CentraCare Resources

  • CentraCare Resources:

    • 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. 

  • May 1

    The Minnesota Department of Education has provided COVID-19 information in other languages: Hmoob - Español - Soomaali.

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

    • 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

March 25

  • March 25

    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:

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COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus

  • 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.

Last Modified on May 26, 2020