In an effort to continue to provide updated information to our school community World Learner School
has created a COVID- 19 webpage which includes resources and the district response plan.
March 27, 2020
The Board Meeting Scheduled for March 30, 2020 will be held remotely to abide by Governor Walz' order to 'Stay at Home' and due to the school building closure and group meeting concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This button will link to the Google Meeting.
March 25, 2020
Governor Walz announced this afternoon that schools in MN will engage in Distance learning through at least April 30 2020.
What this means for WLS is that we will embark on a new platform for education that requires us to be creative and patient as we all work to help our kids continue to grow and explore.
We have worked diligently to outline a Distance Learning Plan that will be the basis of our work for the next four weeks. Distance Learning does involve some technology. But please be creative in how your children do the work....this is not E-Learning. Our Distance Learning Technology Tips will be helpful for you in your work to help your family prepare. It will be necessary to remember that this is just the basis or this plan and teachers are aware that we will be doing much rearranging and modifying as we roll this out next week. We are in this together so we will welcome your feedback as we work to find the perfect spot for every kid to thrive in the community and independently.
I encourage you all to follow Governor Walz' Shelter In Place - stay home. We can all do our part to help keep our friends and family safe from COVID-19.
Our staff miss the children so much...we are thinking about each of you. Here is a video that may offer some encouragement... WLS EXPLORE THE WORLD
I hope to see you all again very soon.
March 23, 2020
In the event that a long-term school closure is required, World Learner School will provide limited child care at no cost for parents who are emergency workers and who are critical to the state’s response to COVID-19.
What: School Age Child Care
Who: WLS students in grades 1 - 6
Where: World Learner School
When: March 30-April 9. (district is closed on April 10) from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
These requests must be received by Wednesday, March 25, before 4:00 p.m.
This service is offered at no cost to parents who are eligible. Aditional registration materials to follow. Once your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email for your child(ren).
If needed, information about registering for child care on an ongoing basis after April 9 will be posted on the WLS's COVID-19 webpage.
If you are an Emergency Worker, and are in need of child care during the time period listed, please complete this form.
Please read and complete this survey if you need care for your child and meet eligibility requirements.
March 20, 2020
I write this to you today from a very quiet World Learner School. WLS is now closed. There are no humans or pets here. I myself am packing up my office today to move home for the foreseeable future. There will be a couple of staff on site periodically to do some office work and we do have a small team doing some maintenance and cleaning tasks. But the building is not accessible and it is unknown when it will back alive with our students and staff. We already miss each other and especially the kids.
Teachers live to nurture children. It is what we live and breath. Not knowing what the future holds is so daunting. All WLS Staff have been working nearly nonstop since Monday to prepare the building to close and to move to a distance learning platform that is not intuitive to our mission to 'create a school that supports an experiential collaborative learning (Montessori) program that empowers children to unfold their full potential as whole and unique persons in classroom, local and world communities'. Distance learning is more challenging for Montessorians than other teachers....of that I am certain. It is a complete dichotomy in beliefs and actions. Experiential learning in communities will look very, very different in the weeks to come.
But our staff is committed - 100%- to your children. Lessons and interactions will be clunky at first as we all get used to this mode. But we will figure it out. WLS has the best teachers and support staff and I am beyond proud of their diligence and commitment in this chaotic time. World Learner School is a wonderful place to be right now....even though we are not all together in one location.
Over the next week - our spring break - please take some time to settle in with your family. Work on starting a daily routine in soe way so that it is built when 3.30.20 rolls around. Enjoy the nice weather. Take some deep breaths. Be mindful of how you feel. Express gratittude for what we DO have! Share some toilet paper. Find ways to connect to people outside of your own home. Live. Laugh. Love. Sorry....that is pretty cliche! But the sentiment is true.
Peace and love to each of you,
March 17, 2020 3:45 pm
Families of World Learner School,
WLS teachers and staff are hard at work preparing to implement distance learning in the event of a long-term school closure in response to the COVID-19 virus.
That distance learning plan could go into effect as soon as - but no earlier than - March 30th, when we are scheduled to return from Spring Break.
To be clear: there is no expectation for students to engage in distance learning until that time. Families will receive further communication from WLS as more information becomes available.
WLS has created a distance learning plan in the event of a long-term closure. Click here for the full plan. This plan will continue to provide students with new learning while sustaining previous learning. The learning activities provided will be connected to student learning goals and outcomes to keep them on track. Learning activities will be meaningful and important to student learning goals/outcomes. It does not mean that students will be working on academics for the same duration as a face-to-face school day. Teachers will do their best to provide instruction that meets the needs of as many of our learners as possible and provides routine and structure for both students and families.
In order to support distance learning, all students should have the following resources available to them at home:
If there is no regular internet access at home, families are asked to contact Deana at firstname.lastname@example.org so accommodations can be made to provide resources that ensure access to educational materials.
Items left behind last week, medications left at school and additional learning materials will be available between Wednesday, March 18th (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM) and Thursday, March 19 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM). These resources could include novels, learning packets, etc. Items will be available in a curbside pickup effort. If families are unable to pick up materials they should contact the school for an alternate plan.
If you are borrowing a device from WLS, those may be picked up on Thursday, 3.19.20 between 8 am and 12 pm. If families are unable to pick up materials they should contact the school for an alternate plan.
If there is long-term closure and the distance learning plan is enacted, World Learner School will notify parents, and teachers will follow up with specific communication around how to access learning materials moving forward.
World Learner School is committed to helping our students learn through an experiential and collaborative environment. While this might look and feel different in the coming weeks, WLS is focusing on keeping our staff and children safe during these challenging days. We look forward to partnering with you in this process.
MARCH 17, 2020
Free Lunches will be available to all students 18 and under at the Riverview Terrace Community Center (300 Ehlers Avenue in Chaska) and at Clover Ridge Elementary (114000 Hundertmark Road in Chaska) through Friday, March 20, 2020. Lunches will be available from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm curbside in both locations, to be picke up and taken home while minimizing contact.
March 16, 2020
WLS staff were at school today working on our environment and on distance learning plans.
We are finalizing plans for parents to come to WLS to access curb-side pick up of personal belongings and work tools that can be used in the event of a prolonged school closure. As it stands now, instruction in MN schools is set to reinitiate on Monday, MArch 30, 2020 but the details of the logistics of that are not yet known.
In the mean time, please take advantage of this unplanned time with your children, be patient with fellow members of humankind and most of all.....be well.
I will communicate more Tuesday afternoon.
March 15, 2020 4:45 pm
Good evening Staff and Parents,
As I mentioned earlier today in my email communication and the closure of WLS due to COVID-19, we do follow the lead of ISD 112, Eastern Carver County. ISD 112 has determined that school will be closed beginning Monday 3.16.20 through spring break.
There will be no Kids Club this week. Please watch for additional communication from WLS as we assess the needs of our WLS community to comply with the Governor's mandate to provide childcare for families of healthcare workers and other emergency providers.
Staff should report as per the hours outlined in employment agreements.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time.
March 15, 2020 10:00 am
Today, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. Therefore, WLS will be closed for students on Wednesday, 3.18.20, Thursday, 3.19.20 and Friday 3.20.20. WLS will be on Spring Break as previously planned 3.23.20 - 3.27.20. The Annual Meeting for WLS, scheduled for 3.17.20 at 7 pm will be rescheduled for a later date.
IF ISD 112, SCHOOLS OF EASTERN CARVER COUNTY, VARIES FROM THE STATE MANDATED PLAN AND CLOSES SCHOOLS FOR ADDITIONAL DATES, WLS WILL FOLLOW THAT SCHEDULE.
During the school closure for students, World Learner School will be joining school districts and charter schools across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials. Starting March 30, 2020, per the instruction from the Minnesota Department of Education, student learning will continue for the rest of the school year.
Our educators will be giving thoughtful planning to our distance learning plan, offering careful consideration for students in a variety of areas, including students receiving special education services, multilingual learners, students experiencing homelessness, and students who rely on meals served at school.
Once our distance learning plan is finalized we will communicate the plan to families via email and through our website page dedicated for COVID-19 updates - WLS COVID-19 UPDATES
On Monday and Tuesday, students will be wrapping up all open work, reviewing log-ins for online tools and for accessing gmail, cleaning out cubbies and lockers completely, and other tasks that will ensure kids can leave WLS Tuesday after school prepared for long, extended separation from school.
It is also very, very important to stay calm with children and around each other (remember there are little eyes and ears everywhere!!) and to focus on the situation as a precautionary measure to keep everyone safe from this illness. You know the best way to talk to your child(ren) but please consider reiterating that no one -parent, staff, child - at WLS is ill at this time and closing our school is a way to keep people safe. Kids will have tons of questions as we know!
There is a lot of uncertainty for all of us. I don't have many answers yet. But I am sure that our community is strong and we will be able to work together with our greater community through this crisis.
Be well.....take care.
MARCH 13, 2020
WLS WILL BE CLOSED Friday March 20, 2020. Staff will report per employment agreement hours.
March 13, 2020
As you are all well aware, COVID-19 is at the forefront of news and communication right now. This situation has been changing very rapidly and I have been working diligently to follow important facts and make important decisions for our school. I appreciate the patience from you as changes are occurring very fast and I am working to disseminate information and communicate decisions in a rational manner.
Please be aware that I created this TAB on our website for ongoing COVID-19 updates.
WLS has suspended all field trips, off-site excursions and after-school clubs through at least 4.3.20. In addition, the Middle School Odyssey to Chicago has been cancelled.
WLS will restrict access to the classrooms and main areas to school personnel only until at least 4.3.20. Please do not linger during drop-off or pick-up to minimize outside exposure to our community, a process known as 'social distancing'. We will have staff greeting parents at pick-up outside of the main entrance area to help connect parents and children.
We are also making plans in the event of a mandated school closure. Children will be bringing home packets of materials for completion as well as information on how to access various websites or technology platforms that are used in classrooms. Teachers will continue to communicate throughout the closure. We hope to allow students to continue to practice concepts and engage in some learning despite being away from WLS for any length of time.
March 12, 2020
As many of you likely know, there is a single confirmed case of COVID-19 here in Carver Countyand 9 confirmed cases statewide. As part of its process, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will do its best to contact anyone who came into contact with confirmed individuals so they can self-quarantine while monitoring their conditions. We continue to work closely with MDH and Carver County Public Health to assess the situation and determine next steps. Right now, we have no reason to believe there is any direct impact World Learner School.
WLS did cancel field trips next week for Upper Elementary as well as the MS Odyssey for later in April.
We understand this news brings an additional level of anxiety. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to both influenza and colds, which also heightens concern. It is important to communicate to children that, like many illnesses, most people who get sick will recover and be just fine. Like any virus, it is important to do the following:
When calling WLS to report an absence due to an illness, please be as specific as possible about symptoms. This helps us track types of illnesses more effectively.
As we approach Spring Break, we know that many of you may be traveling, and encourage families to follow the information on the CDC website regarding travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Our administration is in regular contact with officials from MDH, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Carver County Public Health. Some changes to school activities are recommended but do not specifically impact WLS at this time. We will communicate any changes to that status as they arise.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation, follow guidance from health officials and keep you informed, as needed, through our regular communication channels (email, text, website and social media) of any impact to World Learner School.
March 6, 2020
We have received a few questions expressing concerns about COVID-19, the “coronavirus,” and want to provide you with information about our process and procedures regarding health issues such as this.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collaboratively take the lead on decisions regarding school closures or other impacts on schools that could result from outbreaks of contagious conditions. They monitor local and national health concerns and their connection with major health organizations means they have access to more relevant and up-to-date information than individual school districts do.
We are in the prevention stage of managing for a potential outbreak of coronavirus and have standards and protocols already in place as it is influenza season. WLS Administration has met and are continuing to discuss and prepare in the event that a school-wide response is needed. The surface disinfectant cleaners used in our school is effective against the family of viruses that include coronavirus.
Additionally, WLS has ordered additional hand sanitizer that have been dispersed throughout WLS for added opportunities for cleaning hands. Hand washing posters will be posted throughout our building. The posters will look like this one linked here.
The most significant things you can do to protect yourself and your family from contagious conditions are the same preventative practices that we promote every year during cold and flu season:
It is important that you and your family also plan how you would manage childcare, work and activities should schools or workplaces need to close. This report from NPR offers some good ideas and perspectives on how you might plan for your family. Also for your information, here is a brief presentation by the World Health Organization that provides background on the coronavirus. Here is a 4 minute Coronavirus video from “BrainPOP” which will be used with middle and high school students in our classrooms. This simple hand washing video can be used with students in grades PreK-4.
We know this is on your minds and is the top of the news every night. We will provide an update if we anticipate an impact on WLS.