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Updates 5/8 and 5/15
- Elementary and Middle School students - look for instructions on returning textbooks, library books, Chromebooks and any other instructional materials in Monday's delivery (5/18). High School students will be receiving directions in the mail.
- LUNCHES: Registered families that miss picking up meals two days in a row will be removed from the delivery list. Help us not waste, call if you aren't able to make the pickup. 320-286-4100
- School buses will deliver personal items according to the schedule below next week, at the same time meals are delivered. Plan to either meet the bus or leave a covered tote or bin at the end of your driveway, all items will be left at the corresponding bus stop.
- Monday, May 11th - 7th grade
- Tuesday, May 12th - 8th grade
- Friday, May 15th - 9th/10th grade
- Friday, May 15th - 11th/12th grade
- Please do not send items back to school on the delivery buses. Staff are not able to accept returns, stay tuned for details regarding text/library/Chromebook dropoffs!
Power Update with Mr. Powers - 5/15/2020
Power Update with Mr. Powers - 05/01/2020
Communication April 30, 2020
Reminder - There will be no school or online instruction for students on Friday, May 1st, or Monday, May 4th but meals and instructional materials will be delivered according to the current schedule.
Starting Monday, May 4th the process of sending home any remaining student items found in desks, lockers and gym lockers will begin. Each grade will have their items sent home according to the schedule below. School buses will deliver these items at the same time meals. Plan to either meet the bus or leave a covered tote or bin at the end of your driveway, all items will be left at the corresponding bus stop.
Monday, May 4th - 6th grade
Tuesday, May 5th - Kindergarten/1st grade
Wednesday, May 6th - 2nd/3rd grade
Thursday, May 7th - 4th grade
Friday, May 8th - 5th grade
Monday, May 11th - 7th grade
Tuesday, May 12th - 8th grade
Thursday, May 14th - 9th/10th grade
Friday, May 15th - 11th/12th grade
Middle School, Dassel Elementary, and Cokato Elementary students still in need of checking-out a Chromebook - May 8th is the last day to do so.
Power Update by Mr. Powers - 4/23/2020
Power Update by Mr. Powers - 4/14/2020
Communication April 9, 2020
#BeTheLightMN - Honoring the class of 2020 the DCHS football field lights will be lit up Monday, April 13th at 8 pm for 46 minutes and 6 seconds. Due to the extension of StayHomeMN through May 4th families can show support by turning their porch lights on at the same time.
- Building office hours will now be 8:00 am-1:00 pm. Buildings and school grounds will remain closed to community patrons but office staff will be available by phone during these new hours.
- Middle School students - HANG ON TO YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS! (click the link for the latest update on MS library books).
- Zoom, a video conferencing tool used between teachers and students, has recently made featured in the news amid security concerns. When used correctly Zoom is a very safe video conferencing tool to utilize. Our teachers know the extra steps needed within Zoom to ensure each session's security such as using the meeting password and waiting room features to ensure only those invited are able to access the session. All Zoom meeting information is kept internal through school emails and is never shared on an external source, a social media platform, or site. Zoom has also updated their default settings to further ensure security. Parents, you can be assured of your student's safety while using Zoom due to extra measures put in place by Dassel-Cokato Schools.
Communication April 3, 2020
Dear DC Families,
Congratulations to everyone who helped make this first week of Distance Education a success. This was a week's of firsts for us all. It has also given us the opportunity to make some changes going forward. Please read the entire message for important details.
High School students, an updated daily and weekly schedule has been posted on the DCHS homepage. Please view the message from Principal Meisch.
Students in grades K-6 should expect instructional materials weekly on Mondays. Students in grades 7-12 will be contacted via a CAMPUS if materials are being sent home. Materials not delivered on Monday will be attempted on Tuesday. If, after Tuesday, the materials are not received they will remain at the school until the following week’s Monday delivery. We will not be offering school/curbside pickups.
IF you receive your materials at a single bus stop (at the end of your driveway), place a covered bin at the end of the driveway for materials to be placed in.
IF you pick up materials at a neighborhood/group bus stop there must be a person available to accept the materials.
We are asking all families to make arrangements so their students are able to receive their school materials.
We are doing our best to create a process that works for all of our 2200 students and appreciate your patience as we continue to make changes for the better.
Communication March 30, 2020
Dear DC Families,
Monday, March 30th marked our first day of delivering meals! We are doing our best to make this process easy and accessible to families. Here are a few updates:
* Meals are only available for those who have filled out the registration form for that week. Households with more than one student registered for meals will receive a single bag containing all meals.
* Meals can only be delivered to the in-town location selected within the registration form or to the student's assigned bus stop.
* Meals are not available for pickup at the school buildings or alternate bus stops if the assigned stop is missed.
* The registration form for each coming week will be available, 2:00 pm Tuesday until 8:00 pm Thursday.
Wednesday, April 1st will be the first delivery of Instructional Materials.
* Going forward, deliveries will be on MONDAYS for that week's materials.
* Deliveries will be made to each student's assigned bus stop and will be 4 hours later than the assigned bus pick-up time. Ex. if your student would normally get on the bus at 7:15 am the instructional material delivery time will be 11:15 am.
* If your student open enrolls and does not use district transportation, please contact Nicole Carlen at 320-286-4105 to schedule a pickup location.
* If your student is in the walking zone each town's location pickups are listed on the website "Distance Learning".
Thanks for your support and patience as we solidify these new processes!
Communication March 25, 2020
Dear Dassel-Cokato Families,
Governor Walz announced this afternoon that all MN schools will be doing Distance Learning from March 30 - May 4th. We have a distance learning plan in place and are prepared to continue offering our students a high-quality education over these next several weeks. The details for each school's distance learning plan will be listed on the district website by Friday, March 27th.
- Meal delivery sign-up for the week of March 30th must be completed by 3pm Sunday, March 29th, available now on the homepage.
- Childcare for emergency/healthcare workers and DC school staff will begin on March 30th, register now on the homepage.
- All Spring School Activities have been suspended through May 4th.
- All Preschool, ECFE and Community Education classes have been canceled through May 4th.
Please see the district's website for further details and information. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we work to bring you more details and updates as they develop.
Communication March 20, 2020
Dear DC families,
As we head into Spring Break, our principals have each shared a message now available online. Please click the link below to read a letter from your student's school principal. We will be using the district's homepage (www.isd466.org) for districtwide information, details, and announcements. We will also be using each school's webpage for information, details, and announcements specific to each building.
Take care, be well and enjoy any sunshine you can.
Communication March 19, 2020
Dear DC families,
In response to the District’s recent school closure due to growing concerns of the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, we want to assure you Dassel-Cokato Public Schools is working diligently to establish plans to best meet the needs of our students, staff, and families. We have spent the past several days planning and creating processes to provide distance learning, providing meals for children ages 0-18 and childcare for children of emergency/ healthcare workers and staff.
The governor is going to make an announcement on or before March 25th determining the longevity of school closures. While we do not have an official announcement, we are anticipating school to remain closed for an extended period of time and have plans in place to continue educating students through these uncharted times. Distance learning plans will include e-learning (and plans to accommodate those without internet access), instructional materials for younger students, and ways of connecting teachers and students throughout each week. Our website will contain ongoing updates and necessary information regarding distance learning, meals, and childcare. Please check it continuously at www.isd466.org.
We will move through this together as smoothly and effectively as possible. As you approach spring break, I hope that you will have an opportunity to relax and be peaceful. There are many things in life outside of our control and there always will be. Let's focus on what we can impact, trust each other, and proceed with kindness and faith.
Be well and thank you!
Communication March 16, 2020 (PM)
Dear DC families,
This email has updated information regarding Charger Kids Club and the availability of care for the coming two weeks. First of all, we want to extend our appreciation of your continued support and understanding as we try to navigate a situation highly subject to change. We understand the stress involved, on both parents and students, and are doing our absolute best to minimize where we can and provide you with continual updates.
The guidance received from the MN Department of Education and Governor Tim Walz is such that we will continue to offer CKC care but will be doing so only for families of emergency and healthcare workers and our DC School staff.
**See the list below for included professions of emergency/healthcare workers**
Tuesday, March 17th- Friday, March 20th: CKC will be open 6a-6p, students in grades K-6, for both DC staff and emergency/healthcare service workers.
Care offered to students during normal school hours will be at no cost to families. Care offered before and after school hours will be at daily rates. CKC will be waiving enrollment fees for any students new to the program during this time.
Breakfast and lunch will be offered daily.
Wednesday-Friday: 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. Please fill out the attached google form (below) by 2pm the day before care is needed so we are able to plan adequate staff.
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!
March 23-27: CHARGER KIDS CLUB IS CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Abbey Lang, Charger Kids Club Program Coordinator
Jen Todnem, Charger Kids Club Site Supervisor
REGISTER FOR CKC CARE MARCH 17-20 HERE:
Communication March 16, 2020 (AM)
Dear Dassel-Cokato Families,
In response to the COVID 19 outbreak, and the Governor’s decision to close schools, we will be running a 2-hour late start schedule on Monday, March 16 and canceling school and all activities beginning on Tuesday, March 17 for the remainder of the week. Consider this an extension of spring break with no instruction being provided.
The purpose of the 2 hour late start tomorrow is for teachers to prepare directions for students and ensure that students have the materials they need for each of their classes in case we have an extended period of school closure past March 27.
The uncertainty of this situation is going to require regular communication and flexibility. Please watch the district website for updates.
Thank you for your trust and support. We will get through this together.
Communication March 9, 2020
Dear DC families,
We are writing to inform you that Dassel-Cokato Public Schools is aware of developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is in communication with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to receive the most up-to-date information for schools. While new viruses are concerning, it is important to note the immediate health risk to Minnesotans from COVID-19 is considered low. The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. Any necessary updates will be shared with families in future communications.
At present, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials are recommending that schools and individuals take the same steps to protect against the coronavirus as are taken to prevent everyday illnesses like the common cold or flu.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
-If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing, or with a tissue.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additional steps we are taking
- Additional district actions will be guided by county and state agencies and by the district’s emergency health plan, 806.1 PANDEMIC FLU EMERGENCY PLAN.
What you can do
- Sick students and parents should avoid coming to school, please contact your primary health care provider for medical advice.
- Families are encouraged to continually talk with your students about healthy hygiene practices such as those mentioned above.School Board Policy 806.1 Pandemic Flu Emergency Plan