COVID-19/Closure Resources

Cannon River STEM School Distance Learning Plan
 (Click on Title to View Plan)
Links From Supports and Resources Page
(Last Page of Plan):
MDE E-Learning Resources
First Day of Google Classroom
Google Classroom: Support Page
Youtube: Google EDU Tutorials from Google
Teach from Home
Start the Year with Seesaw: Welcome for Families
Seesaw Help Center
Training & Professional Development

General Information
-COVID-19 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Site – Click Here for More Information
– Talking with Children about COVID-19 – Click Here for More Information
– If you have additional questions about COVID-19, you can call the health department’s coronavirus hotline @651-201-3920.

– 03/13/2020 – Literacy Night event planned for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been postponed.  Parent meeting for 8th grade families is also being postponed.

– 03/15/2020 – Dear CRSS Community, in addition to the executive order from Governor Walz, Cannon River STEM School will be closed for the next two weeks – Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27.  We will be communicating further information in the days ahead.  Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding.  Cheryl Wendt, Executive Director

– 03/16/2020 – While we continue to plan, things are changing for our country as we are learning more and more about the impact of COVID-19.  Therefore, we have set up many things, but please know all plans have to be fluid as well.
While the expectation from the Governor is that we do not have to do any distant learning until March 30th (potentially), we as a school have decided that we can go ahead and implement our distant learning plan over the course of the next two weeks.  You should have received a green folder from your child(ren)’s teacher earlier this year that has a “choice board” and supporting paperwork with options of things to do for distant learning.  We would like for you to complete these activities with your child over the next several days, so we look at it as 5 days of activities to complete over 8 days of school missed.  We do have a handful of students that didn’t get their folders yet, and we will be mailing those out to you.
We also wanted to implement our distant learning plan so that we can work out all the kinks, so that IF school is canceled beyond the 27th, we can fully implement the plans we are currently working on and will hopefully have the “bugs” worked out.
Our staff are continuing to work in various capacities while school is closed, so please feel free to reach out with questions, comments, etc. as they come up.  Teachers have been asked to attempt to communicate with you at least 4 times in the 8 days that the governor closed schools, but please note that some teachers may choose to communicate more often, but the expectation is 4.  This communication will also help us in learning what nees to be in place, should we end up closed beyond the 27th.
Child care has been offered to those families that parents/guardians work in the classified areas as defined by the MN Department of Education, mainly health care workers and first responders.  We have communicated plans to those families that we are aware of, but if you think you should have been included and were not, please contact our office at 507-331-7836.
We are working as on community to make sure all of the students under the age of 18 are still provided breakfast and lunch.  Faribault Public Schools uses Sodexo to provide their daily meals, and they will be providing the meals during the school closings for all of the schools/kids in Faribault.
Therefore, Sack Suppers are available for all students age 18 and under from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM today (Tuesday, March 17) at Faribault High School, Faribault Middle School and Jefferson Elementary.  Starting Wednesday, March 18th, both breakfast and lunch will be available in one pack for student pick-up from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM weekdays at 4 different locations: 1. Buckham Library, 2. Evergreen Estates, 3. Cannon River Mobile Park and 4. Four Seasons Apartments.  The meals will be delivered to these 4 locations by school bus, and you will just need to put down your name and how many meals you will be taking at the site.  The sign out is simply to help the food service staff know approximately how many meals they should be making each day.
Kasey David, our Meals Coordinator, has been working on canceling all of the meals ordered through March 27th.  This will then create a credit on your My School Account, but please note, it will take 24 hours for all the credits to show up.  We do ask that you still go ahead and order your April means at this time, and those need to be ordered by the end of business on Wednesday, March 18th.  IF school gets canceled beyond the 27th, you will get reimbursed for the meals you ordered, but we have to go ahead and order for our caterer.
Our 2nd trimester ended right before spring break, so our teachers are still getting report cards finished up and you will receive notification when they are ready to view.
Many of you have asked about yearbook orders, and we are working with the company to extend the ordering window.  We will be communicating the next steps for that when we have all of the information available – stay tuned!  SEE 03/18/2020 UPDATE BELOW
We know there is a lot of anxiety and unknown with what is goin on, and we want to equip you with as many resources as we can.  We are working on putting resources on a seperate tab on our website, so please look for that in the next day or two as we continue to find great things to share with you.
I know this continues to be a work-in-progress, so we appreciate your continued support, patience, and understanding.
As always, please reach out with questions/concerns/comments.
Thank you!
Cheryl Wendt
Executive Director

– 03/18/2020 -YEARBOOK UPDATE – The online ordering date has been extended to 04/25/2020.  It will still cost the same amount ($15.16) but will be delivered to CRSS on 05/23/2020.  You will also have the option when ordering online to pay an extra shipping fee and have it delivered to their home address.  Click Here for Website

– 03/20/2020
March 23 – March 27, 2020
ALL Kids Eat Free
ALL individuals 18 years of age and under may visit these locations and receive nutritious meals at no cost!
Locations Serving 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Buckham Memorial Library (Front Parking lot)
Evergreen Estates (Park Entrance)
Cannon River Mobile Park (Mailbox Area)
Four Seasons Apartments Complex (South Parking lot)
McKinley Early Childhood Center (Front Parking lot)
Discovery School – 924 First St. NE
At these locations, LOOK FOR THE BIG YELLOW BUS!
Location Serving 7:00 am to 12:00 pm:
Faribault Education Center – Front Doors – 340 9th Ave SW
(Come to front doors – no bus present at this location)

– 03/26/2020
Hello Parents/Guardians,

Thank you everyone for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we work to begin our distance learning on Monday, March 30th. You should have heard from your child’s teacher and are hopefully now aware of some of the plans moving forward. We know that this is potentially a stressful time for everyone, since we are all dealing with the pandemic in our homes, community, state and world.

As you may have heard, Governor Walz talked today about “staying at home” from this Friday evening, the 27th, for two weeks until Friday, April 10th. We will still begin our distance learning on Monday. The distance learning plan is to be in place until May 4th, and we will be excited to welcome students back at Cannon River STEM School on May 5th.

We are committed to work through this new territory together, and please know that we will answer any questions we can, help each other through this, and come out wiser and stronger as we learn together. We also know that some of your schedules are different, and you may have to work during the day, so we are prepared to make adjustments to our schedules to help you with that.

We will continue to provide free breakfast and free lunch for students 18 years and younger through the community pick-up sites, and we will continue to offer free childcare (students in grades K-6) for Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding food or childcare at 507-331-7836.

We know there is a huge learning curve for schools and families as we start distance learning. The CRSS staff have been working hard to make sure this will be a smooth transition for our students and families. We will be taking attendance every day, engaging students, and working with parents/guardians to make this a positive experience for all.

**We do have materials for you to pick-up to assist with distance learning. Your child’s teacher will provide more specific information about what you can pick-up, but the pick-up times are this Friday, March 27th, between the hours of 8:00 AM-3:00 PM or 5:00 PM-8:00 PM. Pick-up will be located by the middle school building, so please enter the campus at the second entrance (where daily drop-off and pick-up usually is), and stay to the right so you can drive down by the middle school. Staff will help you retrieve what you need.

Thank you again for your partnership. We are looking forward to connecting with our students next week!

Cheryl and the CRSS Staff

See Information about NEW HOT LUNCH OPTION
**Click Images or Use PDF Links Below to See Larger View**
Meal Information
Microsoft Word - 4.3.2020 Kids Eat Free
Location of Meals
Microsoft Word - 4.3.2020 Kids Eat Free
Microsoft Word - April Meal Service Menu 2020
Links to PDF Files with Information
Information and Location of Meals (Map)
April Meal Service Menu

Social Work/Services
Melissa Dobbs, School Social Worker
(507) 291-3727

Faribault Area Food Shelf
200 Western Avenue
Faribault, MN  55021
(507) 334-2137
Services: Food Pantry

Northfield Food Shelf
1651 Jefferson Parkway HS-200
Northfield, MN  55057
(507) 664-3550
Click Here for Website
Services: Provide quality and healthy food to those in need , such as canned fruits and vegetables, soup, pasta, rice, milk.

Northfield Clothes Closet
600 Water Street South
Northfield, MN  55057
(507) 664-3580
Click Here for Website
Services: Discounted Clothing, Free clothing and Household goods to people in the area.

Rice County Social Services
Government Services Building
320 Third Street Northwest
Faribault, MN  55021
(507) 332-6115
Click Here for Website
Services: Assessments, Childcare Assistance, Foster Care, Mental Health, Public Assistance Programs.
Alternate Address by Appointment Only:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN  55057
Northfield Phone: (507) 645-9576
Lonsdale Phone: (507) 744-5185

Educational Resources
– Faribault Public Library eBook Checkout – Overdrive/Libby App
– BrainPOP’s Animated Movies, Assessment Profiles, and Creative Tools – BrainPOP
– Scholastic Learn at Home – Click on the “For Families” Link to Read the Letter, and then choose a grade level to begin – Scholastic
– Abdo Digital Bookshelf has currently made their eBook collection free to read online – Abdo Digital


Updates will continue with additional resources – please check back frequently!