COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN

District communication - march 25, 2020

*links within this communication may not work as this is a copy of the email sent out, please call the district with any questions*

Letter from mr. Sampson - March 19, 2020


March 19, 2020

Dear Cannon Falls Area Families:

As a follow-up to the email you received on March 17th, please see the updated important information below.

Health Services

The nursing staff will be available for questions by phone (507) 263-6800 ext 1435 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00

PM and by email nurse@cf.k12.mn.us. Here are some additional resources for you.

Student services: Local Resources

Goodhue County Social Services Department

Mental Health Resources

Food Service Plan

We served 125 meals on the first day of our grab-n-go service! No applications needed for this grab-n-go service

that is free for all children 18 and under during this unique situation. We are encouraging all families to pick up the

grab-n-go meals to have at home, especially starting on March 30th. This will give your student a chance in their

remote setting to have breakfast and lunch.

In addition, with these unforeseen financial stressors, we are encouraging all families to visit their Infinite Campus

Parent Portal and complete the online application for educational benefits that will be in place when we are

authorized to return to school. By simply filling this form out you are benefiting all families within the district.

Emergency Cannon Care (Cannon Kids regular programming is temporarily restructured to meet State guidelines)

● Effective Friday, March 20th in accordance with state of Minnesota guidance Emergency Cannon Care will

consist of an expanded and updated list of professions supported by the program. Please see the attached

list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 qualifying professions. This will continue through the week of spring break, Monday,

March 23rd through Friday, March 27th. Please contact Community Education at 507-263-6800 ext. 1261 for

details.

● Families not currently registered with Emergency Cannon Care must meet the guidelines for care and will

need to complete a brief registration.

● The updated hours for Emergency Cannon Care will be 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

● If the closure continues March 30 and beyond, Emergency Cannon Care will continue to operate under these

same guidelines.

● Cannon Kids regular programming will resume when the school reopens.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning Plans for students will be communicated to you by the end of the day Friday March 20, 2020 and will

be posted on our website. These learning plans are for March 30, 2020 and beyond in the event the state continues with

the closures.

Technology

The district is working on internet services for families that have been identified as in need of these services. A

technology help plan will be released with our Distance Learning Plan by the end of the day, Friday, March 20th.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit:

● https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/action.html

● https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

● https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

● MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414


Future Communication

With spring break next week, March 23rd - 27th, please stay tuned for potential future communications from the district

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing support during this rapidly changing situation. The safety and

support of our students, families, staff, and communities are our top priority. We are participating in all informational

calls with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We continue to closely monitor

the situation, follow guidance from health officials and will keep you informed, as needed, through our regular

communication channels (email, phone, website and social media).

Sincerely,

Jeff Sampson, Superintendent

Cannon Falls Area Schools

letter from mr. sampson - march 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

Dear Cannon Falls Area Families:

As a follow-up to the email you received on March 15th regarding school closure, please see the important information below regarding free meals for every student, temporary childcare for emergency workers and distance learning.

Food Service Plan

All families with children 18 and under may pick up free meals on March 18, 19 and 20 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Elementary main entrance. Breakfast and lunch is available for all students and will be packed for multiple days. Meals will be available for pick up on originally scheduled school days. Meals are NOT available during Spring Break. Again, all meals are free!

Cannon Kids

  • Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27: Cannon Kids will be open only to emergency personnel staff, and healthcare workers’ children. Please contact Community Education at 507-263-6800 ext. 1261 for details.

  • Families not currently registered with Cannon Kids must meet the guidelines for care and will need to complete a brief registration.

  • If the closure continues March 30 and beyond, Cannon Kids will continue to operate under these same guidelines.

Spring Break

Spring Break will take place as regularly scheduled, March 23 - 27. Distance learning will not be taking place during this time. Meals will NOT be available during spring break because district buildings are closed to the public.

Distance Learning

We are fortunate that we have supported distance learning through BOLD Days. Due to this experience, we are uniquely positioned to address an extended closing and continued learning for our students. Distance Learning Plans for students will be communicated to you by the end of the day Friday March 20, 2020. These learning plans are for March 30, 2020 and beyond in the event the state continues with the closures.

Technology

The district will be contacting the families in need of internet service by March 20th with options.

Please contact the district first before bringing technology repairs or needs in. Phone lines are open from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM to call and make arrangements with each building for device repairs or pick up through Friday, March 20, 2020 and closed March 23 - 27, 2020. In the event the Distance Learning Plan goes into effect on March 30, 2020, the phones will remain open from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM to make arrangements for device repairs or other technology needs.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit:

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing support during this rapidly changing situation. The safety and support of our students, families, staff, and communities are our top priority. We are participating in all informational calls with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We continue to closely monitor the situation, follow guidance from health officials and will keep you informed, as needed, through our regular communication channels (email, phone, website and social media).

Sincerely,

Jeff Sampson, Superintendent

Cannon Falls Area Schools

Letter from Mr. Sampson - March 15, 2020

Dear Cannon Falls Area Families: Mandatory Family Survey

In accordance with direction given this morning by the State of Minnesota, all Cannon Falls Area Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 2020. As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation; the current closure will be re-evaluated by March 27. We will continue to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

We will be open as regularly scheduled Monday, March 16, to allow for families and staff to plan for a possible extended closure; however, all after-school activities are canceled beginning Monday, March 16. This includes but is not limited to: athletics; activities; Community Education enrichment, recreation, teams, and building rentals. Cannon Kids will be open both before and after school on Monday, March 16. All buildings will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16 starting at 3:00 PM through Sunday, March 29. This includes the field house.

As with any school day, families may choose to keep their students at home on Monday March 16. This will be considered an excused absence. Please remember to contact the school attendance line for your student(s) should you choose to keep them home. We are however, planning to prepare your child with instructional materials on Monday if the State of Minnesota gives direction to extend the closure timeline past March 27.

Distance Learning

We are fortunate that we have supported distance learning through BOLD Days, since last year. Due to this experience, we are uniquely positioned to address an extended closing and continue learning for our students. The schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday, March 16 - School will run on normal hours. All district buildings close at 3:00 PM. *Cannon Kids will remain open as scheduled for current families.

  • Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 - School Closed - No Distance Learning. All Elementary Conferences will be held by phone conference during the time you scheduled online. Teachers will call parents.

  • Saturday, March 21 through March, 29 Schools are closed for Spring Break. District buildings closed to the public.

  • Monday, March 30 - To Be Determined. Stay tuned for further communication.

Spring Break

Spring Break will take place as regularly scheduled, March 23 - 27. There will be no BOLD Days during this time.

Cannon Kids

  • Monday, March 16: Cannon Kids will be open for their regular schedule.

  • Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27: Cannon Kids will be open only to emergency personnel staff, and healthcare workers’ children. Please contact Community Education at 507-263-6800 ext. 1261 for details. Students should bring a bag breakfast and lunch during this period.

  • Families not currently registered with Cannon Kids and meet the guidelines for care can complete a brief registration.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit:

You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing support during this rapidly changing situation. The safety and support of our students, families, staff, and communities are our top priority. We are participating in all informational calls with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We continue to closely monitor the situation, follow guidance from health officials and will keep you informed, as needed, through our regular communication channels (email, phone, website and social media).

Sincerely,

Jeff Sampson, Superintendent

Cannon Falls Area Schools

Letter from Mr. Sampson - march 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Cannon Falls Families and Staff:

As you know, the situation surrounding the outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus disease (now called COVID-19) is rapidly

evolving and the information and recommendations are changing daily as new information becomes available. At Cannon

Falls Area Schools, we understand staff and parents may have questions and concerns, especially as it relates to your

children’s safety and education. As the number of those affected continues to grow closer to our communities, we continue

to plan ahead and prepare for the safety and education of our children.

Cannon Falls Area Schools is following Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding this emerging public health concern. At this time, the risk of becoming sick

with COVID-19 is low, including for people in Minnesota schools. With that said, we are in constant communication with

MDH and the CDC about that risk and will follow their recommendations for school districts.

As a School District, we are employing strategic disinfectant procedures. These include frequent disinfecting of surfaces. We

have also taken a proactive approach to ensure cleaning practices are being implemented on the buses.

We also are encouraging the following standard illness prevention practices to reduce the spread of all viruses at school and

in your homes, including:

● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

● Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve – not in your hands

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick

● Stay home from school, work, and activities if you are ill

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Please stay tuned for further updates as we are planning for the continued education of your children if our school district

were to close due to recommendations from the Department of Health.

Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Health created a school-specific website,

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html, with recommendations and information regarding the

virus. A coronavirus hotline also has been established: 651-201-3920.

Sincerely,

Jeff Sampson, Superintendent