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Learning Model Updates

 

Learning Model Update - April 1, 2022

 

Dear Prodeo Academy Community,


We write to you with several updates to the Prodeo Academy Safe Learning Plan, which will be implemented when students return from Spring Break on Tuesday, April 12th. Due to changes in Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, COVID policies are now aligned with CDC’s Community Levels. Since our community is currently in the Low level, we have made three small changes to our network’s policies. While these shifts are small, we believe they best support the academic growth of our scholars. 


While in the Low or Medium Community Level,

  1. Prodeo Academy students and staff are not required to wear masks during Phonics instruction. Note, masks are still required during all other times while on campus or school transportation.
  2. Prodeo Academy teachers supporting English Language Development for multilingual learners may decide when to make masks optional at moments during their group instruction.
  3. Families will only be asked to pick up students when they are not well enough to be in school. Please continue keeping your students at home when they are not feeling well. 

We ask that you have a conversation with your children about your expectations of masking at school during these times, and prepare your children for other families making different decisions. We plan to do so at school as well. 


Give Your Input for 2022-23

As we look ahead, please also take a moment to let us know of your family’s preferences in the 2022-23 school year. Your input is a critical component in shaping future Safe Learning Plan updates.


In Community,

Prodeo Academy

Learning Model Update - St. Paul Academy, January 5, 2022

 

Due to COVID-19 cases affecting our community, Prodeo Academy St. Paul will move to distance learning effective Monday, January 10. School will not be in session Thursday or Friday, January 6-7. We are requiring all families to come to school on Friday between 8 am - 3 pm to pick up their distance learning materials


Please review the upcoming days’ schedule for your student:


PreK - 4th Grade

  • January 6 and 7: Teacher Planning Day - No School

*Material pickup from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Grades 1-4 will receive a Prodeo device

*Grades PreK-K will receive alternate materials to access distance learning

  • January 10: Start of Distance Learning
  • February 3 and 4: Teacher Planning Days - No School
  • February 7: In-Person Learning Starts

*Device Return in School


We ask that everyone in our community do their part to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus, including:

  • Wearing a mask indoors when with others
  • Ensure your student is fully vaccinated
  • Complete the vaccination form so your student may be exempt from close contact quarantine when asymptomatic
  • Get the booster if you are eligible
  • Testing your student at the St. Paul campus on February 2 between 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

 

Learning Model Update - Columbia Heights Primary & Elementary Academy, January 4, 2022


Due to COVID-19 cases affecting our community, Columbia Heights Primary Academy (Grades PreK-1) and Columbia Heights Elementary Academy (Grades 2-4) will move to distance learning. Please review the schedule for your student’s grade level:


Grades K-4:

  • January 5: Full Day of School and Device Pickup
  • January 6 and 7: Teacher Planning Day - No School
    •  Device pickup from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • January 10: Start of Synchronous Distance Learning
  • February 3 and 4: Teacher Planning Days - No School
  • February 7: In-Person Learning Starts
    • Device Return in School

PreK:

Early Childhood students will not receive a device for at-home learning. You will receive additional details about materials and distance learning as soon as possible.


  • January 5: Full Day of School
  • January 6-7: Teacher Planning Day - No School
  • February 3-4: Teacher Planning Days - No School
  • February 7: In-Person Learning Starts


We ask that everyone in our community do their part to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus, including:


  • Wearing a mask indoors when with others
  • Ensure your student is fully vaccinated
  • Complete the vaccination form so your student may be exempt from close contact quarantine when asymptomatic
  • Get the booster if you are eligible
  • Testing your student at the Columbia Heights campus on February 2 or 3 between 7:30 am - 3:00 pm.
 
 

Learning Model Update - Columbia Heights Middle Academy, January 3, 2022


Due to COVID-19 cases affecting teachers and staff, Columbia Heights Middle Academy (grades 5-8) will move to distance learning starting Wednesday, January 5 through Friday, February 4. Middle Academy students will return to in-person learning on Monday, February 7. Students will be sent home tomorrow, January 4, with technology and distance learning instructions.


We ask that everyone in our community do their part to minimize transmission of the COVID - 19 virus, including:


  • Wearing a mask indoors when with others
  • Ensure your student is fully vaccinated
  • Get the booster if you are eligible
  • If your student is ill, keep your student at home

Middle Academy students will be sent home tomorrow, January 4, with technology and distance learning instructions. Please reach out to your school’s main office if you have questions. Columbia Heights - (763) 205-9950, St. Paul - (651) 350-7655).

 

FAQ Current Distance Learning Model - Columbia Heights

 

 

Fall 2021 Learning Model Update - July 19, 2021


Prodeo Families,


We are reaching out with an important update about our learning model for this coming school year. We are excited to be returning to a fully in-person learning model. We believe students learn best through in-person programming and we heard from families that you do too! We also know that in-person learning best supports students’ mental health and wellbeing. We believe in the strength of Prodeo’s program and we look forward to supporting our scholars to strong academic achievement while continuing to keep safety first and foremost.  


This fall, our highest priority will be to provide our scholars with a safe and effective learning environment. COVID-19 is still with us; however, with increasing vaccinations and stable daily infections rates, we are excited that this year will look and feel different in a very positive way.


Our focus on safety will mean that we will continue to follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC to keep everyone in our school safe and healthy. We will use masking, handwashing, and student cohorts.  We will also use physical distancing when possible. These multiple layers of safety will help protect us all and keep scholars in the classroom.


We are committing to full in-person learning. This will help all scholars experience growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Scholars will be safely working face-to-face with their teachers and classmates again, which we believe is the most effective way to learn. 


For in-person learning to be effective, scholars need to be in class. Prodeo Academy is making consistent and on-time attendance a goal for the 2021-22 school year. We are setting the bar high and we know we can meet this critical goal if staff and families work together to reach it.


If this decision impacts your scholar’s learning model choice please complete this form.


We are counting down with excitement to the first day of the 2021-22 school year, September 7.


In Community,


Chancey Anderson            Rick Campion

Co-Founder                     Co-Founder

 

Important Update: Mask Wearing on Campus - May 18, 2021

Last week we heard exciting news from the CDC and the State of Minnesota. We learned that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now remove their masks in certain situations. We are all excited about this news and a return to a more normal way of life.

We want to clarify what this means for you and your scholar.

The Minnesota Department of Education has decided that “Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, along with the existing face-covering guidance for schools and child care settings, remain in effect. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year, masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buildings or on a school bus.” This decision is backed by current CDC recommendations for schools.

Prodeo Academy will continue to follow the state’s safe learning plan. All scholars, staff, and visitors must still wear a mask or face covering on campus and on school-sponsored transportation.

Following the state, safe learning plan will help us protect those in our community who can’t yet be vaccinated. Thank you for continuing to mask up on our campuses to keep our community protected.

If you and your family are still looking for a vaccine option, Prodeo Academy will host a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for those ages 12+ this Thursday, May 20, from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm on both our St. Paul and Columbia Heights Campuses. No appointment is needed; simply come to campus during this time. More information can be found here.

 

 

Learning Model Update - Columbia Heights Campus, May 10, 2021

Due to positive COVID cases on the Prodeo Academy Columbia Heights campus, we will be moving all Columbia Heights students to distance learning beginning Tuesday, May 11th. The Columbia Heights campus will remain in a distance learning model through May 19th and will reopen for in-person learning Thursday, May 20th. Families should follow distance learning instructions from their student’s teacher. This change does not affect our St.Paul campus.


Individuals who had close contact with those who tested positive have been notified of their exposure and their need to quarantine. 


We recommend all Columbia Heights students be tested for COVID-19 even if they are not showing any symptoms. Please contact your health care provider or visit https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/index.jsp to find a testing site near you. 


If your COVID-19 test results are positive, follow your health care provider’s recommendations, and please contact the front office at (763) 205-9950. Some students may need to remain at home longer than 14 days. Even if results are negative, all students need to stay home through Wednesday, May 19th.


If your child starts feeling ill, isolate them at home and away from other household members as much as possible. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, feeling tired, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and vomiting.


For more information on what to do if you or your child becomes sick, visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website If You Are Sick: COVID-19. You may also call MDH at (612) 268-4569 with concerns or questions.


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Learning Model Update - Columbia Heights, April 19, 2021

Prodeo Families,

We are writing to update you that we will be moving all scholars at our Columbia Heights campus to distance learning beginning this Wednesday, April 21st, through Friday, April 23rd. The Columbia Heights campus building will not be open, and no essential childcare will be offered. The St. Paul Campus will remain in its current learning model. 

We are making this decision to ensure the safety of our scholars and staff as we anticipate a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Our goal is to allow families and staff the time to plan and make changes to their daily routine as soon as possible. Students will take home all distance-learning technology and learning materials at the end of the school day on Tuesday so they can continue with distance learning Wednesday through Friday.

The end of the trial marks another difficult milestone for our community and we are deeply grateful for the ways our families and staff are showing up for each other right now. Please reach out to your academy if you have any questions or concerns. We will update you as soon as possible if we plan to make any changes to the learning model for next week and beyond.  

In community, 

Chancey, Rick, and the Network Team

 

 

 

Learning Model Update March 29, 2021

Prodeo Academy is excited to announce that we will begin in-person onsite learning for our Middle Academy scholars starting Monday, May 3, 2021.

 

We are making this shift because of recent changes to CDC guidance related to COVID-19 classroom safety. These changes now make it possible for Prodeo to offer safe in-person learning to our Middle Academy scholars.

 

Space for our in-person onsite learning is limited by CDC social distancing requirements, so it is imperative you complete the following survey as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, April 2nd. Student placement will be determined by the order in which your survey is received. Any student electing in-person learning who does not receive a spot will be placed on a waitlist.

 

Please note that if your child is offered a spot in our in-person learning program, we will assume that you want them to take the MCA test. Please contact the office to discuss any questions or concerns.

 

In Middle Academy, students will remain with the same group of students throughout the day; these groups of students will transition between classrooms, Desks will be sanitized between students. There will be some changes to the distance learning schedule for students who remain in distance learning, but students will continue to have five days of instruction and opportunities to receive support from their teachers.

 

If your family includes students from multiple grades, please be aware that this change will only apply to your Middle Academy scholar. If you would like to change your previous learning model decision for a younger sibling, please call the office to be placed on the waitlist.

Please Complete the Intent to Return to In-Person School survey by Friday, April 2, 2021

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Learning Model Update - March 1, 2021

 
After careful consideration, we plan to reopen PK through 4th grade for in-person learning beginning the week of April 12, following spring break. Each PK-4th Grader has the choice of continuing in our distance learning program or switching to in-person learning. At this time, our Columbia Heights middle academy will remain in distance learning with expanded in-person childcare.
 
We are asking all PK-4th Grade families to confirm their preferences for their child’s learning plan after Spring Break. In order for us to maintain small in-person class sizes and continue to provide a distance learning option, we may need to place some students on a waiting list for in-person learning, and will prioritize families who fill out the form sooner. The deadline to complete this form is Friday, March 5th.
 
If you don't indicate a learning preference, your child will remain in distance learning if they have been in distance learning. If you don't indicate a learning preference, and your child has been receiving EWC childcare at school, they will be placed into in-person learning (PK-4).
 
Regardless of your choice, we want to make sure that you know that your child may have a different Prodeo teacher in either their distance or in-person class. This flexibility ensures we can appropriately staff both models of learning and best support your child's wellbeing.
 
If your student is in grades PreK - 4, please follow the appropriate link below to complete the Family Decision Survey: