Weekly Update

November 28, 2021

Keep Your Child Healthy and Keep Your Child in School

  • Please send your student to school with a mask everyday.
  • Please remind them to wear their mask so that it covers their nose and chin.
  • Please remind them to wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Families are asked to check temperatures and conduct home symptom screening before sending children to school. Keep children home if they have a fever or symptoms.
  • COVID19 Signs & Symptoms:

    • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • New cough or a cough that gets worse
    • Difficulty/hard time breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Muscle pain
    • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired
    • Severe/very bad headache
    • Chills


Families, please use the Student COVID Reporting Form for sharing the following COVID information with your school:

  • Student tested positive for COVID-19 (lab confirmed case)
  • Student experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and awaiting test results
  • Student experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but has not been tested
  • Student's been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Student's household member experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19


COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

  • Testing has never been easier – you can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your health care provider. All options are quick and free to you.
  • You can sign your entire family up to get tested at the same time at a community testing site.
  • Visit Getting Tested for COVID-19 or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.

Free COVID Vaccinations Available for Ages 5 years and Older:

The Minnesota Department of Health has created a resource with information about COVID-19 vaccines for people under 18 years old.

The MN Dept of Health’s About COVID-19 Vaccine web page includes information on the vaccine and what to expect before, during and after vaccination.

The What You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines document provides answers to many questions families may have.

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Attendance Tracking

Your child's attendance is one of the most important steps in their progression toward the end goal...GRADUATION!


Because good attendance is critical to graduate, we are working to refine our practices and share more information with families and students.


Here is the progression of steps if your student is unexcused from class:

  • If your student is unexcused for three periods cumulatively per class you will receive a three day letter notifying you.
  • If your student is unexcused for seven periods cumulatively per class you will receive a seven day letter notifying you and your student will be referred to TAP (Truancy Action Program).
  • If at this point the attendance does not improve, your student would be put on an attendance contract. This contract would need to be implemented and followed for two weeks.
  • If this intervention does not work, the student will be referred to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) which is a government entity run by the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.


Unexcused absences include, but are not limited to, skipping class even if in the building, being more than 10 minutes late for class, leaving the building when not permitted to do so and attending a lunch period that is not assigned.


Please make every effort to help your student understand that being in class all day every day is the key to their success. This one good habit will give them a much greater chance of achieving the end goal that we have for EVERY student which is GRADUATION!

Additional Attendance Reminders:

  • Parents or Guardians can excuse absences for their child.
  • Please call the attendance office to report the absence within 24 hours.
  • Students with excused absences have 2 days per excused absence to make up their work.
  • Student with 9 unexcused periods for one class may lose credit for the course.

Buy a Yearbook Now at the Lowest Price of the Year!

Hunters! Now is the time to purchase your yearbook. They can be purchased online at Jostens.com and then searching "Denfeld" or by following this link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062787/Denfeld-High-School/2022-Yearbook/20210727042008030106/CATALOG_SHOP/

Please DO NOT send checks to school. If you need to pay by check please contact Mr. Shaw so he can give you the correct amount with tax included.

PBIS Information and Updates:

Hunters License Update:

Seniors and Juniors: Stickers for December open lunch privilege will be handed out during WIN on Wednesday and Thursday this week. We will be looking at each student's grades, attendance and behavior for the month of November to determine whether or not they will continue to enjoy or if they will earn back their open lunch privilege for the month of December. As a reminder, to be eligible for the open lunch privilege, students must:

  • Have a passing grade in all classes (a grade of D or higher)
  • Have no more than 3 unexcused class periods (total, not per class, and includes both WIN and study hall)
  • Have no more than 4 unexcused tardies (total, not per class, and includes both WIN and study hall)
  • Have no more than 2 major or 5 minor behaviors
  • Have no assigned OSS (out of school suspension) time


Students and guardians should use Infinite Campus to review attendance and request any necessary corrections prior to Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. Students should monitor their grades in Canvas to make sure you take care of any missing assignments prior to the end of the day on Tuesday. Protect your privilege.

Students who have 10 or fewer unexcused class periods or tardies will have the opportunity to make-up their attendance through after school Hunter License Attendance Recovery the week of December 6th-10th. Students who are eligible for attendance recovery will receive details about this during WIN on Wednesday or Thursday.

Guidance Office and Career Center Updates:

Career Center Coordinator Positions Needed!

If you want to be in the know about school happenings, contribute to students' education and career goals, and support the school counselor team, here is an opportunity for you to consider: Denfeld High School has two part-time job openings (7-14 hours/week) in the Career Center, as Coordinators ($12.50/hr). If you find joy around kids and have basic skills with computers you will find the job really rewarding.

Job Description

Please follow the link to apply.

Or call the Career Center at 336-8830, ext 2036 and leave a message.

Or text/call Catherine Long at 218-269-4055 if you have any questions.

Blended Learning Resources:

Student / Family Help Desk and More:

Click here if you or your student are looking for:


  • Online tutoring
  • Student / Family Help Desk or
  • Support with Wi-Fi


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Free Tutoring Available

Free tutoring for K-12 students is available through the CSS/ISD 709 Tutor Program.

We have tutors in a variety of grade levels and subjects. They've completed training and are ready to work with Duluth students!


Click here to book tutoring appointments.

  • Once there you will be able to choose the grade level needed, the content, the tutor and the time they are available.
  • Once you book a tutoring session you will receive an email with the details of your appointment.
  • Appointments are online. A link to the video conference session will be sent with the email.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Beth LaVigne blavigne@css.edu

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