Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order for all K-12 schools to be closed Wednesday, March 18, to Friday, March 27.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will provide updates and resources in an effort to help families reduce the risk in their home and community. We will be updating this page as necessary to keep families informed about the school’s plan for distance learning.
New limited school office hours: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM on school days.
DaVinci Academy Learning Plan March 30-May 4
How will this work?
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate our new distance learning plan. Please view the first few weeks as you would the first few weeks of a new school year. This is a new learning experience for all of us. Teachers will be developing relationships with students in a new way; they’ll be setting classroom expectations; and we’ll all be identifying new ways to work and learn. We are confident that our students and staff will be successful with our distance learning plan.
Here are a few ways parents can help their student(s) be successful:
- set routines for your child
- create a designated school workspace
- monitor your child’s schoolwork
- ask your child about the day’s schoolwork
· communicate regularly with your child’s teacher(s)
March 20, 2020
Dear DaVinci Academy Families:
Thank you so much for your prompt response to the survey we sent out this week so we can work to best meet your needs over the coming days and weeks. This communication will specifically address our plans for the week of March 23-27 during the official school closure period that the Governor has established this week. Once we have more information on the distance learning period that is scheduled to begin March 30 we will share that information accordingly.
We send a great big thank you to our health care workers and first responders. Your heroism is beyond belief. We will be providing child-care for families that fall in this category starting March 23 at DaVinci. We will follow up with you directly in a separate communication. It’s important that only families that have signed up for childcare on Monday based on their employment status come to school on Monday. We have specific stipulations around how students will be screened and where they will be assigned to ensure we are practicing social distancing and students are symptom-free prior to entering the building.
We will be providing free meals for students starting on Monday. Please reach out to Cassy Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in receiving meals and have not already filled out the food request form. Families should come to the east door between (10:00 am-12:30 pm) on Monday and Wednesday this week to pick up meals.
Families have reached out regarding special education services, statewide testing (MCAs), and timelines for honors and Renaissance testing. We want to assure you that students with IEPs and 504 plans will continue to receive services once distance learning begins on March 30. The state of MN is applying for a federal waiver to exempt the state from MCA testing this spring. We will continue to process honors and Renaissance applications. We will reach out to you with updated timelines, guidelines, and next steps.
Our teachers will be coming together virtually starting Monday to plan for a comprehensive and engaging distance learning program for you. If you indicated in your response form that you will need to check out technology, or come to the school to pick up items, we will be following up with you next week with a schedule for when you can come to school. Please do not come to the school without a scheduled appointment or pre-established time to assist us in maintaining social distancing expectations.
We look forward to continuing to connect with you. We will be sharing our distance learning plans with you prior to March 30. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Ahava Silkey-Jones, Executive Director
Meal Order Form
In order for us to have an accurate meal count to avoid waste and make sure all families get fed, please fill out the provided form.
Pick up times: 10:00 am-12:30 pm (if you can’t be at the school at that time we will need to set up a drop off plan). Note: Delivery accommodations can be made to families with transportation challenges or medically fragile family members at home. But, if you are able to pick up at bus stops or school locations you are asked to please do so to help ensure that families who are in need of home meal deliveries can receive those resources.
Families will use the drop off /pick up line at the east door to have meals brought out to them. They should stay in their vehicles.
Monday’s meal pick up will consist of Breakfast for Monday and Tuesday, and a bag lunch for Monday and Tuesday. Each meal will include milk. Wednesday’s meal pick up will consist of Breakfast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lunches for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Each meal will include milk.
Food Service staff (3) will assemble a Breakfast cart and a Lunch cart. Two staff will be outside distributing and tallying meals while the third person is a runner. They will be restocking milks and foods that are in need of temp control.
If you are experiencing a change in your financial situation or layoff, please complete the online Educational Benefits form found on parent campus in Infinite Campus or download the PDF below and return it to the school. This will help your school receive additional funds it needs to provide emergency services during this time of need. Thank you for your support. If you have questions regarding the form, please contact Food Services at 763-754-6577 ext 1143.
Emergency Workers – Access to Child Care
School districts are charged with providing care to students of emergency care workers. Emergency workers are defined in a variety of ways and include several different types of occupations. Below is the full list of recommended Emergency workers as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education. If you fall into one of these categories and are in need of child care, please contact Julie Kresh
Technology Request Form
If you have not previously signed up to receive a Chromebook, and your family is in need of one or if your family is in need of a second Chromebook, please complete the form here. Once your request has been processed someone from the school office will contact you. If you have any question, please contact the office at 763-754-6577 or by email email@example.com .
Event & Activities Cancellations
Per Governor Walz’s executive order in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all schools are closed through March 27, 2020.
- DaVinci Den will be closed for the duration of the school closings.
- March Madness – will possibly be held later in the school year.
- All field trips have been cancelled. Please refer to the April 6, newsletter for more information.
Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 public hotline: 651-201-3920; open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon-Fri.
Coping with stress (World Health Organization)
Information for travel (CDC)
These are challenging times. Please know that we don’t yet have answers to every question, and it might take some time to know the full implications of the Governor’s order to close schools now in order to plan for potential long-term closure.
We will continue to consult with and take actions under guidance from state authorities, and we will continue to update you as additional information becomes available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of rapidly changing information.