Early Dismissal October 20

All District 518 Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, October 20.
Prairie – 12:20
WMS – 11:55
WHS and LC – 11:30, students may stay for lunch until 12:00

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No School October 21 and October 22

All District 518 schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, October 21 & 22. Classes will resume on Monday, October 25.

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Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

IRS offers the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant in English and Spanish on IRS.gov. This interactive tool can help your family determine whether you qualify for the #ChildTaxCredit. Get started at https://go.usa.gov/x6yjs

Did you know?
• People who receive government benefits may not have signed up for the Child Tax Credit advance payments because they think it will cause them to lose other benefits.
• People who sign up for the advance payments will also receive EIP payment number 3 which is $1,400/person (taxpayers and dependents 17 and under).

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Food Shortages and Menu Changes

September 28, 2021

Dear ISD 518 Families,

ISD 518 is participating in the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year. This means that our school provides free meals to all students! This program provides additional support and flexibility for our district to continue serving meals to children while maintaining safety measures and managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included in the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are nationwide supply chain and product availability shortages. Disruptions are due to a lack of availability of raw ingredients and labor to produce, unload, and transfer food products. Some food and/or beverage products normally provided to students may not be available or arrive as scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, last-minute menu changes and product substitutions may occur. Be assured meals will remain balanced, healthy, and plentiful. We ask for patience and understanding as we do our best to meet the needs of your children.

Menus and nutritional information are always posted on our district website.

Please contact me with any questions at 507-727-1184 or email me at deeann.crall@isd518.net.

Sincerely,

DeeAnn Crall

Food Service Director

ISD 518

28 de septiembre 2021

Estimadas familias del Distrito 518,

Durante todo el año escolar 2021-2022, el distrito escolar 518 participará en el programa de alimentación Summer Option (SSO) del departamento de agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA); esto significa que nuestro distrito proporciona alimentación gratuita a todos los estudiantes. Este programa de alimentación proporciona respaldo adicional y flexibilidad a nuestro distrito para que continúe ofreciendo comidas a los estudiantes mientras se mantiene las medidas de seguridad y se controla el impacto de la pandemia COVID-19.

Los impactos de la COVID-19 abarcan la cadena de abasto nacional y escasez de productos, la interrupción se debe a la falta de disponibilidad de ingredientes puros y mano de obra para producir, descargar y transportar los productos comestibles. Algunos productos alimenticios y bebidas que regularmente se servían a los estudiantes no los hay o no llegan a tiempo y debido las circunstancias imprevistas, puede ocurrir cambios de ultimo minuto en el menú o sustitución de productos. Para garantizar que las comidas se mantengan equilibradas, saludables y abundantes, pedimos paciencia y comprensión mientras nosotros hacemos lo que podemos para satisfacer las necesidades de sus estudiantes.

Los menús e información siempre se publican en la página web del distrito escolar.

Si tiene alguna pregunta comuníquese conmigo al teléfono 507-727-1184 o por correo electrónico deeann.crall@isd518.net.

Atentamente,

DeeAnn Crall

Directora del servicio de alimentación

Distrito Escolar Independiente 518

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Help your school by applying for free/reduced price meals by Sept. 29

While meals for the 2021-2022 school year will be provided at no cost to all District 518 students, district families are encouraged to complete the free or reduced-price lunch application by Sept. 30 to see if they qualify for other benefits, such as reduced activity fees or community education class scholarships. Applications may be completed at any time during the school year but applying by Sept. 29 can help District 518 qualify for additional funding.  Applications are required every year, so even if you’ve applied in the past, it’s important to apply again by Sept. 29.  If you would like assistance with completing the application, call Adry at 507-370-3682.

Ayude a su escuela solicitando alimentación gratuita o a precio reducido antes del 29 de septiembre.

Aunque las comidas para el año escolar 2021-2022 se proporcionarán gratuitas a todos los estudiantes del Distrito 518, se anima a todas las familias que llenen el formulario para este beneficio antes del 29 de septiembre, para ver si se califica para otros beneficios como, reducción de cuotas de actividades o becas para las clases de educación comunitaria. La solicitud se puede llenar en cualquier momento durante el año escolar, pero si se presenta la solicitud antes del 30 de septiembre, esto puede ayudar al Distrito 518 a calificar para fondos adicionales. La solicitud se debe presentar todos los años, así que, aunque usted haya presentado esta solicitud anteriormente, es importante volver a presentar dicha solicitud antes del 29 de septiembre. Si usted necesita ayuda para llenar la solicitud, llame a Adriana al teléfono 507-370-3682.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Formulario para el beneficio de alimentación escolar

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No School

All District 518 schools will be closed on Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 7.

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Information for Start of 2021 Schoolyear

Letter from Superintendent Landgaard

August 4, 2021

ISD 518 Families,

The new school year is quickly approaching with the first planned day of school to be Monday, August 30 for the Middle School, High School and Learning Center and August 31st for Prairie Elementary. We are excited to have students and staff back in the building in a more normal format. District 518 will still have to abide by various requirements and precautions as required along with some additional pieces, but overall it will be a more normal model.

So, what will the expectations for the start of the school year be? 

  • All individuals that are riding a school bus/van must wear masks. This is a Federal mandate.
  • All individuals may wear a mask during the school day and/or other times, but it is optional. Any individual not vaccinated is encouraged to wear a mask.
  • School buildings will be encouraging social distancing, but will not require a specific distance (such as 3 feet) as previously utilized.
  • Encouragement to wash hands regularly.
  • Individuals that are sick are encouraged to stay home. Quarantining of individuals will be based on symptoms and close contacts of any identified cases of COVID-19. District 518 will continue to follow the MDH/CDC requirements for quarantine.
  • Lunchrooms are planned to be traditionally operated.
  • The district will continue additional cleaning as needed to ensure a safe learning environment.
  • Visitations will be discouraged and ISD 518 may limit outside access to buildings to avoid exposures.
  • The district has an online option for individuals who choose an alternative education format. The District’s online opportunity is the current VIBE program.

Further guidance may require adjustments to these plans. As of today, we intend to operate at as close to a traditional educational model as possible while following what is currently required of the school district.

With less than a month until the first day of school, the district will continue to address any adjustments that may need to happen. We hope that you will have a wonderful time over the remaining summer and are able to enjoy the warm weather.

If you would have questions regarding the start of the school year, please feel free to contact your student’s school so that we can all get off to a great start of a new year.

Respectfully,

John Landgaard, Superintendent


Para las familias de ISD 518,

Se acerca el nuevo año escolar con el primer día de clases planeado para el lunes 30 de agosto para las escuelas Middle School, High School, Learning Center, la escuela primaria Prairie inicia clases el 31 de agosto. Estamos contentos de tener de regreso a los estudiantes y empleados en un formato de enseñanza más normal. Aun así, el distrito 518 tiene que cumplir con varios requisitos, precauciones y exigencias adicionales, pero en general, será un modelo de enseñanza más normal.

Así que, ¿cuál serán las expectativas para el inicio del año escolar? 

  • todos los estudiantes que viajen en autobús o en una camioneta deberán usar mascarillas; esto es una orden federal.
  • todos los estudiantes pueden usar mascarilla durante el día de clases o en otros momentos, pero esto es opcional, cualquier estudiante que no esté vacunado se le exhorta usar mascarilla.
  • se exhorta al distanciamiento social en todas las escuelas, pero esto no exige un distanciamiento específico (como el de 3 pies) que se hizo anteriormente.
  • se incentiva el lavado de manos regularmente
  • el estudiante que se enferme debe quedarse en casa, la cuarentena de estudiantes se basará en los síntomas y contactos cercanos de cualquier caso identificado de COVID-19. El distrito 518 continuará cumpliendo con los requisitos de MDH/CDC en cuanto a la cuarentena.
  • se planea tener los comedores operando normalmente.
  • el distrito continuará la limpieza adicional según sea necesario para garantizar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro.
  • se sugiere evitar las visitas, el ISD518 podría limitar el acceso de visitantes a las escuelas para evitar riesgo de infección.
  • el distrito tiene la opción de aprendizaje digital para aquellos estudiantes que opten por un formato alterno de aprendizaje y la opción que proporciona el distrito es el programa VIBE.

Podríamos recibir otras instrucciones que harían que estos planes se tengan que ajustar, hasta el día de hoy, tenemos la intención de operar lo más cerca posible al modelo de educación tradicional, mientras se cumple con lo que en la actualidad se exige al distrito.

Con menos de un mes para el primer día de clases, el distrito le mantendrá informando acerca de cualquier ajuste que se tenga que hacer; esperamos que tengan un maravilloso resto de verano y disfruten del clima cálido.

Si tiene preguntas en cuanto al inicio del año escolar, no dude en comunicarse a la escuela donde su estudiante asiste, para que así podamos tener un buen inicio de año escolar.

Atentamente,

John Landgaard

Superintendente

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Trojan Field Lights In Use Tonight (June 16, 2021)

The lights will be on at Trojan Field throughout the night tonight as a crew works to add the finishing touches to the track surface. For the best results, the weather must be mild including a little wind as possible. Currently, the track (and tarp covered turf) are prepped for the finishing coats and look pretty strange! We are excited to see the final result of the new track surface!

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Summer Meal Program

Summer meals at no cost are available to all kids age 18 and younger at participating sites. Adult meals are available for $4.50 per meal. To eat, just show up!

Las comidas de verano son gratuitas y están disponibles en sitios participantes para todos los niños de 18 años de edad y menores. Hay comidas para adultos disponibles a $4.50 por comida. Para comer, ¡sólo hay que estar presente!

Click here for more information

Locations: Learning Center, Worthington Middle School, Worthington YMCA, Prairie Elementary, West Learning Center, Worthington High School, Millard Walker Park, Pirtles Park, US Army Reserve Center, Watland Park, and Grace Community Church.

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ISD 518 Summer Program Health and Safety Plan

ISD 518 Summer Program Health and Safety Plan (PREPAREDNESS PLAN) – 2021

PLAN GOALS AND EXPLANATION

Independent School District 518 is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our staff and students. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following Health Safety Plan in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health concerns. Administrators/Supervisors and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and that requires full cooperation among our staff, students and administrators. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our workers and workplaces.

We are transitioning from state required safety restrictions to health recommendations. COVID still exists and we need to have plans to mitigate the effect of COVID on our staff and students during our summer programs. 

Administrators/Supervisors and workers are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this Health Safety Plan. Our workers are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our workers working at Worthington Public Schools. Our Health Safety Plan follows best practice recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines.

SCREENING AND POLICIES FOR EMPLOYEES SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

District staff have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Independent School District 518has implemented practices that promote workers staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. Employees will follow their contracts for applicable leave options. The district will follow federal and state law regarding authorized leaves.

All staff will be asked to assess how they are feeling each day that they come to a district site by reviewing the Minnesota Department of Health health screening checklist. If they feel ill or have symptoms identified with COVID-19, they are asked to stay home and self-monitor. As soon as practical, they should seek to have a test completed to determine their status. If staying home, they will communicate with their direct supervisor and use the absence management system to enter the information.

If an employee at work becomes ill or experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will communicate with the front office and immediately leave the building, keeping space from others. In their call to the office, they will include who they have worked with in the past 48 hours and locations in the building they have been.  

Independent School District 518 will follow Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines on contacting staff who may have been exposed and ask them to self-monitor for any symptoms. As guidelines are updated, the district will notify employees. District 518 will ask employees who may have been in contact with someone testing positive to schedule for a COVID test as soon as practical.

Independent School District 518 will follow all federal and state laws and district policies regarding the privacy of employee health records and release of information. The school district does not have a roster of staff or students who have been vaccinated. Each building has a designated administrator/designee who oversees this plan and responds to positive cases or quarantine cases as a part of contact tracing.

HAND WASHING

All staff and students are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially when working with shared items, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom. All visitors to Independent School District 518 will be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands prior to or immediately upon entering the facility.

Hand-sanitizer dispensers are at entrances and locations throughout buildings to be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled. Our custodial teams will check the status of the hand sanitizers on a regular basis.

RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE: COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE

Staff, students and visitors are instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available in each classroom and by restrooms.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social distancing continues to be recommended. This summer, there will be staff and students who may not have been vaccinated. Please social distance to the extent possible between staff, students and visitors in the school buildings.

The following social distancing guidelines will remain in our school buildings during summer programming:

  • Each front office may maintain the clear shields that are installed near the secretaries to minimize exposure to airborne particles.
  • Water bottle filling stations remain operable and recommended to refill water bottles.
  • Water fountains have been disabled or are not available for use.
  • The number of people in a classroom will follow recommendations from MDE and MDH. As this guidance changes, Independent School District 518 will update its plans.
  • Personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, shields, gowns, etc.) will be available at each building.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment will be worn when staff are working in close proximity of students for education, toileting, transporting or responding to behaviors.
  • Staff will limit the sharing of equipment and instructional supplies outside of their classrooms/offices. 
  • Disinfectant and cleaning supplies will be provided in each office to clean and shared items (phone, copier, printers, etc.) throughout the day. Staff will use gloves when cleaning with disinfectant. Building lead custodians will provide the necessary cleaning items and provide training on how to use them.

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings are no longer required in school buildings for employees. Employees may choose to wear a face covering as a precaution this summer. Many of the students will not have received their vaccination at the time summer programs begin. Guidance on face coverings will be updated throughout the summer months.

All students and staff may consider wearing face coverings. In some rooms, teachers may require students to wear face coverings if social distancing is not possible.

Outdoor activities do not require a face covering.

During transportation to and from Independent School District 518 facilities, students are required to wear masks as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education Return to Summer School Plan.

Types of allowable face coverings include:

  • Paper or disposable mask
  • Cloth face mask
  • Neck gaiter
  • Scarf
  • Religious face covering

The covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear.

Face coverings should not be placed on anyone under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance or anyone who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition.

CLEANING, DISINFECTION AND VENTILATION

Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces and areas in the work environment such as classrooms, offices, restrooms, break rooms, lunch rooms and meeting rooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings and copy machines. Building custodians will perform the scheduled cleaning using disinfecting/cleaning products approved by the Center for Disease Control/Minnesota Department of Health.

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfectant supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.  Supplies for disinfecting hard surfaces will be provided by custodians upon request and monitored for refilling as necessary.

Spray bottles and wipes may be used for larger spaces including countertops, desks and tables. For smaller workstations and personal items, disposable wipes will be provided as available.  Gloves should be worn when using either of these products and care should be taken when spraying to not spray in the direction of other people’s faces. Surfaces should be allowed to air dry for maximum effectiveness of the disinfectant.

The maximum amount of fresh air is being brought into the workplace. Air recirculation is being limited and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. Steps are also being taken to minimize airflow blowing across people. Independent School District 518’s building ventilation systems have been reprogrammed to increase the amount of outside air brought into each space in the building. This increase is monitored by our automation system by measuring the amount of CO2 present at different monitoring stations and modifying fan speed and damper position to meet this requirement. The increased air is then tempered to provide comfort for building occupants.

COMMUNICATIONS AND TRAINING

This Health Safety Plan will be communicated via email and posted in our school offices and staff workrooms by June, 2021. Administrators/Supervisors will be monitoring how effective the program has been implemented. Administrators/Supervisors and workers are to work through this health safety program together and update the training as necessary. This Health Safety Plan has been created by Independent School District 518 and was posted throughout the workplace June, 2021. It may be updated as necessary.

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