Paladin’s COVID Safe Learning Plan

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Click here for Paladin’s 2021-22 Safe Learning Plan
Click here for Paladin’s 2020-21 COVID planning / School Scenario Guide. (Revised 4/5/2021)


As recipients of funding associated with the American Rescue Plan (commonly referred to as ESSER III), Paladin is required to report a Safe Return to In-Person Learning plan on our district website. This plan has been developed with community input, and must be posted prior to June 21, 2021 within 30 days of receiving the ESSER III award. The purpose of this plan is to “maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.”

Paladin Career & Technical High School posted its original Paladin Strong Safe Learning Plan outlining its adaptation of the Minnesota Department of Education Safe Learning Plan on August 20, 2020. Community members representing Paladin’s various advisory committees were invited to provide commentary about the drafted plan during the summer of 2020.

The Paladin community had the opportunity to submit public comments to the Paladin Leadership Team and at school board meetings leading up to and occurring throughout the 20-21 school year. Board Meeting minutes include summaries of comments related to health and safety of students on campus. The Paladin Strong Safe Learning Plan continues to be updated with the most current guidance/recommendations from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education. This plan will be reviewed regularly, at least every six months, and we will seek additional public comment on proposed revisions.

The Paladin School Board will hear any further public comments regarding the Safe Return to In-Person Learning plan at their regularly scheduled Board Meeting on June 24, 2021 at 7:30 am. If the public has any further comment beyond that date, they can contact Executive Director Brandon Wait.

Summer school 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!

In-Person Learning at Paladin:

  • Due to low community transmission and test positivity rates for COVID-19, Paladin is currently following an in-person learning model.
  • Paladin is expecting to be fully in-person for the 2021-22 school year.

COVID-19 Safety Measures / GPS Ionization Generator

Paladin Face Covering Update – All students, faculty, and visitors who have not been fully vaccinated, or when 6ft. of social distancing can not occur, are highly encouraged and recommended to wear face coverings while indoors. Paladin will officially modify our Paladin Face Covering Board Policy #808 once the MSBA announces official recommended changes to the policy.

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.

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 MDE 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!

How Minnesotans Can Get Their Vaccine at No Cost: There is no cost for the vaccine. Minnesotans do not need to provide a Government issued ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated, and no question on immigration status is ever asked. 

All Minnesotans who are age 12 years or older are eligible to get vaccinated. 

The CDC also recommended that everyone age 12 and older get vaccinated.At this time, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been studied and authorized for use by people age 12-17. Other vaccine manufacturers are also studying their vaccines in younger age groups but have not yet received authorization.

Vaccine Connector: You can directly sign up for an appointment at one of the state Community Vaccination Program locations at VaccineConnector.mn.gov.

Walk-ins for Minnesotans 12+ will be accepted at state community vaccination sites administering Pfizer vaccines in Bloomington (Mall of America), Saint Paul (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), Lino Lakes and Oakdale. Walk-in or schedule an appointment through the State’s Community Vaccination Programs. Walk-ins and appointments for Minnesotans 18+ are accepted at all sites.

Vaccine Locator Map: You can use the Vaccine Locator Map to search for providers who are offering COVID-19 vaccine to Minnesotans ages 12 and older at https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp.

Vaccine Finder: You can also find COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Vaccines.gov, which allows you to filter by vaccine manufacturer and search for only Pfizer vaccine appointments.

Health Care Provider: You can also contact your child’s primary health care provider, local public health department, or a local pharmacy.

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