Information about COVID-19 and the coronavirus

Roseville Area Schools is responding to COVID-19

Please note: We have a new webpage dedicated to our plans for reopening schools in September. Please visit isd623.org/reopening to learn more about our plans!

Minnesota—like the rest of the U.S. and world—is experiencing a pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Visit this page regularly for updates by typing isd623.org/COVID19 in your browser.

Important information

Governor Tim Walz ordered all Minnesota public schools closed to shift to distance learning beginning March 30, 2020, and continuing through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Read Executive Order 20-41. 

This webpage has information on a number of topics about our schools and COVID-19, including:

We understand that closing schools causes strain, stress and inconvenience in our community. We are committed to providing our students, families and staff updated regularly through this time.

Free meals during school closure and into summer

Access this information in Spanish, Karen, Amharic, Somali, Hmong, Nepali and Oromo.

Even though summer is here, we are making breakfast and lunch available to students at three pick up sites and distributed at more than 20 locations throughout the district on our largest volume bus routes. We are providing meals at no cost to all children 18 and under. We do not require student identification. 

Beginning June 10, meals can be picked up curbside between 8 - 10 a.m. at these three school locations:

  • Brimhall Elementary, 1744 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113
  • Central Park Elementary, 535 County Road B2 West, Roseville, MN 55113
  • Little Canada Elementary, 400 Eli Road, Little Canada, MN 55117

We have more than 20 additional meal pick-up locations along our highest-need bus routes. To find out when and where to pick up meals in the community, and to find local businesses offering free meals, visit the Roseville Food Map.

If you are in need of food for your children and unable to pick up at these locations or bus stops, please fill out this survey and we will help make sure you have food access. Home deliveries of meals occur between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Each delivery and pick up will include two meals as well as the option for additional shelf-stable food provided by our partners at The Sheridan Story as well as through generous community donations.

Did you know that we operate a food shelf at Roseville Area High School? It is open to any family in our district. Learn more about the Roseville Area Schools Food Shelf.

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Distance learning

Following Governor Walz's executive order, we offered distance learning from March 30 through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health will issue guidance to all Minnesota schools about what the next school year will look like. Until we know what the state will allow, we are currently planning for three scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year:

  1. A return to in-person learning.
  2. A continuation of distance learning.
  3. A hybrid, or mix, of in-person and distance learning. It is likely that in a hybrid scenario, families will have the option to choose full distance learning as an alternative.

Distance-learning plans for spring 2020 for each of our schools are available:

Does your family need internet access?

Information about 2020 Advanced Placement testing.

We always have learning resources available on our website for students in prekindergarten through sixth grade. With public libraries closed, we have a Library Resources website that offers ways for students to continue using the library while at home. These resources are not part of the district's distance learning plan.

Technology and learning materials

We have provided devices to students who do not have iPads or Chromebooks to participate in distance learning. If you need internet access and/or a device, please complete this technology survey.

Paper learning materials, when necessary, will be sent home biweekly via U.S. Postal Service. Schools will send additional information about learning materials.

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Attendance

We will assume positive attendance for all students and will monitor signs of engagement with teachers via email/messages, assignment submission, participation in synchronous learning, logging into Seesaw (for elementary students) and Schoology (for secondary). We will reach out to students and families if we are not seeing signs of engagement.

Grading and report cards

Distance learning provides new challenges to our students, families and staff. Teachers are focused on the most critical things for students to learn and also help students see how they are progressing towards those learning targets.

Teachers will assign work, provide feedback and grade work. Recognizing that families may be dealing with numerous challenges that impact their day-to-day lives, there will be no penalties for late work.

Grading in elementary

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be given a grade on the report card where their teacher can confidently mark a student's progress. In areas where the teacher is not able to confidently mark a student's progress, they will be marked as NE (not evaluated). 

Progress reports for students with disabilities will be completed as stated in the student's IEP/IDLP.

Grading in secondary

Students in grades seven and eight will receive a "Pass" or "No Mark" for their final grade in trimester 3. Trimester 3 grades will not impact final year-end grades.

Students in grades 9 – 12 will receive a "Pass" or "No Mark" for their final grade in trimester 3. However, students can request a final letter grade if there is an extenuating circumstance, such as possible NCAA eligibility or college entrance requirements. 

Fees

Refunds have been issued. Fees paid by check or cash were both paid by check and sent to parents'/guardians' homes via U.S. Postal Service.  

Meals: Unused lunch balances will remain in student accounts until utilized. If a refund is preferred, please call nutrition services at 651-628-6445.

Athletics and activities: Due to complexities in athletic and activity fees, a plan for each activity is being developed and will be communicated when available.

Transportation fees and parking permits: Multi-term permit holders will receive a partial refund of their fees and Trimester 3 parking permits will be reimbursed in their entirety.

Know the facts about COVID-19 in Minnesota

We want to ensure that this health risk does not stigmatize or isolate certain populations of students and families based on discriminatory beliefs. COVID-19 is not connected to any race, ethnicity or nationality. Discrimination and stigmas will not fight this illness. Please follow these links for the latest accurate information about COVID-19.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Practice good hygiene habits to avoid the spread of illness and to help keep you and your family healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Be critical of what you read online

Remember that during times like these, social media can become a space where facts are difficult to separate from rumors and misinformation. Please be critical of information you may hear that does not come from a trusted official source, like the district itself or state agencies. We remain committed to keeping families and staff up-to-date with accurate and timely information as often as possible during these rapidly changing and unprecedented times.

Talking to students about COVID-19

The National Association of School Psychologists has published Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource. It contains excellent information for families. National Public Radio has published a child-friendly comic that answers what experts believe children may want to know about the new coronavirus and COVID-19. It may help decrease students’ concerns and worries about the virus.

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Resources

The Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative (SRFC) has compiled a Resource List of Basic Needs that includes important information about getting resources and assistance on numerous topics, including crisis support, domestic violence, financial assistance, food, homelessness, legal services, refugee and immigrant resources, self-care, unemployment and much more.

This is a difficult time for students, families and staff. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room. If you have an urgent mental health message and you want to talk with someone, but it is not an emergency, please call one of the Ramsey County Mental Health resources below. If you are not a Ramsey County resident, Ramsey County will direct you to your county mental health agencies and provide contact information.

  • Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
  • Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878

In addition, if you are looking for COVID-19 resources, you can contact the COVID-19 Hotlines:

  • School, childcare and business questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.
  • Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Previous messages to families

We know that we've sent more messages to families than is typical. If you are looking for something we've previously said about our schools and COVID-19, below is a link to each email on the topic we have sent. We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community. If you have further questions, please email communications@isd623.org.

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