“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela
RE: Phase 3 Safe Learning Plan, & Survey for Parents of 3rd-- 6th graders.
Thank you for tuning in to our board meeting this week as we discussed our next phase for our Safe Learning Plan. The board discussed the different options and timing, and in the end decided that we should go forward with plan 3b, starting on December 7th (attached here: Phase 3 Plan Presentation
Phase 3B Safe Learning Plan Schedule:
○Monday-Thursday: Presencial Learning (Full class)
○Friday: Distance Learning
○Monday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: Presencial Learning (Full class)
○Thursday: Distance Learning
○Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Presencial Learning (Full class)
○Thursday-Friday: Distance Learning
○Monday-Wednesday: Distance Learning
○Thursday-Friday: Presencial Learning (Full class)
●4th Grade-6th Grade:
○Monday-Wednesday: Distance Learning
○Thursday: Group A Presencial Learning, Group B Distance Learning
○Friday: Group B Presencial Learning, Group A Distance Learning
There are a few aspects of our busing that we would like to go over with you. As you know, we receive our transportation services from the Hopkins School District, and they are having significant challenges in staffing their buses with drivers due to Covid 19 and other concerns. Another consideration is that they have different schedules for Hopkin’s students, and have had to reduce the capacity on their buses for social distancing.
For these reasons, we would like to ask that families with 3rd through 6th graders who are eligible for busing think carefully about the necessity for busing for your family, and consider carpooling with another ISLA family if possible. For parents of 3rd-6th graders, please let us know if you would still require busing for your ISLA student by completing an online transportation request; we would also like to know if you would like to keep your 3rd-6th grader in distance learning. Parents of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students: please fill out this survey by Monday, November 2nd at 7:00pm.
Thank you for everything you are doing to help us on this journey.
With the Holiday season approaching, we want everyone to continue to stay vigilant with their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to stay safe and well. Everyone is doing a great job, let’s not let our guards down now! We want everyone to be mindful that any social gathering you participate in, whether in the greater community or with other family members, could have an impact on what happens in our school environment. With any social gathering we increase our exposure to a broader group of people, and then we essentially bring all that back with us to ISLA. It could affect the number of cases of COVID-19 that we see in our school or it could affect the number of individuals who need to quarantine.
The MDH has created a video that illustrates how COVID-19 spreads in communities. Watch the video on YouTube: How COVID Spreads in Communities
The CDC has published some guidelines for celebrating the holiday season safely, please refer to the following information:
If you are considering traveling over the holiday season, please be aware of travel restrictions that are currently in place. You can view Level 3 Risk Countries on the CDC website. Most of the world is now considered a Level 3 Travel Risk for COVID. For Level 3 notices, CDC does not require quarantine after travel the way they did earlier this spring, but they do generally recommend against any nonessential travel to Level 3 countries. There are no specific quarantine requirements on domestic travel, just exercise caution if you do travel. As always, keep yourself and your family safe while traveling by practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a face mask, avoiding crowded areas and keeping physically distant from others.
This website has a lot of helpful information and things to consider when traveling.
COVID Reporting--Please report any symptom, positive test result or if identified as a close contact to ISLA.
As a public charter school, we are required to follow the guidelines for exclusion from school for anything potentially related to COVID. We ask that you report any of these situations to the email address we have set up for this purpose: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will follow up with you about what the next steps need to be for each individual situation.
If you are unsure about whether your child needs to stay home due to potential COVID symptoms or if you have questions regarding quarantine/exclusion guidelines, please send an email to the School Nurse at email@example.com. Both of these email addresses are monitored in the evenings and during the weekend, so please feel free to reach out at your convenience.
If we are requesting that your child stay home in isolation, quarantine, or while waiting for a test result; we can set up your child with distance learning until they are cleared to return to in person learning.
MDH Decision Tree for Schools (refer to this document for guidelines on return to school)
Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 (refer to this document to determine if your child should attend school)
COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents & Families (refer to this document for more information and a more in-depth explanation of the guidelines)
COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
Here’s a link to the MN Dept of Health website with different testing options:
The state is making testing more accessible with new community testing locations being added around the state and in the metro area. A pilot program is also being initiated in select counties in MN for doing saliva testing from home with a mail-in kit. This will soon be available to all residents of MN.
Students (and staff!) are doing a great job remembering their mask every day. Please make sure that you pack a second mask in their backpack, and that they know where to find it. Occasionally masks get wet or soiled, and they need to be switched during the day. Make sure your child’s face mask fits properly, that it covers their nose and mouth without slipping. If your child needs a review, please talk with them on how to wear a mask properly and how to keep physically distanced from others. Thank you for your help in this, we appreciate it!
Hope everyone has a safe and healthy Holiday season!
What a privilege it is to live in a county where we have the right to practice civic participation by voting. Yesterday, our kinder- second grade students were ushered into the gym by patriotic music awaiting their turn to cast their vote. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of pajama day! Yay! After a long weekend, please encourage your students to come next Wednesday, November 4th in their coziest PJs. Let’s celebrate the journey of being life-long learners!
Below are board updates for the special board meeting that took place on October 26th and the board meeting that took place on October 20th
The board indicated that they will take up discussions of when/if ISLA will take action on rising COVID numbers. MDH requirement is to go to full distance if there are 50 cases per 10,000. They discussed whether or not we want to wait until we get to 50 (per MDH standards)or possibly look at a lower number where they would take action in terms of next steps. No decision was made at this time but further discussions will take place.
If you would like to access board documents such as agendas and meeting notes, please access that through this link: https://www.isla.school/board/documents
If you would like to contact any of the committees that are a part of the Board, please go here: https://www.isla.school/board/board-committees
Hola ISLA community! The Fundraising Committee is actively looking for 2 volunteers to serve on the committee. As we surge forward with our exciting new school this committee will be engaged and vital in the upcoming months! For details or questions, please contact Justin Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have project management/marketing experience? Do you have any openings in your schedule?
The building working group is looking for a part-time Building Relocation Project Manager. This position will require a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week, and the Manager will be compensated with an hourly stipend.
If interested, please send an email to email@example.com.
Mark your calendars, Give to the Max is coming up on NOVEMBER 19th! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and our goal is to raise $45,000 to support our ongoing programs, including the 5 LAs scheduled to come in January. This is our ONLY fall fundraiser this year, so we’re counting on the ISLA community to step up this year!
Looking for easy ways to help support the great work that the PTO does for our kids and their school? Here are three great options!
Mabel’s Labels: You can find your child’s things easily in the lost and found by marking them with bright, durable, Mabel’s Labels. Go to https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/
Type International Spanish Language Academy into the search bar on the screen
A portion of your purchase will support the PTO.
Amazon Smile: Shop at Amazon? You can have a portion of your purchase donated to the PTO! Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and search for International Spanish Language Academy. Then just make sure to bookmark AmazonSmile and use it for all your Amazon shopping needs.
Box Tops: Download this app to scan in your receipts to make easy money for our school!
Go to: Home - Box Tops for Education
Two volunteers are needed for lunch distribution on Oct. 5th, 19th and 26th from 3-5PM. Please consider signing up if you have availability. Thank you!
School portraits are coming up! Due to Covid-19, this year’s portrait arrangements will be a little different in order to allow you to bring your kids in to school for a safe portrait session with masks and social distancing.
Grades K & 1: Picture Day will be October 30, 9:00am - 3:00pm.Order envelopes will be sent home with your children. In addition, the form from the envelope will be emailed for students that are distance learning to print. Complete these and bring them, along with payment, to the photographer on picture day. You will need to sign up for a portrait time using Signup Genius. Click here:
Grades 2 - 6: Picture days will be November 2, 1:00pm - 8:00pm &November 3, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Order Forms will be emailed to you prior to picture day. Please print the form and bring it along with payment to give to the photographer on picture day. You will need to sign up for a portrait time using Signup Genius. Click here:
Additional Session: For students who were not able to schedule in the regular sessions, an additional session will offered on November 13 from 11:00am to 7:00pm. This session is not intended as a retake day, but as an opportunity for every family to schedule their portrait session. Please have your portrait done during the regular sessions if possible, in order to reserve this additional session and in particular, reserving the evening slots for those with conflicts. To schedule a session on this day, click here: