District Announcements

  • April 30, 2021

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    As of May 3, 2021, the District will no longer require a 14 day quarantine following close contact with a positive COVID-19 case outside your home. A 14 day quarantine is still required for all close contacts within a residence. 

    The District is reducing the number of quarantine days for a variety of reasons:

    1. The District has seen no evidence of COVID-19 spread in school or school activities.
    2. School-sponsored indoor sports (which have evidence of additional transmission) are completed for this school year.
    3. Most other organizations outside of the school district are following a 10 day quarantine.
    4. There are numerous significant events that occur at the end of the school year. It is important that as many students as possible are able to participate in MCA testing, AP testing, final exams and milestone events such as senior awards, graduation, etc.
    5. Per Stearns County Public Health, they are not seeing spread from schools, instead they are seeing most of the spread among restaurants and bars.

    If your child is currently quarantined and their timeline is affected due to this change, you will be contacted individually regarding the return-to-school date.

    Thank you for your continued work on mitigation efforts to keep our kids in school. Because of the efforts of our community, we are able to make this shift to a 10 day quarantine.

    Krista Durrwachter

    ISD 748 District COVID-19 Coordinator
    Director of Human Resources

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  • April 22

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    It is hard to believe we only have a few weeks of school remaining!  All buildings continue to operate in an in-person model. Last week, we shared this video outlining our updated decision-making process for when/if we need to shift learning models and/or quarantine a group of students.

    This email provides information on local vaccinations for students who are age 16+ as well as other pertinent COVID-19-related information.

    COVID-19 Vaccinations
    As of Tuesday, March 30, 2021, every Minnesotan 16 years and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

    • SHS Vaccination Site/CentraCare + Stearns County Survey: Stearns County and CentraCare are working to provide vaccine clinics in schools across the County for students ages 16+ and their adult family members. In order to determine if Sartell High School would be eligible as a host site, please fill out this survey indicating your interest in participating. Survey must be completed by Friday, April 23. 
    • Fully Vaccinated Students: If your child has been fully vaccinated, please provide proof of vaccination to your school nurse (contact information available on our Health Services page). If your child is fully vaccinated, they will not need to quarantine if they are a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case. 

    Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for information and links for testing, isolation/quarantine guidelines, and additional vaccine information. 

    Please help us keep our kids in school for the last 6 weeks! We appreciate everyone wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and getting vaccinated. All of these factors help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • April 13

    Dear Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 Families:

    We are writing today to address the senseless and tragic death of Daunte Wright who was fatally shot by a Brooklyn Center Police Officer during a traffic stop on Sunday afternoon. Our hearts go out to the Wright family and all those who are hurting in our community. Beyond feeling like we have more questions than answers, many of us are experiencing a wide range of emotions such as hopelessness, sadness, confusion, anger, loss, hurt and pain.

    As our students attempt to navigate their emotions and the trauma they may feel, our counselors, school social workers and other staff are available for support and counseling services.

    Parents and caregivers: find out what fears or concerns your student might have and try to address them as directly and calmly as possible. It’s also important to reassure them that adults are here to help and protect them. We have updated resources on our Student Support webpage to assist families with these difficult conversations. If your child is struggling and needs support, please reach out to our school staff. 

    The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is grateful for your support to provide a caring and supportive environment for all students, staff, and families during this very troubling time. 

    ISD 748 School Administration and School Board

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  • April 8

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a few District updates.There is no change in learning model, but this email contains important updates.

    Upcoming Calendar:

    Friday, April 16

    • PreK-5: No School - Teacher Planning Day
    • Grades 6-12: Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details)
    • Meals available for pick up from 8-9a at Sartell Middle School and 12-1p at Sartell High School

    Monday, April 19
    Grades 9-12 will have school. On the printed calendar, this date is marked as a no school day for Grades 9-12. Due to schedule changes with the State Student Council Conference, this WILL BE a school day for our 9-12 students. 

    COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded to all Minnesotans 16+
    As of Tuesday, March 30, 2021, every Minnesotan 16 years of age and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The MN Department of Health (MDH)  is encouraging all eligible Minnesotans to sign up for the Vaccine Connector to get updates on vaccination opportunities in our area and be entered into the random selection process for the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites.

    Student COVID-19 Testing
    MDH recommends that all school-age youth in schools and their families get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year. Kids involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should get tested every week. Testing, plus wearing masks and taking other precautions like social distancing and staying home (quarantining) when needed, are some of the best tools we have to limit the spread of COVID-19. By getting tested regularly until the end of the school year, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and sports operating. Testing is not available to students at school. There are many options to get tested, depending on your needs, and each option is available to you at no cost. You can even schedule appointments for the whole family at the same time. Please visit our webpage for more information.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. Isolation and quarantine are an important mitigation strategy that allows us to continue to keep students in school. This safety measure along with masking, cleaning protocols and social distancing to the extent possible work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.  Although the CDC allows for shortened quarantined timelines, the District will continue to follow the most conservative timeline for the safety of our students and staff. For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage

    It is hard to believe that we have entered our last quarter of the school year. We look forward to finishing the year strong with your continued partnership in your child’s education.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • March 25

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a few District updates. There is no new learning model change, but there are important details/dates to review.

    Upcoming Calendar:

    Friday, March 26

    • PreK-5: No School - Teacher Planning Day
    • Grades 6-12: Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details)
    • Meals available for pick up from 8-9a at Sartell Middle School and 12-1p at Sartell High School

    Monday, March 29-April 5: No School - Spring Break

    Monday, April 19 (Change to printed calendar): Grades 9-12 will have school. On the printed calendar, this date is marked as a no school day for Grades 9-12. Due to schedule changes with the State Student Council Conference, this WILL BE a school day for our 9-12 students. 

    Student COVID-19 Testing
    The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all school-age youth in schools and their families get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year. Kids involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should get tested every week.  Testing, plus wearing masks and taking other precautions like social distancing and staying home (quarantining) when needed, are some of the best tools we have to limit the spread of COVID-19. By getting tested regularly until the end of the school year, we can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and sports operating.

    Testing is not available to students at school. There are many options to get tested, depending on your needs, and each option is available to you at no cost. You can even schedule appointments for the whole family at the same time. Please visit our COVID-19 Testing page for additional details and resources. 

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. Isolation and quarantine are an important mitigation strategy that allows us to continue to keep students in school. This safety measure along with masking, cleaning protocols and social distancing to the extent possible work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.  Although the CDC allows for shortened quarantined timelines, the District will continue to follow the most conservative timeline for the safety of our students and staff. For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage

    As we enter into spring break, I wish you all a safe and relaxing time away from school.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • March 17

    Due to COVID-19, neither the Sartell Middle School VEX Robotics Teams nor the Sartell High School First Robotics Team were able to travel and compete.
     
    High school students took this opportunity: they created obstacles and designed a course for the 40 middle school students (8 teams). The students held a final competition night and teams were evaluated on the highest score using Autonomous and Driver Control skills.
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  • March 11

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a few District updates. There is no new change in learning model, but there are important details/dates to review.

    Our students have been enjoying the warm weather and it is great to see them engaged in outside play and learning. Our local COVID-19 case rates have remained steady or shown a decrease; we remain hopeful that we can continue with in-person instruction. It has been so gratifying to feel a small sense of normalcy returning to our schools.

    Upcoming Calendar:

    Friday, March 12

    • PreK-5: Regular Schedule
    • Grades 6-12: Real-time Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details)
    • Last date to request a change in learning models to or from Distance Learning. To request a shift for your student for 4th quarter (starting April 6), each building principal must receive a written request
    • Meals available for pick up from Sartell Middle School from 8-9a and Sartell High School from 12-1p

    Monday-Friday, March 15-19

    • PreK-12: Regular Schedule

    Monday-Thursday, March 22-25

    • PreK-12: Regular Schedule

    Friday, March 26

    • PreK-5: No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • Grades 6-12: Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details)
    • Meals available for pick up from Sartell Middle School from 8-9a and Sartell High School from 12-1p


    Monday, March 29-April 5: No School Spring Break

    Monday, April 19 (Change to printed calendar)

    • Note that this date is marked as a NO SCHOOL day for students in Grades 9-12 on our printed calendar. Due to schedule changes with the State Student Council Conference, this WILL BE a school day for our 9-12 students. 

    Student COVID-19 Testing
    As more students are back in the classroom across the State, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is recommending that students are tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. MDH has stated that this is not a requirement but, "COVID-19 testing remains an important tool for limiting disease impacts and ending the pandemic as quickly as possible." Testing is not available to students at school, testing is available at various healthcare providers in our community, additionally, free at home tests are available at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. Isolation and quarantine are an important mitigation strategy that allows us to continue to keep students in school. This safety measure along with masking, cleaning protocols and social distancing to the extent possible work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.  Although the CDC allows for shortened quarantined timelines, the District will continue to follow the most conservative timeline for the safety of our students and staff. For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • February 25

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a few District updates. There is no new change in learning model, but there are important details/dates to review.

    First, on behalf of the entire school staff, I can tell you that we are thrilled to have our students back to In-Person learning. The buzz of learning and students engaging with each other is inspiring. We are pleased with the transition for our families and students who are participating in this model. We continue to provide a Distance Learning choice option for approximately 15% of our families.

    Upcoming Calendar Changes:

    Friday, February 26

    • PreK-5: Regular Schedule
    • Grades 6-12: Real-time Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details). Meal pickup is available at both SMS and SHS. Please visit our food service webpage for more information.

    Monday-Friday, March 1-5

    • PreK-12: Regular Schedule

    *Monday, April 19

    • Note that this date is marked as a NO SCHOOL day for students in Grades 9-12 on our printed calendar. Due to schedule changes with the State Student Council Conference, this WILL BE a school day for our 9-12 students. 

    Requesting a Learning Model Shift 
    The next opportunity to request a change in learning models to or from Distance Learning will be the beginning of 4th quarter on April 6. To request a shift for your student for 4th quarter, each building principal must receive a written request by March 12.

    Student COVID-19 Testing
    As more students are back in the classroom across the State, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is recommending that students are tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. MDH has stated that this is not a requirement but, "COVID-19 testing remains an important tool for limiting disease impacts and ending the pandemic as quickly as possible." Testing is not available to students at school; testing is available at various healthcare providers in our community and free at-home tests are available at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. Isolation and quarantine are an important mitigation strategy that allows us to continue to keep students in school. This safety measure along with masking, cleaning protocols and social distancing to the extent possible work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.  Although the CDC allows for shortened quarantined timelines, the District will continue to follow the most conservative timeline for the safety of our students and staff. For additional information and a video message from School Board Chair, Jeremy Snoberger and Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.  

    If you have been:

    • diagnosed with COVID-19: you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (or if no symptoms, 10 days from the date of a positive test).
    • in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: you must quarantine for 14 days following the last date of close contact.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Please continue to report all positive cases, symptoms and close contacts for your students to your building's school nurse. To report a student absence, please contact the building receptionist.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • February 22

    ISD 748 American Indian Families: the first meeting of our American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) is Thursday, March 4 from 6:30-7:30p in the Oak Ridge Early Learning Center media center.

    Parents and students are encouraged to advise the school district & Board of Education on American Indian education programming such as developing and implementing best practices, making recommendations for improvement, and advocating for American Indian parents and students.  For additional information, please refer to the communication sent today from Principal Jason Mielke.

    Please contact ORELC Principal Jason Mielke at 320-656-3762 or via email to RSVP for the meeting or with any questions.

    Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.78, subdivision 1, states that a school district in which there are ten or more American Indian students enrolled and each American Indian school must establish an American Indian education parent advisory committee. Commonly referred to as American Indian Parent Advisory Committees (AIPACs), these committees serve in an advisory role and help ensure that American Indian students are receiving culturally relevant and equitable educational opportunities. These committees are critical to the achievement and success of American Indian students statewide, and offer a valuable opportunity to strengthen district and parent partnerships. 

    american indian advisory committee

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  • February 12, 2021

    Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own admissions requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders are eligible to enroll in PSEO on a more limited basis (see note below). Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. If a school district determines a pupil is not on track to graduate, she/he may continue to participate in PSEO on a term by term basis.

    By March 1 of each year, or three weeks prior to the date a student registers for courses for the following school year (whichever is earlier), schools must provide PSEO information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families. To assist the district in planning, a student must inform the district by May 30 of each year of their intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year.

    There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course; however, students may incur fees for equipment that becomes their property when the course or program is completed, textbooks that are not returned to the postsecondary institution according to their policies, or for tuition costs if they do not notify the district by May 30 and the district does not waive this date requirement.

    Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For more information on these funds, access the PSEO Mileage Reimbursement Program Instructions.

    Enrolling in a PSEO course does not prohibit a student from participating in activities sponsored by the high school.

    School districts must allow a PSEO student reasonable access to the high school building, computers and/or other technology resources during regular school hours to participate in PSEO courses, whether on-line or on campus.

    Each year, districts must publish their grade-weighting policy on their website, including a list of courses for which students can earn weighted grades.

    All courses taken through the PSEO program must meet graduation requirements. Districts must transcript credits earned in PSEO by a ratio prescribed in statute. Districts have the authority to decide which subject area and standards the PSEO course meets. If there is a dispute between the district and the student regarding the number of credits granted for a particular course, the student may appeal the board's decision to the commissioner. The commissioner's decision regarding the number of credits will be final.

    Postsecondary institutions are required to allow PSEO students to enroll in online courses consistent with the institution’s policy regarding postsecondary student enrollment in online courses.

    Tenth-grade students may initially enroll in one Career and Technical Education (CTE) PSEO course if they receive a reading proficiency score of “meets” or “exceeds” on the 8th grade MCA. If 10th graders taking a CTE PSEO course earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional postsecondary courses. If the student did not take the MCA in 8th-grade, another reading assessment accepted by the enrolling postsecondary institution can be substituted. For students with disabilities, there is an alternative option to demonstrate reading proficiency.

    For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

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  • Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a District COVID-19 update; it includes reminders of our upcoming schedule and District COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

    Our transition to PreK-12 in-person learning has gone relatively smoothly. Our staff continue to provide instruction to our full-time distance learning students, quarantined students and those attending in-person. This is not without challenges and we are working hard to provide quality education in each scenario. Thank you for your continued support of our staff!

    • Monday, February 15: PreK-12: No School, Presidents Day - No Meal Pick-up
    • Tuesday-Friday, February 16-19: PreK-12: Regular Schedule
    • Monday-Thursday, February 22-25: PreK-12: Regular Schedule
    • Friday, February 26
      • PreK-5: Regular Schedule
      • Grades 6-12: Real-time Distance Learning for all students with modified schedule (please refer to specific building schedules for details)
    • Monday-Friday, March 1-5: PreK - 12: Regular Schedule

    Requesting a Learning Model Shift (Repeat)
    The next opportunity to request a change in learning models to or from Distance Learning will be the beginning of 4th quarter on April 6. To request a shift for your student for 4th quarter, each building principal must receive a written request by March 12.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. Isolation and quarantine are an important mitigation strategy that allows us to continue to keep students in school.  This safety measure along with masking, cleaning protocols and social distancing to the extent possible work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.  Although the CDC allows for shortened quarantined timelines, the District will continue to follow the most conservative timeline for the safety of our students and staff. For additional information, visit the COVID-19 webpage.  

    If you have been:

    • diagnosed with COVID-19: you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (or if no symptoms, 10 days from the date of a positive test).
    • in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: you must quarantine for 14 days following the last date of close contact.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Please continue to report all positive cases, symptoms and close contacts for your students to your building's school nurse. To report a student absence, please contact the building receptionist.

    Stay safe and warm! Help us keep our kids in school by continuing to follow COVID-19 safety measures. We are in this together!

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • January 28

    Sartell-St. Stephen families:

    We are excited to share about the District’s shift to full in-person instruction for grades 6-12.

    As you are aware, our PreK-5 schools returned to full in-person learning on Jan. 11; this will continue. Grades 6-12 will return to full in-person learning on Feb. 8. To provide teachers time to prepare for this shift, there will be no school for 6-12 students on Feb. 5.

    The District’s return plan is as follows:

    PreK-5
    Monday-Friday, February 1-5: In-Person
    Monday-Friday, February 8-12: In-Person       

    Grades 6-12
    Monday-Thursday, February 1-4: Hybrid, follow Hybrid calendar)        
    Friday, February 5: NO SCHOOL - teacher preparation day for transition to full In-Person
    Monday-Thursday, February 8-11: In-Person
    Friday, February 12: NO SCHOOL - SMS conferences & SHS registration

    The decision to bring 6-12 students back to in-person learning follows CDC guidelines and was made in consultation with local medical providers, Stearns County Public Health and the MN Department of Health. Evolving research and data reveals that transmission in school is rare. In Sartell-St. Stephen we have experienced a low to non-existent transmission rate in our classrooms. Research also shows that mitigation strategies are directly tied to these results (face masks, social distancing to the extent possible, maintaining pods for students to the extent possible, and sanitization). Our District is committed to ensuring these safety measures are implemented with fidelity in all of our learning spaces.

    We also wanted to share that we were given great news last Friday regarding vaccines for our staff. Nearly everyone who wanted the vaccine received their first dose this week. Second doses will be given the week of Feb. 15. We are grateful to CentraCare for providing this opportunity to our staff.

    Transportation
    With this change in the learning model, it will be the first time that all bus riders will be on routes on the same day. Please be patient with our pick-up and drop-off times, as it will take a few days to get into a new routine. Thanks again to families who have been able to self-transport this year; remember that will continue to be an option going forward. Questions? Please contact the transportation office at 320-656-3724.

    Requesting a Learning Model Shift
    Grades 6-12: To request a change in your child’s learning model as a result of this district announcement, you must notify your school principal in writing no later than 5p on Feb. 1. Requests after that date (other than a documented medical reason) will not be honored. The two learning models available are in-person or distance learning. Hybrid instruction is not an option at this time.

    Following this deadline, the next opportunity to change learning models will be the beginning of 4th quarter on April 6. If you are requesting a shift for 4th quarter, those requests must be made in writing to the building principal by March 12.

    Food Service 
    Due to the upcoming change in learning model, starting Feb. 8, Food Service will no longer offer daily meal pick up at SHS and SMS. Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available to students daily on-site at each school building.  There will be further communication to Distance Learning families regarding meal pickup going forward.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Please continue to report all positive cases, symptoms and close contacts for your students to your building's school nurse. To report a student absence, please contact the building receptionist.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation.

    If you have been:         

    • diagnosed with COVID-19: you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (or if no symptoms, 10 days from the date of a positive test).          
    • in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: you must quarantine for 14 days following the last date of close contact. 

    The District continues to follow the 14 day quarantine for close contact to a positive COVID-19 individual. For additional info, visit the COVID-19 page.

    We are thrilled to be returning to a more regular school setting for all of our students. We will continue to work tirelessly to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of each child. Thank you for your continued flexibility, support and partnership.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • January 14

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a District COVID-19 update.

    At this time, there will be no change in our current learning models. Our PreK-5 schools will remain In-Person and Sartell Middle and High School will remain in Hybrid Learning through at least February 5. Please note this is a change to the tentative plan shared on 12/21/20 to return our secondary students to an in-person model.

    We will continue to monitor our situation closely with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Stearns County Public Health. While our numbers are continuing to decline in Stearns County and our school district, we are proceeding with caution and would like to see those trends continue before making a change to the learning model for secondary students. 

    The decision on the learning model for 6-12 students for the week of February 8 will be made on January 28. We continue to hope that we can return our secondary students to fulltime In-Person learning. 

    Monday-Thursday, January 18-21

    • PreK-5: In-Person
    • 6-12: Hybrid, follow Hybrid calendar

    Friday, January 22: No School for PreK-12; previously scheduled professional development day

    Monday-Friday, January 25*-29
    *PreK-5 Full-Time Distance Learning Students Only - No School on January 25

    • PreK-5: In-Person
    • 6-12: Hybrid

    Monday-Friday, February 1-5

    • PreK-5: In-Person
    • 6-12: Hybrid

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Please report all positive cases, symptoms and close contacts for your students to your building's school nurse. To report a student absence, please contact the building receptionist.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    The District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. 

    If you have been:

    • diagnosed with COVID-19: you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (or if no symptoms, 10 days from the date of a positive test).
    • in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: you must quarantine for 14 days following the last date of close contact.  

    Although the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health have allowed for some changes to these practices, both still indicate that the 14-day quarantine period following close contact is the safest timeline to follow. As we want to ensure the safety of the students and staff in our buildings, we will continue to follow the same guidelines that were in place since the beginning of the school year. For more information on District guidelines, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

    Options for transition to or from a Distance Learning Model
    Note: Families DO NOT need to request a change unless the student is moving to a different learning model for one of the following reasons. A written request to the building principal is required in the following three scenarios:

    1. Academic Quarter Break
    Switching to or from a full-time Distance Learning model will only be allowed at an academic quarter break. The next deadline is March 12 (applies to Quarter 4).

    2. District-determined Learning Model Shift
    Families requesting to change learning models due to a District-determined shift in the middle of an academic term will have two weekdays, following the date of announcement of the shift, to notify the school principal in writing if they wish to switch from full-time Distance Learning to Hybrid/In-Person and vice versa.

    • Example: if the District makes a decision to change learning models on a Thursday, families would have until the end of the day Monday to request a change.  
    • If families opt to switch learning models for this reason, no further changes will be allowed for the remainder of the quarter

    3. Medical Reason
    Students requesting to move to Distance Learning for a medical reason will be allowed to do so at any time. This written request must include a certification of medical necessity from a medical provider. 

    We are excited to see students back in our buildings and our staff is thrilled to be working with students in person once again!  We appreciate all of the work you did over break to follow guidelines to help get our students back in our buildings.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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    December 21

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families:

    This is a special communication that outlines changes to our current learning model for all PreK-12 students. After consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health and Stearns County Public Health this morning, we are excited to let you know that we can begin to return to a less restrictive learning model. 

    The decision to return to In-Person/Hybrid learning was made based on new guidance from the State and on the significant reduction in staff absences due to isolation for illness and close contact quarantine. We have made updates to our Safe Learning Plan to incorporate additional mitigation measures mandated by the State. Additionally, we will provide retraining to all staff and students on safety protocols upon return to our buildings.

    The District’s return plan is as follows:

    Monday-Wednesday, January 4-6

    • PreK-12: Distance Learning
    • Food Service resumes

    Thursday-Friday, January 7-8

    • No School for PreK-12; teacher preparation for learning model transition 
    • Food Service continues

    Monday, January 11

    • PreK-5 return to In-Person
    • 6-12 return to Hybrid, follow Hybrid calendar
    • Food Service available

    Friday, January 22 

    • No School for PreK-12; previously scheduled professional development day
    • No Food Service avaialble

    TENTATIVE: Monday, January 25 

    • PreK-5: In-Person
    • No School 6-12; teacher preparation for transition to full In-Person
    • Food Service available

    TENTATIVE: Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29

    • PreK-5: In-Person
    • 6-12 return to In-Person
    • Food Service available

    Please note that we have a tentative return to an In-Person learning model for our 6-12 students on Tuesday, January 26 with a teacher planning day on Monday, January 25. At this time, the 6-12 learning model shift has not  been confirmed. The decision on the learning model shift for 6-12 students for the week of January 25 will be confirmed on January 14, after additional consultation with State and local public health. If COVID-19 positive cases continue to decrease in our area, we anticipate being able to implement an In-Person learning model for grades 6-12.

    For more information on our safe learning plans, please visit our 2020-21 School Plans webpage www.sartell.k12.mn.us/fall2020.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Please report all positive cases, symptoms and close contacts for your students.This will be especially important as we return to In-Person/Hybrid to have accurate attendance.

    • Please report COVID-19 related symptoms to your building's school nurses using this form.
    • Attendance: If you need to report a student absence, please contact the building receptionist.

    Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines
    As we plan for our return to school, the District wants to ensure that all families and staff understand the District protocols for quarantine and isolation. If you have been:

    • diagnosed with COVID-19: you must remain in isolation for 10 days following the onset of symptoms (or if no symptoms, 10 days from the date of a positive test).
    • in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: you must quarantine for 14 days following the last date of close contact.  

    Although the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health have allowed for some changes to these practices, both still indicate that the 14 day quarantine period following close-contact is the safest timeline to follow. As we want to ensure the safety of the students and staff in our buildings, we will continue to follow the same guidelines that were in place since the beginning of the school year.

    For more information on District guidelines, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.

    Opting to/from Full-time Distance Learning
    Families opting to switch to or from a full-time Distance Learning model must submit a request to the building principal. Movement between models will only be allowed at an academic quarter break. If movement to a Distance Learning model is requested for a health reason, a medical note will be required for the request to be approved.  The upcoming deadlines for moving between models are:

    • January 8 - for Quarter 3
    • March 12 - for Quarter 4 

    High School Activities

    • January 4: Practices for high school athletics will resume
    • January 11: Other high school activities will be held both virtually and in-person
    • Please watch for more information from the activity advisor/coach.

    Middle School Activities
    Middle school activities will resume on January 11. Please watch for communication from the middle school for more information.

    Stay Safe
    We are excited to be bringing our students back to our school buildings. Please continue to follow masking and social distancing protocols over the winter break (December 24-January 1) so that we ensure our students can return to our schools. We are asking that you be extra vigilant with safety precautions over the winter break. In doing so, we have hope that our 6-12 students will be able to return In-person. From the information we have received, the decisions our community made over the Thanksgiving Holiday have helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community! We appreciate all of the hard work you have been doing at home with our students and we cannot wait to see their faces in our buildings after the break. 

    Stay safe and enjoy time with your family over the break.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent

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  • December 10

    Sartell-St. Stephen Families,

    This is our bi-weekly communication to provide a District COVID-19 update.

    There is no change in learning model from our last communication. All schools will be in a Distance Learning model through at least January 8.  

    We will continue to monitor our situation closely with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Stearns County Public Health. We will not be able to move to a less restrictive learning model without consultation and recommendation from both MDH and Stearns County Public Health. We will notify you as soon as possible if Distance Learning will continue after January 8. We want to give families as much lead time as possible for planning.

    SHS Fall & Winter Activities
    As required by Emergency Executive Order 20-99, all in-person activities are paused through at least December 18, 2020. This includes practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments.  Please visit our SHS Activities page for additional information.

    Instructional Materials Pickup/Drop-Off
    If your child has instructional materials for pick up or to drop off at school, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 16. All schools will have needed materials available from 8am-6pm. Please watch for communication from your child’s school or teacher(s) with further details.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting

    In order for us to return to a Hybrid or In-Person model, we need to have accurate data regarding student positive cases and quarantines. We are asking you to be vigilant about reporting positive cases and quarantines. 

    • Please report COVID-19 related symptoms to your building's school nurses using this form - even during Distance Learning.
    • Attendance: If you need to report a student absence, please contact the building Receptionist.

    I want to thank you for your continued efforts to further our students learning in the Distance Learning model. I know it is difficult to balance the school work at home with all of your other responsibilities. I hope that our students can physically return to school after the holiday break, please continue your efforts to slow the spread in our community.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Schwiebert
    ISD 748 Superintendent

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  • SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE: EQUITY AUDIT
    The superintendent emailed families Thursday, December 3 about the District's Equity Audit. Please visit our Equity Audit webpage for his video message, written description/introduction, and survey link.

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  • November 19

    Sartell-St. Stephen Families,

    This is a special communication to outline an extension of our Distance Learning implementation and other important COVID-19 related information.

    Distance Learning Extended
    Amid this latest surge in the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, families and staff, we have made the decision to extend the Distance Learning Models for all grades Pre-K-12 students through at least January 8.

    SHS Fall & Winter Activities
    Activities Director Ryan Hauge emailed SHS families this morning that, as required by Emergency Executive Order 20-99, all in-person activities must be completed or stopped effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 20. This includes practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. These activities will remain paused until at least December 18. Schools are also not allowed to rent out gyms, weight rooms, or other facilities during this time. Please visit our SHS Activities page for additional information.

    Instructional Materials Pickup/Drop-Off
    If your child has instructional materials for pick up or to drop off at school, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 2. All schools will have needed materials available from 8am-6pm. Each principal will be providing building-specific directions as most - but not all - students will have materials for pickup. Please watch for communication from your child’s school or teacher(s) with further details.

    COVID-19 Symptoms and Attendance Reporting
    Parents/Guardians: please continue to be vigilant about monitoring for signs and symptoms of illness. 

    • Please report COVID-19 related symptoms to your building's school nurses using this form - even during Distance Learning. This form should be used if you only need to report a positive case or quarantine.  
    • Attendance: If you need to report a student absence, please contact the building Receptionist.

    As we step into Thanksgiving week, I want to express my gratitude to our students, staff and families for your positive partnership, tenacity and hard work. Please do your part to assist in getting us back to in-person instruction by following social distancing protocols, wearing a mask and reporting any COVID-19 illness. We cannot do this without everyone working together! We have an incredibly strong school community and we will continue to face the challenges this pandemic has put before us with grace and perseverance.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Schwiebert
    ISD 748 Superintendent

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  • November 12

    Sartell-St. Stephen Families,

    This is our bi-weekly communication that provides a school district COVID-19 update.

    There is no change in learning model from our last communication. All schools will be in a Distance Learning model beginning Monday, November 16. Families with children at Riverview Intermediate, Sartell Middle and Sartell High Schools should have received an email from their principal on Wednesday, November 11 with school-specific information.

    We will continue to monitor our situation closely and in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Stearns County Public Health. We are concerned with the rates of continued community spread and will notify you as soon as possible if Distance Learning will continue after December 4. We want to give families as much lead time as possible for planning.

    Symptoms and Reporting

    It is very important for families to continue to check for symptoms and report COVID-19-related illnesses and positive test results to our school nurses using this form. This information is critical to our ability to keep track of school-specific case rates and community spread which is used to assist us in bringing students back to in-person instruction. 

    A reminder that our COVID-19 dashboard shows how many students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Note that the dashboard only indicates positive cases and does not include those who have had close contact with a positive case and need to quarantine.

    Calendar

    The following outlines learning models at each school for the next three weeks:

      • Friday, November 13: Grades 3-12 No School (RIS/SMS/SHS teacher prep for Distance Learning)
    • Week of November 16-20: PreK-12: All schools in Distance Learning
    • Week of November 23-27
        • Monday-Wednesday: All schools in Distance Learning
        • Thursday-Friday: No School - Thanksgiving Break
    • Week of November 30 - December 4: PreK-12: All schools in Distance Learning

    Food Service

    Meals will be available for pick up at some school buildings and various community locations on all school days for K-12 students. Please visit our Food Service News page for details.

    Weather-related School Schedules

    Due to potential variances in building-specific learning models, the school district will weigh each weather situation individually and make a public announcement via our normal protocols (direct emails/texts/phone calls to families and via media outlets, our district website and social media). A reminder that families may modify their Skylert notification preferences at any time in Skyward Family Access (click the Skylert tab on the left menu). Here is an overview of what weather schedules may look like with each learning model:

    • Distance Learning: the school district will likely not have two-hour late starts or snow days. Students should plan on attending school remotely per their regular schedule.
    • Hybrid or In-Person: schools may have two-hour late starts and/or cancellations for snow days.

    Technology Support
    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus; contact the student help desk via email. For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    We know how much our school community (families and staff) would love to be back in-person and back to normal. While this is not possible at this time, we need to stay united for our kids and remain hopeful for the future. We will get through this together and remain Sabre Strong.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Schwiebert
    ISD 748 Superintendent

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  • November 9

    Message from Superintendent Schwiebert:

    This is a special communication that outlines changes to the learning models at Riverview Intermediate School, Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School and extends the Distance Learning model timeline at Oak Ridge Early Learning Center and Pine Meadow Primary School.

    Due to COVID-19-related staffing shortages, we will be moving these schools to Distance Learning beginning on Monday, November 16. We anticipate staying in a Distance Learning model at all schools until at least Friday, December 4. Additionally, High School activities and athletics will continue, but spectators will not be allowed beginning Monday, November 16. In-person Middle School activities will be discontinued at this time.

    We have added a COVID-19 dashboard to our webpage for you to follow how many students and staff have tested positive for COVID-19. Note that the dashboard only indicates positive cases, it does not include those who have had close contact with a positive case and need to quarantine.

    Even though we continue to see low transmission rates in our students; there is a surge in community transmission rates. We believe moving to Distance Learning is the safest decision for our students and staff. The District will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes with families. 

    In order for staff to prepare for this transition, there will be no school on Friday, November 13 for students in grades 3-12 at Riverview Intermediate, Sartell Middle and Sartell High Schools.

    Distance Learning daily student schedules will be different than hybrid schedules, so families should watch for important information from school principals. The hybrid calendar will no longer be in effect; families should plan for live-virtual class sessions and offline learning experiences Monday-Friday. As we all transition together, here is a list of Distance Learning Expectations for families and students. 

    The following outlines learning models at each school for the next four weeks:

    Week of November 9

    • PreK-2 (ORELC and PMPS) continue in Distance Learning
    • Grades 3-12
      • Tuesday: Blue Hybrid In-Person
      • Wednesday: Silver Hybrid In-Person
      • Thursday: Purple Hybrid Day (Remote Learning for all 3-12 students) - NOTE HYBRID CALENDAR CHANGE
      • Friday: No School for students; teacher preparation for transition. Food service will continue (see link below).

    Week of November 16-20

    • PreK-12: All schools in Distance Learning

    Week of November 23-27

    • Monday-Wednesday: All schools in Distance Learning
    • Thursday-Friday: No School - Thanksgiving Break

    Week of November 30 - December 4

    • PreK-12: All schools in Distance Learning

    FOOD SERVICE
    As a reminder, breakfast and lunch are free for all K-12 students through the end of the school year. More information on pick-up locations can be found on our Food Service webpage.

    TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus; contact the student help desk via email. For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. These decisions are not made lightly as we understand the many challenges they pose for families. We continue to be committed to providing the best educational experience we can during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Schwiebert
    ISD 748 Superintendent

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  • October 29

    ISD 748 Families,

    On Wednesday, October 28, we received new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as it relates to changing learning models at our schools. As we have shared, while working with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the MDE, we had been directed to look at multiple case-rate data points in our decision-making including Stearns County, ISD 748 community, student and staff rates. 

    We have now been advised to primarily use our school-specific data. Previously we were told to rely more heavily on Stearns County and local school district data. Last week, those two case rate data points met the threshold of Distance Learning. This change is good news for us because we have minimal positive COVID-19 cases in our schools. We have also seen very low or non-existent transmission rates in our buildings.  

    After extensive consultation with MDE, MDH and Stearns County Public Health, we have determined that we DO NOT need to move to Distance Learning at Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School on November 10 as we shared last Friday.

    We know these decisions are stressful, especially for families. We want to reiterate that we are making decisions with the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront and in as timely a manner as possible when information and guidance becomes available.

    When we set up our Safe Learning Model Plan last August, we instituted a two week lead time when possible for making any changes because of the impact on our students, staff and families. Due to the change, we now anticipate that if we need to move a school to distance learning, the notice we send families will be on a much shorter timeframe as it will be caused by staff shortages, COVID-19 cases within the school or other COVID-19 related matters. We know that in this situation we would be in a distance learning model for a minimum of 14 days.

    We are grateful that we can keep our students in school as we know it is best for them academically and for their social-emotional well being.

    Here is the revised calendar for the upcoming two weeks:

    • Week of November 2-6
      • PreK-2 (ORELC and PMPS): continue In-Person UPDATED 11/4: PreK-2: Distance Learning
      • Grades 3-12: continue to follow the Hybrid calendar
    • Week of November 9-13
      • Grades PreK-12 No School on Monday, November 9 - teacher professional development day
      • PreK-2 (ORELC and PMPS): continue In-Person UPDATED 11/4: PreK-2: Distance Learning
      • Grades 3-12: continue to follow the Hybrid calendar, activities continue as scheduled 

    Thank you for your continued support of your children and our staff. 

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748

    **This was emailed to families on October 29 - if you did not receive the email, please contact Sue Fibranz in the Food Service Office at 320-656-3781.**

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  • October 23 District Learning Model Update 

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families,  

    This is a special communication that outlines changes to the learning models at Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School.

    As we have previously shared, we have multiple data points to look at in making our learning model determinations. These data points include the Stearns County level case rate, local school district case rate and school-specific data. 

    At this time, both the Stearns County COVID-19 case rate and our local case rate have dramatically increased (County rate is at 46.36 and local District is at 40.26).  Additionally, we have seen more COVID-19 District exposures that have affected our student and staff attendance. Due to the dramatic increase in county and local case rates, we have made the difficult decision to move SMS and SHS to Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, November 10. This date coincides with the end of the first quarter for our secondary students and we feel our students are best served in being able to finish out the first quarter in the Hybrid model. To allow staff time to prepare for this shift, there will be no school for students in grades 6-12 on Friday, November 6. Monday, November 9 will continue to serve as a staff professional development day as originally scheduled and students in grades PreK-12 will not report. Additionally, our last day of in-person student activities for SMS and SHS students will be November 7.

    Distance Learning schedules will look different at SMS and SHS, so please watch for important information from the building principals. The hybrid calendar will no longer be in effect for SMS and SHS; families should plan for live-virtual class sessions and offline learning experiences Monday-Friday.

    The following outlines learning models at each school for the next three weeks:

    Week of October 26-30

    • PreK-2 (ORELC and PMPS) will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 3-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar

    Week of November 2-6

    • PreK-2 (ORELC and PMPS) will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 3-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar.
    • No School on Friday, November 6  for Grades 6-12 to provide time for staff to prepare for Distance Learning.

    Week of November 9-13

    • No School on Monday, November 9 for Grades PreK-12 - teacher professional development
    • PreK-2 will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 3-5 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar.
    • Grades 6-12 - all students in distance learning
    • No In-Person SMS or SHS Athletics or Activities (practices or events).

    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus; contact the student help desk via email. For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Thank you for your continued support of your children and our staff.

    Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert
    ISD 748

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  • October 15

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 families, 

    District Learning Model Update

    This is our bi-weekly communication that provides an update on the school district’s Learning Model for the upcoming two weeks.  In making this decision as we move through the school year, the District now has access to more data than when we adopted our School Year Plan. The Minnesota Department of Health is now encouraging us to use the County level case rate as a starting point in the decision making process while also looking at our local school district case rate and school-specific data in determining whether to make a change to our learning model.  At this time, although our COVID-19 county case rate has increased, our local school district case rate has stayed below the Distance Learning threshold of 30 coming in at 28.58 and we have seen minimal cases in our school buildings.  After considering all of this data, there will be no change to our current learning model. As a reminder, if you feel that being in schools not the best option for your student, you can always choose to move to full-time Distance Learning.  

    Weeks of 10/19 - 10/30

    • PK-2 will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 3-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar

    To view a video message from Superintendent Schwiebert, please click here.

    As a reminder, the District provides technology support when students are off-campus; contact the student help desk via email.  For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Families Opting to Switch Learning Models

    Pending no change in order from the State of MN, PreK-Grade 12 families opting to switch from Full-Time Distance Learning to In-Person/Hybrid learning will need to follow the following steps and timeline:

    • October 23 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by October 23 for a Quarter 2 switch.
    • January 8 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by January 8 for a Quarter 3 switch.
    • March 12 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by March 12 for a Quarter 4 switch.

    Families opting to switch from In-Person/Hybrid to Distance Learning may do so at any time. Parents must notify the school principal in writing. The District will be ready to serve students who have switched within two school days.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748

     

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  • Monday, October 12, 2020

    To: Constituents in Stearns County
    From: Stearns County Superintendents

    We are writing to you today to ask for your help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    We are just over a month into the school year and are seeing an increase in the number of positive COVID cases. This results in our schools needing to move to more restrictive learning models such as hybrid and/or distance learning. This is disappointing to everyone involved.

    We have been given requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health that we are following in the schools, and they are working to reduce the spread of the virus.  Across the state, there has been minimal transmission within the schools. However, officials at MDH have said the COVID -19 virus is, for the most part, spreading outside of the school. The transmission of the infection is happening in the community settings, at family and social gatherings.  

    We want our kids in school as much as possible and parents have said you also want our kids in schools.  As more and more of our society continues to open, schools are having to go the other direction. We know of only one way that gives us the best chance at safely keeping our kids in school, sports, and activities. Not only do we have to be sharp in school, but our students and families need to remain sharp outside of it.  

    We need your help.  We know you have heard this information before, but it bears repeating as it’s going to take all of us to make a difference. Please help us keep cases low, and our kids in school, by following the guidelines offered by MDH. We are working closely with Stearns County and CentraCare and they are also in support of sharing this message. 

    • Avoid crowds
    • Keep family and social gatherings outdoors
    • Stay 6 feet away from others
    • Wear a mask
    • Wash your hands
    • Stay home when you are sick

    Please follow these guidelines as they are for your kids and our students. 


    Sincerely,

    Stearns County Superintendents
    Brad Kelvington, ROCORI School District
    Patrick Walsh, BBE School District
    Jeff Schwiebert, Sartell-St. Stephen School District
    Mark Messman, Eden Valley Watkins Schools
    Patrick Westby, Sauk Centre School District
    Chris Swenson, Holdingford School District
    David Fremo, Diocese of St. Cloud
    Erik Widvey, Kimball Schools
    Willie Jett, St. Cloud School District
    Greg Winter, Melrose Area Schools
    Matt Bullard, Paynesville Area Schools
    Greg Johnson, Albany Area Schools

     

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  • October 1 

    District Learning Model Update

    This is our bi-weekly communication that provides an update on the school district’s Learning Model for the following two weeks. At this time, our COVID-19 county case rate has steadily increased and has met the threshold for changing the learning model at Riverview Intermediate School (RIS)

    Our PK-12 plan:

    • PK-2 (ORELC and PMPS) will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 3-5 (RIS) will move to the Hybrid calendar on Monday, October 12
      • There will be no school for 3-5 students on Friday, October 9 to allow for learning model transition planning.
      • Note the week of October 12 is shortened due to conferences and Fall Break.
    • Grades 6-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendarAs a reminder the week of October 12 is different from the regular hybrid schedule due to Fall Break.

    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus; contact the student help desk via email. For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Student Attendance Requirements - Hybrid Model

    On Blue or Silver days when students are expected to be attending school In-Person, parents may not opt for their child to participate via Distance Learning. Students are required to be physically in attendance. Teachers carefully design lessons around which students are participating in-person and which students are participating remotely. Schools have taken extraordinary measures to meet the needs of both groups of students. The only exception to this requirement is if a child is ill and meets the thresholds as explained on the COVID-19 Symptoms Home Screening Tool. For any reason other than illness or quarantine, students not attending in-person on their scheduled day will be marked absent. If your child is ill, we want them to take the day off and focus on getting better. 

    School Board Listening Session - School Experiences during COVID

    The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board will be hosting a listening session at 6:30pm in October 7 in the Sartell Middle School Performing Arts Center. This session is designed to provide the school community with an opportunity to share perspectives and experiences on how this unique school year has been going for families. The school board would like to hear what is working well alongside challenges families are facing.

    At this session, participants will be required to follow the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines:

    • All participants are asked to wear a mask
    • All participants will be seated 6 ft apart (or in family groups)

    MN Department of Health Update

    The Minnesota Department of Health recently released an updated screening tool and attendance guide to assist in determining whether your child is well enough to come to school. Please take a moment to review the screening tool and the attendance guide if your child is feeling unwell or if you have been informed that you have been in close contact to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. If you are calling in to report a student who is out due to illness, please be as specific as possible when reporting symptoms to assist our school nursing staff in determining what follow-up calls are necessary.

    Full-Time Distance Learning

    Full-time Distance Learning families may have materials that need to be dropped off or picked up from school. Teachers will communicate directly with families.

    Families Opting to Switch Learning Models

    Pending no change in order from the State of MN, PreK-Grade 12 families opting to switch from Full-Time Distance Learning to In-Person/Hybrid learning will need to follow the following steps and timeline:

    • October 23 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by October 23 for a Quarter 2 switch.
    • January 8 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by January 8 for a Quarter 3 switch.
    • March 12 -Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by March 12 for a Quarter 4 switch.

    Families opting to switch from In-Person/Hybrid to Distance Learning may do so at any time. Parents must notify the school principal in writing. The District will be ready to serve students who have switched within two school days.

     

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  • September 17

    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 Families,

    I hope this email finds your family adjusting well to our school year. There are several important items outlined in this communication.

    District Learning Model Update

    This is the first of our bi-weekly communications that will provide an update on the school district’s Learning Model for the following two weeks. At this time, our COVID-19 county case numbers have held relatively steady so there will be no change in our plans:

    • PK-5 will continue to attend In-Person
    • Grades 6-12 will continue to follow the Hybrid calendar

    The District provides technology support when students are off-campus. The student help desk can be reached via email.

    For more information on the 2020-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    Full-Time Distance Learning
    Full-time Distance Learning families may have materials that need to be dropped off or picked up from school. This will happen weekly on Fridays between 9:00a-2:00p at each school. If your child’s class does not have materials for pick up, teachers will communicate directly with families.

    Families Opting to Switch Learning Models
    Families opting to switch from Full-Time Distance Learning to In-Person/Hybrid learning will need to follow the following steps and timeline:

    • PK-5 - October 5
      Parents must notify the school principal in writing by September 25.
    • Grades PK-12 - End of Quarter 1
      Parents must notify the school principal in writing by October 23.
    • Pending no change in order from the State of MN, Learning Model switches for the remainder of the school year will be on a quarterly basis: 
      • January 8 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by January 8 for a Quarter 3 switch.
      • March 12 - Parents/guardians must notify their child’s principal by March 12 for a Quarter 4 switch.

    Families opting to switch from In-Person/Hybrid to Distance Learning may do so at any time. Parents must notify the school principal in writing. The District will be ready to serve students who have switched within two school days.

    Food Service
    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently provided a waiver to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations to school districts. All Sartell-St. Stephen students will be able to receive free breakfast and lunch daily between September 21-November 6. Even with this program, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced lunch benefits.

    Distance and Hybrid Learning students will be able to pick up free meals on their home learning days. Students will not need to pre-order meals at this time. If students have special dietary needs, please contact Allison Eikmeier so we can make accommodations. Information on the meal pickup procedure can be found on our Food Service News page.

    Safety and Health
    As always, we are counting on you to help us maintain safe and healthy learning environments. As a reminder:

    • Parents/guardians should be conducting daily screening for each child to determine if they can attend school. Please review this Home Screening Form before sending your child(ren) to school.
    • When students enter the school building, they will go through a walk-through temperature scanner. If they register a temperature above 100, they will be evaluated further by the school nurse.
    • Students are required to wear masks on the school bus and in the school building. 

    Mr. Froemming
    It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of a recent loss to our school community. On Wednesday, September 16, Mr. Rustie Froemming passed away. Mr. Froemming has been a part of the Sartell-St. Stephen family for 32 years. He has taught high school business education and been an integral part of our cross country coaching team. Rustie was dedicated to serving the students and our community. He will be greatly missed. His infectious smile, love for inspiring youth through his teaching and coaching, and legacy will never be forgotten. Our Sabre family lost a member who was a pillar of our school community. Please keep the Froemming family and our students and staff in your thoughts.

    As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership. It has been heartwarming to see eager learners in our classrooms again. We are so appreciative of your time and efforts in providing your child with a well-rounded education. We will continue to evaluate our plans and make adjustments in order to best meet the needs of our students.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Schwiebert
    Superintendent
    Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748

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  • August 27

    Sartell-St. Stephen Families,

    I am writing today to give you a brief update on a few important items. I am confirming the decision the school board made on August 17 as to the learning models used to begin our school year on September 8.

    • In-Person for grades PreK-5
    • Hybrid Model for grades 6-12 
      • Note that the first week of school differs from most weeks for the hybrid calendar.  Please review the hybrid calendar to ensure you know which days your child attends.
      • Transportation for students in grades 6-12 will begin at half capacity. Families that indicated they will be able to self-transport will not be picked up while we are in a hybrid model.

    For more detailed information on the 20-21 School Year Plan for your child’s school, please visit our Fall 2020 webpage.

    For families who have opted into full-time Distance Learning, we have updated resources on our Full-Time Distance Learning webpage. Families will also be receiving further information from their child’s teachers.

    Open Houses - Next Week
    Our annual open houses for grades PreK-9 will look different this year as we work to reduce the number of people in each school building. Your child’s principal will provide you with specific details regarding their open house plan.

    Partnering for Safety
    We are counting on you to help us maintain safe and healthy learning environments. As a reminder:

    • Parents should be doing daily screening for each child to determine if they can attend school. Please review these questions before sending your child to school.
    • When students enter the school building, they will go through a walk-through temperature scanner. If they register a temperature above 100, they will be evaluated further by the school nurse.
    • Students are required to wear masks on the school bus and in the school building. 
    • Please review the following resources with your children prior to the beginning of the school year.
      • Cough/Respiratory Etiquette
      • How to Properly Wear your Mask video
      • How to Properly Wash your Hands

    Regular Updates
    We will begin our every other Thursday communication on September 17. This regular communication will provide an update on the Learning Model for the following two weeks.

    We are so excited to welcome our students back to school. We have had staff in training and working hard to prepare our classrooms and we are ready to begin another awesome year! Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education.  

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  • August 25

    ISD 748 families—

    Families enrolling their first child in the District
    You are invited to our New Family Meeting Tuesday, August 25 at 7p at Sartell High School. If you cannot attend, please visit our Welcome Sabres webpage (www.sartell.k12.mn.us/welcomesabres) to view short video introductions from staff and link to specific department pages.  Please use the Contact Us information on each department/building page to ask your questions to the appropriate staff member – we are here to help!

     All families
    To help you navigate our new school year, here are a few helpful pages to bookmark and review:

    • Back to School – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/backtoschool
      • school supply lists
      • checklist for departments
      • “how-to” steps to complete your annual updates (Online Form) in Skyward Family Access (for heads of households on a computer).
    • Fall 2020 – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/Fall2020
      • links to each building’s Fall 2020 Safe Learning Guides (please be sure to review – info about Open Houses, teacher assignments, transportation, food service, and more are in these detailed documents
      • links to department pages (access email/phone for specific contacts for your questions)
    • Calendar – www.sartell.k12.mn.us/calendar
      • With information changing frequently, our Google calendar is updated with the latest information.
      • You can also select your preferred calendar feeds on our mobile app, Sartell-St. Stephen Schools.
    • Schools –  School hours, contact information, and more are on each building’s webpage
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  • July 23

    Governor Walz issued an emergency executive order requiring face coverings in all indoor businesses and indoor public setting, including public schools. 

    Effective Saturday, July 25, 2020 all staff and visitors are required to wear a face covering when they are in District buildings or on District grounds where it is not possible to maintain social distancing.  This information applies to face coverings in school buildings and on grounds this summer.  We will provide information prior to school starting with respect to additional exceptions and options for face coverings when school is in session.

    Staff: Please reference the email sent by the Director of Human Resources Resources sent on July 23 for additional information and note the revised date of July 25.

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  • April 6

    To show unity within our communities as we battle the COVID-19 crisis, Sartell-St. Stephen schools will be participating in #BetheLightMN. The lighting will be held on Wednesdays in April at 8:20pm (which when converted to military time is 20:20); lights will remain on for 20 minutes. Our communities have shown tremendous support for each other, and there is no doubt that it will continue in the coming days and weeks of the crisis. This is a symbolic gesture of support for each other. Students and community members should not gather on district property as we follow social distancing protocols. #StayHomeMN  We light our fields as a commitment to solidarity and unity as we fight this disease together.

    We miss seeing you, Sabres! We know it is disappointing that many important end of the school year activities have been cancelled. We especially sympathize with the seniors - Our hearts go to out to the Class of 2020!

    bethelightmn

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  • March 23, 2020

    2020-2021 Start and Dismissal Times

    • Pine Meadow Primary 7:50am-2:20pm
    • Oak Ridge Early Learning 8:00am-2:30pm
    • Riverview Intermediate School 8:10am-2:40pm
    • Sartell Middle School 8:50am-3:35pm
    • Sartell High School 8:55am-3:40pm

     

     

     

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  • January 2, 2020

    Skyward's scheduled maintenance on December 23 changed the link to Skyward Family Access.

    If you previously bookmarked Skyward, you should update the old link to this new one or visit the District website and click the Skyward icon at the middle of our homepage. 

    Skyward link

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