Northern Lights Academy

Safe Learning Plan

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

 as of August 19, 2021

Northern Lights Academy Cooperative #6096-52

2021-2022 

Below is a list of recommendations and practices, drafted in consultation with Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative school districts and local Public Health, that are intended to allow our school to function in order to meet our students' academic, social, and emotional needs.

All recommendations are subject to change based on Covid circumstances and/or government mandates.

Masks

1.  Per MDH and CDC recommendations, all those that enter any Northern Lights Academy school sites are strongly encouraged to wear a mask. This includes staff, students, and visitors. 

2. Families and staff are encouraged to make the best decision for them individually. If a family wishes for their child to wear a mask, please contact the building principal. NLA staff will encourage the student to wear the mask as requested by the family.

3. Federal law currently requires masks on all public transportation. School vans, suburbans, buses and other vehicles are considered public transportation, so masks will continue to be required during transportation. This is a federal mandate.

4. If our region sees an increase in COVID-19 spread, we will work in conjunction with Carlton County Public Health to consider changes to our masking practices.

Vaccinations

1. COVID-19 vaccination will not be required (including any verification) for staff or students. 

2. Requiring vaccines for students would require changes to legislative language, found at MN Statute 121A.15. The Coronavirus vaccine is not currently listed. Unless that state language is changed, the coronavirus vaccine will not be required for students. 

3. Staff vaccination requirements are not being considered at this time. 

4. Our school district will continue supporting staff, students, and the community in accessing vaccines, including sharing information on vaccinations and upcoming clinics. 

Visitors and Activities

1. Visitors will not currently be limited beyond our normal visitor policy.  However, if levels of influenza-like illnesses (ILI), including COVID-19, reach 5% or greater, allowing visitors in a building will be temporarily suspended.

2. Visitors to our schools are strongly recommended to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

3. If our region sees an increase in COVID-19 spread, we will work in conjunction with Carlton County Public Health and our school board to consider changes to our visitor practices.

Social Distancing

1. The CDC recommends a minimum of three (3) feet for all indoor activities. Our staff will work to keep students socially distanced when possible. 

3. Principal and maintenance staff will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests from staff for barriers or other mitigation strategies.

4. If our region sees an increase in COVID-19 spread, we will work in conjunction with Carlton County Public Health to consider changes to our distancing practices.

Cleaning and handwashing

1. We will continue to clean classrooms and common areas daily. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly. Hand sanitizer is also available for student and staff use throughout the buildings.

2. Disinfecting materials will be made available to all teachers.

3. Custodial staff will disinfect classrooms and common areas periodically.

4. Principal and maintenance staff will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests from staff for barriers or mitigation strategies.

Quarantine/Isolation

1. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, the district will conduct contact tracing. We will seek assistance from Carlton County Public Health when needed. The person with a positive case will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms or positive test, along with improved symptoms and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine.

2. All identified close contacts and their families will be notified as soon as possible.

3. In each school building, if the total number of influenza-like illnesses (ILI), including COVID-19, is under 5.0% of staff and students, quarantines for close contacts will be highly encouraged but not required. 

4. Close contacts with the infected person when both parties were wearing masks, will not be required to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms. However, quarantine is recommended.

5. Staff and students who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms, but they may if they wish.

6. If any building reaches 5.0% or higher of influenza-like illnesses (ILI), including COVID-19 we will require a quarantine period of seven (7) days for close contacts. If the quarantining person does not have symptoms they may test after five (5) days of last contact and return to school with a negative test. Otherwise close contacts who do not have any symptoms may return after seven (7) days.

7. All staff and students should self-quarantine when showing one common or two uncommon COVID-19 symptoms. They can return when they do not have symptoms for 24 hours. This includes no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. 

8. Students who develop one common or two uncommon symptoms while at school will be promptly sent home. Students will be required to wear a mask in the nurse’s office while waiting for pickup. 

All recommendations are subject to change based on Covid circumstances and/or government mandates.


Past COVID-19 Information:

Right arrow NLA COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies as of August 19, 2021

Right arrow Northern Lights Academy 2020-21 Safe Learning Plan (includes all 3 learning models) 

Right arrow NLA School Closure and Distance Learning Plan (updated May 5, 2020)

Right arrow Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Rights Poster



Location
302 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-878-3060
fax: 218-878-3061

Contacts
Barb Mackey x8000, Assistant Special Education Director (bmackey@nlacoop.org)
Emily Brown x8004, Special Education Teacher (ebrown@nlacoop.org)
Amelia Calverley x8006, Direct 878-3062, Special Education Teacher (acalverley@nlacoop.org)
Morgan Warbalow x8005, Special Education Teacher (mwarbalow@nlacoop.org)
Lisa Dalbec x8004, Social Worker (ldalbec@nlacoop.org)
Raeanne Bergren x8001, Administrative Assistant (rbergren@nlacoop.org)
Caleb Komarek x8003, EBD Teacher (ckomarek@nlacoop.org)
Susan Moriarity x800 , Special Education Teacher (smoriarity@nlacoop.org)


Mission Statement

The Northern Lights Academy (NLA) mission is to support children and youth with significant emotional and behavioral needs, as well as those with low incidence disabilities. We provide academic, social and functional skill development, and mental health services to students from the member school districts of The Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative.

Our goal is to foster learning, promote independence, cultivate social and behavior skills, work in partnerships with families, and support students to become successful learners in their least restrictive environment, as well as active, productive members of our communities.


2021-22 School Year Information

For the 2021-22 school year, the NLA will offer Setting 4 Special Education programs for up to 34 students in grades K-8, who need an alternative educational placement. Contact your school's principal for more information.

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