Dassel-Cokato Schools - 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 school will be doing Distance Learning from March 30th - May 4th, 2020. 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.
Meal Distribution for DC Families
Dassel-Cokato Public Schools will be providing free meals (breakfast for the next day/lunch for the day of) to children, ages birth to 18 years, during the statewide school closure.
March 30- May 4th: Meals will be delivered by bus stop locations and are listed in the sign-up form. Families must sign-up by 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon in order to receive meals for that coming week. Meals will be delivered on a daily basis but ordered weekly. The registration link for the following week will be updated here weekly on Wednesdays.
Register HERE by 3pm Sunday, March 29th for meals the week of March 30th. Meals will not available for pickup at any of the school buildings.
If you have any questions please contact Nicole Carlen at 320-286-4105 or the district office at 320-286-4100.
Child Care: Emergency/Healthcare workers and DC School Staff
Charger Kids Club will be open for district enrolled students, preschool - age 12, of emergency and healthcare workers as well as students of school staff. Click here for a list of emergency and healthcare worker categories. The care for children of these workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or gaurdian is available to care for a child due to employment of the previously listed groups. Please bring an employee ID badge or paystub at the time of drop-off to ensure your employer meets the requirements for this childcare service.
Details for March 30- May 4th:
- Students attending Charger Kids Club will undergo daily health screenings before entering childcare.
- The emergency childcare program is available at no cost to eligible families.
- Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily.
- Transportation is available to and/or from school for students who would normally ride the bus and would like that opportunity. Parents are responsible for picking up and dropping off students needing care before or after school. Transportation pick-up/drop-off is only available for current bus route stops. Students are not able to get on or off at alternate locations.
Registration is required for all students planning to attend and must be completed by 2:00pm the day before is needed so we are able to plan adequate staff.
NEW FAMILIES register here
RETURNING FAMILIES register here
Charger Kids Club staff will work with students to continue good hygiene practices, keep students in smaller age-based groups and most of all reassure them while having fun!
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All Dassel-Cokato will be utilizing Distance Learning starting Monday, March 30th through May 4th, in accordance with the executive order from Governor Tim Walz. The following information details the distance learning plans put in place by Dassel-Cokato Schools for the coming weeks. Thank you for your support as we implement this new process, your efforts are greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. Click here for the Staff Directory.
Attendance: Students are expected to have daily attendance. For Cokato Elementary, Dassel Elementary and the Middle School, daily attendance can be collected in each of the following ways: email, via phone, and Google Classroom. Specific details to follow. The goal and expectation for High School and ALC (day program) students is to check in at the start of each class period via Schoology. If students are unable to do so they should email, call or text their teacher's email address to verify their daily attendance.
Technology: If your student has Chromebook (district issued device) issues, please email the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-286-4100 ext.1884 Need help logging into Chrome? Please click here for instructions.
Special Education: Please know that your child will continue to receive special education services, accommodations, and modifications. Please see this letter regarding Special Education from our coordinator.
- Students Receiving English Learner Programming (EL) Most students who receive English Language services will follow the same procedures as those outlined for all students, according to grade level guidelines and through consultation with licensed ELL teachers. ELL staff will support students and families in accessing core content instruction through appropriate scaffolding based on student need. ELL staff will be available to communicate with families via telephone calls, email, or other means. Interpreters and interpreting tools will be utilized to help reach out to parents of students in programming as needed.
- Students with 504 Accommodation Plan These students will follow the same procedures as those outlined for all students, according to grade level guidelines. Accommodations related to curriculum and assignment expectations will be followed as appropriate for the distance learning materials provided to students in order to ensure equal access.
- Students with Individualized Education Program plan (IEP) Most students who receive special education services will follow the same procedures as those outlined for all students, according to grade level guidelines and through consultation with their IEP manager. Special education staff and related service providers will develop distance learning instruction and materials in accordance with the services identified on the student’s IEP. Special Education instruction will focus on ensuring students continue to make progress on their annual goals. Accommodations listed on the IEP related to curriculum and assignment expectations will be followed as appropriate for the distance learning materials provided to students in order to ensure equal access.
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
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.