Our COVID-19 Response Information
At the direction of Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Lakes International Language Academy closed on Monday, March 16, and remained closed during our regularly scheduled Spring Break. On April 23, Governor Walz announced that all schools will remain closed to students through the end of the school year (June 5 for LILA).
LILA’s instruction via Distance Learning began on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and will continue through June 5, consistent with the school calendar.
- If you have any questions, please know that we're here to help. Use this handy form to ask your questions and someone from LILA will get back to you promptly.
- If your child is in need of an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know what you need.
Please know that LILA staff is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to provide families with regular updates. Our goal is to share accurate information as the situation evolves and ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students. Details about end-of-the-school-year logistics will be sent from your principal or classroom teacher (K-5) or advisory teacher (6-12).
We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.
Though we must stay apart as much as possible, this is the time when many of us need community most. Please reach out to each other electronically, and if you need any kind of support, please contact us at LILA.
We will get through this, together.
Resources for Families - Food
FREE Grab-And-Go Meals
Beginning April 1, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be available Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m-Noon at the following sites:
- LILA Main Campus Lobby
- Forest View Elementary Lobby
- Forest Lake Area High School Lobby
- Wyoming Elementary School Lobby
- Lino Lakes Elementary School Lobby
Note: This service is being provided in partnership with Forest Lake Area Schools to meet the needs of low-income children who participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program. No verification of need will be required at pick-up sites.
Other Food Resources:
Hunger Solutions MN - Find Help Map
Hunger Solutions MN COVID-19 Closings - Meals for Kids
Hunger Impact Partners - Free Meals for Kids Mobile App
Washington County Food Resource Guide
Chisago County Food Support Program
Anoka County Food Resources
Resources for Families - General & Mental Health
Mental Health Resources
Note: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Phone Line: 1-800-273-8255 - 24/7 Free & Confidential Support
Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Number by County: Adult
Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Number by County: Children
Mental Health Minnesota: Get Help in a Crisis
Dr. Barbara Stroud VIDEO: Managing Emotions COVID-10 Tips for Parents
National Alliance on Mental Health Illness Minnesota: General CoViD-19 Information
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Talking with Children About the Coronavirus Disease
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Managing Stress & Anxiety
Mental Health Minnesota Apps: Manage Your Mental Health, Get Support, Find Resources
Mental Health Minnesota: COVID-19 Social Isolation
Mental Health Minnesota: https://mentalhealthmn.org/support/get-information-or-a-referral/
Mental Health Minnesota: Minnesota Warmline - Open Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Call: 651-288-0400 or 1-877-404-3190
- Text ‘Support’ to 85511
Youth Mental Health Resources
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Resources for Youth
Mental Health America: Staying Connected
Active Minds: How to Listen and Help Someone Cope
The Trevor Project: LGBTQ Support
Teen Mental Health: General Mental Health Resources
Teen Health: Stress & Coping Resources
Teen Health: General Mental Health Resources
General COVID-19 Resources
Minnesota Department of Health - COVID-19 Health Line - Open Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Call: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: How to Prepare Your Family
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book
Minnesota Department of Health: Guidance for All Minnesotans
Dr. Barbara Stroud VIDEO: Managing Emotions COVID-10 Tips for Parents
Public Broadcasting System: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Get Help in a Crisis
- Call: 1-800-799-7233 or Text: LOVEIS to 22522
General Resources for Housing, Financial Assistance, Healthcare, etc.:
United Way 211 Resource Guide
Washington County Resource Guide
Chisago County Resource Guide
Anoka County Resource Guide
Isanti County Resource Guide
Help with Bills - USA.GOV
Not finding what you need? Contact Kathy Bystrom at 651-252-6712 for assistance.
LILA Technology Device Check-Out
If your family does not have a personal computing device and/or internet connectivity, we’re here to help. You may request to borrow a device from LILA for use until the Governor ends the mandate for Distance Learning. We may also have suggestions for accessing internet connections.
- If your child needs an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know how we can help.
- Devices and internet hotspots will be available for curbside pickup on Monday, March 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We will reach out to families who expressed a need with more details.
651-464-0771 Option #3 (Lower School)
651-464-8989 Option #3 (Upper School)
Free Or Low-Cost Internet Access
Depending on your location, one of these accessibility programs might be most effective for you. If you have questions, please contact us.
- Midco Communications Lifeline Program
Lifeline is a federal program intended to put home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families, giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access.
Affordable home internet for eligible households.
Xfinity has opened up its WiFi hotspots for free to non-subscribers. While there are no Xfinity hotspots in Forest Lake, there are many available in the northern suburbs. You can view a map of hotspots if you enter your zip code on this page.
Student and Parent Technology Tutorials for Distance Learning
Distance Learning Program
Distance Learning Through The End of the School Year At LILA
Distance Learning guidelines for families and students are available from your principal, classroom teacher (K-5), or advisory teacher (grades 6-12).
LILA Upper School students and families will continue to use much of the same online technology that you have been using.
LILA Lower School students and families will receive specific information about technology and lessons. We are working to promote daily interaction and track academic progress.
Lower School Teachers on Call
LILA staff members are available on school days between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. to assist K-5 students and families with distance learning support. If you have a question or need help after hours, simply fill out this Teachers on Call Request Form and a LILA teacher will contact you. While we can’t guarantee a solution to every problem, we will listen and do our best!
Please check back frequently. We are updating the plans and details, especially regarding end-of-the-school year logistics.
Student and Parent Technology Tutorials
Care for Children of Critical Workers & Other Child Care News
LILA Explorer Club / Little Explorer Child Care Summer Registration - Coming Soon!
We are excited to open LILA’s Explorer Club and Little Explorers summer child care program at the Lower School campus!
Under Executive Order 20-57 issued by Governor Walz, our program will reopen starting June 10, 2020. The program will operate under updated practices, guidelines, and an addendum to the handbook, created in accordance with the guidance put out by the Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health.
Detailed information will be sent via email to those families currently registered for summer as well as to all district families. Availability depends upon responses and needs of currently enrolled families, with priority given to Tier 1 workers.
We will continue to provide a safe, fun, caring summer program to engage your student in play and age-appropriate enrichment activities.
Watch for more information soon!
LILA Care For Children of Critical Workers
Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order, LILA will provide child care for parents who have children enrolled at Lakes International Language Academy, and who work and serve in the critical fields as identified by the Minnesota Department of Education (PDF).
Care will be provided for children ages 3-12 years old, and is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is available to care for a child due to employment as a critical worker.
For information or to register for care:
Please Note These Important Qualifications:
On days school is in session as outlined in LILA’s school-board approved calendar, and during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., care will be at no cost to families who meet the following qualifications:
- Child must be an enrolled student at Lakes International Language Academy.
- Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) will be required to provide a letter from their employer confirming eligibility.
Should families who qualify need childcare before and/or after the regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., child care will be available for the following fees:
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. = Care provided at no cost
- 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. AND 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. = $19 per day
- 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. OR 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. = $13 per day
- 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full day on days school would not have been in session = $39/day
- NOTE: Sibling discount does not apply for emergency care.
Location for this child-care service will be at Lakes International Language Academy Main Lower School Campus. Please enter through door #6.
- Beginning April 1, breakfast and lunch will be offered free of charge.
- Forest Lake Area School District will be providing cold breakfast and lunches. This may change over time and as enrollment grows. You are welcome to provide breakfast and lunch from home.
- More information on nutritional services will be provided as it becomes available.
- Services will begin on Wednesday, April 1.
- Services are available to families residing within Forest Lake Area School District boundaries.
- Pick-up and drop-off will align with the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. child-care timeframe.
- Pick-up and drop-off times for children will be determined by the FLAS Transportation Department.
- LILA’s child-care staff will coordinate these services with FLAS on your behalf.
Other Child Care Resources:
The government-mandated Care for Children of Critical Workers in Tier 1 has required Explorer Club and Little Explorers to turn away many of our families who are still in need of care. The Forest Lake Branch of the YMCA offers care for students in grades K-6, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fifty (50) slots are available, with first priority going to those whose parents are designated "Tier 2," including educators, grocery store workers, utility workers, essential state and local government staff, etc. The cost is $40 per day and includes breakfast, snack, and lunch. Register online at ymcamn.org/mnchildcare or call 612-230-9622.
Other Important Information
Additional Important Information For LILA Families
- Please review your contact information now on Infinite Campus Parent Portal to ensure it is accurate.
- We will continue to send family notices through the Infinite Campus system and post updates on our website. We will also post information and links via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
- Here's the link to the "Just Ask" form if you have any questions about resources, support, transportation...anything! We're here to help. Someone will respond promptly.
We appreciate your extra effort, understanding, and patience during this rapidly changing situation. Our hope is that we all stay healthy and safe.
Thank you for being an important part of the LILA learning community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What if I have questions that aren't on this FAQ?
A. It's okay to ask! Please use this handy form. We're here to help with any questions you have. Just ask!
Q. Can I still apply for my child to attend 2020 fall LILA preschool, kindergarten, or Upper School?
A. Yes! Please submit your application online and contact LILA Kinder Prep Preschool, LILA Lower School, or LILA Upper School for details.
Q. Can I register my child for Summer or Fall Explorer Club or Little Explorers?
A. We are putting a hold on accepting further registrations for Summer/Fall care until further communication from the Governor and MDE with updated guidelines. Currently registered families will receive separate communications. Please check our website frequently, as the situation remains fluid.
Q. What if my student has an IEP or participates in another special education program?
A. LILA representatives will contact families with students on an IEP or other special education program by March 31, 2020 to make arrangements. We will continue to provide services based on individualized needs as decided upon between the parent and special education representative.
Q. How will LILA handle cases in which families “opt out” of technology?
A. LILA will work with these families to determine an appropriate plan.
Q. Will LILA provide transportation for child care?
A. In partnership with Forest Lake Area Schools, transportation is only provided for children who are eligible for emergency child care and also reside within District 831 boundaries.
Q. What does this closure mean for graduation?
A. Graduation will happen on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. With the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, we will plan accordingly. Please continue to watch our communication channels for updates.
Q. What does the closure mean for athletics?
A. Particularly for LILA Upper School, we follow the guidance of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) for decisions related to athletics/activities. Effective immediately and continuing until the Governor of Minnesota has lifted his school closure declaration:
- All participation in MSHSL spring activities at all member schools is suspended.
- Participation includes, but is not limited to, competitions, training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
Pending a reopening of schools by the Governor, return to participation protocols will be determined and communicated by the MSHSL Board and MSHSL staff.
Q. Will LILA's Extended School Year Program or FLAS Summer School be available?
A. Any LILA student who qualifies for Extended School Year (ESY) programming can expect that LILA will operate our summer school. Other LILA students who do not qualify for ESY may attend the Forest Lake Area Schools' Summer School programming; we understand that the FLAS program currently plans to operate a Summer School program as usual. Check the FLAS website for updates.