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Posted Friday, April 24, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Walz made a public declaration that all Minnesota schools will be closed through the end of the school year.  Distance learning will continue through the scheduled school year.  Spring sports have also been canceled by the Minnesota State High School League as of yesterday.  As the original calendar states, the last school day will be Wednesday, May 20 for Pillager students.

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Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Dear Husky Students and Parents,
 
Due to the school closure and the uncertainty of when school sponsored large events will resume, Prom is postponed.  We encourage students and families to refrain from making any Prom related purchases.   Thank you.

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 Posted Monday, March 23, 2020 at 2:00
PARENT COMMUNICATION -
DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN
(link)

plus details about pickup of belongings at school
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 Posted Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

As you know, Pillager Schools have shifted to distance learning beginning March 30, 2020, this includes school counseling staff. 
Any student in need of mental health support/check in, can email either Stacy Germundson (MS 5th-8th grade sgermundson@isd116.org) or Sue Turner (HS 9th-12th grade sturner@isd116.org) to schedule a time to connect.  Beginning March 30, our new office hours are M-F, 10:00 - 3:30 pm. 
In the event of a mental health crisis, please contact 911 or visit the nearest ER. The following are additional resources for mental health support.
Crisis Text Line:  TEXT HELLO 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

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 Posted Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00 pm
GOOGLE ACCOUNT LOG-IN
Here's a video to remind student how to sign in to their Pillager School google account

Please check your account often!

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Posted Tuesday, March 17 at 11:00 am
FAMILY SURVEY
If you did not respond the the survey that was sent about meals and childcare, please do so as soon as possible.  Here is the link 

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Posted Monday, March 16 at 11:45 am

Here is a document from the
MN Dept of Education with QandA
(click on it for a larger/printable version)


MDE QandA

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Posted Sunday, March 15 at 5:55 pm

PROTOCOL FOR SCHOOL VISITORS
The following protocols will be in place in the Pillager School District until further notice
  • For the safety of students, staff and community, only district personnel (those on payroll and contracted partners) are permitted inside schools. Visitors and volunteers will not be admitted to school at this time, which includes school lunch and walking students to class.

  • Family visits during the school day will be limited to scheduled school business. 

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Posted Sunday, March 15 at 5:50 pm
CRUISE SHIP AND TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff

We know that many of you may be returning or are attempting to return from travel this past week from areas that have been more highly affected by COVID-19.  The CDC is currently recommending that those that return from a cruise, even without a known case of COVID-19 being diagnosed while on the cruise ship, limit exposure to other individuals for 14 days.  Please put these recommendations into effect over the next two days while school remains in session.  Your child's absence will be excused.  That being said, if you are returning from a cruise or travel from areas more affected with the virus, we would like you to remain home prior to our scheduled closure on Wednesday.  Our goal as a community is to limit exposure to those that remain in the incubation period and unknowingly spread the virus on to those around them.


Michael Malmberg
Superintendent

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Posted Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 noon 
SCHOOL CLOSURE

Dear Pillager Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff

Due to the Governor’s announcement this morning of closing school due to the COVID-19 situation, we will be closing school beginning Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 27th

School will remain open on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th to give parents ample time to prepare for care of their children during the closure time period.  Parents may choose to keep students home on either of these days.  These will be excused absences.  Please notify the offices by email or by phone if you are planning to keep your child home. There will not be any extra curricular practices on either Monday or Tuesday.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18th, Fun Stop will provide daycare services for those of you that are essential employees working in healthcare, emergency medical services, and fire and law enforcement services.  Please contact Fun Stop if you have further questions.  Little Huskies will remain open for those that are currently registered during the school closure.

Further communication will be sent to parents as soon as it is available concerning future student learning services along with breakfast and lunch meal services.  Staff should expect to receive additional communication later today.

We will do our best to help our families that are in need and will help support them any way that is possible.  Our staff is committed to be here for our families and to continue to provide education with the same dedication as we do everyday. 

As another Superintendent stated in a previous press release, we may not know for sure if we over reacted to this situation but it will be very apparent if we under react or did too little.  Stay safe and together we will succeed.

Michael Malmberg, Superintendent


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Posted Saturday, March 14 at 10:50 am
ACTIVITIES/ATHLETIC SCHEDULE CHANGES

Pillager Families,
Following directives/recommendations from the MDE, MDH, and the MSHSL concerning the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all athletic/activity competitions will be postponed/canceled until April 6th.  At this time, spring athletic programs can still practice and hold tryouts.
This will include the HS Musical and the ED Foundation dinner scheduled for this weekend.  We will share more information regarding the rescheduling of the HS Musical at a later date.

Thanks!
Wade Mortenson

https://mshsllivestorage.blob.core.windows.net/public/MSHSLSpringSportsLimitationsMarch13_2020.pdf.pdf


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Posted Friday, March 13, at 1:45 pm

The Speech contest for this weekend has been canceled. Also, the NSDA tournament in Little Falls on March 20-21 has been postponed until further notice.

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Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Dear Pillager Families and Staff,

Many people have questions about the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus called COVID-19, especially how it may affect schools.  We want to assure you that district and school leaders are actively discussing the potential impact the emerging virus may have for our school. 

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely monitoring the situation and regularly providing guidance.  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) collaboratively take the lead on decisions regarding school closures or other impact on schools that could result from outbreaks of contagious conditions.  Pillager Public Schools will be in close contact with MDH and MDE if it is deemed school closure is necessary during the course of the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep students and staff safe.

What can we do now to protect ourselves at home and school? 1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. 2. Cover your cough and sneeze. 3. If you or your child is sick, stay home from work, school, and activities. 4. Do not return to work or school until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. You should feel well enough to participate in activities that are required for a normal day. 5. Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay at home for an extended period of time. This includes being prepared for the potential of school closure. 6. Frequently clean high-traffic area in your home. 7. If you or your family has traveled out of the country, please be mindful of the travel advisories for that area and any further monitoring that has been recommended.
What are we doing at Pillager Public Schools to reduce the spread of infection? 1. Encouraging students to foam their hands with hand sanitizer when entering and leaving classrooms. 2. Additional sanitation of high-traffic areas with effective products, e.g. water fountains, handrails, door knobs, desks, etc. 3. Making changes to our food service, including temporarily suspending the use of some shared items in the cafeteria, e.g. condiments, ice scoops, water jugs. Additional changes may be warranted at a later time. 4. We are in the process of revamping the perfect attendance awards given to students.

Just for your information, here is a brief presentation by the World Health Organization that provides background on the coronavirus, and the MN Department of Health has published a Coronavirus 2019 webpage (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html) with the most current information for schools and families to monitor.  

Any necessary closures due to illnesses will be guided by direction provided by the Governor, the MDH, and MDE.  The best we can share at this time is to stay tuned for future communications as we work with our state healthcare experts. We know this issue is on all of our minds and is the top news story being replayed around the clock. We will provide updates as appropriate if we anticipate a larger impact on our school.


Sincerely,


Michael Malmberg

Superintendent






     

Calendar Changes

1. Driver's Ed classroom has been postponed to a later date.

2. The Ed Foundation dinner has been cancelled.

3. The HS Musical is postponed to a later date.

4. Special Olympic activities have been cancelled.

5. All athletic/activity competitions will be postponed/cancelled until April 6
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