Updates for Friday, August 14
This communication will provide additional information related to our school meetings this week.
Thank you for Participating in our Webinar!
On Wednesday, over 200 people participated in our webinar which highlighted the learning model decision criteria evaluated by the board and the many ways St. Croix Prep has prepared for the upcoming school year. This included discussion of facilities, new technology, and the many new health services procedures. Nearly 100 questions were answered; and just as important, we received many great ideas on ways to meet and support the needs of our students and families. Thank you!
MN Safe Learning Plan - Revisited
- NOTE: As discussed in our board meeting and webinar, the most critical factor impacting learning models appears to be the quarantine/isolation requirements (e.g. 10 days/14 days based on situation) which can have immediate and significant impact on staffing and on-site enrollment.
- COVID-19 County Case Data: Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan uses the number of Covid-19 cases by county over 14 days per 10,000 people. Given the county’s case rate, schools have the flexibility of opening in the following models:
- Model Applied to St. Croix Prep. St. Croix Prep is located in Washington County. At the time of the Governor’s announcement (July 30), Washington County’s current case rate was 14.84. Revised case rate data is released every Thursday. The August 13 Washington County case rate is 16.66. Per the MDH, the following is the Washington County historical case rate data:
- July 19 to August 1 – 16.66
- July 12 to July 25 – 15.71
- July 5 to July 18 – 15.00
- June 28 to July 11 – 12.71
- June 21 to July 4 – 10.74
We will continue to communicate information related to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan. AND, since our first day of school is on August 31, you will now be receiving a lot of communication related to preparation for that first day. This information will come from this newsletter and from those published by each of the Principals/Directors.
- Healthcare and public health
- Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
- Food and agriculture
- Judicial Branch (essential services)
- National Guard
- Educators and school staff caring for children of any critical worker
- Child care providers caring for children of any critical worker
You will be asked to provide verification of employment (letter from your employer or recent pay-stub) when registering your child(ren). Registration for Distance Learning Support will be available next week.
YCare Availability to St. Croix Prep Families.
The YMCA will offer fee-based extended (before and after school) childcare each weekday and school release day, in the St. Croix Prep cafeteria. Exact hours and registration information will be shared next week. This is open to all K-6 St. Croix Prep students.
Chromebooks Available to Checkout
To improve students’ distance-learning experience, the school will checkout Chromebooks to families. At this time, the school has a limited number of devices available to be checked out. Chromebook request forms will be made available next week.
Tommy Hilfiger Uniform Sale
Go Green Used Uniform Sale
Tuesday, August 18 from 4:30-7:30 pm
The Go Green Used Uniform Sale will be on Tuesday, August 18 from 4:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria. More details to follow!
Lower, Middle and Upper School Yearbooks
Ready for Pick Up During Main Office Hours
Lower school and middle school yearbooks are available for pick up anytime Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. In an effort to minimize the number of people coming to school, please have one member of your household pick up. If you forgot to buy a yearbook, you can still purchase one on SchoolPay and pick up at school.
Educational Benefits Application
Available on July 1, 2020
Immunizations for Fall
Fall Sports Registration Update
On August 4, the MSHSL voted Return to Participation for the following sports: Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis and Cross Country. The fall season will have a reduction in the length of season and number of games/matches/meets. Football and Volleyball have been moved to a season that will run from March to early May. The start date for all fall sports is August 17.
Registration for Fall Sports is open on SchoolPay.
- Pay the sports fee.
- Fill out the online emergency contact information.
- Reminder – All students participating in an athletic program must have a valid Minnesota State High School League physical on file with the Activities Office. The MSHSL approved the extension of the expiration date of the Three-Year Physical Clearance. The physical form can be found here. Please email Beth Grubisch if you are unsure if your child has a physical on file.
- Fill out/turn in the MSHSL eligibility forms.
- Fill out/turn in the MSHSL health questionnaire. Click here for the questionnaire.
- Fill out/turn in the COVID-19 Preparedness form. Click here for the form.
- Fill out/turn in any additional waivers required.
- NOTE: these three forms will be emailed to families of registered students once the forms are finalized. Forms are also available on the school website.
Other Athletic Season Changes
- Football and Volleyball will be played during a winter/spring season that will take place during the months of March and April.
- Spring sports (baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and golf) will start in May. That spring season will end in late June or July.
- The spring sports that lost their seasons to cancellation this last spring will be given the opportunity to have practices during a portion of this coming fall season.
- Football and volleyball will also be permitted to have practices during the upcoming fall season.
Registration Now Open for Middle School Theater
Students in grades 5-8 who are interested in this year’s adapted MS theater productions should sign up on SchoolPay or email Ms. Mittag with questions or for more information. Rehearsals will start Sept 8.
Registration Now Open for Debate
Students can sign up for Debate on SchoolPay. There will be a Zoom informational meeting on September 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm. Email Mr. Davis for an invitation to the Zoom meeting.