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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: August 4, 2020

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Recognition of Visitors and Board Co-Chairs
    • Alekej Abyzov: Present
    • Mark Eilers: Present
    • Marina Condratiuc: Present (Virtually)
    • Natalya Johnson: Present
    • Elizaveta Lindman: Present
    • Andrew Wood: Present
    • Yelena Hardcopf, Executive Director, ex officio board member.
    • Visitors in attendance: Paul Kinsley
  2. Approval of the Agenda for this meeting
    Motion to approve the agenda for this meeting.
    Motion by: Elizaveta Lindman
    Seconded by: Andrew Wood
  3. Read the Nasha Shkola Mission and Vision
    To be an academically rigorous school preparing students for continued success as motivated learners and global citizens.
    Mission: Nasha Shkola aspires to be a multi-cultural charter school committed to exceptional education in all areas of academic inquiry with an emphasis on Russian Language and Culture, providing structured and responsive learning environment based upon educational best practices for all students and their families.
  4. Open Forum for members of the public wishing to address the board
  5. Old Business: Fall 20-21 Reopening plan
    1. Operations:
      • Health Protocols
        • Wellness screening required for parents
        • Temperature checks for arriving students, et al.
        • Responding to confirmed cases (1 student for distance learning)
        • Responding to percentage of students showing flu-like symptoms (5 students for hybrid model)
        • 2 day shut-downs for disinfecting / sanitizing, including time to make decisions and give notice of model change
        • Every classroom has sanitizing station
        • Face coverings mandated, face shield permitted when masks are problematic
        • Reusable masks or face shields may be provided by school
        • Bottle filling stations on top of drinking fountains
      • Communication plan
      • Food & Nutrition Services
        • Bag lunches: faster, cleaner, easier, more portable
        • Possibility of switching to hot lunches in the future
      • Transportation
        • Temperature checks by parents for bus riders
        • Students must wear mask on bus (warning and removal for noncompliance)
        • Riders grouped by families
        • Larger busses for social distancing
        • Sanitized between routes

          Motion to approve the Operation Plan (Fall 20-21 Reopening Plan).
          Motion by: Andrew Wood
          Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

          Motion to recommend less restrictive hybrid model.
          Motion by: Andrew Wood
          Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

          Motion to create a waiting list for new enrollees.
          Motion by: Elizaveta LIndman
          Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

    2. Academics:
      • Educational Delivery (In person, Hybrid, Distance Learning)
        • Families may choose distance learning
        • More or less restrictive hybrid model
        • Freezing enrollment / establishing a waiting list with a less restrictive model
        • Two large grades can be divided and rotated, but not more
        • Later start date for kindergarten
        • Childcare for working parents, free for parents who are critical workers (12 max.)
      • Attendance Policy
        • Students absent due to illness will be distance learning
        • Students absent with no communication for 15 consecutive days will be unenrolled
      • Grading Policy
        • Full grades given

          Motion to approve plan for distance learning, attendance, and grading policy.
          Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
          Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

    3. Student & Family Support
      • Psychological support
    4. COVID-19 related employee Protocols and Procedures
      • Staff must be present for in-school days
      • Teachers will have covid testing
      • Collaborative decision making and communication
      • Additional responsibilities for staff as needed
      • FMLA Extended Leave policy approval

        Motion to approve FMLA Extended Leave policy with adjustments.
        Motion by: Alexej Abyzov
        Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

    5. Purchasing/hiring considerations:
      • Emergency funding
        • At least 28000 dollars
      • PPE for students and staff
      • Bottle-refill stations (purchase and installation)
      • School-wide computer purchase
      • Hiring: instructional support paras
        • At least one in addition to planned
  6. Adjourn
    Motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:45
    Motion by: Andrew Wood
    Seconded by: Natalya Johnson

The Nasha Shkola Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM. 
The Finance Committee meets at 5:30 prior to the board meeting.

Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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Nasha Shkola
6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
Fax: 763-424-8520

School Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office Hours
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8 am – 4 pm