Positive Case at Loon Lake Elementary - 12/14/20

posted Dec 14, 2020, 5:38 PM by Brad VanDyne

Good Evening, Loon Lake Families,

We were informed today that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.  Just like our other cases, this one does not appear to have been contracted at school.  Also, no close contacts have been identified because the student was not in close proximity with anyone when they may have been contagious.  If any close contacts are identified, they will be notified personally.  

As always, there is a notification letter on our website and school Facebook page about this as well.  

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to let us know.  

Take care and stay well.  Have a good night.  

Brad

Positive COVID Cases at Loon Lake Elementary - 12/9/2020

posted Dec 9, 2020, 5:39 PM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Dec 9, 2020, 5:41 PM ]

Hello Loon Lake Families,

As I am sure that you have heard in the news, the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing everywhere, and here at Loon Lake, we are not immune to these increases.
  
Today we received information that two of our students, who are the members of the same family, have tested positive.  We do not believe these positive cases were contracted at school, and because of the timeframe, neither of these students were at school when possibly contagious.  If there are any close contacts, they will be notified individually.  

There is a notification letter on our website and our school Facebook page about this as well.  

Thank you and have a good night,
Brad 

Positive COVID Case at Loon Lake Elementary - 11/24/20

posted Nov 24, 2020, 9:00 AM by Brad VanDyne

Good Morning, Loon Lake Families, 

As they say, "All good things must come to an end." We had a great run of having no known COVID-19 cases in our school. How quickly things change. 

One of our staff members at Loon Lake Elementary School has tested positive. It has been determined that she acquired it from outside of the school.  Her diligence in distancing and voluntarily quarantining before she was asked prevented any risk to our other staff and students. 

A letter from NE Tri County Health with more information is posted on our website and our Loon Lake Facebook page.

Happy Thanksgiving and take good care – 
Brad

November 19, 2020 - Conferences/Early Release/COVID Update

posted Nov 19, 2020, 2:20 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

Brad here from the school.  It’s been a while since I bugged you with an update, so I figured it was time.  Just three items for today.

First, remember that we have conferences on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Please plan on arriving about 10 minutes early so we can do your health screening.  When you get here, you will head straight to the gym to be screened.  

Second, because we have conferences next week, we have our typical early release tomorrow so our teachers can prepare their report cards.  This only affects our students currently coming in for full days, which for tomorrow only includes our 4th grade green group and our full day special education students.  

And finally, as you may have heard, we are increasing the time kids spend at school starting after Thanksgiving break.  Your child’s teacher will reach out to you with specifics, if they haven’t done so already.  

I know there are questions swirling around in many communities right now about schools.  Are schools going to be shut down again?  Right now, the answer is no.  The governor has said he wants shut down decisions to be made locally.  Our health district, NE Tri County Health, also supports local school districts making these kinds of decisions.  So at this point, I don’t see any kind of forced shutdown happening.  

So this begs another question, if COVID is more prevalent now than it was in March, why did we close then, but are staying open now?  I think it’s important to know that last March, nobody knew anything about COVID.  We know a lot more now.  

Schools have been in session for a while now, including us.  The data is showing that if schools follow safety protocols, the virus is not spreading within schools and schools are not contributing to community spread.  This is very encouraging, and that’s why we can stay open now.

We all wear our masks, we stay 6 feet apart, we wash our hands, and we disinfect regularly.  We take these protocols very seriously.  It doesn’t mean we are immune or that positive cases can’t happen here, but this is where our kids should be.  

Speaking of staying safe, I want to thank you all.  At of the time of this message, we have not had any positive cases in our school (knock on wood).  When your family follows safety protocols when you go out in public, it helps keep your family healthy, which helps keep our school healthy.  Clearly, you are working hard at this.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll see many of you next week at conferences.

Take care – 
Brad

Friday, November 13th - No School Due to Weather

posted Nov 13, 2020, 5:38 AM by Brad VanDyne

Loon Lake School District is closed today, Friday, November 13th, due to weather conditions.  This means our elementary is closed and our home-link is closed.  There will be no Loon Lake buses running to neighboring districts.  There will also be no food or work delivery today from the Loon Lake van.  

Loon Lake Elementary students are NOT required to log in to their computers today.  Instead, play outside and make a snowman or two.      

Stay safe out there and have a great day.  

October 2, 2020 - Transition for K-5

posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:54 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

Fall is finally upon us, though with temperatures near 80 degrees this weekend, it is kind of hard to tell.  

As always, I hope this message finds you healthy and well.  

As you know, when we started this school year, the recommendation from NE Tri County Health District was for schools in Stevens County to begin the year with remote learning.  At that time, disease transmission in our county was in the high risk range.  

Over the last month or so, we have seen the disease transmission rate decrease, and we are now in the moderate risk range.  This means that NE Tri County Health has officially updated their recommendation, and have given the green light to schools in Stevens County to consider expanding face-to-face learning for elementary students.  

This is excellent news.  It doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet, but it’s a step in the right direction, and it means we can start to have more kids here at school each day.  Our goal is to begin this transition on Monday, October 12th, which is a week from this coming Monday, and we will begin with grades K through 5.  How often they will be here is going to depend on the size of the class, since we are still required to have kids 6 feet apart.  And we believe in safety and starting slow, so at this time, we are looking at face-to-face learning in the mornings only.  

In the coming days, your child’s teacher will reach out to you regarding the specific plan for their grade level.  So, you can expect more specific info about this next week.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.  

Have a great weekend and take good care.  We’ll chat again soon – 
Brad

September 18, 2020 - Transition for K-2 Students

posted Sep 18, 2020, 1:11 PM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 1:13 PM ]

Hello Loon Lake Families,

As always, I hope this message finds you healthy and well.  

I would like to give you a quick update today on transitioning kids to school for face-to-face instruction, and when that might happen.

It is important to know that, right now, NE Tri County Health’s recommendation has not changed.  They are still recommending distance learning.  However, while this recommendation is in place, there is some allowance for bringing in small groups of our highest need learners right now.  

We believe that learning on a screen is the most difficult for our youngest learners.  So, beginning next week, we will start to bring small groups of Kindergarten through 2nd grade students in for face-to-face learning a couple times per week.  

So, allow me to speak to our 3rd through 6th grade families first.  As of right now, we will continue with distance learning for you.  We will need to await further guidance from NE Tri County Health in order to begin transitioning our older students in.  Thanks for your continued patience and for working so hard to get your kids online and learning each day.  

And to our kindergarten through 2nd grade families, a few quick notes for you:  Rest assured, we will be following all required safety guidelines.  Your child’s safety, and your family’s safety, is our number one priority.  Remember that masks are required for students.  They don’t need to wear one outside at recess, but they will need to wear them in the building.  If your child needs one, we have plenty.  Remember that you will receive an email in the mornings to complete your child’s required health screening.  And finally, the department of health has very clear guidance for students who develop possible symptoms for COVID-19, which include not being at school for a period of time.  Just keep that in the back of your minds for now, and please make sure the phone numbers we have for you and your emergency contacts are up-to-date.  

Thanks again for all of your support and for partnering with us.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.  

Have a great weekend and we’ll talk again soon -
Brad

September 11, 2020 - Thank you!

posted Sep 11, 2020, 2:54 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

Whew, we made it through our first real week of distance learning.  High 5’s all around!  

Just a quick message today to say thank you.  Thank you for your hard work getting your kids what they need and getting them online every day.  Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we nail down our delivery schedules.  Thank you for your willingness to try something new, and thank you for sticking with us and walking alongside us during this time.  

We all know and understand that learning on a screen simply cannot compete with learning face-to-face.  This is not ideal.  And thankfully, it’s not permanent either.  We all hope to begin transitioning kids back soon, but whether we are behind a screen or face-to-face, we will continue to do the absolute best job we can to meet the needs of your family right now.  

If there is anything at all you need, please let me know.   Enjoy your weekend and we’ll talk again soon 
Brad

September 7, 2020 - Delivery Update

posted Sep 7, 2020, 2:52 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with our teachers last week, and for filling out the mountainous pile of paperwork.  We greatly appreciate it and hope you found as much value in your conference as we did.  

A quick update today regarding deliveries.  As we begin at a distance, there are two things that will need to be delivered:  The first is food.  We have a pretty good idea of who needs what, and we can always add food delivery for you, or cancel your food delivery, if your needs change.  

The second delivery item is school work.  Yes, your child is learning with their teacher online, but there will be items the teachers will want in your child’s hands each week to guide their learning.  So even if you do not want food delivery, we will plan on delivering these learning materials.  

We will begin our deliveries this week, and we know there will be bumps along the way, and tweaks that will need to happen.  But the only way to work out a system is to get started, so here is our plan:  

We will deliver items 3 days per week.  
  • On Wednesdays, we will deliver to families south of the school.  Wednesday deliveries will be food items only.  
  • On Thursdays, we will deliver to families north of the school.  Thursday deliveries will include food and school work.  
  • On Fridays, we will deliver school work to the families south of the school, which is essentially our Wednesday route.   
On our website and on our Facebook page, we have created a sheet that lists the streets we will be delivering to on all 3 of these days, and we have listed them in the order in which we will deliver.  We will leave the school each day at 9:00 a.m.  

If you’re confused, don’t worry.  Give us a call tomorrow and we will try our best to answer your questions.  Like I said, we know the first week or so will be trial and error, so thank you for your patience as we work through the details.

Oh, and just a heads up, we will not be delivering in a big yellow bus.  Instead, look for a Toyota minivan that says Loon Lake School on the side.  

I think that’s it for now.  Thank you again for partnering with us.  We are excited for our first real week of this new adventure to begin.  

Let me know if you need anything.  Take good care, and we’ll talk again soon – 
Brad

August 28, 2020 - Conferences Next Week

posted Aug 28, 2020, 1:21 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

I hope this message finds you well and staying healthy.  

A simple message today about next week.  Remember that we are holding conferences on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so you and your child can meet their teacher.  Please make sure your child attends with you, and even though it’s annoying, please wear your masks, which are required by the Department of Health.  We have masks available if you need one.  

Besides learning more about how your child’s classroom will work, we will also be distributing technology, and also the required registration paperwork.  We will have tables set up so you can fill out the paperwork at the school while you are here.  

Also, breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup in front of the school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  

Please reach out to us if you have any questions at all about conferences next week.  

As I’ve told you before, our goal at the school, and my personal goal, is to do everything we can to support your family during this time.  Please let us know what you need, and we will work to solve problems as quickly as we can.  Thank you for partnering with us during these crazy times.  

More info to come soon about other items, but for now, we look forward to seeing you all next week.  

Take good care –
Brad

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