Distance Learning

What will distance learning look like for my child?

Parnassus’ distance learning program will offer a blended model that utilizes both digital and analog methods and materials. All students will receive any required materials and assignments in a weekly work packet that will be delivered to each student’s residence using our bus network. The materials will be sent and returned in large, zip-top plastic freezer bags which will also contain any needed school supplies. This paper work will be accompanied by instructional videos as well as phone calls from teachers and staff for students without internet access or internet-capable devices. Differentiated instruction will be provided through our daily points of contact with each student.

Parnassus Distance Learning Plan – Updated 03.27.2020


Distance Learning Weekly Work for 04/13/2020 – 04/17/2020


More Resources for Families

You can access your child’s weekly work and more on our Parnassus Teacher Webpages. Please, note you will need the website password that has been published in the Columns and that can be provided to you by contacting your child’s teacher or the main office.

Just for Fun

Visit the “Jollification” page of the Teacher Webpages for fun activities you can do remotely during the distance learning period.


Distance Learning: Frequently Asked Questions

What will distance learning look like for my child?

Parnassus’ distance learning program will offer a blended model that utilizes both digital and analog methods and materials. All students will receive any required materials and assignments in a weekly work packet that will be delivered to each student’s residence using our bus network. The materials will be sent and returned in large, zip-top plastic freezer bags which will also contain any needed school supplies. This paper work will be accompanied by instructional videos as well as phone calls from teachers and staff for students without internet access or internet-capable devices. Differentiated instruction will be provided through our daily points of contact with each student.

Information for School of Grammar Students:

  • All School of Grammar students will receive their weekly work materials, which will be delivered to their homes using our bus network. The weekly work materials will include a goldenrod checklist cover sheet, outlining the assignments for the week for each subject. All parents or guardians must complete a signed consent form for materials to be deliver to their home.
  • School of Grammar students will have between one and two hours of school work to complete each day.
  • School of Grammar scholars will have daily assignments for math and reading, and have assignments for history, science, memorization/recitation, Latin, Spanish, art, music, and physical education/Taekwondo. SOG scholars will also have daily penmanship practice as part of their assignments.
  • All materials needed to complete the weekly work assignments will be provided, including copies of any readings, and extra paper. However, teachers will also be recording short, explanatory videos to accompany assignments, which will be posted on the teacher webpages.
  • A PDF copy of all assignments will be available on the teacher webpages as well as on the Distance Learning page of the school website.
  • The goldenrod checklist cover sheet, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, will be returned to school along with any completed work. Any other materials on goldrenrod paper should also be returned. The checklist and completed work will be picked up by school bus when the next week’s assignments are delivered.
  • Your child will be contacted by at least one of his or her teachers each day for a progress check.
  • As teachers have availability during the school day, they will be checking for and responding to parent emails.
  • Materials will be dropped off and picked up every Friday. For our first week, materials will be dropped off on Monday and picked up on Friday.
  • We will notify you of your material drop-off and pick-up times using our normal communication channels (Infinite Campus & School Messenger).
  • After materials have been picked up and returned to school, they will sit unopened for 48 hours, after which time staff at school will scan the completed work to teachers for grading.

Information for School of Logic Students:

  • All School of Logic students will receive their weekly work materials, which will be delivered to their homes using our bus network. The weekly work materials will include a goldenrod checklist cover sheet, outlining the assignments for the week for each subject. All parents or guardians must complete a signed consent form for materials to be deliver to their home.
  • School of Logic students will have between two and three hours of school work to complete each day.
  • School of Logic scholars will have daily assignments for math and English, twice weekly assignments for logic, and weekly assignments for science, history, Latin, Spanish, art, physical education, and music.
  • All materials needed to complete the weekly work assignments will be provided, including copies of any readings, and extra paper. However, teachers will also be recording short, explanatory videos to accompany assignments, which will be linked in Infinite Campus.
  • The goldenrod checklist cover sheet, which must be signed by a parent or guardian, will be returned to school along with any completed work. Any other materials on goldrenrod paper should also be returned. The checklist and completed work will be picked up by school bus when the next week’s assignments are delivered.
  • A PDF copy of all assignments will be available in Infinite Campus as well as on the Distance Learning page of the school website.
  • Your child will be contacted by at least one of his or her teachers each day for a progress check.
  • As teachers have availability during the school day, they will be checking for and responding to parent emails.
  • Materials will be dropped off and picked up Friday. For our first week, materials will be dropped off on Monday and picked up on Friday.
  • We will notify you of your material drop-off and pick-up times using our normal communication channels (Infinite Campus & School Messenger).
  • After materials have been picked up and returned to school, they will sit unopened for 48 hours, after which time staff at school will scan the completed work to teachers for grading.

Information for School of Rhetoric Students:

  • School of Rhetoric students will have more online/web-based assignments than the younger students in the SOL and SOG.
  • School of Rhetoric students will have between three and five hours of school work per day. Scholars in CIS, Advanced Placement/AP, or upper-level honors courses can expect to have more work than other students.
  • School of Rhetoric students will access their assignments through Infinite Campus, as they would normally.
  • Teachers will record short, explanatory videos to accompany assignments, which will also be posted in Infinite Campus.
  • A paper copy of all assignment materials may be provided to families by request and can dropped off at their homes using our bus network. All parents or guardians must complete a signed consent form for materials to be delivered to their home.
  • Students will have at least one assigned online discussion time each week in their Harkness courses. These discussions will be held online using Microsoft Teams, which students can access with their Parnassus student email account.
  • Students without internet access will be provided with a transcript of any required discussion and will be asked to provide a written response.
  • Students will have direct contact with at least one of their teachers each day. This contact may take the form of a phone call, email, or online discussion through teams.
  • Teachers will be available during “office hours” between 10:00am and 2:00pm for questions via email and Microsoft Teams.
  • School of Rhetoric students will be contacted by teachers through their Parnassus student email accounts. The teachers will provide expectations for their classes, how class discussions will work, and how to submit completed assignments.
  • If your child cannot access his or her Parnassus student email account or Infinite Campus account, please contact Principal Hamiel at hamiel@parnassusprep.com.

General Distance Learning Questions

What does Governor Walz’s executive order state?

Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-19 declares that public school districts and charter schools will implement distance learning plans beginning March 30th, 2020. Currently, students are scheduled to resume in-person instruction at school on Tuesday, May 5th. If Governor Walz deems it necessary to continue distance learning beyond this period, staff and students would not report until the newly identified dates; however, the distance learning period has been identified by the governor as March 30th – May 4th.

What safety precautions are you taking to ensure that the materials you are sending home to my child are not contaminated by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Ms. Hahn, Parnassus’ school nurse, has worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to establish safety protocols for handling paper and other student materials. It is important to remember that this is not a likely way that COVID-19 is spread, the risk is very low and personal responsibility for hand hygiene and environmental cleaning exert the most control over limiting ways to contract COVID-19. Teachers and staff members who are preparing materials for students will wash their hands before and after handling materials, wear gloves, and sanitize work surfaces before and after handling materials. Materials will be packaged at least one day in advance and will sit overnight before being delivered to students. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Hahn at hahn@parnassusprep.com.

Will we still have spring break?

Parnassus will still hold our regularly scheduled spring break during the week of April 6th – 10th, 2020. During the spring break, we will not be providing instruction via distance learning or providing full day childcare. We will, however, be delivering meals during spring break.

What materials will my child need?

All materials required for completing assignments – including paper and pencils – will be delivered to your home in a sealed, labeled plastic bag. Your child can also use this bag to return materials to school. For SOG and SOL students, all assignments will be completed on paper, but you will need an internet-enabled device (such as a smartphone, gaming device, computer, or tablet) to access the short, explanatory videos that are being provided by the teachers. SOR students will need access to an internet-enabled device for most of their assignments.

What if I do not have the internet or an internet-capable device at home?

According to our family survey, most of our families have at least one internet-capable device at their homes. We know, however, than in many situations, multiple family members are sharing devices. We have tried to limit the amount of screen time necessary for each child. If you do not have internet access or an internet-capable device at home, please let your child’s teacher and the main office know by contacting Ms. Reiser at reiser@parnassusprep.com or 763.496.1416 ext. 201. We will work with you to answer questions and provide needed information over the telephone.

How will I know what time my child’s materials will be dropped off at our home?

We will notify you of your material drop-off and pick-up times using our normal communication channels (Infinite Campus & School Messenger).

How do I know who my child’s teachers are?

Families should still use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to see which teachers your child has and to track your child’s attendance, which we will enter each day.

I don’t have an Infinite Campus account and/or I forgot my password. How can I get access to Infinite Campus?

If you are unable to access your Infinite Campus account for any reason, please contact our office manager, Ms. Mester at mester@parnassusprep.com or at 763.496.1416 ext. 210.

How do I access the School of Grammar teacher website?

The School of Grammar teacher website can be found at www.parnassusteachers.com. Please contact your child’s teacher for the password.

My child is attending the a full-day childcare program. How will he or she be able to connect and interact with his or her teachers?

If your child will be attending a full-childcare program, please contact your child’s Principal so that we can work with the daycare provider to establish a protocol for our daily points of contact with our child.

Are extra-curricular sports and activities going to be canceled?

Until further notice, all extracurricular activities, including Minnesota High School League athletics, have been cancelled or postponed. All other Parnassus activities have been suspended indefinitely.


Attendance & Absences

How will attendance be taken during distance learning?

Parnassus’ distance learning plan includes daily points of contact with each student. Staff members, including classroom teachers, along with interventionists, art, music, physical education, and other teachers, will each be responsible for contacting a certain number of students daily. This contact may include a phone call,  video or web conference, or email correspondence, appropriate to the age of the child and the technology available to the family. The staff members will rotate among the students throughout the week so that each child is able to have contact with all of his or her teachers at least once during the learning week. After contact is made, affirmative attendance will be recorded in Infinite Campus, our school’s student information system.

At the end of each day, teachers will report to the main office staff the names of the students whom they were unable to contact. The office staff will then work to establish contact with the families.

If contact is made, the student’s positive attendance for the day will modified in Infinite Campus.

For students who we are unable to contact, positive attendance may be recorded if we receive completed school work for the day(s) in which they were unable to be contacted.

In the event that we do not hear from a student or family for two (2) or more days, the school Principals will work to establish contact with the family, and may enlist the aid of our school resource officer liaison in the Maple Grove Police Department.

How do I report my child absent due to illness?

Families may continue to report a student absence, such as one due to illness, by calling our attendance hotline at 763.496.1416, ext. 319 or by emailing the appropriate school office contact.


Assessment & Grading

How will my child be assessed by  his or her teachers? How will I know if my child is making progress in his or her learning?

During the distance learning period, most of your child’s assignments will be graded for completion rather than a score or letter grade. However, families will receive detailed written and verbal feedback on their child’s performance via our daily points of contact with teachers. We will keep you up to date on your child’s progress, as well as areas where extra practice or improvement are needed. School of Rhetoric students will receive letter grades for their Quarter 4 courses, which will be averaged with their Quarter 3 grades to determine their grade for the semester, which will be posted on their transcripts. School of Rhetoric families will receive separate information about grading during distance learning from Principal Hamiel.

Will my child still have to take the MCAs?

Parnassus will not be administering the MCAs this year. Earlier this month, U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos announced the department will waive the K-12 standardized test requirements for states affected by the virus. The Minnesota Education Commissioner has stated that Minnesota has applied for the waiver. In accordance with that waiver, the state has cancelled  the Minnesota Comprehensive exams.

Will we still be taking the SAT10s in May?

Parnassus will not be administering our nationally-normed assessment, the SAT10s, in May. We will administer the tests in the fall of 2020.

Will my child still be able to take the ACT and/or the SAT?

Parnassus was unable to participate in the spring ACT administrations due to the school closure. ACT is looking at plans to either extend the Late Spring Test Administration (for which Parnassus was scheduled) or to offer schools and districts the possibility of participating in one the summer exam administrations. Similarly, the College Board has cancelled the March and May SAT and SAT II Subject Test Administrations. We are in contact with the College Board and ACT, Inc. and will update you as new information becomes available.

Will my child still be able to take the Advanced Placement (AP) exams?

Students enrolled in AP courses should continue to prepare for their AP exams. The College Board has taken the unprecedented step of allowing students to take the Advanced Placement exams online at home on their own internet-enabled devices. More information will be available for families after April 3rd, 2020.


Communication

How will the school communicate with me?

Parnassus will continue to communicate with families through email, phone, and text message using our Infinite Campus and School Messenger platforms. We will also be posting updates on our school Instagram account, @parnassusprep. All information about distance learning can also be found on this page.

Additionally, you will be contacted by at least one of your child’s teachers or another Parnassus staff member each day. This contact may occur via phone, email, or web conference.

How can I contact school office and administration?

The school offices are closed to visitors but are open to conduct school business and will be able to respond to phone calls and emails. You can contact the school between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm by calling 763.496.1416.

Please feel free also to reach out to your school principals at the email addresses listed below. If you do not have email, you may leave a voicemail message for your child’s principal. The number and extensions are also listed below.

How can I contact my child’s teacher?

Your child’s teacher will be available via their normal school email address. All teacher contact information is available on the staff directory of our school website.


 Meals for Students

How do I order meals for my child during the distance learning period?

Families can order meals at any time by contacting Ms. Mester at mester@parnassusprep.com or by calling 763.496.1416. ext. 10. Families who have already requested meals through one of our survey forms do not need to place any new orders; they will continue to receive meals for the duration of the distance learning period.

How will I receive the meals that I have ordered for my child?

Meals will be delivered by our bus network twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. All parents or guardians must complete a signed consent form for materials to be deliver to their home.

What kind of meals will be provided?

Each students who requests meals will be provided with a breakfast, lunch, and two snacks, and two milks each day. Regular and vegetarian meals are available; regular meals may contain meat but will not contain pork products.

Can I order meals for younger children or other family members who are not students at Parnassus?

Only current Parnassus students are eligible to receive meals. You can, however, receive meals for any children in your house aged 0-18 at your resident school district’s Open Site, which will be providing meal services throughout the distance learning period. If you need help locating your district’s Open Site, please contact us at the main office and we will gladly assist you.

What do I do if I have lost my job and need to apply for educational benefits/free and reduced lunch?

We understand that many of our families may be experiencing a reduction in work hours or unemployment. You can apply for educational benefits (Free or Reduced Lunch) at any time by filling out the Application for Educational Benefits on the Current Families page of our school website or by contacting Ms. Mester at mester@parnassusprep.com or 763.496.1416 ext. 210.


School-Day Childcare for Essential Tier 1 and 2 Emergency Workers

How do I know if I am a Tier 1 or Tier 2 emergency worker?

Tier 1 or Tier 2 workers are those workers who play a vital role in the day-to-day functions of our state during the “stay at home” period. This includes healthcare workers, government employees, utility workers, law enforcement and corrections offices, and certain grocery and food service providers. A full list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers is available at https://www.leg.state.mn.us/archive/execorders/20-20.pdf. Before you are able to register your child for the program, you will be required to provide proof of employment, such as an employee ID badge, paystub, or letter from your employer.

What ages are eligible to participate in school-day childcare?

Childcare is available for children of essential Tier 1 and 2 workers who are current students at Parnassus and are between 5 and 12 years of age. Children older than 12 or younger than 5, or who do not currently attend Parnassus, are not eligible to participate.

What hours will childcare be offered?

Childcare is only offered during the normal school day hours of 8:00am to 3:30pm.

Will my child be able to complete his or her distance learning work at Parnassus’ school-day childcare program?

Your child will be able to complete all required distance learning work and will be able to use a school-issued iPad to complete any online work.

What if my child needs transportation to and from the school-day childcare program?

Families may request busing for their children when they register for the childcare program.

What safety precautions are being taken in the school-day childcare program?

The safety of our staff and students is our highest priority, and to that end we are following all guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. These include frequent temperature checks, frequent handwashing, frequent cleaning of all surfaces and restrooms, and prohibiting the use of water bottles and drinking fountains (water is dispensed into disposable paper cups for students attending the childcare program).


Special Education – Students with IEPs or 504 Plans

Will my child continue to receive services and accommodations as outlined in his/her IEP or 504 Plan?

IEP meetings will continue as normally scheduled but will be held via conference call or web conference. Case managers will work with teachers to design and provide instruction and accommodations for each individual based on his or her IEP goals and objectives.

How often will my child be in touch with his or her case manager?

Case managers will make frequent contact with their students throughout the week.

Will evaluations and re-evaluations continue during the distance learning period?

Evaluations and re-evaluations will continue as planned. Please contact Ms. Stafford, Special Education Coordinator, if you have any questions at stafford@parnassusprep.com


English Learners (EL)

Will my child continue to receive EL services?

Just as continuity of services will be provided to students with IEP or 504 plans, Parnassus will continue to service the needs of English Learner (EL) students and their Individual Learning Plans.

Parnassus’ EL staff have worked hard over the course of the year to build open lines of communication with our EL families and will be in frequent contact with students on their caseload. EL teachers will continue to work with teachers to accommodate assignments based on the students’ needs and will also continue to provide instruction in English-language development.


Other Resources for Families:

If you are experiencing housing insecurity, please contact our McKinney-Vento coordinator, Ms. Stafford at stafford@parnassusprep.com or by calling 763.496.1416.

If you or your children need emotional support or help with a mental health issue, please contact our school social worker, Ms. Tupy, at tupy@parnassusprep.com.

Parnassus

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11201 – 96th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369 – Main Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm – Main Number: 763.496.1416
Emergency: 763.691.9689 –  Bus Company: 763.425.2542
Animus & Accendo Programs: 763.496.1416 ext. 319