2020 – 2021 / COVID-19 Information

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Click here to view Paladin’s Back to School Planning Guide for the 2020-2021 school year. (Revised 9/8/2020)

COVID-19 Symptoms Guide | COVID-19 Screening Guide

Paladin Face Covering Policy | Face Covering Exemption Form

The safety of our students, families, and staff is at the forefront of every decision. We will continue to build on the strength of our Paladin staff, remain focused on what’s best for students, and work together in these ever-changing times.

Paladin is currently in a Hybrid Learning model. Students are allowed to opt-in to Distance Learning as described in the planning guide linked above.

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.

As you likely know, Governor Tim Walz announced in Executive Order 20-81 that school districts across Minnesota will work collaboratively with county health officials to determine how to provide instruction to start the 2020-2021 school year based on specific county-level data. In addition, Commissioners from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education unveiled The Safe Learning Plan for schools. This plan is based on weeks of health data gathering and engagements with school leaders, educators, and community leaders.

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.

Please note: Following these parameters, if cases rise above 30 per 10,000, Paladin transition to a distance learning model until case numbers drop again.

Paladin’s instructional model will likely change throughout the year based on the circumstances at Paladin and its surrounding communities if the number of cases increases and warrants a different outcome. You may read the full descriptions of Paladin’s three planned learning scenarios here.

We want to reassure you that our health and safety practices, PPE policies, frequent cleaning, 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. Please let us know this is your decision via the survey linked beow.

The decision to open Paladin during an ongoing pandemic is a stressful and polarizing topic with many competing views and interests. We know you will have many more questions, and while we may not have the answers to them all at this moment, know that we are working on it. 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. You can expect to receive communications from us in the upcoming weeks when more information becomes available. It will be 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).

For detailed information, please review Paladin’s Distance Learning Plan.

Together, we will create a supportive and safe school year for all students. We appreciate your responsiveness and understanding. Together, we are Paladin Strong!

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.

Food & Nutrition Support

Second Harvest Heartland
Hunger Solutions
Anoka County Food Shelves
ACBC food shelf: 763-422-0046
SACA: 763-789-2444
Food Programs & Restaurants
Food List Cont’d
Food info by school district
SNAP benefits
Hunger Impact Partners – Food for every child

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