students by connecting with them virtually, staying positive, managing emotions and showing empathy and love for students.
In our planning, we have prioritized what’s really important, simplified things where we can and put together a plan that is flexible. Because this is new for all of us, we know we will learn things along the way and make adjustments.
PLSAS Distance Learning Plan
Per the Governor’s order, our plan includes careful thought and consideration of student learning, health and wellness, IEPs, meals, childcare, English Learners, early learning, broadband access, communication and assessment just to name a few. PLSAS Distance Learning Plan: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus. https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus
PLSAS Distance Learning: Parent Guide
We have also designed a Distance Learning Plan Parent’s Guide to help families while students learn at home. This guide includes school contact information, technology learning tools, a sample daily schedule and much more. PLSAS Distance Learning Plan Parent’s Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MUUw32SYCv3jt5A73Ho5E28s0xS02SwWQPAHNDHhKwk/edit
In addition, I would like to highlight the following areas in which you may have some questions.
The district will provide child care to district enrolled students Preschool through age 12 (Children age three by September 1, 2019) who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19 defined under Tier 1. Verification of parent employment will include securing a letter from the employer or showing an employment badge. See the full list of emergency workers whose children qualify for this care. https://bit.ly/2y6pvKJ
Because school staff are so critical in providing care for emergency workers, our district will allow educators, who must report to buildings, to access the same care for children of families of emergency workers. At this time, the district will provide transportation to and from the care upon request.
There is no cost for child care services at this time. Child care hours are 7:00 am - 5:00 pm at WestWood/Edgewood schools.
Our district will be providing care through licensed staff, paraprofessionals and Kids’ Company staff. Care staff will adhere to the MDH social distancing guidelines https://bit.ly/39pmy5b. The district will use a screening tool when a child arrives for child care (drop-off) and will use it to assess for illness throughout the day. https://bit.ly/2WKsfIe
Registration for emergency child care will be completed online https://bit.ly/3bkyAOm
Meals for Students
Beginning Monday, March 30, we will begin delivering free packaged breakfast and lunch meals to students ages 3-18 at a variety of locations throughout the district: list https://bit.ly/3bi1i2u or map. In addition, we will resume curbside meal pickup at WestWood (5370 WestWood Drive SE, Prior Lake). Meals will be distributed in the circle drive near the La ola del lago sign. When receiving meals please continue to practice social distancing, stay in your car, roll down your window and a staff member will hand you the meals. Please fill out the following form to help us with meal planning. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCF3PlijToriDmYdOkVZV6HFZNSzwcJsBgvGgtDx7cTG-LkA/viewform ·
Scott County Resources
Mental health resources and services provided by Scott County are posted on our website: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus
We know that relationships matter and our exceptional PLSAS staff continue to be committed to your student’s learning. We will continue to support families and serve our community to the very best of our abilities during the days ahead. Thank you for your partnership and support. Please stay safe!
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
PLSAS, along with school districts throughout the state, are working to complete a comprehensive Distance Learning Plan that is being designed to serve our community in ways we have never imagined. This plan is inclusive of student learning, health and wellness, IEPs, meals, childcare, English Learners, early learning, broadband access, communication and assessment just to name a few of the components, should schools be closed beyond March 27th.
We will be sharing the plan with you in the coming days. For now, we want to update you on some topics in which you may have questions and provide you with some short videos that we hope will be a bright spot in your evening.
Social and Emotional Support for Students
We know that these global events can cause increased worry, stress, anxiety and confusion for students and adults alike. PLSAS would like to support parents and caregivers with the following resources from Scott County: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus
Starting March 30, we are prepared to continue offering free childcare for children of families of emergency workers. We will also provide free childcare to PLSAS staff who are required to work in our buildings. We ask that parents in these groups use the following link to sign up for childcare. https://priorlake-savage.ce.eleyo.com/child-care/1/kids-company
March 30,(Correction: Monday, March 23) we will transition to one location: WestWood/Edgewood. Please remember that our Kids’ Company childcare will be closed March 26-27 during spring break.
For a list of emergency worker positions, click here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/
Meals for Students
Friday, March 20
Meals will continue to be available for curbside pickup, free of charge, at WestWood Elementary School from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Spring Break, March 23-27
During spring break, PLSAS will not be distributing food, but there are several options for families who need support.
Food will be available for pick up at the ROCK warehouse (16511 Anna Trail, Suite E, Prior Lake) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.
You may text your needs to (952) 333-4827 and a ROCK volunteer will drop off food to your home.
Your School Social Worker can connect you to resources in the community. Click here to find your School Social Worker’s contact information.
We have also compiled a list of resources on our district’s COVID-19 page: www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/covid-19
Starting March 30
Curbside food pickup will resume at WestWood. At that time, we will also begin offering food delivery to families in need.
Please know that our teachers and support staff continue to stand ready to serve our families. We will continue to communicate with you as new information becomes available. In the meantime, I would like to share the following videos that give you just a glimpse of what our staff has been doing this week to support and uplift you. I hope these videos provide you with hope and encouragement as we navigate these times together.
Thank you: https://youtu.be/KglNwa922No
Elementary Distribution: https://youtu.be/QK7VfwBAGq4
PLHS Music Department: https://youtu.be/e5bhyVK378s
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, in response to the statewide school closure due to COVID-19, Prior Lake - Savage Area Schools will make breakfast and lunches FREE to ALL children ages 3-18. Meals will be available for pickup at WestWood Elementary School (5370 WestWood Drive SE, Prior Lake). Pick up will be available from 11AM-1PM.
- This week meals will be available to students Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20 for students ages 3-18.
- There will be no food distribution during our regularly scheduled spring break from March 23-27.
- Meals will include a lunch for that day and a continental breakfast for the next morning.
- Students do not have to be enrolled in Prior Lake - Savage Area Schools to receive a free meal.
- Children do not need to qualify for free and reduced meals to receive these meals.
- In the event of an extended school closure, PLSAS will be updating households on the plans moving forward
Districtwide Meal Pickup Locations and Times:
- WestWood/Edgewood/La ola del lago (LODL) circle drive entrance near the LODL sign.
- Families should drive up and roll down their passenger window and a staff member will deliver your meals curb-side.
We will continue to adjust our food service efforts to meet the changing needs of our community during these uncertain times.
Child Nutrition Services Department
I would like to provide you with some updates regarding PLSAS’ plans through Spring Break.
Kids’ Company (school-age care)
Update - Parents who are health care or emergency workers will not be charged for school-age care. To register, please call 952-226-0090. At this time of school closure, we are only providing school-age care to health care or emergency workers and PLSAS staff, in accordance with the mandate from Governor Tim Walz and guidance from the MN Department of Education.
Child Nutrition Services
Child Nutrition Services and ROCK (Reaching Our Community's Kids) will continue to partner to make food supplies available to families in need. Tuesday, March 17, parents and guardians in need of food for students can stop by their PLSAS school to pick up food supplies between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bridges families should stop by PLHS for food supplies.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging planning period. You can expect to receive additional updates from me and from your student’s school and teachers as new information becomes available.
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
PLSAS Staff and Families,
As stated earlier today, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools will be closed March 16-27 in order to allow more time to plan for the possibility of a prolonged period of distance learning when we return from spring break, March 30.
Although a long-term school closure has not yet been mandated, staff and families should make a plan for the possibility of a long-term, extended closure. The following link provides guidance about how to protect and prepare your home: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/protect-home.html
The following provides a few details for staff and families with regard to what can be expected in the coming days. Please know that our plan continues to evolve and we will provide additional information as it becomes known.
What can PLSAS employees expect Monday, March 16?
While there will be no school March 16-27, all employees should report to work March 16 and continue to follow their current work calendar. Building and department supervisors will be holding staff meetings March 16 to discuss planning for the coming week, as well as planning for potential distance learning starting March 30.
As a result of the Governor’s press conference today, Kids’ Company is closed March 16-27th for parents who are not emergency personnel. The Governor stressed that districts must help in providing childcare to parents who are first responders, health care workers, police officers and firefighters.
As a result, Tuesday, March 17th through Wednesday, March 25, Kids’ Company will only provide care to district-enrolled students aged 12 and under who are children of emergency workers critical to the State’s response to COVID-19. Verification of parent employment will include securing a letter from the employer or showing an employment badge.
Childcare will be provided at WestWood and Edgewood schools only
Parents who qualify can register online here: https://priorlake-savage.ce.eleyo.com/child-care/1/kids-company
If you are having trouble registering, please call 952-226-0090 beginning 8:00 a.m. Monday.
Who: Preschool - age 12 (Age 3 by 9/1/2019 thru 5th grade)
Hours: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm beginning on Tuesday, March 17 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
No care will be provided on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 as the district was already scheduled to be closed for Spring Break on these days.
Child Nutrition Services
On March 16 and 17, Child Nutrition Services and ROCK (Reaching Our Community's Kids) are partnering to make food supplies available for families in need. On March 16 and 17, parents and guardians in need of food for students can stop by their PLSAS school to pick up food supplies. We will be providing additional information in the coming days regarding future food supply efforts for students.
Personalized Flex Learning Days (distance learning)
There will be no student instruction March 16-March 27. Beyond those dates, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools has a distance learning plan in place that incorporates our existing Personalized Flex Learning Days plan, should we need to implement it. Currently this plan is in place for inclement weather days but PLSAS is expanding this plan to include an Instructional Planning Cycle. More details surrounding our plan, as well as instructions for families who do not have access to technology or wifi, will be provided in the coming days.
As a reminder, Parents and Guardians who wish to stop by their student’s school to pick up educational materials, student belongings or medications may do so during the day on Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17.
We recognize this is a trying time for everyone and this situation is unprecedented. We are confident in the thorough guidance, direction and assistance we are receiving from our state and local organizations. Our administrative team met all day today to plan thoughtfully and intentionally on how best to serve our community. I am grateful for their leadership and collaboration and for your understanding. We have and will continue to respond in the best interest of our students, staff and community.
Teri Staloch, Ed.D.
PLSAS Staff and Families,
In response to an executive order from Governor Walz regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools has made the decision to close schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27th in order to allow more time to plan for the possibility of a prolonged period of distance learning when we return from spring break, March 30.
As you know, we have designed Personalized Flexible Learning days and we will be working to implement these plans, if necessary. All PLSAS activities, including events and practices are canceled during this time period. As a reminder, March 23rd - 27th is already scheduled for no school for PLSAS due to Spring Break.
To be clear, there will be no student instruction March 16-March 27 however, all employees are to report to work on Monday, March 16 and will continue to follow their current work calendar. All employees will remain on a paid status and time off will be consistent with current provisions in each employee contract.
Parents and Guardians who wish to stop by their student’s school to pick up educational materials, student belongings or medications may do so during the day on Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17.
Additional communication will be forthcoming as we continue to solidify specific plans for PLSAS.
Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones during this trying time. We will be communicating frequently as this situation evolves.
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
As you may know, this morning Governor Walz announced E-12 schools in Minnesota will close no later than Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. During the closure, there will be no student instruction. The Governor said the closure period is to be used for distance learning planning between school staff, teachers and administrators with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a reminder, PLSAS spring break remains the same, March 23-27.
This morning Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is planning for how to best implement the Governor’s plan. I will be sending another communication later today with more specific information for PLSAS staff and families.
Please know that in these unprecedented times, the safety of students, staff and families remains our top priority. I am confident we will get through this together because of our wonderful partnership with parents, staff and students.
You can refer to our website for all communications sent to date, along with additional resources and public health links. https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus-virus
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
We are updating you on the most recent information we have regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and how we are approaching this important issue. Please know that the safety and health of our students and staff is our top priority. There is still much we do not know about this virus and the fast-moving consequences of this public health concern. This situation is changing rapidly.
As many of you know, at 1:00 p.m. today Governor Walz issued a Peacetime State of Emergency. The guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) continues to stay consistent and MDH is not recommending schools close at this time. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.htm
Parents of students who are medically fragile or have a compromised immune system may choose to follow the guidance of their healthcare provider as to whether their student should attend school.
We have already canceled non-essential travel, and PLSAS events and practices in which large groups congregate, and we will continue to follow the guidance by the MDH. As such, we will not hold any all-school or large group assemblies. Please continue to ensure that healthy habits are practiced by students and staff. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html
While school closures are not recommended by the MDH, the school district will continue to prepare in the event that this might occur. In the event that the district would experience an extended school closure, we would implement the following plan and Instructional Planning Cycle for implementing Personalized Flex Learning Days for students.
Staff would share learning materials online through email, SeeSaw (grades K-5) or Schoology (grades 6-12). If students do not have access to internet or technology, families would work with teachers to schedule a time to pick up materials at school on the days stipulated below that are teacher preparation/collaboration days.
Instructional Planning Cycle:
Day 1: School Closure: Teacher Preparation and Collaboration Day
Students would not report to school and it would be considered a “non-instructional” school day.
Teachers would report to work to collaboratively prepare, design and create learning activities to implement our Personalized Flex Learning Plan for students.
Non-online instructional materials distributed/collected by teachers and parents on Day 1 in the Cycle.
Days 2-5: School Closure: Personalized Flex Learning Days
Teachers and students would follow the procedures of the district’s Personalized Flex Learning Plan
The days would be considered as instructional days by the school district.
This cycle would repeat until the conclusion of the extended school closure.
Day 6: Teacher Preparation and Collaboration Day
Days 7-10: Personalized-Flex Learning Days
Day 11: Teacher Preparation and Collaboration Day
Days 12-15: Personalized-Flex Learning Days
In addition, PLSAS will be reviewing the ability to offer and serve meals to students, if we were to have an extended school absence. More information and guidance will be forthcoming in the event of a school closure.
Please know we remain committed to the safety and health of our students, staff and stakeholders. We will continue to provide you with updates as new information becomes available.
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
As we continue to learn more about Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to update you on how we are approaching this important issue.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) earlier today announced that Minnesota is moving into the “community mitigation” stage of our response to Coronavirus. As a result, with guidance from MDH, PLSAS has made the decision to implement social distancing by limiting the number of people in our buildings after school in an effort to minimize the spread of disease and protect those in our community who are most vulnerable.
Beginning March 13 through March 29, we will cancel non-essential travel, and PLSAS events and practices in which large groups congregate in close proximity, as follows:
Canceled (March 13-29):
- All school field trips outside of the school day, including trips both domestic and abroad (note that as of 3/13 all field trips scheduled during the school day have also been canceled for this time period)
- All district-sponsored events (band & choir concerts, family fun nights, etc...)
- All PLSAS practices held during Spring Break
- Futsal Indoor Soccer (March 15)
- MYAS State Youth Basketball Tournament, LABC hosted (March 14 & 15)
- PLAY Lacrosse meeting (March 17)
- LABC MYAS tournament (March 21/22)
On as scheduled (March 13-29):
- Community Education classes and events will be held as planned (after-school and weekend classes, Driver’s Education, theater rehearsal, etc...)
- ECFE and Circle of Friends classes
- PLSAS practices are on as scheduled when school is in session
- Kids’ Company
- Small community user groups, while school is in session
The MN State High School League will provide direction regarding whether the Speech Section Meet on March 19 will be held. (note that as of 3/13 the section 6AA speech meet scheduled at PLHS on March 19 has been postponed)
At this point, the MDH is not recommending the closure of schools; therefore, school will remain in session. If schools close in the future, please know that Kids’ Company would also close and we would implement Personalized Flex Learning days (the same Personalized Flex Learning Day procedures for inclement weather would be used during school closure due to a potential Coronavirus incident). If a school or schools need to close, communication will be sent via the same channels we use when weather causes school or program closures - email, text, phone, social media and website.
Please watch for future updates regarding this rapidly changing public health event.
Our website will continue to be a resource for information, including communications that have been shared to date: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus-virus
Teri Staloch, Ed. D.
Dear PLSAS Families,
I’m writing to provide an update regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our primary focus is for the health and wellness of our students, staff and community. We have continued to closely monitor the situation through the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We have also taken a close look at our Pandemic Preparedness Plan and due to questions and concerns surrounding Coronavirus, have made the decision to tailor a response plan that more specifically addresses any potential Coronavirus incident which may occur in our school community. As this public health threat continues to evolve, we will adjust our plan, as needed. https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/uploaded/Communications/Coronavirus_(COVID-19)_Response_Plan.pdf
Please make sure your personal information is up-to-date with the district so important phone and text messages can be sent as needed. These updates, along with resources for additional information will be posted to the following dedicated web page: https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus-virus
We have asked teachers to review, update, and prepare materials for a possible Personalized Flex Learning Day(s) should school be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. As a district, we will work in coordination with the MDH and MDE should this possibility be necessary.
The district recognizes that the first priority is the health and safety of staff and students. Should staff and students become ill during a school closing, the expectation is for their priority to focus on their health and getting better. Academic instruction and learning can happen once staff and students have regained their health and condition improves.
According to public health officials, the way COVID-19 is spread is very similar to the flu and common colds. For this reason, we are encouraging our students and staff to actively wash their hands multiple times throughout the day and take all of the same precautions they would normally take to avoid these illnesses. We continue to recommend the following simple, everyday habits to help prevent the spread of illness:
As always, staff and students should stay home if they are feeling ill, have a fever of 100 degrees or more, or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Use your own water bottle - do not share.
Cover a cough. Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
District health services staff will continue to follow public health recommendations as they monitor student health and will send students home when they are ill. We ask that parents not send children to school when they are ill. MDH is responsible for monitoring individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus and have provided recommendations related to travel.
Please rely on updates posted to the Minnesota Department of Health website: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html or the CDC website:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html for the most accurate and timely information on the virus. You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this international health challenge. We will be relying heavily on guidance from MDH and CDC and will do our very best to make good decisions for our students and staff based on their recommendations. As new information comes forward, we will continue to update you as needed.
Teri Staloch. Ed. D.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I know you may have questions and concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools is monitoring this situation daily and is following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), both of which are now scheduling weekly conference calls to provide us with updates about the situation.
Please know that our district has a Pandemic Preparedness Plan in place that is currently being reviewed and is designed to respond, in close consultation with public health officials, to any situation involving this virus within our schools.
We will not be testing in the schools for the virus. The MDH has shared that it will work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine and manage when to test someone for the virus.
MDH officials also shared with us that they will be alerted when someone in Minnesota is returning from a travel area where there is an outbreak of the Coronavirus. They will alert the school district if there is someone in our community/schools with a suspected case of the virus, and the MDH will advise on whether the person is to be quarantined. We will not be tracking the travel of families/students/staff, but again, we will be in close contact with the MDH and will be alerted about any suspected cases of the illness that may impact our school community.
Under the guidance of the MDH, we are recommending the following simple, everyday habits to help prevent the spread of illness throughout our school communities:
- As always, staff and students should stay home if they are feeling ill, have a fever of 100 degrees or more, or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Use your own water bottle - do not share.
- Cover a cough. Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
I encourage you to follow information on the CDC website regarding travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. We are also monitoring our upcoming student trips that are taking place domestically and abroad. Any future changes that may be needed will be determined based on CDC warnings and advisories, along with advice from our travel companies.
More information on the Coronavirus is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. If you have additional questions about the situation in Minnesota, you may contact the Minnesota Department of Health's hotline at 651-201-3920 or visit health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html.
This global situation is changing daily, so please know we will continue to update our community as information becomes available from the CDC and state agencies.
Please contact me directly with any questions you may have.
Teri Staloch, Ed. D. Superintendent