Why did we choose this option?
The Stonebridge planning team has been planning for the three models each school was required to develop, as required by Minnesota Department of Education. The committee has surveyed families and staff, looked at best practices, current Covid-19 trends, considered the health & safety protocols from MDH and CDC as well what scenario other Metro districts will be using to start the year. All of this information lead to our decision that the most responsible way to start the 2020-2021 school year is in our Distance Learning with Supports phase.
Distance Learning with Supports allows Stonebridge staff to prepare their curriculum, gives students time to process this information, and helps families move forward with their plans for supporting their students this fall.
With this in mind the committee is hopeful that Stonebridge will be able to transition into a hybrid model at some point in the fall when it is safe to do so.
When Distance Learning was introduced this spring, it was an emergency response to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota. Since that time, Stonebridge created a Covid-19 planning team to develop a better learning opportunity for our students. We engaged several stakeholder groups for feedback, including parents and staff. After reviewing our data, we improved our platforms for learning and will be introducing Seesaw for grades PK-3 and will continue with Google Classroom for our 4-8th graders.
Our school community is committed to providing students and families high-quality learning opportunities. The team worked on developing consistent schedules that is closely resemble an in-school routine. Grading expectations will be consistent with what they have been in the past and will be explained in classrooms as school starts. Is our distance learning with supports model we will also have the ability to schedule time for students who need supports to be able to receive these supports face-to-face in the school building.
Phases of Learning
Full Distance Learning
Distance Learning with Supports
|Students will be distance learning using one-on-one devices
Building is closed to students and staff.
|Starting School September 8 here.
Students will be distance learning using one-on-one devices
Staff on site providing live instruction to students.
Students will be allowed in the building 1 day a week to receive individual supports as needed.
|Students will distance learn 3 days a week when not on site.
Group A will be on site learning Mondays and Tuesdays.
Group B will be on site learning Thursdays and Fridays.
|All students learning onsite with the exception of those who have chosen to do distance learning all year.|
Using new technology tools we have put in place, we will be providing daily student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction by providing live instruction to students. All students will be issued an iPad. All technology guidelines and paperwork must be completed to receive and maintain technology.
Distance Learning Attendance
School starts at 9AM each day. If a student does not log in or logs in after 10AM, without an excused reason, they will be marked absent for the day.
Live Instruction Model
Students will be provided a live instruction model during Distance Learning to maintain rigor and social interaction. Teachers will be using Smart TV’s to enhance their lessons. Students will be offered additional supports and time for individual instruction. If your student needs to Opt- Out of the Live Instruction Model please contact their teacher for alternative options and accommodations.
Wednesday Food and Paper Homework Drop
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for days the students would have been in person during the school year. During these drops homework materials maybe delivered. Details and drop times will be received through Bloomz or you can contact the school office.
Social Emotional Learning
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created high levels of stress for many students, staff and families. Now with Distance Learning starting we realize the importance that social emotional learing will play in our school and classrooms. As we get ready to start the 2020-2021 school year we will welcome students and staff back to school, create connections and re-establish relationships under new circumstances.
To meet the social-emotional needs of Stonebridge World School students and staff we will:
- Focus on developing and maintaining relationships
- Continue and deepen implementation of Responsive Classroom
- Support mental health and wellness resources for students and staff
Students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and 504 Plans
Stonebridge World School will ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability will be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP or IFSP developed under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), or a plan developed under Section 504. (34 CFR §§ 300.101 and 300.201 (IDEA), and 34 CFR § 104.33 (Section 504)).
In a Distance Learning environment, special education services and 504 supports may include a combination of options below:
- Adapting and/or modifying general education assignments to meet student needs
- Providing adaptive online assignments
- Scheduling time to connect via a telecommunication system with students about assignments
- Providing direct instructional and therapeutic service to students via a telecommunication system
- Providing regular email communications to families to support student special educational needs.
- Special Ed. IEP Team or 504 meetings with families will be done virtually.
- Special Education Supervisors and Coaches will be supporting special education staff when designing and supporting Distance Learning plans for students in special education.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Special Education Coordinator
Stonebridge World School
English Language Learners
Stonebridge World School will ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student in need of ELL services will be provided the support needed by our staff. We will utilize one on one support, teacher support, Wednesday onsite supports and enhanced communication.
Stonebridge will offer childcare to tier 1 essential workers while we are in distance learning. School-age students 12 and under who are children of tier 1 essential workers will be cared for at no cost during normal school hours. Bus transportation will be provided to and from school for these students starting September 14Please contact Stonebridge World School main office for more information.
Health and Wellness
Stonebridge World School will be working with MDH on a scenario basis for Positive COVID- 19 cases and how to maintain a safe learning environment. Regular screening for symptoms and ongoing self-monitoring throughout the school day can help to quickly identify signs of illness and help reduce exposure. Staff and students are encouraged to self-monitor symptoms throughout the day. Staff or students who have or develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, must notify school health services immediately and will be sent home. The Covid Coordinator will then reference the exclusion criteria to determine when they may return. Parents should be monitoring symptoms at home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: new onset cough or shortness of breath by themselves OR at least 2 of the following: fever (100.4F or higher), chills, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, loss of sense of smell or taste, or gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea. If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing. If your student has symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or had close exposure to someone with COVID-19 within 14 days please notify to school office 612-877-7400.
Stonebridge World School has taken the following safety measures to help stop the spread of Covid-19 within the school.
- Increased daily disinfecting, custodial staff prioritize high-touch areas such as door handles, switches, hand railings, desks and bathrooms. Bleach wipes and disinfectant sprays are available for staff use on-site.
- All persons coming into the building are required to wear a mask and have their temperature taken. If their temperature is 100.4 F or higher, they will not be allowed in the building or ask to leave. Students must be picked up within an hour.
- Students and staff will be required to wear masks in classrooms.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been put in the entrance of every room.
- Drinking fountains have been converted to contactless water bottle fill stations and students will be provided with a reusable water bottle.
- Classrooms are set up for Hybrid social distancing. Tables have plastic dividers between students.
- Safe healthy habits and social distance signage have been placed throughout the building.
- Building entrance safety procedures are in place with hand sanitation, required mask, and temperature check upon arrival.
- Designated space for students with temperatures waiting to be picked-up.
- Individual school supply sets for home and school.
- Additional space in the building renovated to provide social distancing.
- Food service planned in for all 3 scenarios with food being delivered on Wednesdays for Distance Learning and Hybrid.
- Smart TV’s purchased and placed in classrooms for live teacher instruction daily.
- iPad devices purchased for all students throughout school year.
- Planning for Support Services provided Special Ed, ESL, mental health and additional academic support.