COVID-19

Comprehensive Response Plan

To ensure continuity of learning during the school closures that were ordered by Governor Tim Walz to slow down the spread of COVID-19, Nasha Shkola Charter School prepared a comprehensive response plan that will allow meaningful, relevant learning to take place. Distance learning will begin after our spring break, April 6 and will continue through at least May4th. Most Nasha Shkola staff will be working from home through April 10, follow the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Moving from traditional educational model to the distance learning model will be a steep learning curve for our students and families. Our teachers developed learning opportunities that offer a combination of online and work practice activities. Distance Learning will not equal a typical school day. Rather this plan will coordinate efforts between school and home to keep students moving toward proficiency in academics and social and emotional growths. The instructional activities may change throughout Distance Learning in order to improve delivery of content ad students learning opportunities. We ask for your patience with the process and the teachers. On the other hand, your support will be essential in helping our students to achieve success.

On a personal note, please take all the necessary precautions to keep your family safe. Our school community will work hard during this difficult time. Our teachers are ready and prepared to deliver quality instruction. Our administrative staff is here to support you as well.

Take care and stay healthy,
Nasha Shkola Leadership and Instructional Team

Distance Learning Defined

Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). It is important to note that distance learning does not always mean e-learning or online learning.

Purpose

Ensure every student in Nasha Shkola Charter School receives a high quality education, which provides equitable access to learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Дистанционное обучение

учащиеся, участвующие в дистанционном обучении, имеют доступ к соответствующим учебным материалам и ежедневно общаются со своими лицензированными учителями. Важно отметить, что дистанционное обучение не всегда означает электронное обучение или онлайн-обучение.

Цель Плана Дистанционного Обучения

обеспечить, чтобы каждый ученик чартерной школы Nasha Shkola получил высококачественное образование, которое обеспечивает равный доступ к обучению во время пандемии COVID-19.

Distance Learning Plan (PDF) – English

Distance Learning Plan (PDF) – Russian

Distance Learning will take place of regular schooling and therefore, attendance is important.   All students should follow NS policies and guidelines for excused absences. Students whose family chooses to not participate in the day are reported as absent. It is up to the school whether to consider this an excused absence, according to Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 12. (Minnesota Department of Education memo, March 2018).

In the situation when a student has not participated in distance learning for over 48 hours, the teacher/school administration will reach out to the parents through text messages, emails, phone calls, or other communication tools. NS will monitor and report student daily attendance to the State of MN.

Daily attendance will be taken in the following manner:

  1. NS will send Attendance Form (generated through Google Forms) to parents’ email at 7:00 am daily.  Parents should reply before 3:00 pm confirming that their child is ready to participate in distance learning on that day.
  2. In addition, attendance will be verified through Google Classroom in the form of a daily check-in/discussion post, and communication with teachers and completed assignments submitted throughout the day.

If a student is marked absent, but completed assignments, attendance will be corrected at a later time.

Teachers and administration will exercise caution and sensitivity regarding attendance concerns on case by case basis.

Посещаемость

Дистанционное Обучение заменяет очное обучение и будет проходить в регулярном режиме, поэтому посещаемость важна. Все студенты должны следовать правилам NS о посещаемости и принципам для оправданных пропусков. Учащиеся, чья семья решит не участвовать в определенном учебном дне, считаются отсутствующими. В соответствии с Миннесотским Уставом, раздел 120A.22, подраздел 12 (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/120a.22)

школа должна решать, считать ли это оправданным отсутствием. В ситуации, когда учащийся не участвует в дистанционном обучении более 48 часов, учитель / администрация школы свяжется с родителями с помощью текстовых сообщений, электронных писем, телефонных звонков или других средств связи.  NS будет контролировать посещаемость и нести отчетность перед штатом Миннесота.

Ежедневная посещаемость будет осуществляться следующим образом:

  1. NS будет отпоавлять форму посещаемости (созданную с помощью Google Form) на электронную почту родителей ежедневно в 7:00 утра. Родители должны ответить до 10:00 утра, подтверждая, что их ребенок готов участвовать в дистанционном обучении в этот день.
  2. В дополнение посещаемость будет подтверждена через Google Classroom в форме ежедневного post о регистрации / обсуждении, а также общения с учителями и выполнеия заданий в течение дня.

Если ученик помечен как отсутствующий, но при этом выполняет задание, посещаемость будет исправлена ​​позже.

Учителя и администрация будут проявлять осторожность и деликатность в отношении проблем посещаемости в каждом конкретном случае.

Learning Experience

  • The DL plan in K-4 grade will include home learning engagements and/or activities that parents can assist their child in completing.
  • Teachers will engage with students on a daily basis through Google Classroom, Google Meets, Google Tools, email, and/or by phone to check in and support student learning.
  • Teachers will post videos, links and PDF files, and they will be able to distribute and collect digital assignments.
  • Students and families will have access to their teacher online and/or by phone during the teachers designated office hours for any needed support. Each teacher will communicate their office hours to students and families.
  • Students will participate in reading, writing, math and other activities like Russian, Art, Music, and PE. Direct instructions will be achieved through video teaching/presentations and interactive conferencing (Google Meet).
  • Students will use online programs such as:
    • Core Knowledge
    • SIngapore Math
    • iXL
    • Khan Academy
    • Learning A-Z (Reading A-Z, Science A-Z, RAZ Kids)
    • Readworks
    • BrainPop
    • online eBooks for reading and listening (Storyline Online, Epic!, Audible)
    • Discovery Education
    • National Science Teachers Association
  • Students will also complete assignments that are not technology based

Learning Timeframe

Teachers will create and post daily assignments by 9:00 am for each subject to be completed by Grades K-3 students at home during the day.

  • Kindergarten will include 30-45 minutes of instructional learning per day, followed by daily recommended schedules for continued learning.
  • 1st and 2nd grade will include 1-2 hours of instructional learning per day, followed by daily recommended schedules for continued learning.
  • 3rd grade will include 1.5-3 hours of instructional learning per day, followed by daily recommended schedules for continued learning.
  • 4th grade will include 2-3 hours of instructional learning per day, followed by daily recommended schedules for continued learning.
  • For students in grades K-2, it is important for parents to observe the child as he/she engages in the activity and support him as needed.
  • For students in grades 3-4, students will be engaged with varying levels of independence. The more challenging the task, the more support might be required.  Encourage your child to seek support while allowing him/her to accept responsibility and take on challenges with increasing independence.
  • Continued learning activities (extra reading, Art, Music, PE):
    • K-2 grades: looking at books, reading aloud to your child, playing games that require math/strategy/critical thinking , independent reading, drawing, etc.
    • 3-4 grades: independent reading, listening to audiobooks, playing games that require math/strategy/critical thinking, art related activities, etc.

Learning Experience

  • The DL plan in 5-8 grade will include meaningful learning experiences in different subject areas.
  • Teachers will engage with students on a daily basis through Google Classroom, Google Meets, Google Tools, email, and/or by phone to check in and support student learning.
    • Individual: Students request help by making appointments with their teachers on an agreed time
    • Scheduled Office Hours: Students can join office hours to ask questions or discuss learning with their teachers and classmates during specific times established by teachers
    • Direct Instruction: Students may participate in real time mini-lessons on specific topics during specific times established by teachers
  • Teachers will post videos, links and PDF files, and they will be able to distribute and collect digital assignments.
  • Students will participate in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Studies, Russian, and other activities like Music, and PE. Direct instructions will be achieved through video teaching/presentations and interactive conferencing (Google Meet).
  • Students will use online programs such as:
    • Core Knowledge
    • SIngapore Math
    • iXL
    • Khan Academy
    • Newsela
    • Readworks
    • online eBooks for reading and listening
    • Discovery Education
    • National Science Teachers Association

Students will also complete assignments that are not technology based

Learning Timeframe

Teachers will create and post daily assignments by 9:00 am for each subject to be completed by Grades 5-8 students at home during the day.

  • 4-8th grade will include 3-4 hours of instructional learning per day (up to 30 minutes per subject depending on the learning targets and related activities as well as the age of the student)
  • Google Classrooms will be updated daily. The update will ensure:
  • Students will have daily Learning Target(s) in each subject area.
    • Students will have daily Learning Target(s) in each subject area.
    • Students know what learning they need to accomplish for that day.
    • Continuity of learning that is clearly connected to their learning in the prior class and will connect to their learning in the upcoming class

Google Classroom will have a written explanation and/or video lesson to introduce, explain tasks, or provide instruction.  In addition, it will have digital/scanned resources, quizzes, etc.

Assessment and Progress Monitoring

Activities will be graded and will contribute to the student’s overall grade.

Non-graded formative assessment:

  • Students will provide evidence of learning for each subject and lesson as a check of understanding.
  • Teachers will provide students with ongoing and regular feedback on their evidence of learning.
  • Students will have the opportunity to provide feedback to each other.

Graded summative assessment:

  • Students will participate in graded summative tasks at the end of a learning sequence.
  • Graded summative tasks that are performance based will include a rubric/checklist shared with students as part of the task overview

Teachers will provide feedback to students at regular checkpoints on tasks that extend over multiple lessons

Nasha Shkola is committed to continue to provide the best possible service to our students with IEP and 504 plans. All IEP and 504 plans will continue to be implemented.

Students with IEP

The special education teacher will provide activities through Google Apps and other formats that are designed to meet the goals and objectives on each student’s IEP. Sped Teacher will contact families on a weekly basis or as needed through email with updates. She will contact the students on a DAILY basis via Google Meets to deliver direct instruction to meet IEP service minutes. Special Education Teachers will have daily office hours at which time families will be able to contact her in order to receive additional support. Teleconference/direct instruction/office hours schedule will be delivered to families via email.

Speech Language Pathologist will be delivering distance learning services for each student on his caseload using the Google Meets s to meet their individual IEP goals and objectives.

Students Receiving 504 Services

NS teachers will continue to implement accommodations outlined in 504 plans and ensure in-person, real-time teaching wherever applicable. We will continue to support your family’s 504 plans to the best extent possible.

The District will work with you and monitor the impact on the delivery of Section 504 program changes throughout this school closure period. In addition, the 504 coordinator will continue to work with all general education teachers that support your child’s learning.

The Special Education and Student Support Services Leadership Team

Nasha Shkola will continue to support the needs of the English Language Learners. Classroom teachers will continue to support learning at home through scaffolding. NS will be reaching out to all of the ELL students to make certain supports are in place and all materials are accessible to the families.

ELLs will receive instruction in their identified group through Google Classroom. Students will also complete assignments that are not technology based.

Staff will continue to provide support to students’ individual learning needs through differentiated learning activities.

The following Online Platforms support Distance Learning staff/student/family collaboration and communication to ensure a quality student learning experience when planning and delivering remotely:

  1. NS email and website https://nashashkolamn.org/
  2. Social Media: School Facebook Charter School of Russian Language and Culture “Nasha Shkola”
  3. Automated Text notifications
  4. Phone communication and instruction
  5. Online Learning Platforms: Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Meet, and other Google Apps
  6. Print Resources and textbooks

Nutrition Services

Nasha Shkola will deliver meals for identified students every Monday as long as school is closed. The meals distributed on Monday will be a bundle of 5 meals for the entire week. These meals include items like milk, cheese sticks, fruit, and sandwiches that will need to be refrigerated.

In order to qualify for meal delivery, families have to fill out request through the school office.

All families also have an option receiving FREE meals through the districts they reside in. Please contact your school district to identify a convenient location near you. Most districts provide grab-and-go meals at no cost for all children 18 years of age and under who need them during the school closure. Food will be distributed from school buses in the parking lots of select school sites that have been designated as meal pickup locations. Most meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Different locations might have different meal pickup times. Families will drive up to the school bus and meals will be distributed through the passenger side window.

Here are some helpful links:

Наша школа будет доставлять еду ученикам каждый понедельник (по предварительному заказу), пока школа закрыта. Питание, распределяемое в понедельник, будет состоять из 5 порций на всю неделю. Эти порции включают такие продукты, как молоко, сырные палочки, фрукты и бутерброды, которые необходимо хранить в холодильнике. Чтобы заказать доставку еды на дом, семьи должны заполнить запрос через школьный офис.

У всех семей также есть возможность получать БЕСПЛАТНОЕ питание в районах, в которых они проживают. Пожалуйста, свяжитесь с вашим школьным округом, чтобы определить удобное место раздачи еды рядом с вами. В большинстве районов бесплатно предоставляется питание для всех детей в возрасте 18 лет и младше во время закрытия школы. Пища будет распространяться из школьных автобусов на стоянках отдельных школ. Большинство блюд будет подаваться с 11 до 12:30. В разных местах может быть разное время раздачи еды. Семьи подъедут к школьному автобусу, и пакеты с едой будут поданы через окно со стороны пассажира.

Instructional Materials

Families have three ways to access instructional materials:

  1. School Pick-up: families can pick up materials at NS on March 26, 12:00-6:00 PM, and (TBD) April 30, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Students may return completed non-digital assignments on these days.
  2. Home Delivery: Materials will be delivered to students with IEPs and collected weekly, starting April 13th as long as school is closed.
  3. Digital: Families access, complete and submit materials digitally via school supported online learning platforms (Google Apps)

Procedures are in place to maintain the safety of staff, students and families as we follow the ​Minnesota Department of Education’s School Closure Guidance​.

*The following precautions are being implemented for the handling of instructional materials:

  • It is recommended to wait 24 hours to handle materials and assignments.
  • Instructional materials will be prepared the day before distribution to students and families.
  • When working with student papers, staff should:
    • Wash hands before and after working with papers from student homes
    • Avoid touching faces while working with papers
    • Avoid working with papers that will be returned to students if you have a cough, shortness of breath or fever
    • Clean up papers and work spaces when done
    • Avoid working with papers on family eating spaces

It is important to remember this is not a likely way COVID-19 is spread; the risk is very low and personal responsibility for hand hygiene and environmental cleaning exert the most control over limiting ways to contract COVID-19.

Students Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability

The district homeless liaison will be ready to provide resources to identified homeless youth and families. Staff will assess each student’s needs starting with basic needs (food, shelter, medical or mental health care, childcare or drop-in centers). Staff will also assess each student’s access to a mobile device, computer, internet, WiFi, a place to study and school supplies, and will offer resources that are available to them in their area. If access to technology or supplies is a barrier, staff will work with each student’s teachers to develop a plan for how the student will be able to meet requirements.

The use of technology is an important part of distance learning education. Nasha Shkola has several policies that guide the use of technology by students.

Students must agree to the following stipulations in regards to responsible use of technology:

  1. Students shall use the Internet and all forms of school technology responsibly.
  2. Students shall respect the rights of copyright owners by limiting copying to essential materials and providing attribution (citations) for images and text. Students shall avoid plagiarism by ensuring that their papers and projects reflect their thoughts and ideas as well as cited paraphrases, summaries and quotations. Students will ask teachers for assistance if they have questions regarding these terms.
  3. Students shall understand that they may use a personal device on the school network, that all school policies apply to them whether they are using their own device or school technologies, and that this privilege may be limited or revoked.
  4. Students shall understand the network is a valuable resource for teaching, learning and many other forms of productivity for students, staff and parents.
  5. Students shall understand that their participation in school interactive web resources—using a personal device or not—must represent what is expected from a student in the Nasha Shkola Charter School. Therefore, anything that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of email, posts, messaging/chat sites, or other digital communication tools. This includes, but is not limited to disrespectful, profane, racist, sexist or other discriminatory remarks. Additionally, students shall promptly inform a teacher or administrator if any messages received or material reviewed is inappropriate.
  6. Students shall understand that the Nasha Shkola CYBER-BULLYING/PROHIBITED USE OF TECHNOLOGY Policy applies to online behaviors and they shall comply with all provisions of that policy.
  7. Students shall understand that school provided access to the Internet has to be filtered. If they need access to a blocked site, they shall work with their teachers to explore options available. Students shall not attempt to bypass any blocked sites or circumvent the filter in any manner.
  8. Students shall not impersonate nor attempt to impersonate another nor use or attempt to use somebody else’s accounts on any device. Students shall not delete or tamper with anyone else’s files, folders, or work. Students shall not let another student use their accounts on any device.
  9. Students shall understand that files, services, and devices provided by and/or managed by the school are not private. There is no expectation of privacy when students use the school district’s network, devices, and services and anything they do can be viewed by administration at any time.
  10. Students and their families shall understand that they will be liable for full repair and replacement costs for damage to school property, whether intentional or through negligence, including electronic devices.
  11. Students shall understand that attempts to override, disable, alter, or circumvent security restrictions, management systems, or device firmware will be considered intentional damage.
  12. Students shall understand that should they be found in violation of this policy, the consequences could include, but are not limited to; restricting access to the device, disabling device features or applications, the revocation of all network access, suspension or exclusion from school, or legal action by the authorities. Students or parents should contact school administration if they have any questions about this agreement or its implementation.

NS Computer Use and Internet Safety Agreement

Nasha Shkola Policy 5.8.1: Cyber-Bullying/Prohibited Use of Technology

Nasha Shkola Policy 5.8.2: Internet and Educational Network Safety and Acceptable Use

Reading/English

Math

Science/STEM

Social Studies & History

Art, Music & Movement

Multi-Subject

Will attendance be monitored on Distance Learning days?

Yes, teachers will take attendance to ensure each student is present. Please review the Attendance part of the Distance Learning Plan.

What do I do if my child Is sick and can’t attend online classes?

Families should follow the regular guidelines NS and call/email the school to report the absence so it can be marked as excused. (Nasha Shkola Attendance Policy)

May families choose to opt out of Distance Learning?

Distance Learning replaces face-to-face learning and school attendance has the same expectations. Students whose family chooses to not participate in the day are reported as absent. It is up to the school whether to consider this an excused absence, according to Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 12. (Minnesota Department of Education memo, March 2018)

Will students have technology devices?

NS survey data from families indicates that the majority of students have a device and internet access at home.  NS has provided school-issued devices to families in need.

How can families get food for their children while school is closed?

NS has posted a number of links on Free Food distribution locations around the Twin Cities area.  NS will also deliver food to the families on a weekly basis upon request. If you have questions, contact NS office at 763-496-5550 or inna.bly@nashashkolamn.org

Will my child have daily interactions with the teacher?

Yes, beginning April 6, your teacher will reach out with a daily message each school day.  Teachers will also communicate the hours they are present online and available to respond to student needs by phone and/or email.

How will school be grading my child during this time?

Students will continue to be assessed by their classroom or content-area teacher using the same school-based grading scale that was used prior to school closures. Technology and non-technology based lessons are being used by teachers to instruct and assess student learning.

Will students have MCA assessments?

Per guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education, after March 27 no MCAs will be administered in Minnesota schools.

How can we prepare for successful Distance Learning?

Building structure is important for all of us as we spend more time at home together.  Review this resource for ideas on creating structure at home, and a sample schedule for your days together.  A good structure provides comfort and certainty for everyone.

Where can I find fun online activities for students?

NS has posted a great variety of Educational Resources for Personal Use in Distance Learning Plan.

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.

Contact Us

School Info

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
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm