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)

Letter to Parents UPDATE - Friday, April 24, 2020 (English PDF)
Letter to Parents UPDATE - Friday, April 24, 2020 (Spanish PDF)

Per the Governor’s Order, St. Charles Public Schools WILL NOT HAVE IN-PERSON CONTACT from For the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

All in-person school-sponsored activities that are scheduled during the statewide school shutdown period will be suspended for the remainder of the school year.


DISTRICT RESOURCES

District Frequently Asked Questions
St. Charles Public School Staff is here to serve you and your child(ren) during this Distance Learning period. If you have a question please feel free to visit our FAQ page (link below). Check back often as questions arise during this time.

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 Continue Pending Recent Changes in Federal and State Guidelines
All meals provided to St. Charles students whose families have signed up to participate in the School Shutdown Meal Program regardless of their free/reduced lunch status from March 18-31 are free.  

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has indicated that as of April 1st, school districts with fewer than 50% of enrolled students qualifying for free and reduced price lunch can continue to offer free reimbursable meals to all students ages 18 and under from their pick-up sites, but that meals delivered to students who do not qualify for free and reduced price lunch are no longer reimbursable.

MDE has recently applied for a Federal waiver that if approved would allow for school districts like St. Charles to continue to provide free delivered meals to students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch and to students who do not.  The status of MDE’s recent application is pending.

What does this mean for St. Charles?

At this time, we can guarantee free meals for any student ages 18 and under regardless of their free and reduced price lunch status through April 30th, if families elect to pick their meals up from the Elementary School.

We can continue to deliver free meals through April 30th, to students whose families qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch.

Pending the outcome of MDE’s recent waiver application, we can continue to deliver meals to students of families who do not qualify for free and reduced price lunch, but can’t guarantee that the meals delivered to these students will be free. 

Meals delivered from April 1 through April 30, to students whose families do not qualify for free and reduced price lunch may end up being charged for meals delivered to them during this period.  If we have to end up charging for these meals, charges will not be assessed until the Distance Learning Period expires.

Families participating in the program who do not qualify for free and reduced price lunch and who elected to have meals delivered can either choose to keep their status the same (taking a risk that they may be charged for the meals if MDE’s waiver doesn’t go through), or they can choose to change their meal delivery status from delivery to pick up (guaranteeing free meals from April 1 through April 30).  If you want to change your status, please contact the Elementary School at 507-932-4910 or 507-932-4420.

If you want to sign up for student meals during the Distance Learning Period please click here.

Applying for Free/Reduced Price Lunch

Families that have had a change in their financial status are welcome to apply for free/reduced lunches.  If you qualify, student meals will be free regardless if you pick them up at our pick-up site or request to have them delivered during the Distance Learning Period. 

The current Distance Learning Period is scheduled to run through April 30th, and we are anticipating that students will have the opportunity to return to our buildings on May 5th.  When the Distance Learning Period expires, our schools will go back to providing meals through our regular breakfast and lunch program.  Students qualifying for free/reduced lunches will continue to receive free meals through our regular lunch program.  Students who don’t qualify will have their meals charged to their student lunch accounts.  Families can apply for free/reduced lunch at any time.  Click here to download the application.

Parent Student Counseling Social Work (Spanish letter)

Child Care during shutdown period

CLICK HERE FOR NEW FORM TO REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY CHILD CARE PROGRAM
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.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has recently clarified that School Districts providing emergency care during the state mandated school closure and Distance Learning Period will provide childcare at no cost for children of Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers during regular school hours, but may charge for the care provided during extended hours.

Effective April 15, 2020, St. Charles Public Schools will charge families regular Saints Haven Child Care rates for care provided from 6:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and for care provided from 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Click here for information on rates.

Questions should be emailed to Community Education at communityed@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.
 


Resources for those experiencing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)


Community:
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