- May 21 - For information about masks, please view this infographic or click here for info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- May 14 - Daily routines for children and teens have been anything but normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. This change in schedule can affect many aspects of a young person’s life, including sleep patterns. Check out these sleep tips from Certified Nurse Practitioner Cathy Klick. She shares what young people can do to retain normal sleep habits during this strange time. Another routine that has been disrupted by COVID-19 is well-child appointments for vaccines. Parents should know CentraCare is offering drive-thru vaccines at CentraCare Plaza. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling the clinic or contacting CentraCare Connect at 320-200-3200.
- May 7 - CentraCare’s physician incident commander recently answered FAQs on WCCO following an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Stearns County. Watch this interview for information on CentraCare’s preparedness, social distancing during warmer weather, symptoms in children and masking while in the community.
- April 23 blog - Making the Grade from Home
- April 16 tips
- Talk to your children about COVID-19 in a serious manner without being scary. And remember, children and teens may also be listening when you are talking with other people in your household or over the phone.
- Try to limit the amount of news you are consuming in your household, including on social media. Kids and teens might misinterpret information they hear or see.
- April 16 - warning signs of anxiety in children and teens, read this blog. There, you’ll also find mental health resources available online.
- April 9 - web resources: Help Teens Dealing with Loss during COVID-19
- April 3 - a video message from Dr. Kurt Schwieters, MD - Stay at Home Update
- April 3 - a PDF of COVID-19 FAQs for Kids & Teens
May 5 - Public Service Announcement from Stearns County
Stearns County has requested we share this important message with District families:
Stearns County is currently seeing a large increase in the number of residents testing positive for COVID-19 (or novel Coronavirus). If you are experiencing any of these symptoms - fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell - we encourage you to contact your health care provider or call the CentraCare Connect Hotline at 320-200-3200 for screening and possible testing.
The ability to do more testing and isolate sick individuals helps Public Health in efforts to contain COVID-19. If you have other questions, you can contact the Benton-Stearns COVID-19 hotline at 877-782-5683.
Please continue to practice good hand hygiene, stay home if you are sick, maintain 6 feet from others while out in public, and stay away from crowds.
Energy Assistance Program
For questions regarding the state's Energy Assistance Program, please contact your building's social worker/counselor.
Energy Assistance Program (EAP) facts
- Renters & homeowners are eligible.
- Assets such as the home are not considered in determining eligibility.
- Grants range from $200 to $1,400, based on household size, income, and fuel cost.
- The average grant is about $500.
- In addition to the initial grant, additional Crisis funds are available to:
- Help pay a past due bill or get an emergency fuel delivery.
- Help homeowners get their broken furnace repaired or replaced.
EAP changes made to help during COVID-19
- The application deadline is extended to July 1.
- The annual Crisis maximum is increased to $1,200 (up from $600).
- EAP can help households pay a past due bill, even without a shut-off notice.
- Income eligibility is based on past one month of income only.
- EAP still has sufficient funds and expects more from the CARES Act.
How to apply for EAP
- Households contact their local EAP service provider to apply for EAP.
- Households find their EAP provider:
- By calling 1-800-657-3710 & entering their zip code, or
- On this list of service providers by county or tribe at https://mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/eap-provider.jsp.
- 29 local EAP service providers including Community Action Programs, counties, tribal governments and non-profits serve all areas of the state.
- Find general EAP information at https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp .
Family Mental Health Resources
Please visit our Distance Learning Family Mental Health Resources page for contact information for our building counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals in addition to these resources:
- National PTA - resources for families concerned about remote learning and stress and anxiety related to COVID-19
- National Association of School Psychologists – Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
- New York Times Article – How to talk to kids about Coronavirus
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Parents of children with mental health issues can reference this list of county-specific children’s crisis mental health hotlines.
Additional resources for mental health support are on our Student Support Services webpage (under Health Services).
Governor Walz announced on March 25 that we will be moving to a ‘Stay at Home” status as of Friday, March 27 at 11:59pm. This means Distance Learning will begin Monday, March 30 and will continue until at least May 4.
Please visit our building-specific Distance Learning webpages that include schedules, access to meals, email for our technology Help Desk, and other important information. Our main Distance Learning webpage is navigable through a slide on the home page or through the Teaching and Learning tab on the main menu.
Distance Learning details:
Communications to Families
- March 4-5: Email from Health Services
- March 12: Press Release: Three Area School Districts Agree on COVID-19 Protocols
- March 15: Press Release: Three Area School Districts Close
- March 16: Email from Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert - Access to Food Service, Locker Items, and Medications
- March 17: Email from Assistant Superintendent Kay Nelson - Students in K-12; Digital Curriculum; Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs); Food Service; and Skyward Survey: March 18
- March 18: Social Media/Website/News Media - Spring Break Lunches
- March 18: Email from Sarah Kleppe - Skyward Survey Food Service Special Education
- March 20: URGENT Last day to pick up items; Complete Skyward survey
- March 20: Email from Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert: Distance Learning, Access to Food Service, and Technology Access
- March 25: Email from Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert: Gov. Walz declares Distance Learning begins March 30 until May 4
- March 25: Email from Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert: Instructional Materials pick up/delivery
- March 26: Emails from ORE/PME Principals: Instructional Materials pick up
- March 30: Email from Kyle Breitkreutz, Director of Technology: Schoology is Down
- March 31: Email from Jayme Steinbach, Director of Food Service: Meal pick up hours
- April 1: Email from Kyle Breitkreutz, Director of Technology: Schoology is Down
- April 6: Email from Sarah Kleppe - Food Service, Library Books, and Instructional Materials
- April 22: Email from Sarah Kleppe - Instructional Materials pick up for Preschool, ORE, and PME
- April 22: Video message from Superintendent Schwiebert: Thank you, staff!
- April 23: Email from Superintendent Schwiebert: Governor Announces Distance Learning for Rest of Year; May 1 and May 4 Details
- May 5: Email from Sarah Kleppe - Stearns County public service announcement
- May 7: Email from Superintendent Schwiebert: update and important dates
- May 26: Email from Superintendent Schwiebert: video message update and calendar items
*these communications are in addition to weekly announcements to families with building-specific information
Rozalyn Scoles, RN, BS, PHN, LSN
District School Nurse
Sartell High School (SHS)
Rachel Michalek, LPN
Early Childhood Center
320-656-3701 x 1208
District Office FAX 320-656-3765
Ginny Anderson, LPN
Oak Ridge Elementary (ORE)
Wendy Dulski, LPN/HA
Pine Meadow Elementary (PME)
Katie Gallipo, RN, BS, PHN
Sartell Middle School (SMS)
March 12, 2020
Many regions around the world—including the U.S.—are experiencing an expanding outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory illness known as COVID-19. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation that may have implications for Minnesota communities, including schools, in the coming days and weeks.
Sartell-St. Stephen is receiving regular updates from the Minnesota Department of Health, and we are working closely with the MN Department of Education and other agencies to ensure that we have contingency plans in place for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in our community. This will include regular communication with staff, families, students and the community.