• Childcare 

    Communication

    I have a question or concern. Who can I contact?

    You can use this FAQ form to submit COVID-19 and Safe Learning Plan questions. Someone will respond to you directly and the answer will be posted on this page. If you have questions regarding your child(ren)’s curriculum, behavior, etc., those questions should be directed to your child(ren)’s teacher.


    Where can I find updates?
    The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the District’s website, which includes our Safe Return to Learn Plan, frequently asked questions, all current and past district-wide communications with families, helpful resources, and more.
    www.nls.k12.mn.us/COVID19  Parents should also frequently check Parent Portal for important messages from the school disrict. 

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    Activities

    General


    What will Special Education look like? Distance Learning did not work for my child last year.
    Special Education Case Managers will work with families on an individual basis to create as positive of a learning experience as possible. 

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    Health


    How will parents be notified if there are cases of COVID-19 at one of the school buildings?
    Notifications to parents will be sent through Parent Portal from our Health Office done with direction from the Minnesota Department of Health.


    If my child stays home or is sent home with symptoms, how long does he/she have to stay home?
    Those determinations will be made based on the most current version of New London-Spicer Schools' Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms. You will receive communication from the district if your child is sent home and/or you should contact the District Nurse 320-354-2252 ext. 2612 regarding the specifics for your child.  


    What is the definition of a close contact?
    Per MDH, a close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 2 days, regardless of whether the person was wearing a mask or not.


    What is the timeline for pick-up when parents receive a call that their child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or is ill?
    Parents are expected to pick-up their child(ren) immediately, but no longer than within 30 minutes. If you cannot do this, make arrangements in advance for someone else to do it for you.


    What will NLS schools do if students or staff become ill while at school?
    Health Services staff will assess the student or staff member and determine whether or not the student or staff member meets the MDH (Minnesota Department of Health) criteria for possible COVID-19. If the student is determined to have symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19: the student will wait in the Health Office (the student will be monitored by a staff person, the staff person will maintain a 6 foot or greater distance from the student per MDH guidelines, unless the student’s condition requires continuous care). Parents will be notified to pick their student up immediately, and should call the school when they arrive. A staff person will escort the student out of the building. If a Staff member is determined to have symptoms consistent with possible COVID-19: Staff will go immediately home.


    Who qualifies for a medical exemption from masking and what is the process for getting an exemption?
    Students who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition may be exempt from wearing a face covering. An exemption form must be signed by a parent/guardian and a medical authority. A medical authority includes a medical doctor, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner (generally a person licensed to write prescriptions in Minnesota).


    Will the school tell me how many students are wearing masks in my child’s classroom?
    Parents should operate under the presumption that at least a minimum number of students may not be wearing masks and understand that parents may choose to submit such a verifiable request, on any given student-contact day, that their child is exempt from the mask requirement. Please know the district is doing everything possible to effectively balance the safety needs and rights of all students and staff as we start the school year.


    What happens if a student refuses to wear a face mask?
    Face masks for all students and staff are required. If there is a medical exception, families must provide documentation and reasonable accommodations will be instituted. The MN Department of Education considers Distance Learning “a reasonable accommodation”. If a student refuses to wear a face covering or willingly removes a face mask, schools will follow the same protocol as with other dress code violations.

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    Meals
     

    Technology 

    What kind of protections does the school have on Chrome and YouTube to prevent students from viewing inappropriate content?
    Our school district utilizes a content filter that blocks access to various inappropriate sites. From time to time, students may find access to sites that are inappropriate. In those rare circumstances, we work to block access and engage in conversations with the student.

    Will the Chromebooks come with a protective case to carry them in their backpacks or do you recommend purchasing our own? If so, could you please give us the dimensions/size of the Chromebook to look online for cases.
    School Chromebooks will not come with protective cases. If you decide to purchase a protective case be sure it fits the Dell 3100 Chrombook.   

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