Paladin’s COVID Safe Learning Plan

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Click here to view the Paladin Strong 20-21 COVID planning / School Scenario Guide. (Revised 4/5/2021)

UPDATE: Minnesota is providing free on-site COVID-19 testing for all high school students. On-site testing for Paladin students will be held every other week beginning the week of May 3, 2021.

Students will have the option of testing on-site in the building, or taking a kit home and returning it the next day to be shipped. Students under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian consent to participate in on-site testing. Please submit this form for your child to participate in on-site testing.

Thank you for helping keep our students in school by slowing the spread of COVID-19!

Two-Day per Week Hybrid Learning Model Details:

  • Cohort (A) meets in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be Distance Learning on Wednesday – Friday.
  • Cohort (B) meets in-person on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will be Distance Learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.
  • One change from our fall hybrid learning model is that in-person school days will now release at 2:20 instead of 1:25.

COVID-19 Safety Measures / GPS Ionization Generator

As students return to school facilities they’ll have visible reminders of social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene, and systems in place to protect their health and maximize safety. Paladin has installed a GPS Ionization Generator. Should COVID-19 be present in our school facility, the system will eliminate 99.4% of the virus within 30 minutes, 92.6% within 15 minutes, and 84.2% within 10 minutes. To this date, we have had no known community spread of COVID-19 within Paladin.

For additional information, please read our COVID-19 learning update letter from March 12th.

COVID-19 Symptoms Guide | COVID-19 Screening Guide
Paladin Face Covering Policy | Face Covering Exemption Form

Paladin’s COVID-19 Coordinator: Maria Hartwell (763.786.4799 Maria.Hartwell@Paladincareertech.com)

Our planning is guided by these principles:

  1. RELATIONSHIPS FIRST – Model empathy for the wide diversity of situations for our students and staff, and create ways to connect with them to support their academic, physical, mental health and social-emotional needs.
  2. EQUITABLE ACCESS – Plans will support the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. Students must have access to technology and internet service to fully participate in all of the scenarios.
  3. INNOVATIVE TOOLS & PRACTICES – We will use what tools we have available and seek new ways to engage our learners providing a quality learning experience.
  4. SUPPORTIVE STANCE – We will be relentless in our attention to equity and relationships first by engaging and connecting with our student learners, supporting the social and emotional needs of our students, and supporting our students and families during this difficult time with needed supplies.
  5. MONITOR AND ADJUST – This is not business as usual. We will be flexible and make timely adjustments as needed based on feedback in our pursuit of continuous improvement.
  6. REASONABLE CONSISTENCY – Students, staff and families need a certain level of predictability. We will make every effort to provide reasonable consistency in instructional and operational practices while still maintaining flexibility.
  7. GIVE OURSELVES GRACE –This experience is historic. Even with the best planning, mistakes will be made. We will monitor, adjust and continuously improve.

The Safe Learning Plan provides a framework for schools, based on the number of coronavirus cases and on public health data within each county. Paladin serves students from across six counties, with the majority of students from Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties. We will be monitoring the latest numbers from those counties as they become available and will use data-driven research in our decision making.

Paladin’s Learning Model Decision-Making Process

In addition to the county-level data, when making decisions about our learning model, Paladin will take into account the number of confirmed positive cases, the number of people needing to quarantine, and the level of influenza or COVID-like illness in the school community. We will continue to assess information about the conditions in our school community, including implementation of health best practices in instructional settings (such as mask wearing and appropriate spacing of students), instructional preparedness (such as staffing sufficiency or cohorted classrooms), facility and transportation capacity, and engagement and communications with local stakeholders.

Paladin’s instructional model will change throughout the year based on a number of circumstances. Using a scalpel-like approach, we will weigh case rates at Paladin and its surrounding communities, as well as other data, when making our determinations. Decision-making guidance from Minnesota Department of Health can be found here.

We want to reassure you that our health and safety practices, PPE policies, frequent cleaning, air quality control, and disease prevention plans will be in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health and Governor Wallz. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Education and Paladin will be providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for all students and staff, which includes two PPEs (cloth face-covering or neck gaiter for all students and staff). We have also implemented rigorous, continual cleaning practices which includes sanitizing every classroom between classes and disinfecting bathrooms and high touch surfaces throughout the day.

Opt-In Distance Learning

We want families and students to be comfortable and confident with our return to school plans. If your student or family has underlying health issues or you are not comfortable sending your student to school for any reason, we will continue to provide a distance learning option for students if preferred.

The decision to offer in-person learning at Paladin during an ongoing pandemic is a stressful and polarizing topic with many competing views and interests. We are working extremely hard with a deep sense of responsibility to you, your family, our students, and our staff. Once again, we appreciate your patience, grace, and willingness to work with us. It is critical that you watch for emails, stay informed, and provide information as quickly as possible when requested. We will continue to post updates on the Paladin website paladincareertech.com and through our JMC messenger system (email, phone call, text messaging).

Together, we are Paladin Strong!

Food & Nutrition Support

Paladin Meals – Coordinate meal needs with our Food & Nutrition Manager, Lakina Davis. You can reach her at 763-786-4799 or lakina.davis@paladincareertech.com

Additional Resources:
Second Harvest Heartland
Hunger Solutions
Anoka County Food Shelves
ACBC food shelf: 763-422-0046
SACA: 763-789-2444
Food Programs & Restaurants
SNAP benefits
Hunger Impact Partners – Food for every child

Other Resources and Website Links:

Staying Connected — Many internet service providers have reduced or free access to the internet for qualifying families. Let us know if you need support getting internet. Please start the process here: 

As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We also want to ensure every child has access to the education they need and deserve.

A public charter school serving students in grades 9 – 12