News and Views
An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools
September 25, 2020
What did the week look like?
Check out this brief video capturing the first week of blended learning.
All construction nearly complete
Despite ongoing summer construction at many sites, all schools opened and provided a warm welcome to students on September 21. Construction is now complete at every school except at Irondale High School, Sunnyside Elementary School and Valentine Hills Elementary School as planned. Look for photo albums and videos capturing the new spaces at our schools in the coming weeks.
Access student information via the website or via the app. After you've downloaded the app, access to ParentVUE is seamless. Simply click on the ParentVUE icon and follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your account. Need an activation code? Getting an error message? For help with ParentVUE, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/parentVUE.
Update your email address
Parents/guardians: The email address that you include on your student's health and emergency form is automatically subscribed to school and District newsletters at the start of the school year. Manage your contact information in ParentVUE or contact your student's school directly to update e-news subscriptions. To subscribe to School Board agendas/meeting summaries or other school e-newsletters, please visit the e-news subscription portal where you'll be prompted to register your email address and select the additional news services you'd like to receive.
Stay home if...
Has your student had close contact with someone with COVID? Are you waiting for your student’s COVID test results? If so, and even if they’re not feeling ill, please keep your student at home from school.
The Minnesota Department of Health says:
Your child must not go to school, child care, or youth programs if they:
Test positive for COVID-19.
Show symptoms of COVID-19.
May have been exposed to COVID-19.
Are waiting to get tested, or waiting for COVID-19 test results.
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay at home in isolation and away from others as much as possible for at least 10 days (counting from the day their symptoms first started or the day they were tested), and until their symptoms get better and they have not had a fever for 24 hours (without taking medicine to lower the fever). Even if they feel better, they must stay home for the full 10 days. These steps help to keep children and staff in schools, child care and youth programs safe.
Before sending your student to school make sure to review the daily health screening tool.
Press 1 if ill or COVID positive
Families are asked to report student absences by calling their school’s attendance line. Please leave the spelling of your child’s name and the grade, along with your name and phone number. If you are calling to report a student’s absence due to an illness or positive COVID test result, you will be asked to press 1 to be transferred to health services. For all other absences not related to an illness, you will simply leave your message after the tone.
Free meals for all students
Meals for blended learning students
Free breakfast and lunch will be available to all students on the days that they are at school. Students will also be offered a bag with one breakfast and one lunch to take home for the next day (their at-home learning day). Students will not need to pay or enter a PIN number to receive these meals. Free meals will also be available for students attending Tier 1 childcare.
Meals for distance learning students
Free meals will be available for all distance learning students every Friday for curbside pickup from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following sites. If school is not in session on a certain Friday, meal pick-up will occur the previous day at the same time listed above.
- Chippewa Middle School (5000 Hodgson Road, North Oaks)
- Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Rd, New Brighton)
Each bag will contain five breakfasts and five lunches. Meals will be FREE to all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals.
The Minnesota Department of Education has announced an extension of the USDA’s “Free Meals for Kids” program until December 31, 2020, or until funds run out. This program provides free meals for all students regardless of eligibility.
Learning model tracker
Minnesota school districts are asked to determine their learning model based on local health data and the number of positive cases in their county over a period of two weeks. The state will provide updated numbers every week. School districts are permitted to take a more restrictive approach at any time, but cannot take a less restrictive approach. Distance learning is always an option families can choose.
Our latest number: 13.41
Our current learning model: Blended (hybrid) learning
Track results this fall at www.moundsviewschools.org/learningmodeltracker.