February 1 Reopening Pathways 1 and 2
Dear Focus Beyond Transition Services Family:
We are excited to welcome students back to school beginning Monday, February 1. A reminder that there is no instruction next week, January 25-29, to allow staff time to prepare for in-person learning and the Virtual Learning School. For Pathways 1 & 2 in person Focus Beyond Transition Services programs begin full-time in-person learning will begin February 1. All Virtual Learning School students will also start on February 1. Reminder that Pathway 3 students will remain in distance learning at this time.
SPPS is following all of the requirements and recommendations laid out in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan for all in-person learners. The latest information is posted at spps.org/reopen on a regular basis; please check back often and look for additional updates as we get closer to the start date.
We are working to reassign students and teachers to their new in-person or Virtual Learning School classes. If your student will be working with a new teacher, that teacher will be reaching out to you personally if they have not done so already.
Students must be dropped off outside school building entrances. Students cannot be escorted by family members to their classrooms or anywhere else inside the building. In addition, families will not be allowed to have lunch, observe a class, volunteer, or engage in any other activities in school buildings. Focus Beyond will have 2 designated parking spots in front of the main entrance with our phone number listed, if you need to pick up or drop off your child, please park in one of these spaces and call the number then the receptionist will notify the classroom and staff will come outside to you, there is no need to leave your vehicle.
Please look for a postcard in the mail next week with bus route information. Face coverings are required for all bus aides and bus drivers. Community Experiences-As a reminder, no students will be going into the community for recreation or work sites at this time. It will be ok to be outside for walking trips only. Students and staff will not be allowed to enter into businesses for everyone’s safety.
Families should familiarize themselves with these guidelines, which are updated regularly and cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, exclusion guidance, and the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System.
Families should conduct a health screening every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day. If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, do not send them to school. Please report the absence and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System as soon as possible.
Safety is our number one priority. We will have many precautions in place in our schools and our buses to keep our students and staff safe. Below are some considerations to take when sending your child to school.
- Does the student have a new cough or sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Does the student have shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Does the student have a fever of 100.3 or higher?
- Has the student recently lost their sense of taste or smell?
- Does the student live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19?
If ‘YES’ to any of the above questions DO NOT send your child to school. If students arrive sick, they will be sent home.
Isolating Sick Students
Students who become sick during the school day will be isolated (under supervision) until they can be picked up. It is important that sick students are picked up as soon as possible to limit the risk to other students and staff. Please have a working phone number for us to reach you.
The deadline to enroll in the Virtual Learning School was Monday, January 11. All Virtual Learning School students will start on February 1. If you wish at any time to withdraw your student from in-person school and transition to virtual school that can be done within a day. However if you wish to leave virtual school and enroll into in-person learning the student will be put on a waiting list. In-person learning is dependent upon staff and classroom availability.
More information on specific details about our reopening will be available on the Focus Beyond website under the news headline “February 1 Reopening” located on the right-hand side of the homepage. This will open up a copy of this letter with live links to more documents with information on each topic.
We look forward to welcoming students back in person. Please know that we are ready to provide a rich learning environment, but it will look a little different than it did when we were all in person together. Groups of students will be smaller and they will stay together as cohorts. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your case manager or call the front office at 651-293-5997
Lisa Carrigan - Focus Beyond Transition Services Principal