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.

All of us are excited for a new school year and the opportunity to share in your child's academic, social, and emotional learning. We remain committed to the "whole child" educational approach, immersion language acquistion, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Currently, LILA students will return to school using the Hybrid Learning Plan for both Upper School and Lower School. Please read more here.

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.


WILL YOUR CHILD BE ABSENT TODAY?

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.

IF...

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

THEN...

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME

  • DO NOT CALL THE ABSENCE LINE.
  • Report your absence to MyLILA.org/absent-today.
  • The school nurse will contact you to discuss a return to school date.

IF...

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.

THEN...

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME

  • DO NOT CALL THE ABSENCE LINE.
  • Report your absence to MyLILA.org/absent-today.
  • The school nurse will contact you to discuss a return to school date.

IF...

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

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

THEN...


QUICK LINKS:

  • Report an Absence
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  • Infinite Campus Parent Portal

NUMBERS TO KNOW:

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 Department of Health Hotline: 651-201-3920.
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.


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 or see below.

Hybrid Calendar 20 21 Upper page 001

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 or see below.

Hybrid Calendar 20 21 compressed page 001

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:
CenturyLink
Midcontinent Communications
Frontier Communications
T Mobile/Sprint
Verizon
AT&T

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 Internet Access Services:
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. Simultaneously, our licensed school nurse will provide families with exclusion protocol, encourage them to reach out to the child’s care provider, and consult with the Regional Support Team and MDH for recommendations for further action.

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 beginning in kindergarten. Students in Kinder Prep Preschool are not required to wear masks.

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:
• Among students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 when wearing a face covering is problematic or it impedes the educational process.
• 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.
• When engaging in indoor physical activity where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult, 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.
• Pre-kindergarten students age 5 years and younger participating in programming in a school building or district office.
• 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.
• During indoor practices or performances involving singing, acting, public speaking, or playing musical instruments where a face covering cannot be used while playing the instrument, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible.
• 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.
• Staff working in communal spaces that have barriers such as Plexiglas or cubicle walls between employees that are above face level.
• 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

We are excited to open LILA’s Explorer Club and Little Explorers programs at the Lower School and Kinder Center, providing 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 expect to return to school 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.

#WeAreOneLILA!

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

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.

Fees:

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: 

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.

Events:

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

Nutrition Services

LILA partners with the Forest Lake Area School District to provide nutritious meals to students while in school.

Hybrid Learning Model Meals

The current hybrid learning model meal plan includes a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for Lower School students, and a grab-and-go breakfast and hot lunch for Upper School students.

Visit the Cafeteria page for more information.

Breakfast and lunch are currently being offered free of charge to ALL students. This program will be in effect until December 31 or when USDA funding runs out, whichever comes first. A la carte, extra milk, or extra food items are not included in the free meal program, but are available to purchase. 

Distance Learning Days: Grab & Go Meals

Grab & Go meals are available to LILA students on distance learning days. Breakfast and lunch may be picked up curbside at Forest Lake Area High School from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the days school is in session.

The USDA free meal program includes Grab & Go. 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.
Curbside pickup is available at these locations:
Forest Lake Area High School - Main Entrance
Forest Lake Elementary - North Entrance
Wyoming - Main Entrance
Lino Lakes - Main Entrance
This program will continue until December 31 or until funds run out, whichever comes first.

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

If your child(ren) qualified for free or reduced-price meals for the 2019 – 2020 school year, they are currently on TEMPORARY APPROVAL through October 23, 2020. To qualify for meal benefits for the 2020 – 2021 school year, you must reapply.

The FLAS Nutrition Department recommends applying online at here instead of using a paper application. The information requested is the same in the online and paper application. If you are unable to apply online, applications will be available in your school's main office. Please visit the FLAS nutrition services website to find answers to common application questions.

State funds help pay for reduced-price school meals, so all students who are approved for either free or reduced-price school meals will receive them at no charge. Milk break and ala carte items are NOT included in this program. Should you choose not to reapply, your TEMPORARY BENEFITS will EXPIRE on October 23, 2020. This means you will need to pay for meals for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

2020-2021 School Year Meal Costs:
Kindergarten breakfast - Free
Elementary breakfast - $1.35
Secondary breakfast - $1.55
Elementary lunch - $2.60
Secondary lunch - $2.80

If you have other questions or need assistance, please contact Judy Liebsch, Nutrition Services Sr. Admin. Assistant at 651-982-8396 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

FREE YMCA Meals

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

Teen Health: Stress & Coping Resources

Teen Health: General Mental Health Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Information coming soon.