Welcome to Lake of the Woods School!

Our priority is to provide high quality education to all of our students. The best way to do that is to remain in-person learning. As we all know the COVID-19 situation is very fluid. Any updates will be able to be found here. We will continue to follow the guidance of MDE, CDC and local public health.

Daily Health Screening

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

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 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.

P-EBT Hotline and Help Form for Families

The P-EBT Hotline is available for families Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., to answer questions about P-EBT benefits. They may call 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153, or submit questions through the P-EBT Help Form, which is available in multiple languages.

Please visit https://mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt/ for the most up to date information and FAQ on the P-EBT benefits.
If you want to be considered for P-EBT Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year, please apply for free/reduced-price meals with your child’s school before February 28, 2021. If you are already receiving SNAP or MFIP, you do not need to act.

 

As part of the December pandemic relief package, families are now able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program that may provide cost reductions in monthly internet services as well as partial reimbursement for the cost of a computer or tablet, as long as the internet services or devices are purchased through a participating service provider. Families must go through an enrollment process. There are three ways eligible households can enroll:

To help you spread the word about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, the FCC has a website at Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov). The site has complete details about the program, as well as a variety of free and easy-to-use content in an outreach toolkit.  Within the toolkit are downloadable social media images and sample posts, printable posters, tip cards, fact sheets, and flyers. There are also audio public service announcements in English and Spanish, as well as one specifically for consumers who live on Tribal lands. Toolkit materials can be co-branded if desired.

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.

Pfizer vaccine has been authorized to vaccinate youth ages 16 and up!  LakeWood Health and LakeWood Public Health can obtain Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate our younger population.   Minnesota is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among younger Minnesotans.  Part of the solution to lowering community spread is ensuring that our teens who can get vaccinated DO GET VACCINATED! And those who can’t, GET TESTED!  

 

Getting vaccinated will help give 16 and 17-year olds the best chance to learn in-person, participate in sports and activities, attend graduation and go to prom.  By getting vaccinated these students are also doing their part to protect those who are not able to be vaccinated at this time.  Of course, we all still need to remain vigilant about masking, hand washing and social distancing.  For those Minnesotans too young to be vaccinated, testing remains critical.

 

FUN FACT: If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.

They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Calling all high schoolers age 16, 17 and 18!  Have you signed up for a vaccine?  If not, call LakeWood Health at 634-3457 and leave your name and contact information.  Students under age 18 will need parent or guardian consent for vaccination. 

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. 

Updates from Superintendent Nelson
Updates from High School Principal Merchant
Daily Health Screening

Daily Health Screening

    People with ANY “more common” or “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.
    People with ANY “more common” or “less common” symptoms should stay home and consult with a health care provider or school nurse regarding symptoms and self-isolation.
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 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
P-EBT

P-EBT Hotline and Help Form for Families

The P-EBT Hotline is available for families Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., to answer questions about P-EBT benefits. They may call 651-431-4608 or 1-833-454-0153, or submit questions through the P-EBT Help Form, which is available in multiple languages.

Please visit https://mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt/ for the most up to date information and FAQ on the P-EBT benefits.
If you want to be considered for P-EBT Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year, please apply for free/reduced-price meals with your child’s school before February 28, 2021. If you are already receiving SNAP or MFIP, you do not need to act.

 

Family Resources

As part of the December pandemic relief package, families are now able to enroll in the Emergency Broadband Benefit program that may provide cost reductions in monthly internet services as well as partial reimbursement for the cost of a computer or tablet, as long as the internet services or devices are purchased through a participating service provider. Families must go through an enrollment process. There are three ways eligible households can enroll:

To help you spread the word about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, the FCC has a website at Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov). The site has complete details about the program, as well as a variety of free and easy-to-use content in an outreach toolkit.  Within the toolkit are downloadable social media images and sample posts, printable posters, tip cards, fact sheets, and flyers. There are also audio public service announcements in English and Spanish, as well as one specifically for consumers who live on Tribal lands. Toolkit materials can be co-branded if desired.

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.

Health Information

Pfizer vaccine has been authorized to vaccinate youth ages 16 and up!  LakeWood Health and LakeWood Public Health can obtain Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate our younger population.   Minnesota is seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among younger Minnesotans.  Part of the solution to lowering community spread is ensuring that our teens who can get vaccinated DO GET VACCINATED! And those who can’t, GET TESTED!  

 

Getting vaccinated will help give 16 and 17-year olds the best chance to learn in-person, participate in sports and activities, attend graduation and go to prom.  By getting vaccinated these students are also doing their part to protect those who are not able to be vaccinated at this time.  Of course, we all still need to remain vigilant about masking, hand washing and social distancing.  For those Minnesotans too young to be vaccinated, testing remains critical.

 

FUN FACT: If someone is fully vaccinated and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:

The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.

They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Calling all high schoolers age 16, 17 and 18!  Have you signed up for a vaccine?  If not, call LakeWood Health at 634-3457 and leave your name and contact information.  Students under age 18 will need parent or guardian consent for vaccination. 

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 Return to In-Person Learning Plan

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