Fertile-Beltrami School Closure Updates

Links and websites to follow:

Required iPad/Device Check Out Form
FB Staff Directory and Contact Information
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom
School Closure Letter sent out to parents/guardians
MN Department of Health
Center for Disease Control

Friday, March 27th Updates

High School Students- you can find information on how to access your distance learning classes and activities by clicking on the Google Classroom link on the FB Website

High School Students - If you haven’t already been added to a course, HS teachers will send you your codes on Sunday to join your classes- so check your school email then!

Thursday, March 26th Updates

Access to the building and grounds will be restricted to Custodial, Instructional, Food Service, Paraprofessional, and Transportation employees only, until May 4th, 2020.

For deliveries or other requests to access buildings and grounds- please contact Superintendent Brian Clarke at 218-945-6983 or bclarke@isd599.org

The FB Distance Learning Plan is posted right above the CoronaVirus Updates button on the FB website.

Distance learning material distribution letter sent out today thru Synergy.

Wednesday, March 25th Updates

Governor Walz provided updates and new executive orders to Minnesotans today (you should be able to see a summary online)

The update for Fertile-Beltrami: We will begin Distance Learning for our students March 30th, 2020 to April 30th, 2020. An updated status beyond that will be provided at a later time

Look for details of the Distance Learning Plan to be posted on the district website tomorrow.

Reminder: fill out the form to pick up ipad for grades PreK-6.

Tuesday, March 24th Updates

MN will seek a waiver from the Federal Government to exempt students from taking MCA tests this spring.

Reminder: Parent Teacher Conferences have been postponed as staff continue to plan for Distance Learning.

Please make sure to check the Interactive Calendar on the District Website for postponements or cancellations.

For families in need of internet connectivity for distance learning, please contact Garden Valley or Arvig Enterprises for more information depending upon your service area location.

Please remain in your vehicles when picking up ipad/device.

Monday, March 23rd Updates

Busy day for teaching staff as they continue to work on our Distance Learning Plan.

We are putting together a plan to roll out Ipad devices for Pre-school thru 6th grade students - Checkout form required

Parents of 7-12 grade students may also use this form if they do not have a school laptop. - Checkout form required

We are planning curb-side pickup of the device March 25-27th.

We definitely miss having students here!

Friday, March 20th updates

Parents/Students- our mission during this 8 day closure (3-18-2020 thru 3-27-2020) has been to create a plan and process to deliver education in a distance learning model.

The Governor’s Office and MN Dept of Education will make the call whether school will resume on 3-30-20, either on-site or using a distance learning model. I do not have guidance yet- when they will make that call.

Things our staff have been working on to develop the distance learning plan to date include a technology component using internet connectivity (ipads or laptops for students). Other elements might include packet materials and a plan for distributing work from home to school (we’ll review CDC guidelines before implementing).

We will put in place a schedule to assign ipads to elementary students early next week. 7-12 students without laptops- will have a schedule too! Look for information regarding time/date/location next week.

Garden Valley Technologies has graciously provided a base internet package to students. Please contact GV for information, 800-448-8260.

Parent teacher conferences next week are postponed as we are using this school closure time to ramp up our distance learning process.

Be assured I will communicate information as soon as it becomes available! I feel very confident we will find a way or make a way--Fertile-Beltrami community and school always step up to a challenge! --Mr. Clarke

Thursday, March 19th updates

Governor Walz has directed the Commissioner of Education to close all Minnesota school districts and charter schools to students from Wednesday, March 18, until Friday, March 27, to allow educators and staff time to prepare for distance learning and continuity of essential services.

All Fertile-Beltrami School events and activities from Wednesday March 18 thru Friday, March 27, 2020 have been postponed. We might have to cancel or postpone additional activities (relying on CDC guidelines) but if there’s a way to delay or push things to a later time and still have them- that is goal number 1! So keep hope!

All Fertile-Beltrami Staff will report to work as usual to prepare distance learning services for students. It’s all hands on deck to prepare and plan!

During this time both food service for students and daycare for school aged students of Emergency workers is available. Contact Jen/Alley at school for additional information.

Information changes quickly- we will provide updates through the School District Website and Synergy.

Our mission and goal for our students- deliver education services to keep everyone on track for grade level completion and graduation!