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We want to start by thanking you for your flexibility, understanding, and support as we transition from traditional face to face learning to distance learning. As we start our distance learning journey, we realize that our plans and organization will continue to evolve as we receive feedback, grow in our learning, and discover new ways to better educate and work with your child(ren) from a distance. Our comprehensive distance learning plan can be found here. Our district feels strongly that our staff continue to build and maintain relationships with our students. NLS staff will be connecting with students on a daily basis. This may be done in many different ways (e.g. email, Seesaw/ClassDojo, phone calls, Zoom, Schoology, etc.). We know that connecting may not always work during regularly scheduled times due to all of life’s commitments. We ask that each day you or your child(ren) login and check for messages, videos, or information from your classroom teacher(s). Communication is key to making these next 4 weeks work.
www.nls.k12.mn.us/Distance Learning Learning Boards (K-8): Each grade level has a specific learning board. Click on the grade level to see the grade level learning board. Each learning board will contain material that is hyperlinked or available within Schoology that needs to be completed. The learning board will contain must do and can do tasks. The must do tasks are required and can do tasks may be used as extension learning. Learning Boards (K-8) will be posted on March 30, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28. Homework (K-8) will be due on April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5. Grades 9-12: Grades 9-12 will access learning materials through Schoology. Students will be assigned weekly tasks by their instructors. Please be diligent about making sure tasks are completed on time per each instructor's expectations.
Material/Resource Distribution: Each school building will work with families to arrange for material/resource distribution. Families were contacted about best ways to access material/resources. Home delivery will occur on March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28. Parents can also pick up materials at Prairie Woods main entrance. If you are picking up homework at your specific site, please do the following:
Arrive at the school in which your child attends.
Call the number below at the specific site:
Prairie Woods: 320.354.1428
Middle School: 320.354.1429
High School: 320.354.1430
A staff member from the school will walk the materials out to you. Materials/Resources can be picked up/dropped off on regular school days from 8:15 am - 3:15 pm and extended hours on Tuesday, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 7:15 am - 6:00 pm. Parents will receive a phone call to make other arrangements if materials/resources have not been retrieved.
Library Books/Check Out: We encourage our students to continue to read daily during distance learning. Students will have access to our library system. Students are able to check books out through our online system here.
Staff/Parent/Student Communication: New London-Spicer believes communication is vital between staff, parents, and students. Our educators and school leaders will be available: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents can reach their child(ren)’s teacher via email. Here is the NLS Staff directory
We understand these times may not work for all families. We encourage families to communicate directly with the teacher to arrange an agreed upon time to discuss the academic needs of your child(ren). Some of our staff will be utilizing digital communication tools using video. If staff and students are using such a tool, it is important that they are in a public place in your home (i.e. kitchen, living room, dining room, or family room). Students must not use these tools in a bedroom or bathroom.
Communication will be provided to NLS Families through Infinite Campus Messenger (AKA. Parent Portal). Parents are expected to update their contact preferences to select multiple modes of communication to assist us in reaching them. Here are the instructions on how to update parental/guardian contact preferences in Parent Portal, if you have questions please contact Michaelene Fredrickson in the high school office at 320.354.2252 ext. 2600.
Attendance: All students are expected to participate in distance learning. If students are ill and are not able to participate in distance learning, the parent/caregiver will need to contact the attendance line and give a reason for the absence in your child’s respective building. Students in grades K-8 are expected to check in daily by using either Seesaw, ClassDojo, Schoology, phone, or email. The learning board “must do” tasks must be submitted each week and the tasks count toward attendance. Students in grades 9-12 are expected to complete weekly tasks assigned by each teacher. Tasks must be submitted for grade and count towards attendance per class. Outreach will be made to parents of students in grades K-12 who do not meet the above requirements. The school principal will work with families on remedies to aid the family with distance learning and provide reasonable accommodations.
School Issued Devices: As we surveyed our families, we sought input on accessibility and technology devices. At this time, we are not a one-to-one district where each student has a device. We don’t have enough devices for each student in the district to have their own device. Our hope is to make sure that every family has at least one device that can be shared among their children to access our school website, distance learning boards, communicate with teachers, Schoology, and/or Seesaw/Dojo. If you don’t have a device at home, and would like to borrow one from the school, you must complete the following items:
Read Policies: District’s Bullying Policy (514), Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (524)
Complete the Student and Parent - Device User Agreement
Complete the Common Sense Family Media Agreement Form
Review the Opt-In Insurance Plan and consider purchasing. Payments can be made by mailed in check or on Infinite Campus (Parent Portal - Fees).
Once all of the above is completed, you may contact Dan Rajewsky (RajewskyD@nls.k12.mn.us) to schedule a time to pick up the issued device.
At this time, the district is looking into ways to get wifi access to families that don’t have access, but we currently don’t have a solution. We hope to share more information, when it becomes available, with families that expressed the need for a reliable internet connection.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. We are all here to help. We are all in this together.
With Kind Regards,
Mr. Randy Juhl | Dr. Trish Perry | Mr. Jamie Boelter