2021-01-15 Noticias de ISLA y ISLA PTO

January 15, 2021

Emily Smith

Administrative Assistant

Calendar of Events

  • January 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no school
  • January 19 - Grades K-2 start in-person learning Monday-Thursday
  • January 19 - ISLA Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • January 22 - Grading Day, no school
  • January 26 - PTO Community Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • February 5 - Staff development, no school
  • February 8 - Grades K-4 start in-person learning Monday-Friday
  • February 12 - Staff Development, no school
  • February 15 - President's Day, no school
  • February 15 - 4 pm, Application deadline to be included in the lottery.
  • February 22 - Grades K-6 start in-person learning Monday-Friday
  • February 25-26 - Spring Conferences, no school

Lunches at ISLA

Despite our best efforts, we will be unable to provide hot lunches for students while in the building at this time. Due to social distancing requirements and the lack of a dedicated lunch room we cannot make hot lunch service a reality for our students while allowing Sr. Diaz the space to provide the much needed movement and PE classes for our students. We are working on a schedule to allow alternating classrooms/grades to have their home lunches in the lunchroom, but for now students will eat in their classrooms or outside when the weather permits in the spring.

All Kinder-2nd grade students that are learning in person must bring a lunch from home next week. We will not be receiving lunch bundles next week.


ISLA Board of Directors

ISLA needs you! Looking for a way to help support the mission and oversight of our amazing school? We are looking for interested community members, teachers, and parents to fill upcoming vacancies on the ISLA Board of Directors for three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2021, as well as a community member to fill a one-year vacancy from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the school, implementing policies and procedures, and long-term strategic and financial planning. No previous experience necessary, but we do have a specific need for expertise in finance, marketing and fundraising. Questions can be directed to Mary Jo De Villers, Election and Nominating Committee Chair, at mdevillers@isla.school. If you are interested in applying, please submit a Statement of Interest to the Election and Nominating Committee by February 19, 2021. Here is a link to the Statement of Interest: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bCSWpuanWuJblxC-JThgl-vXVKZE_at8/view?usp=sharing A sample ballot will be posted on the school's website in April 2021, and the election for office will occur in connection with the school’s annual meeting in May 2021.

Hello ISLA Families! We’re so excited to start welcoming back students next week! We look forward to seeing everyone again!

We just want to remind everyone of the COVID protocols we have in place for returning staff and students. These are strategies that will make our school a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with these guidelines!

COVID PROTOCOL REMINDERS

If you are unsure about whether or not your student should come to school, please reach out to Tanya, ISLA School Nurse, and ask questions (tnelson@isla.school).

Any COVID-related absences (symptoms, exposure, positive test results) should be emailed to [covid19reporting@isla.school]. You can copy your student’s teacher on that email if you would like them informed also. This email is monitored during evening and weekend hours. Someone will reply ASAP with further instructions.

MASKS: It is required that all persons entering the ISLA building or riding the bus wear an accepted face covering (paper or disposable face mask, cloth face mask or a religious face covering). Please send several backup face masks along with your student in their backpack.

SYMPTOMS: If your student has any symptoms consistent with COVID, please do NOT send them or their siblings to school. Send an email to [covid19reporting@isla.school]. You will receive further instructions.

EXPOSURE/TRAVEL: If your student has been exposed to someone with a confirmed positive case of COVID please do NOT send them to school. If you have traveled outside of Minnesota, please do NOT send your student to school. Send an email to [covid19reporting@isla.school]. You will receive further instructions on when to test and how long to quarantine.

TESTING: If your student has COVID-related symptoms, you will be instructed to get a COVID test. Please DO NOT have them return to ISLA until you have forwarded negative test results to [covid19reporting@isla.school] and you are informed by the School Nurse that you are cleared to return.

FOLLOW-UP: It is YOUR responsibility to FOLLOW-UP with ISLA using this email [covid19reporting@isla.school]. As soon as you receive test results for your student or have any further information about test results for household contacts or other close contacts, etc, you need to forward that information to ISLA.

QUARANTINE: If you are identified as a close contact, you will need to quarantine at home and will not be able to come to ISLA. The safest quarantine is staying home for 14 days. However, the MDH has said that we can offer a shortened quarantine in certain situations. If you are willing to closely monitor your symptoms for the entire 14 days, you can return to school after a 10 day quarantine. Or, you can return to school after a 7 day quarantine AND have a negative PCR test (not an antigen test or TMA test) on day 5 or later after the exposure. Fill out this form to see if you qualify for a shortened quarantine period: Shortened Quarantine Request

If you have ANY questions or need clarification, PLEASE ASK!!

WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

Our next community PTO meeting will be Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30.  We’d love your input on possible topics.  Please click here to fill out this survey!