COVID-19 District Information and Resource for Families
While the information seems to be changing daily, and experts are learning more every day, this page will provide links and address COVID-19 concerns for District families. Find communications from St. Charles Public Schools for our families.

While the District really appreciates the community volunteer requests and food donations the State of Minnesota Department of Education has guidelines in place that don't allow Districts to accept volunteers or food donations. HOWEVER:  If you'd like to donate food please consider contributing to the Resource Center as the Food Pantry remains open to public. Please see Resource Center website here to learn more.

Communications Letter from Superintendent Jeff Apse:
COVID-19 Response Update - Sunday March 15, 2020 (English PDF) 
COVID-19 Response Update - Sunday March 15, 2020 (Spanish PDF) 

COVID-19 Update - Friday, March 20, 2020 (English PDF)
COVID-19 Update - Friday, March 20, 2020 (Spanish PDF)


Distance Learning Plan - Friday, March 27, 2020 (English PDF)
Distance Learning Plan - Friday, March 27, 2020 (Spanish PDF)

Per the Governor’s Order, St. Charles Public Schools WILL NOT HAVE IN-PERSON CONTACT from Friday, March 27th, 2020 through May 4, 2020.

All in-person school-sponsored activities that are scheduled during the statewide school shutdown period will be suspended from March 27th through May 4th.


DISTRICT RESOURCES

Broadband Providers

Below is a list of Broadband Providers serving the St. Charles School District who have taken the FCC’s pledge and that have a COVID-19 Response Plan posted on their website.
Free Meals
Free Meals during COVID-19 State Shutdown Period for St. Charles Public Schools children ages 18 and under
St. Charles Public Schools received notification from the Minnesota Department of Education that our student meal waiver is approved. This means regardless if your family qualifies for Free and/or Reduced Price Lunch we are able to provide FREE meals to all children 18 and under in households where at least one child attends St. Charles Public Schools during the state mandated closure of our schools.  Meals will be served on student days only per our District Calendar.  Click here to access the 2019-2020 District Calendar.

If you are already signed up and receiving meals for your children you will be able to continue to do so for the duration of the shutdown period on days school was scheduled to be in session.  You do not need to sign up each day.  Once you are in the system, you are in the system.  If you elect to decline the service after initially signing up, you will need to submit a new registration.

If you have not signed up for the meal program yet, we encourage you to sign up so that your children can take advantage of this opportunity. New registrations for the week of March 30-April 3 need to be submitted by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Signing up will result in the following:

  • 2 FREE healthy cold meals per day (breakfast and lunch) will be provided for your children during the shutdown period; and
  • The meals will be provided on days that school was originally scheduled to be in session.

Meals can be picked up on days that school was scheduled to be in session at the Elementary School, 925 Church Avenue, St. Charles, MN 55972, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

If your family is unable to pick up your children's meals, you can request to have your food delivered when completing the online meal form below.

Click here to complete the online meal form.

Please call the Elementary School office at 507-932-4420 or 507-932-4910 if you need assistance completing this form.

Child Care during shutdown period
St. Charles will provide limited care to children currently attending Preschool through 6th Grade for children of emergency workers critical to the State's response to COVID-19 who do NOT have alternative care previously arranged or cannot keep their child home with them.  If possible parents should continue to use your regular childcare provider as emergency care of this kind is limited. 

Care will be provided only during 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for Critical Essential staff as listed below:

-Tier 1-Critical

-Tier 2-Essential (Coordinator will determine which tier you fit into)

-Health Care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics.

-Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities.

-Other health systems and organizations such as:

-Health Care Workers

-Personal Care Assistants

-Ambulance/Emergency

-Direct Care and Treatment

-Other professions that have been tiered as essential per the Governor's updated list.

HOW TO REGISTER:

1. Complete the on-line Registration Form HERE.
2. Wait for Approval Pending from Coordinator- pending program availability and suitability. 

*You must fill out a separate registration form for each child.

Questions should be emailed to Amanda Stevens at astevens@schs.k12.mn.us.


Broadband and Telephone Service During Pandemic
On March 12, 2020, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) specifically asked Broadband and Telephone Service Providers and Trade Associations to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity during the COVID-19 Pandemic by taking the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.  The Pledge reads as follows:

Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, [[Company Name]] pledges for the next 60 days to:

  1. not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  2. waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  3. open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

Click here to read the full news release from the FCC.

Click here for a a list of Broadband Providers serving the St. Charles School District who have taken the FCC’s pledge and that have a COVID-19 Response Plan posted on their website.



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