Teaching and Learning

The links provided below outline teacher, student, and parent expectations during distance learning. Teachers and support staff have been collaborating and developing lessons for the start of distance learning on March 30th. NBAPS understands that communication from the teacher to the families and students is critical to the success of students during this time. Teacher office hours are from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm to help students and families navigate a new style of learning. More detailed information is available in the links below.

Teacher expectations

Early Childhood and Sunrise Student and Family Expectations

Middle School and High School/Norse Area Learning Center Student and Family Expectations

State Assessments
Based on the March 25 announcement and Executive Order by Governor Walz, there will be no Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) tests administered for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year.


North Branch Area High School students participated in the ACT test in February. The district will not have a make-up day.

Executive Order 20-41 waives the requirement for school districts and charter schools to administer and for current senior high school students to complete the civics test questions pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 120B.02, subdivision 3 for the 2019-20 school year.

PSEO and Concurrent Enrollment
When college and university courses recommence, PSEO students will resume courses in which they are enrolled through alternative delivery methods including online and other formats that support safe social distancing (≥ 6 ft.). Postsecondary faculty will be communicating the process to students for continued learning in their courses. PSEO students should monitor all college or university communication daily for information about the continuation of learning in each of their courses, and resume regular participation and attendance as instructed. Students who plan to enroll in PSEO during the 2020-2021 school year must notify the districts or charter schools of their intent to enroll by May 30.


NBAPS high school students considering enrolling in PSEO course need to contact their counselor at:


Roberta Backus - Last Names

651-674-1551

rbackus@isd138.org


Stacy Redding

651-674-1604

sredding@isd138.org

Special Education Services - Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan
In the event of extended school closures, the school district remains responsible for the free appropriate public education (FAPE) of its students eligible for special education services who have an individualized education program (IEP) or those with disabilities who qualify for a 504 Plan. Districts must plan how they will continue to meet the requirements of Part B (3- 21) and Part C (birth to three) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B and Part C, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students Receiving Special Education Services
Students with disabilities who receive special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) will continue to receive special education services and support during distance learning. The goal is to maintain as many of the IEP/IFSP services as possible. However, not all current parts of an IEP/IFSP may be relevant or possible during distance learning. Case managers have started to contact parents to discuss how each child’s special education services will be provided during distance learning. Each student with an IEP/IFSP will have an Individualized Distance Learning Plan (IDLP) based on their current IEP/IFSP. The IDLP will be developed by members of the IEP/IFSP team, including the parent/guardian, and will outline the services and supports each student will receive through distance learning.

In addition to developing IDLPs, the district will be implementing several procedures to ensure it is meeting due process obligations, including upholding timelines and holding IEP/IFSP team meetings. As a general principle during this unprecedented national emergency, school districts are encouraged to work with parents to reach mutually agreeable extensions of time as appropriate.

Throughout the course of any distance learning period, the district will meet due process obligations as follows:

  • IEP meetings will be held, though timelines may be impacted by complete school closures
  • IEP meetings will not be conducted in person at school buildings, but instead will be held virtually via any of the following methods:
    • Phone conference
    • Google Meet
  • Initial evaluations and reevaluations will be conducted. However, for activities that are not reasonable to carry out if students are not physically at school (i.e., standardized face-to-face assessments), those activities could be delayed until building-based instruction resumes.

Students Receiving Services and Supports through 504 Plans
Students with physical or mental impairments who receive services and support through a Section 504 Plan will continue to receive those services and supports during distance learning. The goal is to maintain as much of the 504 Plan as possible, however not all current parts of a 504 Plan may be relevant or possible to implement during distance learning. 504 case managers will be contacting parents to discuss how each child’s 504 Plan will be implemented during distance learning, including consideration for any needed changes.

If it is determined that changes to the 504 Plan are necessary for distance learning, those changes will be incorporated into the plan, sent home to parents, and communicated with each child's teacher(s).

504 evaluations and planning meetings will continue to occur during any distance learning period. However, meetings will not occur in-person in any school building. Instead, one of the following virtual methods will be used:

  • Phone conference
  • Google Meet

Questions or concerns regarding how the district is meeting the needs of students with disabilities receiving services and supports through special education (IEPs)or section 504 (504 Plans) should contact either of the special services administrators listed below:

Jennifer Danielson, Special Services Supervisor
jdanielson@isd138.org
651-308-6404

Nicole Woodward, Director of Special Education
nwoodward@scred.k12.mn.us
320-358-1244

Students receiving English Language Services
NBAPS students receiving services through the English Language teacher will continue to receive services during distance learning. The English Language teacher will provide access to grade level standards and academic support during distance learning.
For additional questions and or concerns please contact Reid Anderson at (651) 674-1176 or email at reanderson@isd138.org

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and high school equivalency/GED
In coordination with SCRED, North Branch Area Public Schools offers an adult basic education (ABE) program that includes the high school equivalency/GED test. All ABE classes and tests are cancelled during the distance learning period.
If you have questions about GED testing or obtaining GED records earned in Minnesota please contact the Minnesota Department of Education: Alice Smith (alice.smith@state.mn.us or 651-582-8446) Brad Hasskamp (brad.hasskamp@state.mn.us or 651-582-8594).
For more information, please contact North Branch Area Community Education at (651) 674-1025.