Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 12/10/21

Final Newsletter of 2021!

Winter Break Extended

On Tuesday, December 7th, the Duluth School Board voted to extend the winter break for all students and staff. The new days that have been added to the break are Wednesday, December 22 and Monday, January 3. Some important notes:
  • These are NO SCHOOL days; students and staff are off and should not be in the building.
  • Offices will be closed.
  • All school activities on campus for these two days are canceled as the buildings will not be staffed.
  • Students are not required to check in for attendance or attend any virtual meetings. Teachers will not be available.
  • We will inform you of COVID testing opportunities that will be scheduled on January 3, should you need them. See below for information.
  • Take the days to catch up on any late work or to just catch your breath and relax!

During the regularly scheduled break (December 23-January 2):

  • During the winter break our main office will be open Monday, December 27-Wednesday, December 29, from 7:30-4:00. It will be closed December 22, 23, 30, 31, and January 1.
  • Except for Wednesday, December 22, and Monday, January 3, any scheduled activities will run as scheduled.
Absence Reporting for Dec 20 and Dec 21

Due to the high volume of absences we anticipate in the short week before break, please use this form to report ANY absences for all or part of these days. Thank you for helping us keep the reporting manageable! Use this form or send a written note.

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ISD 709 Booster Shot Clinics: NOW AGES 16+! Tuesday, December 21, 2021

ISD 709 is pleased to be able to offer two Essentia Health COVID 19 Booster Shot Clinics to our staff and community on December 21, 2021. These clinics will be offered at Denfeld High School and East High School and are open to all who are eligible. Please make sure you understand the following before signing up for a time slot:



  1. The person you are signing up is ELIGIBLE for a booster. (Ages 16+ and at least 6 months past their second vaccine dose.)
  2. The person you are signing up is scheduled for an appropriate booster shot. 16 and 7 year olds may only sign up for the PFIZER. Please note that time slots are labeled MODERNA or PFIZER. For this clinic, ages 18+ may sign up for either but will be asked about your original Vaccination Series before you finalize your sign up.
  3. You must have two forms ready to go when you arrive or come early enough to fill them out. The Registration Form and the GCA must be completed by all, whether or not you are already in the system as an Essentia patient. Those forms are linked here and will be linked in the reminder email you are sent later.
  4. The person must have their completed Vaccination Card in hand for the appointment. Essentia Health will not be able to recreate cards at the clinic event.



The East booster clinic will be held in the Career Center. Park anywhere you find a legal space and enter through the main curved doors. The Career Center is just in and to the right along the curved glass. Someone will be at the door to greet you. Booster clinic guests may not go anywhere else in the building during this time.


The Denfeld booster clinic is in the Auditorium. Park in any legal space and enter through the main doors. The auditorium is through the main doors, straight ahead up the ramp and to the right. Someone will be at the door to greet you and guide you in. Booster clinic guests may not go anywhere else in the building during this time.


Link to sign up:

ISD 709 Booster Shot Clinics

COVID Test Sites Open January 3, 2022, 12-6 p.m.

On the second extended break day, January 3 2022, ISD-709 is again partnering with Essentia Health to provide COVID testing at two locations from 12:00-6:00.


Essentia will provide a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This form of test can take up to two days to receive results. This is not a rapid test. Remember that students and staff who have symptoms should not come to school unless test results are negative and symptoms have improved.


The West side location is Evergreen Senior Center located at 5830 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807.


The East side location is Lutheran Church - Good Shepherd 1325 N 45th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55804.

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Students and ISD 709 staff who have COVID symptoms can receive a Rapid Testing kit from our health office. Please do not send students into the building with symptoms. Call the health office to arrange for a pick up.

Student COVID Reporting Form

Please use this link to report any positive COVID cases. Duluth Saliva Test Site: DECC Mon-Thurs: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M. Schedule an appt: mncovidtestingappt.as.me *Students experiencing symptoms may request a rapid test from the health office.

Please stay home if you're sick!


  1. Quarantine anyone with symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, cough, runny nose or congestion, sore throat, headache, fatigue). Those with symptoms should remain quarantined from all school, extracurricular, and social activities until they:

    1. Have a negative COVID test AND symptoms improve OR

    2. Received a positive test and have passed the quarantine date set by our health office

  2. Get a COVID test done. If students have symptoms, the school has test kits available to send home. If they are leaving with symptoms, we can send them with one. If they stayed home with symptoms, a family member or friend without symptoms can pick up a test for them. There are also numerous test sites in the community that may have availability. Please note that rapid testing (kits from school and at other sites) are only for symptomatic people. If you have been exposed and need a test but don’t have symptoms, you will have to be tested at a saliva test site, where anyone can be tested.

  3. Report any symptoms and both positive and negative test results to our health office.

  4. Increase all mitigation strategies (masking, social distancing, washing hands, limiting contact, etc.) in all areas, not just school.

    1. Encourage and enforce proper mask wearing. Wash hands before and after putting your mask on and taking it off. Over the nose and under the chin. Don’t touch the front of the mask while wearing it. KEEP IT UP!

  5. Work with your healthcare provider and consider vaccination if you haven’t already. If and when entire classes need to quarantine those who are vaccinated will be able to continue attending school and won’t be required to quarantine.


EAST HEALTH OFFICE

Gerri Settergren, Heath Office Aide ext 2114, geraldine.settergren@isd709.org

Susan Sederberg, School Nurse ext 2429, susan.sederberg@isd709.org

ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools Canvas LogIn

This is the link for all students, staff, and families of Duluth Public Schools.

Saturday School and Prescription for Success Reminder

Saturday School and Prescription for Success are an opportunity for students to make up time from unexcused absences/unexcused tardies, complete unfinished school work, projects or tests/quizzes and receive tutoring from an East National Honor Society Student. The Prescription for Success is a voluntary agreement between teacher and student that allows for work to be made up during Saturday School. Quality work completed during that time will be given at least 60% credit. Students can be assigned a specific tutor to assist while at Saturday School. Students should see their classroom teacher if they would like to take part in Prescription for Success or would like a tutor for Saturday School.


Remaining Saturday School Dates for 21-22 School Year:

  • December 18, 2021
  • January 15, 2022
  • February 12, 2022
  • March 5, 2022
  • March 26, 2022
  • April 9, 2022
  • May 7, 2022
  • May 21, 2022



Attendance Issue Contacts:

Main East High School Number (218)336-8845

Kyle Rock: Assistant Principal Ext. 2348, kyle.rock@isd709.org

Jon Flaa: Assistant Principal Ext. 2325, jon.flaa@isd709.org

Tutoring Available with St. Scholastica Students!

We are pleased to announce that ISD 709 is again partnering with the College of St. Scholastica to provide tutoring support to our students. Click the link to book support time:

https://css709tutor.setmore.com

Counseling Office Notes

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER


Click for resources both at East and in our local community for supporting student and family mental health.



Counseling Office Contacts:

218-336-8845

Jenn LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143, jennifer.labelle@isd709.org

Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154, jamie.savre@isd709.org

Jessica Forsman, Counselor (F-La): ext 2041, jessica.forsman@isd709.org

Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262, morgan.costley@isd709.org

Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121, laura.horton@isd709.org

Kerri Persons, Counselor (9th Grade), ext 1345, kerri.persons@isd709.org

Career Center and Counseling Department Newsletter

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT AND CAREER CENTER, INCLUDING UPCOMING EVENTS AND COLLEGE / JOB / CAREER / SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION.

East Events Calendar

This is the summary document of all major events at EHS. For full details and team schedules, visit the link at the end of the newsletter. *ALL DATES AND EVENTS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to COVID, weather, etc.

Notes and Resources from Outside Agencies (Not ISD 709)

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Class of 2022 ANGP Flyer

Click to learn about the volunteer led All Night Grad Party. This is an event organized and run by a parent/guardian volunteer group with the help of many local businesses.

ANGP Registration/Agreement Form

This form and payment can be turned in to the ANGP box located in the high school office at any time. We will have paper copies available.

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Duluth East High School

Principal: Danette Seboe

Assistant Principals: Jon Flaa, Kyle Rock

Activities Director: Shawn Roed