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Family and Student Resources for Distance Learning

Registrations and Applications:

Dashboard

Washington County Case Data

updated Thursday, November 27 at 4:25pm

*14-day case rate per 10,000 people by date of specimen collection

*Please note that previous weeks numbers may be adjusted slightly as data is verified

Disclaimers for the “Adjusted” rate:

When Will St. Croix Prep Change Models?

Migration to different models based on the Washington County Case Data

More Restrictive

In-Person to Hybrid

Hybrid to Distance

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Less Restrictive

Distance to Hybrid

Hybrid to In-Person

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks or more below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

MN Safe Learning Model Options:

Case Range

Learning Model Option

LS

MS

US

0-9

In person learning for all students

10-19

Elementary in-person

Middle/Upper School Hybrid

20-29

Hybrid learning for all students

30-49

Elementary Hybrid

Middle/Upper School Distance

50

Distance Learning for all students

Updates for Friday, November 20

World's Best Workforce Meeting

Wednesday, November 25 at 9:30 am

The annual World’s Best Workforce meeting will be on Wednesday, November 25 at 9:30 am. The meeting will take place via Zoom.

Distance Learning Support

Prep is committed to our families to help them through the upcoming weeks in Distance Learning. We care about you, we value you and will be here to listen to suggestions and offer support. Medora Benson, our District Support Coordinator, will be your point of contact to support our families during Distance Learning.

As always, you are encouraged to contact your students’ teachers and/or division principals at any time.

We Need You! We Are Hiring NOW!

St. Croix Prep is Hiring NOW!

Do you know someone who loves to work with kids and is available during the school day? We would welcome your referrals. We are hiring a classroom Education Assistant for Lower School and Special Education Paras for all schools. If you or someone you know has a willingness to work with children in classrooms and support students on site, we would love to talk with you! No special certification required.

We are also in need of substitute EAs and teachers.

Order Prep Spirit Wear!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

The Branding Wearhouse will run their annual 15% off everything on orders placed between November 26 and through November 30. This applies to new orders only. Items will ship/deliver in time for the holidays.

Use promo code BFW15OFF

Upper School Yearbooks on Sale

$55 through 12/31/2020

The 2020-2021 Upper School yearbooks are available to order through Balfour.  These yearbooks are $55 through 12/31/2020. Get yours now before the price goes up!

All Students Eat Breakfast and Lunch for Free Through the School Year

Families need not apply for free/reduced lunch to receive free meals

Breakfasts and lunches are requested via the form linked below and picked up by families. 
  • Meals are available to any childage 18 or younger in your family. 
  • Meals will include lunch as well as breakfast items for the following week. Meals will only be provided for scheduled school days. Meals will not be provided on holidays or scheduled days off. 
  • Meals will be distributed on a first come/first served basis, with preference to those families that pre-register. You will be asked to pre-register here.  
  • Cut off time for requesting meals for the following week is 7:00 am on Thursday.
  • Families can pick up meals between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at St. Croix Prep on the Friday preceding the week for which meals have been ordered. Meals will be distributed from the north ‘back’ cafeteria door (the school’s ‘bus’ entrance – Door 5).  
  • Only families who qualify for free/reduced meals may elect to have meals delivered to their home. 
Note: Due to NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 27, meal pick up for the week of November 30-December 4 will be on Monday, November 30 from 11:15-12:30 pm.

Please email Marianne Thole, Food Service Director, with any questions. And, please stop by to pick up your child(ren)’s meals. We’re expecting you!

Registration for Chromebooks

Please register for your Chromebook needs for distance learning days. You will be notified as soon as we have a Chromebook available for your use.

Tier 1 Essential Worker Distance Learning Support Registration

If your family has two Tier 1 Essential Workers in your home and need to register for childcare/distance learning support.

MDH Guidelines for the Holidays

Important Message from the Health Office

As we enter into distance learning we would like to remind families to continue to notify the Health Office of student illness, including Covid test results. We will continue to track
this data as it will help us when returning to in person learning (full or hybrid) in January. We appreciate you helping us with this endeavor. Take care and be safe and healthy!

~ Nurse Candace

Celebrate Thanksgiving During COVID-19

An article from the CDC on suggestions for celebrating the upcoming holiday:

How to Travel During COVID-19

YSB Counselor, Amy Riedel, Available for Office Hours

8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays

We are excited to announce Ms. Riedel, the YSB counselor, is available for office hours and individual sessions with students. She will be seeing students virtually between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Tips for Self-Motivation

Amy Riedel, our Youth Service Bureau Counselor, shares some helpful tips to encourage self-motivation in children.

How Do Kids Become More Self-Motivated?

Autonomy. Plain and simple.

How do we support kids in developing a healthy sense of control and autonomy?

So much of it comes back to us, as healthy adults and role models, being willing to give up some control. We must realize that it is not our job to fix our kids’ problems, but instead, give them skills to learn how to solve their own problems, and give grace when they make mistakes.   We want to help them to feel empowered to make choices that are meaningful for them. Stress is contagious, so another important thing we can do is manage our own stress and anxiety, especially around students.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Shop Now Through November 22

Shop online and support our Lower School and Middle School. Orders over $25 ship home for free!

Athletics and Activities

Per Governor’s Executive Order, MSHSL Sports/Activities on “4 Week Pause”

Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 yesterday. In that order he paused all MSHSL activities and athletics for four weeks.
What does that mean for our activities and athletics at St. Croix Prep?

Unfortunately fall athletics and/or activities that were still participating are now finished. You should expect an email from your coach/advisor with details about a possible virtual banquet and how to turn in equipment.
 
Winter sports and activities that were prepared to start within the next couple of weeks will plan on resuming in person activities on December 19. Please understand that schedules including tryouts, practice times, and competitions that were already in place are subject to change. Individual sport coaches and advisors will be reaching out with scheduling updates as soon as that information becomes available to us.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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Updates for Thursday, November 19

November 17 Board Meeting Summary

The following is a summary of the November 17 board meeting:

Acceptance of the 2019-2020 Audit
Once again, the 2019-2020 review reflected a “clean” audit, an increase in fund balance to nearly 32%, and meeting the school’s financial goals. Please contact Kelly Gutierrez is you would like a copy of the audit reports.

Committee to evaluate transition to less restrictive learning model
The board established a committee to consider further planning on details related to transitions to less restrictive learning models. This committee will begin work in December.

Board Meeting on January 7
The board set up a meeting for January 7 at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be used to discuss county case rate data, work of the aforementioned committee, board vacancies/election, and other relevant business.

Per Governor’s Executive Order:

MSHSL Sports/Activities on “4 Week Pause”

Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 yesterday. In that order he paused all MSHSL activities.

Organized Youth Sports. Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. i. “Organized Youth Sports” means any sports activity, where participants are children or adolescents, organized by an entity, association, club, or organization providing for registration of participants and oversight on a regular basis for a defined period of time. Sports activities within this definition include all sports offered by schools (public and nonpublic), the Minnesota State High School League, or similar organizations, as well as dance, cheerleading, and other sports traditionally offered by supplemental associations or organizations.

We will plan on resuming these activities on December 19. If you have any questions, please contact Rich Dippel or Keven Seim.

COVID-19 Testing

IN STILLWATER AND ST. CROIX PREP​

Based on our November 12 board meeting, we have been in discussion with our Regional Support team regarding Covid-19 testing at St. Croix Prep. Due to time restrictions, we were unable to coordinate testing at St. Croix Prep – although we plan to offer this during the week of January 4 and January 11. In the meantime, feel free to visit the testing site at Stillwater Armory. Relevant information is noted below:

Testing Dates:

Testing Location:

Stillwater Armory

350 Maryknoll Dr N

Stillwater, MN 55082

Scheduled an Appointment

What to Expect:

Walkthrough of Test Site:

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St. Croix Prep Board Votes on Learning Model - November 12

St. Croix Prep Community,

Last evening the St. Croix Prep board met in a special meeting to approve guidelines for learning model transitions, determine if a learning model decision was appropriate, and make a decision related to Activities if a learning model decision was approved. The following is a SUMMARY of the board actions on the November 12 Meeting:

APPROVED:

Learning Model Transition Guidelines

*All Learning Model transitions are done in consultation with MDE/MDE Regional Support Team, with consideration of case rates within the St. Croix Prep community, and St. Croix Prep's ability to provide staffing at each learning level. Up to two staff planning days will be scheduled before the learning model begins.

More Restrictive

In-Person to Hybrid

Hybrid to Distance

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Less Restrictive

Distance to Hybrid

Hybrid to In-Person

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks or more below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

APPROVED:

Distance Learning Transition for K-12 students:

Friday, November 20

Planning Day

No school; this day will be used by faculty as a transition planning day. Note: The school is allowed five transition planning days throughout the year.

Monday, November 23

Distance Learning Begins​

Wednesday, January 20

Planned Return to Hybrid​

This is the start of Q3. Upon return to school on Wednesday, January 20, we will plan on resuming the current hybrid (Blue/Gold) schedule. In the beginning of January, we will begin to refine this planning and address requests to transition between learning models.

Details of the decision-making process are noted below:

1.

Case Rate Data for Washington County

Based on the case rate data released yesterday all divisions of our school have met the guidelines for consideration of transition from Hybrid to Distance. Note: In previous meetings, the Board has defined “elementary” as K-4 (Lower School) and “secondary” as 5-12 (Middle School and Upper School). In addition, the Board has recognized that there may be different learning models for each of these.

2.

Regional Support Team Meeting

Yesterday, St. Croix Prep Covid Response team members and members of our Board met with the Regional Support Team (e.g Coordinator, MDH and MDE personnel). In that meeting, they strongly recommended that our entire school move to a distance learning model by Thanksgiving; they highlighted the increasing case rates, the anticipated continuation of this, along with the family gatherings/celebrations they anticipate occurring over the next few weeks. Regarding, the return date of January 20, they expressed more comfort with this date, as opposed to January 4, which would still be in the incubation period of holiday celebrations.

3.

Staffing at St. Croix Prep

Since the start of school, our administrative team has indicated this would be the largest challenge during this pandemic. Over the past week we have needed to find coverage for nearly 20 employees each day, with these numbers continuing to increase.

4.

Internal Health Data

Over the past three weeks we have seen steady Covid-19 positive cases with our employees and students. Prior to this week, we were confident in stating that these cases were not the result of in-school transmission. Now we are not sure. Note: We will attempt to update our Dashboard today, but we might not be able to do this until Monday.

APPROVED:

Continuation of Activities

In accordance with current guidance from the MSHSL and actions of surrounding districts, St. Croix Prep will continue with its activities programming.

Finally, but very important, we all acknowledge that student in-person learning is best; and this is what all of us want. We are seeking ways to make this a possibility as soon as we can (e.g. weekly testing). We are hoping the case rates subside over the next weeks as we continue to plan for our return to school.

We will send out additional communication beginning on Monday regarding plans to assist families during this distance learning period, our essential worker childcare, options available to those students receiving special education services, technology needs, and meal service availability.

Flight Plan Updates

Missed an Update?

We will be collecting all of the updates since the July 31 in the "Updates" page of our Flight Plan.

How We Prep

Schools today focus on giving children an education to help them get a job or gain acceptance to a college. We’re not this kind of school – our purpose far exceeds this.

We don’t just prepare students for a job or college, we prepare young people for life.

We partner with parents who are invested in their child’s future, and are committed to their children not just surviving in life, but thriving in life.

We combine a classical education with our culture of character to help children not just reach their career or educational goals, but to reach their life goals.

St. Croix Prep. Prep For Life.

K-12 Environment

One place to call home.

One building, managed by one administrative team, allows for a tightly integrated curriculum scripted with intentional scope and sequence beginning in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

You Won't Get Lost

You Are Familiar.

With a small enrollment, all students will receive personalized attention, permitting a low student/teacher ratio and membership in a mutually supportive community of learners.

Classical Education

Time Tested.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy was founded on a classical model of education, grounded in the time-tested methodology of the Trivium. Our model focuses on providing students with the lifelong educational tools to learn and think for themselves.

Character

Preparing For Life.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy purposefully sets high expectations for all students, staff, and parents. The school places more emphasis on character development, respect, self-organization, responsibility, self-discipline and leadership than a traditional public school.

Paideia Seminars

Thinking Put Into Practice.

The Paideia Seminar is a formal discussion in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, think critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others.

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