2020-21 Safe Learning Plan & Resources

Thank you, LILA Families!

We're grateful for your partnership—your input, questions, support, and patience—over the last several months as the LILA community has faced this unprecedented pandemic. Our staff continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, to ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students. We'll keep you informed with any new developments.

To receive timely communication from LILA, please review your contact information now on Infinite Campus Parent Portal for accuracy.

We remain committed to the "whole child" educational approach, immersion language acquistion, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Currently, LILA students are using an in-person format at Lower School and Upper School. Full distance learning remains an option for families.

How To Request A CHANGE In Learning Models

If you would like to change learning models for the remainder of this school year, please complete this form.  Please fill out one form for each child.  Note: It may take one or two days to process your request.  You will receive confirmation of the  effective date of the change.


Submit your absence to: MyLILA.org/absent-today

LILA Health Services staff will be closely monitoring absences during the 2020-2021 school year. YOUR COOPERATION IS NEEDED to ensure the health and safety of staff, students, and families. Until further notice, please follow the guidelines outlined below for reporting absences. The COVID-19 situation is fluid. We will closely monitor and adjust these guidelines as new information becomes available. Download a PDF of this information for future reference.

For more information about when to keep your child home from the Minnesota Department of Health, click here.


Your child is ill with symptoms of COVID-19, including:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100° F or higher
  • Chills
  • Muscle and/or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Excessive fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat



  • Report your absence to MyLILA.org/absent-today.
  • The school nurse will contact you to discuss a return to school date.


A member of your household:

  • Is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Has been exposed to a possible or known case of COVID-19.
  • Has undergone testing for COVID-19 and is awaiting results.
  • Has received a call or letter from MDH regarding exposure.



  • Report your absence to MyLILA.org/absent-today.
  • The school nurse will contact you to discuss a return to school date.


Your child will be absent for any other reason, including:

  • Toothache/dentist appointment.
  • Injury
  • Illness with symptoms other than those listed in the COVID section above.
  • Other



  • Report an Absence
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  • Infinite Campus Parent Portal


Jill Rosenthal, Licensed School Nurse: 651-252-6740

Kinder Prep Preschool: 651-252-6729

Lower School: 651-464-0771

Upper School: 651-464-8989

Explorer Club: 651-252-6720

What If You Receive A Contact-Tracing Call?

If the Minnesota Department of Health calls you about possible exposure to COVID-19, they may ask who the contact is at LILA. Please provide the contact information for the LILA District Nurse: Jill Rosenthal at 651-252-6740 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn more about what to expect at the Minnesota Department of Health website here.

More Questions About COVID-19?

Please check these sources for some of the most updated information:

Minnesota Helpline:


651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504

Center for Disease Control website

If you have further questions about LILA's 2020-21 Learning Plan, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will get through this, together.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Lakes International Language
Academy (LILA)

LILA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff, students, families and visitors. To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, LILA has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by Shannon Peterson, Executive Director, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, management and workers are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. LILA’s managers and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this plan.

Our workers are our most important assets. LILA is serious about safety and health and protecting our workers. Worker involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our workers in this process by collaborating on what works and what does not work, problem solving and coming up with solutions to ensure safety protocols are attainable and sustainable.

LILA’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the COVID-19 Universal Guidance for All Businesses and Entities (PDF) (https://staysafe.mn.gov/assets/covid19-universal-guidance-for-all-businesses-and-entities_tcm1152-480317.pdf) developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, rules and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. The following requirements must be addressed, but each business is encouraged to consider additional recommendations and adopt additional requirements that appropriately address COVID-19 mitigation strategies the business deems necessary.

  • Health screening, isolation, and quarantine
  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Indoor facilities, utilities, and ventilation

 Health screening, isolation, and quarantine

Workers and students have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following procedures are being implemented to assess worker, student, and other visitor health status prior to entering the business and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. LILA has also developed a plan to advise workers, students and other visitors to leave the facility if their responses to health screening indicate they have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been identified as a close contact. Workers and students will be advised to complete a daily screening at home prior to attending. Screening signs will be placed at worker, student and visitor entrances reminding everyone to not enter the building with symptoms or following close contact.

LILA has implemented measures to ensure that sick or COVID-19 positive workers/students isolate until they are no longer infectious, according to applicable MDH guidance. Visit If You Are Sick: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html). Workers and families have received guidance regarding quarantine/isolation in writing. A procedure has been developed and a quarantine room is available.

LILA has also implemented a policy consistent with MDH guidance for identifying and communicating with workers who may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. See Close Contacts and Tracing: COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/close.html) and Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 (PDF) (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/quarguide.pdf). Workers and families have received guidance regarding quarantine/isolation in writing via the Decision Tree. The school’s Covid Coodinator will communicate with families and workers regarding isolation and quarantine.

Hand hygiene practices

LILA has plans to provide instruction, signage, facilities, and supplies to encourage regular hand washing and sanitizing. This policy is consistent with MDH: Hand Hygiene (www.health.state.mn.us/people/handhygiene/index.html). Signage, supplies, and routines to increase the frequency of hand washing have been implemented.

Cleaning and disinfecting

LILA has implemented a regular schedule and list for cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, doorknobs, etc.), shared items, shared equipment, and high traffic areas. LILA will continue to perform other routine environmental cleaning according to established schedules and procedures. Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product. This is consistent with CDC: Cleaning Your Facility (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/201https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html9-ncov/community/disinfectingbuilding-facility.html) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) List N for products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. See EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-coronavirus-covid-19). The programs running in the building will carry out wiping down and cleaning that is required frequently and the nightly maintenance will complete the rest of the cleaning at night.

 Indoor facilities, utilities, and ventilation

LILA has evaluated the operational capacity of indoor ventilation systems and has found that the ventilation provided throughout our indoor spaces exceeds recommended rates. Steps will continue to be taken to maximize the intake percentage of outside air to increase dilution of contaminants, and minimize recirculation, while maintaining indoor air conditions. This plan is consistent with applicable Stay Safe Industry guidance, and LILA has consulted the resources in applicable industry guidance and others, as necessary, in developing this plan.

Note: at LILA, no staff training (e.g. to open windows or doors) is required as our air handling systems are already very good.

  • The oldest HVAC system in the Headwaters building is only 6 years old in the “old” part of the building and one year old in the new part.
  • The Kinder Center system is also one year old.
  • At Main Campus, the systems are much older but were originally designed for a hospital, which requires 
excellent ventilation. This system was checked and balanced in September 2020 to ensure even and adequate airflow.

All three buildings are serviced multiple times a year; LILA does not cut corners on air quality.

  • We change filters on the air handlers every 3 months per the recommendation of the manufacturer.
  • We use a Merv 8 anti-microbial filter that is specifically designed to minimize air bypass to the space.
  • HVAC inspections are typically done once a month to grease, oil, inspect belts, check for leaks and proper air 

The amount of outside air that is mixed with the return air depends on space, occupancy, outside temperature, and humidity. Depending on the time of year, we can vary from 10% to 30% outside air mixed with return air.

Additional COVID-19 Mitigation Practices

Workers and students are encouraged to maintain as much space as possible to help decrease the spread. Due to childcare running a program and sharing staff and students with other programs, masks will be worn according to the Masking for Childcare guidelines until July 1st or until 70% of eligible persons in MN aged 16 and older have received at least one vaccination.


Safe Learning Plan

The Safe Learning Plan At LILA

LILA is planning for three possible models of student learning that may be used during the 2020-2021 school year. These models include full In-Person learning, full Distance Learning, or a Hybrid of at-home distance learning and in-person learning.

On July 30, Governor Walz announced a framework that allows local school districts to determine how they will begin the 2020-2021 school year. This framework considers COVID-19 case data by county as well as local and school conditions. On Friday, July 31, Executive Director Shannon Peterson presented LILA’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year to the LILA School Board. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to start school, district-wide, in a Hybrid Learning Model.

IMPORTANT: How To Request A CHANGE In Learning Models

Parents may request a change in learning models from Hybrid to Distance or Distance to Hybrid at any time by submitting this form. Please fill out one form for each child. Note: It may take up to three (3) days to process your request.

Hybrid Learning Plans

Hybrid learning is a combination of in-person and remote learning. A hybrid learning model requires schools to operate at up to 50% capacity with physical distancing.

Upper School Hybrid Learning Plan

Students in Upper School’s hybrid learning receive in-person learning with their classroom teacher two days per week and continue their learning from home on distance learning days following directions from their classroom teachers. In-person days provide time for labs, speaking activities, projects, material distribution, etc.

 Check the Upper School Calendar here.

Lower School Hybrid Learning Plan

Students in Lower School’s hybrid learning receive in-person learning with their classroom teacher two or three days per week. A designated “distance learning teacher” will manage remote learning, including daily check-ins, assessment, and communication on the remaining days.

Check the Lower School Calendar here.

Distance Learning Plan Option

When school is in either the Hybrid or In-Person models, families may instead chose the full Distance Learning option at any time should they feel uncomfortable sending their children to school.

The purpose of distance learning is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in virtual, meaningful, and relevant learning in a remote environment. Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). A distance learning day will count as a student attendance day.

Upper School Distance Learning Plan

Upper School teachers will provide necessary assignments and instructional materials on all individual Google Classrooms by 7:40 AM on each day. During remote learning, classroom teachers will deliver lessons, facilitate classroom discussions, and create opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers who are completing lessons on-campus. All Upper School students will follow their usual class schedule each day, ensuring they may join class discussions via Google Meet when appropriate.

Lower School Distance Learning Plan

Lower School students will receive daily instruction from an experienced, licensed teacher who is proficient in the target language. Distance learning teachers will partner with classroom teachers to ensure pacing and continuity. They will use a variety of technology resources to engage students in meaningful and relevant learning, and will provide daily interaction including class meetings, small group instruction, and office hours through Zoom. The majority of instruction, communication, and assignments will be found on one learning platform.
• Grades K-3: Seesaw

• Grades 4-5: Google Classroom

Technology Support

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About Purchasing A Device For A Student

Any device that has a microphone or camera will suffice, including an iPad or other tablet, Chromebook, MacBook, or other portable computer, or a desktop computer. LILA students typically use the following devices in the classroom:
● Grades K-3 – iPad with microphone and camera
● Grade 4-12 – Chromebook with microphone and camera
Families may also want to consider the transition from iPad to Chromebook in Grade 4 when deciding what to purchase; also, a Chromebook for a student in Grade 3 is acceptable.

Device Requirements21

About Borrowing a LILA Device For A Student

School-issued devices are available for check out. Parents/guardians are required to make an appointment to check out the device, as these devices will carry a fine if lost, stolen, or damaged. Please complete the appropriate form below to reserve a school-issued device and we will contact you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Upper School – Device Reservation Form
Lower School – Device Reservation Form

About Internet Access

Students need adequate internet access to participate in virtual meetings and complete school assignments. Minimum bandwidth for the LILA product suite is 1 Mbps (Megabit per second) upload and 1 Mbps download. This excludes dial-up services. Several free and low-cost options are listed below. If cost is still a barrier, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for assistance in finding options.

Area Internet Service Providers:
Midcontinent Communications
Frontier Communications
T Mobile/Sprint

Lifeline Free or Low-Cost Internet Access:
Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet access service, or voice-broadband bundled service purchased from participating providers.
CenturyLink Lifeline Program
Midco Lifeline Program
Frontier Communications Lifeline Program
T-Mobile/Sprint Lifeline Program
Verizon Lifeline Program

Other Free or Low-Cost Devices/Internet Access Services:
Washington County Library - Chromebook and Mobile Hotspot Loaner Program
Comcast Internet Essentials
Xfinity Free WiFi

Low-Cost Telephone Service:
Minnesota Telephone Assistance Program

COVID Safety

Let's Stay Safe And Healthy

We all have concerns and questions about COVID-19. Many of the most common questions are listed below. Please know that LILA’s health office staff is committed to the safety of the LILA community, and we will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to address the possibility of COVID-19 cases among our students or staff.

What measures is LILA putting in place to prevent COVID-19? What has LILA done to prepare for the possibility of COVID-19 cases at school among staff and students?

• Assigned our Licensed School Nurse to oversee our COVID-19 prevention and response strategies in partnership with the MDH.
• Appointed a COVID-19 Coordinator at each building to assist in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and protocols to ensure alignment with best practices.
• Maintained contact with MDH partners who provide timely guidance on any suspected or confirmed cases.
• Developed daily COVID-19 screening protocols that will be implemented by parents or guardians prior to sending their child(ren) to school.
• Participated in Regional Support Teams in collaboration with the MDH and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to ensure plans align with current safety guidelines. This collaboration will continue throughout the school year.
• Developed safety protocols for day-to-day operations in effective sanitizing, mask usage, social distancing, and hand hygiene.
• Provided comprehensive staff education on recognition of symptoms, cleaning protocols, mask usage guidance, social distancing, and hand hygiene.

What if there is a positive case in my child's class?
If one of our students or staff members tests positive for COVID-19, our school health office and district leadership will immediately work with the MDH to determine next steps. MDH will investigate the circumstances of the case and recommend next steps for the school and for any close contacts of the person who tested positive. If it is determined that students and staff within the school were in close contact and exposed, the recommendation from MDH could include quarantine of close contacts or closing an entire classroom, grade-level, or school.

What if there is a suspected case in my child's class?

If a student shows symptoms of respiratory illness at school, the health office assistant will isolate the student in a COVID Care Room until he or she can be picked up by a caregiver. If it is determined that students or staff were in close contact and exposed to a positive case of COVID  the recommendation from MDH could include quarantine of close contacts only or closing an entire classroom, grade-level, or school.

What if a student or family member has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been tested and is awaiting results?

• Stay home and away from other people, even household members.
• Wear a mask.
• Avoid sharing household items.
• Wash your hands often.

NOTE: All members of the household should stay home while awaiting test results. A negative test result does not automatically mean a return to school or work. LILA will be following the most up-to-date MDH Decision Tree. This information is subject to change. The final decision will be made in collaboration with care providers, the school nurse, and Regional Support Team.

How do I get tested?

A list of community testing sites can be found here.
We also encourage you to reach out to your care provider to discuss symptoms and testing at the local level.

Will parents be notified immediately if there is a positive case?

LILA will notify parents of a positive case as soon as possible, following guidance from MDH. There is a delay in getting COVID-19 test results ranging from a few hours to days; however, we will begin working with the Regional Support Team and MDH as soon as any case is suspected and will follow their protocols for communication.

Will my child's privacy be protected if he or she tests positive for COVID-19?

LILA will follow all privacy guidelines established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Minnesota's Mask Requirement

As of July 25, 2020, per the Minnesota Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone in those spaces.

What are the mask age requirements?

Masks are required in school for all staff and all students.

What type of masks are acceptable at school?

Although there is emerging research on the efficacy of various types of masks, the following types of face coverings are currently allowed. The list will be subject to change per MDH recommendations.
• Paper or disposable mask
• Cloth mask
• Scarf
• Neck gaiter
• Bandana
• Religious face covering
Note: All masks must cover the nose and mouth completely, not be overly tight, and should feel comfortable to wear. LILA will continue to follow the guidance of health experts, including the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

Are clear plastic face shields acceptable?

A face shield (a clear plastic barrier that covers the face) may be used as an alternative to a face covering in the following situations:
• By teachers (all grades), when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process.
• For staff, students, or visitors who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition.
• For staff providing direct support student services when a face covering impedes the service being provided.
Note: For optimal protection, the face shield should extend below the chin anteriorly, to the ears laterally, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece.

Are there exceptions to the mask requirement?

Those who meet the following criteria should not wear masks:
• Students who are unable to remove their own face covering without assistance.
• Students who cannot tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition.
• Children under the age of two should never wear a mask.
• Anyone who is having trouble breathing or unconscious.
Note: LILA reserves the right to require a letter from a medical provider for mask exemptions in school unless the student is covered under an IEP.

Are there times when students may remove their face covering?

Staff, students, and other people present in school buildings or in district offices may temporarily remove their face covering or face shield in the following situations:
• When engaging in classes or activities conducted outdoors, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible.
• During activities, such as swimming or showering, where the face covering will get wet.
• While receiving a service, including nursing, medical, or personal care services, that cannot be performed or is difficult to perform when the individual receiving the service is wearing a face covering.
• When the wearer needs to remove their face covering to eat or drink, though care should be taken to maintain as much space as possible between people while doing so.
• When required by school staff for the purposes of identification.
• Staff working alone in their offices, classrooms, vehicles, or job locations that have no person-to-person interaction.
• When communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with a face covering difficult, provided that social distancing is maintained to the extent possible.

Does the mask requirement apply to school buses?

Per the Forest Lake Area Schools - ISD #831, masks will be required on school buses under the same guidelines as outlined above.

Child Care

LILA Explorer Club / Little Explorer Child Care & Child Care for Critical Workers

LILA’s Explorer Club and Little Explorers programs at the Lower School and Kinder Center provides safe, fun, and caring programs to engage your student in play and age-appropriate enrichment activities.

Please note that our child care service depends on the Safe Learning Model that LILA has implemented, which may change during the school year. All three models are described below. Currently, we are using the Hybrid Learning Model.

In-Person Learning:

• Before- and after-school care for Lower School and Kinder Prep Preschool students provided on a fee basis as space allows.

Hybrid Learning:

• School-aged children of Tier 1 Essential Workers receive child care provided free of charge during the school day.
• Before- and after-school care provided on a fee basis as space allows.
• Children may ride buses to LILA.

Distance Learning:

• School-aged children of Tier 1 Essential Workers receive child care provided free of charge during the school day.

Important Child Care Information For Parents

Our programs will operate under updated practices, guidelines, and an IMPORTANT ADDENDUM to the handbook, created in accordance with the guidance put out by the Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health.

Availability depends upon responses and needs of currently enrolled families, with priority given to Tier 1 workers.

Registration for the Explorer Club and Little Explorer programs has closed. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.


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 revised 8.18.20).

Care will be provided for kindergarteners and students up to 12 years of age, 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: 

Call 651-252-6720 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please Note These Important Revised Guidelines as of 11/9/20

On days school is in session as outlined in LILA’s school-board approved calendar, and during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 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 child care before and/or after the regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., child care will be available to families registered for Explorer Club. 


Location for this child-care service will be at Lakes International Language Academy Main Campus. 

Nutritional Services:

  • 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. 

Transportation Services:

  • Services are available to families residing within Forest Lake Area School District boundaries.
  • Pick-up and drop-off will align with the 7:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. child-care timeframe. 
  • Pick-up and drop-off times for children will be determined by the FLAS Transportation Department.
  • Questions? Please contact Laine Krohnke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Extracurricular Activities

LILA recognizes the importance of extra-curricular in the lives of students. We follow current COVID-related guidance from the Minnesota State High School League, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Department of Education for all activities. For a list of available sports and activities, click here.


Large group gatherings, including assemblies, or other events are not permitted at this time.

Nutrition Services

Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

The USDA has extended the Summer Meals Program to allow all children 18 and under the opportunity to receive free breakfast and free lunch through June 2021. Students attending school, participating in hybrid learning, distance learning, or a child under 18 in the community can participate in the free program. LILA partners with the Forest Lake Area School District to provide nutritious meals to students.

How It Works
• Pick up meal bundles at one of the listed designated locations below. 

• All meal bundles include 2 or 3 days worth of breakfast and lunches.

• All meals can be stored in your refrigerator/freezer to heat up at home.

• Heating instructions for all meals can be found on the menus on the nutrition website.

Distance Learning Days: Grab & Go Meals

Breakfast and lunch will be offered free of charge to all students during their distance learning days except non-school days. Students do not have to be present at pick-up; parents/guardians may pick up on their behalf.

New Pick Up Process Starting Tuesday, December 1
Families may pick up 2- or 3-day meal bundles every Tuesday & Thursday when Forest Lake Area Schools are in session.

Option 1: Pick Up Time 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 
• Every Tuesday & Thursday
▪ Columbus Elementary - 17345 Notre Dame Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (Door #1)

▪ Forest Lake Elementary - 408 SW 4th Street, Forest Lake, MN 55025 (Door #5)

▪ Lino Lakes Elementary - 725 Main Street, Lino Lake, MN 55014 (Door #1)

▪ Linwood Elementary - 21900 Typo Creek Drive NE, Wyoming, MN 55092 (Door #2)

▪ Scandia Elementary - 14351 Scandia Trail N, Scandia, MN 55073 (Door #1)

▪ Wyoming Elementary - 25701 Forest Boulevard N, Wyoming, MN 55092 (Door #1)

▪ Forest Lake Sr. High - 6101 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, MN 55025 (Front Door)

Option 2: Pick Up Time 4:00 p.m.-6:00p.m. • Every Tuesday & Thursday
▪ Forest Lake Sr. High - 6101 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, MN 55025 (Front Door)

Hybrid Learning Model Meals

Visit the Cafeteria page for more information.

Community Resources for Families - General

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. 

Community Resources for Families - Food


Bag lunches and prepared heat-and-serve dinners are available from our YMCA Forest Lake partners throughout the summer. Pick up is available Monday-Friday from noon-1:00 pm at the YMCA Forest Lake while supplies last.

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

Community Resources for Families - 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

SPTS-USA: Suicide Prevention Resources for Youth, Educators and Parents

Teen Mental Health: General Mental Health Resources

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