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DC Schools - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Information

  • There is a growing concern about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential spread throughout our communities.  We share your concerns and want you to know that Dassel-Cokato Public Schools is closely monitoring updates as guidance is changing frequently due to state and nationwide developments.   We will do our best to keep families aware of updates as they occur.  Please continue to use this website as a resource for the most current information.  

    MN Governor Walz announced that all Minnesota schools will be doing Distance Learning from March 30th - May 4th, 2020 through the remainder of the school year, June 3rd.  We understand how challenging this situation is for everyone and are doing our best to make sure the needs of our students and staff are met.  Please continue to watch for updates and thank you for your continued support and understanding as this is a quickly changing and evolving situation.

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  • Distance Learning

  • Emergency Childcare

  • Meal Distribution

  • Summer Lunch Program

Distance Learning Plans

  • Cokato Elementary: Distance Learning Plans

  • Dassel Elementary: Distance Learning Plans

  • DC Middle School: Distance Learning Plans

  • DC High School/ ALC: Distance Learning Plans

DC Schools Communications

  • Update 5/29

  • Updates 5/8 and 5/15

  • Power Update with Mr. Powers - 5/15/2020

  • Power Update with Mr. Powers - 05/01/2020

  • Communication April 30, 2020

  • Power Update by Mr. Powers - 4/23/2020

  • Power Update by Mr. Powers - 4/14/2020

  • Communication April 9, 2020

  • Communication April 3, 2020

  • Communication March 30, 2020

  • Communication March 25, 2020

  • Communication March 20, 2020

  • Communication March 19, 2020

  • Communication March 16, 2020 (PM)

  • Communication March 16, 2020 (AM)

COVID-19 Resources and Links

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Powers' Points

  • January/February 2020

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/13/2020

    What seems to be the longest two months of the year are coming to an end rather quickly and, so far, have been rather uneventful, weather-wise.  So far, we’ve made it through with only one weather-related incident in the month of January. With the help of the National Weather Service we were able to anticipate and plan for the storm.  Students were home as the snow started to fly and buses were back at the barns before the roads became dangerous. Last year, at this time, we were in the middle of a month and a half long period where not a single week went by uninterrupted.  Since we did not have a full snow day prior to February first, students will have no school on Presidents Day, February 17th.

    I‘d like to talk about Long-Term Facilities Maintenance (LTFM) monies.  LTFM combines and replaces Deferred Maintenance, Alternative Facilities, and Health and Safety programs.  Created in the past few years the district is able to tackle facilities projects that, before this program was created, would have oftentimes been included in a school bond or as part of our limited capital budget.

    • The LTFM program funds a facility 10-year plan developed by the school district for:
      • Projects necessary to prevent further deterioration of school facilities
      • Projects to increase the accessibility of school facilities
      • Projects that address health, safety and environmental management costs
    • The LTFM funds CANNOT be used for:
      • Construction of new facilities, remodeling of existing facilities or the purchase of portable classrooms
      • To finance deferred payment agreements.
      • For violence prevention, facility security, ergonomics or emergency communication devices.

    There are many, many factors considered when determining if a project is LTFM acceptable per state guidelines.  As an example, think of your home, these funds can be used to maintain a house but not for buying furniture or accessories.  The $900,000 in LTFM funds received annually by the district are applied to allowable projects in the 10-year plan. This past year Dassel Elementary had a fire suppression system installed, the cost of the project was almost $700,000 but was paid for with LTFM funds.  Another recent project is the staff parking lot at Cokato Elementary, it was redone using LTFM funds. Projects across the district are based on need and then prioritized and scheduled within the 10-year plan.

    The last bond brought to voters included rebuilding the west parking lot and upgrading the pool’s mechanical system.  Using LTFM funds, the district will be able to complete those two projects without having to bond for them. School financing is complex, to say the least, and the state formula used for determining a district’s LTFM funds is no exception, however, through this program, we are able to consistently complete facilities projects throughout the district.

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Character Pillars

  • In the early 1990s a group of local school representatives, parents, community members, and ministers met to determine a common set of acceptable character traits that could be taught in our schools and that would coincide with the beliefs of our two communities. The result of this effort was the identification of six Character Pillars. Almost 20 years later, these six, excellent Pillars still provide the basis for character education in our school district.

    • RESPECT: Showing genuine concern for yourself, others and the world around you.
    • RESPONSIBILITY: Being accountable for your actions and accepting the consequences of those actions.
    • RESILIENCY: Rebounding from significant stresses with a positive attitude and sense of balance.
    • INTEGRITY: Reflecting trustworthiness, honesty, and self-discipline.
    • COMPASSION: Willing to share and give aid or support to all people; caring.
    • UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY: Realizing that everyone is unique and that all have their strengths and limitations.

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