Welcome to Lake of the Woods School! 

It is our goal to ensure that every child has access to the education they need and deserve. Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students, staff and the community at large.  We are committed to serve our community during this challenging time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or needs that we can help you with during the Covid-19 situation.

Fall 2020 learning plan is Lake of the Woods Elementary School will be in-person for students in Pre-K through grade 6. Students will have the opportunity to attend school in-person Monday through Friday.  

Lake of the Woods High School will be a hybrid model for students in grades 7 through 12. Students will have the opportunity to attend school on alternating days. Check the upcoming events on the home page to see Maroon and Gold days.

Important Information Regarding Health and Wellness Procedures

Symptom screening for all staff and students will include daily screening questions and may include temperature checks. Parents and staff will be asked to certify daily that they and/or their student(s) are fever/symptom free. The daily survey will be available on the ParentVue mobile app,  completing the Daily Health Screening Form available on the school’s website, or calling 218-634-2510, extension 1537.

Health screening questions will basically cover the following: 

  •  Do you or your child have a fever (greater than 100.4 F) OR symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches, and/or loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or your child come into close contact (15+ minutes) with someone who is being evaluated/tested for or has a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days?

A student who develops a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or COVID-19 related symptoms during the school day will be isolated under adult supervision and parents will be contacted to pick up the child. Lake of the Woods School will reference the COVID-19 Decision for People in Schools, Youth and  Child Care Programs when students or staff are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Lake of the Woods School has the capability of offering parents online access to your child’s academic information through Synergy Parent Experience (ParentVUE). Once your account is set up, you will be able to view who your child’s teacher(s) are, current grades, assignments, attendance, course history, immunizations, lunch accounts and other information pertaining to your child. Teachers will update their gradebooks based on the type of assignments and the length of time needed to accurately review and grade such assignments. 

If you have not accessed ParentVUE in the past please contact the school’s main office (218-634-2510 ext. 1421 or 1422) to receive your Activation Key for the Parent Experience Portal. Log on to www.lakeofthewoodsschool.org. Under the Parent link, select Synergy then Parent Experience to set up your password and User Name. You will need to activate your account the first time you log in. After activating you will log in with the User Name and Password that you set up. Once you have logged in, make sure to enter your email address on the “My Account” tab so you may retrieve your password and User Name if forgotten.

Make sure to use your Google browser when using ParentVUE or you may lose some functionality.

ParentVUE is also available as an app for your phone or device.

Important Transportation Information

 

If you have elected to send your child on the bus, you should be receiving a call from the bus driver over the next few days. Please contact Brent Cole at 218-634-2510, extension 1503 or 218-434-0030 if you have not received a call by Saturday, September 5th.

If you have elected to transport your child to and from school, here are a few important points:

  • Please use the north service road (behind the arena) and  follow all parking and traffic signs when dropping off your student from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. or picking up from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. when the bus lane will be off limits.
  • Students in grades 1 -12 should be dropped off/ picked up at entrances #9 and #10 on the northside of the commons.
  • Only students will enter the building and proceed to breakfast  and/or classroom immediately.
  • Early Learners (3 & 4 year olds and Kindergarten students) may be dropped off at the south elementary entrance #4.  Please make sure that you exit using the service road running north of the parking lot.  

DO NOT use the bus lane from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. or 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Meal options:

  • Full-time distance learners can sign up for meal delivery (must complete delivery consent form).
  • Hybrid model we will have meals ready to be picked up on your school days for the following home days. Students will be responsible for stopping by the kitchen to pick up their own meals. Students can pick-up for younger siblings as long as those siblings aren’t also picking them up as we only provided one breakfast and one lunch per student per day.
  • In-person free breakfast and lunch offered daily to all students.

Working Session will begin at 6:00 pm and Regular Board Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

 

Due to the declared health pandemic, shelter in place order, the declared state of emergency in Lake of the Woods County, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.021,  school board meetings will be held by teleconference or other electronic means. Public comment for the working session or regular school board meeting may be submitted electronically at https://lakeofthewoodsschool.org/school-board/ or emailed  to jeff_n@lakeofthewoodsschool.org, no later than 12:00 PM the day of the meeting. The public is encouraged to watch Board meetings online. Board Meetings will be live streamed on Youtube at lotw School Youtube Thank you for your understanding.

Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of individuals  with coronavirus lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing any symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, the CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The CDC continues to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus, but has now added the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  The cloth face coverings being recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. 

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Daily Health Screening

    People with ONE “more common” symptom or at least TWO “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.
    People with ONE “more common” symptom or at least TWO “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.
Updates from Superintendent Nelson
Updates from High School Principal Merchant
ParentVue

Lake of the Woods School has the capability of offering parents online access to your child’s academic information through Synergy Parent Experience (ParentVUE). Once your account is set up, you will be able to view who your child’s teacher(s) are, current grades, assignments, attendance, course history, immunizations, lunch accounts and other information pertaining to your child. Teachers will update their gradebooks based on the type of assignments and the length of time needed to accurately review and grade such assignments. 

If you have not accessed ParentVUE in the past please contact the school’s main office (218-634-2510 ext. 1421 or 1422) to receive your Activation Key for the Parent Experience Portal. Log on to www.lakeofthewoodsschool.org. Under the Parent link, select Synergy then Parent Experience to set up your password and User Name. You will need to activate your account the first time you log in. After activating you will log in with the User Name and Password that you set up. Once you have logged in, make sure to enter your email address on the “My Account” tab so you may retrieve your password and User Name if forgotten.

Make sure to use your Google browser when using ParentVUE or you may lose some functionality.

ParentVUE is also available as an app for your phone or device.

Transportation

Important Transportation Information

 

If you have elected to send your child on the bus, you should be receiving a call from the bus driver over the next few days. Please contact Brent Cole at 218-634-2510, extension 1503 or 218-434-0030 if you have not received a call by Saturday, September 5th.

If you have elected to transport your child to and from school, here are a few important points:

  • Please use the north service road (behind the arena) and  follow all parking and traffic signs when dropping off your student from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. or picking up from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. when the bus lane will be off limits.
  • Students in grades 1 -12 should be dropped off/ picked up at entrances #9 and #10 on the northside of the commons.
  • Only students will enter the building and proceed to breakfast  and/or classroom immediately.
  • Early Learners (3 & 4 year olds and Kindergarten students) may be dropped off at the south elementary entrance #4.  Please make sure that you exit using the service road running north of the parking lot.  

DO NOT use the bus lane from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. or 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Food Services

Meal options:

  • Full-time distance learners can sign up for meal delivery (must complete delivery consent form).
  • Hybrid model we will have meals ready to be picked up on your school days for the following home days. Students will be responsible for stopping by the kitchen to pick up their own meals. Students can pick-up for younger siblings as long as those siblings aren’t also picking them up as we only provided one breakfast and one lunch per student per day.
  • In-person free breakfast and lunch offered daily to all students.
Family Resources
School Board Meetings

Working Session will begin at 6:00 pm and Regular Board Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

 

Due to the declared health pandemic, shelter in place order, the declared state of emergency in Lake of the Woods County, and pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.021,  school board meetings will be held by teleconference or other electronic means. Public comment for the working session or regular school board meeting may be submitted electronically at https://lakeofthewoodsschool.org/school-board/ or emailed  to jeff_n@lakeofthewoodsschool.org, no later than 12:00 PM the day of the meeting. The public is encouraged to watch Board meetings online. Board Meetings will be live streamed on Youtube at lotw School Youtube Thank you for your understanding.

Governor Walz Executive Orders
Face Coverings
CDC Information

Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of individuals  with coronavirus lack symptoms and those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing any symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, the CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The CDC continues to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus, but has now added the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  The cloth face coverings being recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. 

Safe Learning Plan
Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition
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Daily Health Screening

Daily Health Screening

    People with ONE “more common” symptom or at least TWO “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.
    People with ONE “more common” symptom or at least TWO “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.

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