2020-2021 Back to School Information
Hello Northview Middle School families,
This back-to-school checklist has been designed to be a self-guided experience where you will be able to learn more about the hybrid model of instruction, be directed to resources to learn about our programming model and the building's COVID Readiness Plan.
This experience will also allow you to review videos from your student's teachers and access forms that needed to be completed among other things. Please review each section carefully, as there is important information within each section. We are excited to start the year and look forward to seeing students in the building once again!
If you have any questions about this or anything else related to North View Middle School, please connect with me here. You can also stay up to date by following me at @NVMSPrincipal or liking our Facebook page.
Note: The translated editions included below were translated with Google Translate.
#1 Principal's Message
#2 Meet Your Teachers!
#3 The Hybrid Model & Parent Resources
As you know this year school will look a bit different than it has in the past. This year students will attend school in-person part-time in smaller groups to limit the number of students in a classroom and allow for physical distancing. When not at school, students will complete teacher-assigned work remotely.
Returning to school in the hybrid model may not be “normal,” but our students’ learning will not only continue, but it will also thrive! In order to support you with this hybrid model of instruction, we have gathered a collection of digital resources that will help you navigate this new learning environment. Please click here to access those resources and review the video below to discuss our distance learning model of instruction.
#4 Important Forms
- Application for Free and Reduced Meals: ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools participates in the Federal School Lunch Program, which provides free or reduced-price school meals to qualifying families. An application is required every year. You may apply online or by paper copy. Please note: If there are more than six students or six adults in your household, you must complete a paper application.
Hard copy (paper) applications are available for download here. If you are completing a hard copy, please print out the application, complete it and return it to the address on the application. Allow up to 10 business days for processing. The district will contact you by US mail to let you know if your application was approved.
- Health Emergency Contact Form- Students under 18 years of age will not be released from school if ill or injured unless authorized by a legal parent/guardian or another adult designated by a parent/guardian. Please update emergency information annually and as changes occur. Emergency Contact Forms will be sent home with students during the first week of school.
- Immunization Forms- According to MN state law, all students must be in compliance with state immunization requirements, be in the process of receiving the immunization series or meet exemption criteria. Students who are not in compliance with state immunization requirements will be excluded from school. Click here to be taken to information regarding resources related to immunization.
#5 New This Year
Lockers: Lockers will not be assigned to students at the beginning of the year to improve spacing during passing time and to expedite arrival and dismissal. Students will be asked to carry their belongings from class to class.
Face Coverings: All students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer does not know they are infected.
Types of allowable face coverings include:
- Paper or disposable mask
- Cloth face mask
- Religious face covering
The covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. A face covering is not meant to substitute for social distancing, but is especially important in situations when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible.
Visitors: To ensure the health and safety of North View staff and students, the school has implemented procedures to restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations. These measures are taken to help reduce the number of people within the school that could potentially spread the virus.
The following changes have been made to minimize the number of visitors or volunteers that enter the building:
- Visitors and volunteers will be limited. Visits that required should be directly related to student achievement and we encourage that those visits are set up by appointment. All essential visitors and volunteers will be required to complete a health screening.
- We will be using the vestibule to view family identification and will release the student into the vestibule without having families enter the offices. If the individual does not have identification, we will be allowed into the office. Only the student shall enter the main office when arriving late.
- Essential visitors and volunteers are required to wear face coverings in the school unless medically exempted. Face coverings will be provided to anyone that needs one.
- We will utilize the Raptor Visitor and Volunteer Management system for all visitors and volunteers deemed essential necessary for contract tracing.
#6 COVID Readiness Plan
- Review North Middle School’s COVID Readiness plan found here.
- Review the North View Middle School's staff training video below to learn about the top eleven things staff are required to do to ensure their environments are safe. The video you see is an actual training video that staff engaged in earlier this week. If you have any questions about this or anything else related to NVMS COVID Readiness plan, please email Diana Bledsoe, the building's COVID Readiness Coordinator
#7 Student Behavioral Expectations
#8 Back to School Supply Resources
Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth (BBA) is providing basic supplies to families this year. The materials can be requested using this form, and will be distributed to families at a pickup location on a 1st come/1st serve process. Only submissions entered by September 3rd will be considered.
This opportunity is only for those that have a home address in the cities of Brooklyn Park and/or Brooklyn Center. Some of the items include hand sanitizer, masks, thermometers, soap, face shields, portable lap desks, headphones, pencil sharpener, USB drive, graphing paper, paints, and scissors.
#9 English Classes Book Pick-Up
In case you didn't know at North View Middle School, every student in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade is expected to ready every day in English class. With the school year starting in Distance Learning on Monday, September 14th, we know that students may not have access to books for their English classes. But don't worry we've got you covered! To ensure your child is able to read every day, we are setting up times for families to pick up books next week.
Where: North View Middle School - outside, in front of the building
Dates and Times:
- Tuesday, September 8th from 9:00-12:00 OR
- Wednesday, September 9th from 12:00-3:00 OR
- Thursday, September 10th from 3:00-6:00.
* This does not apply to students who are in the Distance Learning Academy.
* If you have any questions, please email Allison Sirovy at email@example.com.
#10 Ways to Stay Updated
At the beginning of each month, North View Middle School will send you the "News from the View" Family Newsletter. These newsletters are organized in a fashion that the most critical information is at the top and as you scroll down the newsletter the information becomes more oriented toward the future. This is your “one-stop-shop” to stay informed about the happenings of our school community.
Multilingual Facebook Pages
The multilingual Facebook pages listed below is where you can find resources, news, and information, in multiple languages, about ISD 279 Osseo Area School.
Another way to receive personalized information and be engaged in conversations related to the North View Middle School community is to attend parent-teacher conferences each trimester. Not only will you be able to meet your child's teacher, but there will also be opportunities to provide us with feedback about your needs. North View Middle School is a dynamic community; if you want to be involved and don’t know how, please ask. We can connect you to a cause, action, or person that will help you be connected to our community.
The NVMS website is a place to go to pull static information, facts about North View Middle School that could be important for a family at any point of the year. This may include but is not limited to, the daily schedule, the school calendar, how to check your student's grades using Parent Vue, and stay informed of your students distance learning progress using Schoology.
Social Media Updates
#11 Frequently Asked Questions
- What are you doing to ensure a safe return to the school year?
Please click here for #279ReadytoRestart plan.
Where do I find the school supply list?
Please click here for this year's school supply list.
When does the school open?The school building will be open for students to enter each day at 7:50 am. We are asking that families do not drop off students prior to this time to avoid the congregation of large groups of students in front of the building prior to the start of the school day.
- Who should I contact with questions?
If you have general questions, please call the school at 763-585-7200. Please be sure to leave a message as staff have been required to work remotely until August 28th. We remotely check messages daily.
- When will students get their Chromebooks?
Chromebook distribution will occur on September 1st and 2nd. All 8th-grade students and 7th-grade students whose last names begin with the letters A-K are being asked to pick up their school-issued Chromebook, carrying case, and charging cords/block at North View Middle School on Tuesday, September 1st from 8 am to 4 pm. This will also be an opportunity for students to pick up remaining personal items left behind this spring.
All 6th-grade students and 7th-grade students whose last names begin with the letters L-Z are being asked to pick up their school-issued Chromebook, carrying case, and charging cords/block at North View Middle School on Wednesday, September 2nd from 8 am to 4 pm. We will also be offering evening hours from 4 pm to 6 pm on Tuesday, September 1st to those that cannot come during the day. Please note that this will be a drive up process and will not require you to leave your vehicle.
- I need support with Internet Resources.
Resources are available to support families that do not have access to the internet in their homes can be found here. We will also post these resources as they become available to the COVID-19 section of the district website. Internet support and resources may also be provided to families as necessary by the district.
- Will students be required to wear face coverings and socially distance at school?
Yes. All staff and students (kindergarten and older) are required to wear a face covering. Socially distancing will also be enforced in all areas of the building when students and staff are in the building.