All elementary schools will continue operating with the In-Person model at this time.

There will be no model change in elementary schools at this time.  Since the number of elementary students in the county who are contracting COVID-19 is extremely low and elementary schools are still very safe places to learn and work, we will continue allowing elementary students to attend school in person. 

Individualized Support Services

English Learners
Bemidji Area Schools will provide distance learning support to our English learner population through Google Meets.  Our English learner students will following their regular schedule by logging into their Google Classroom at the designated time.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Vickie B. Wangberg

Vickie_Wangberg@isd31.net

Special Education
Special education students will receive services based on their Individualized Education Programs (IEP/IFSP for Early Childhood Students).  In some rare instances, students receiving special education services may be in need of additional in-person or online services based on IEP needs.  The following data will be reviewed to determine if additional support is needed in order for the students to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education:

▪      IEP goals and objectives

▪      Related Services needs

▪      Federal Setting

▪      Positive Behavior Support plans

▪      Progress on IEP goals and objectives during Distance Learning

Changes in Special Education services will be developed through discussion by the IEP team once school staff return to work.

The district will follow state guidance regarding staff personal protective equipment (PPE) for all students who need personal and/or medical care.

Families in Transition/Homeless
If you are experiencing housing instability or a youth living on your own (unaccompanied), you may qualify for the Bemidji School District’s McKinney-Vento Program. The McKinney-Vento liaison will work collaboratively to provide an individualized plan for students and families experiencing housing transition. There are several key protections under the McKinney-Vento Act that will impact student learning in a Hybrid Learning Model or Distance Learning Model. 

We recognize that students experiencing housing transition or who are unaccompanied may need additional technology and resources to access learning, require additional time and support to complete online work or need to receive communication intended for parents/guardians. 

 
Children who qualify for McKinney-Vento are entitled to educational benefits including transportation, free breakfast and lunch. If your family is experiencing housing transition, including living with another family or in a temporary living facility due to loss of housing or financial hardship, please contact:

Alea Stoll

218-368-1059

alea_stoll@isd31.net.

McKinney-Vento Website: https://sites.google.com/isd31.net/familiesintransition/home