COVID-19 Information- Updated 3/27

3/27/20

As a result of Governor Tim Waiz's Executive order on March 25th, HCIS will be implementing our Distance Learning policy from March 30th till at least May 1st with the anticipation that staff will be able to return on May 1st with students back on May 5th. This is subject to change. 

We will still observe Spring Break from April 6-10th.

Keep checking your email for the latest information.

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3/18/20
 

March 18, 2020


Dear Harbor City Families, 


During this challenging time, we understand that anxiety may be high. During this time, additional mental health supports may be needed for students and families, since direct in-person school supports are now unavailable as a result of Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order on March 13, 2020. We, as a school community, would like to offer our support with regards to linking students and families to available resources within our community.  


A note from our Student Services team-

Duluth has multiple options to support you through this time and many agencies are offering tele-health appointments (appointments you can attend on your computer in your home). Some Duluth resources include: 



Additionally, please reach out to your primary care doctor for options that may fit better with your health insurance plan. Many insurance plans have search options on their website allowing you to identify providers and agencies within network coverage. 


As always feel free to reach out to Harbor City’s Department of Student Services Team at dss@harborcityschool.org or contact our School Social Worker Corinne McMahon directly at cmcmahon@harborcityschool.org or cell phone (218) 390-1695.

If you feel like your child is in a medical / mental health emergency and is in need of crisis services, please call 911 and/or reach out to these community emergency resources:

  • Birch Tree Crisis Team: 218.623.1800
  • Human Development Center (HDC) Crisis Number: 1.800.634.8775 or 218.728.5126
  • Minnesota Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741  

Helpful online resources: 

Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus / Mental Health

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AAg._refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcopin

Minnesota Department of Health - Coronavirus (updated daily): 

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

Protecting your Mental Health:

https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/


A note from our Technology team- 

If you are in need of home internet at this time, Spectrum is offering internet for free/steep discounted rate. We would recommend having a parent/guardian call as soon as possible as they may be backlogged.

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

(866) 874-2389


A note from our Student Nutrition Team- 

All Harbor city students are welcome to free bag meals being offered at Denfeld High School. For these meals, there is no need for students to sign up ahead of time and students will not be charged. Both are bag meals and will be handed out from a school bus in the parking lot in front of the school. 


  • Breakfast handout is from 8:00am to 10:00am. 
  • Lunch handout is from 11:30am to 1:00pm. 

Use the link below to find other school locations around Duluth offering free breakfast and lunch if Denfeld is not the most convenient for you. Pick up times may vary. 

https://www.fox21online.com/2020/03/17/free-breakfast-lunch-available-to-duluth-students-starting-wednesday/


In addition to free meals at Denfeld and other Duluth schools, two Duluth restaurants will be offering free lunches to children. These restaurants include Fitger’s Brewhouse and Burrito Union. These lunches will be served curb-side and will be offered 11:00am to 1:00pm.   

https://www.wdio.com/coronavirus/2-duluth-restaurants-to-offer-free-lunch-to-children/5675977/


As always, we are here to support you as a school through this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions. 


Take care and stay healthy, 


Harbor City’s Department of Student Services Team 

dss@harborcityschool.org 


and 


Corinne McMahon 

Social Worker 

cmcmahon@harborcityschool.org

Cell: 218-390-1695


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3/17/20

Hello HCIS Students & Families,
 

Harbor City Students- Free Food at Denfeld!

  • Free breakfast and free lunches at Denfeld High School.

  • No need to order or sign up ahead of time and they will not be charged.

  • Breakfast pick up time  is from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

  • Lunch pick up time is from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Both bag meals will be handed out in a school bus in the parking lot in front of the school.

Local Restaurants Offer Free Lunch

  • Fitgers & Burrito Union will be providing free lunch starting tomorrow. 3/18

  • They will be offered 11 AM to 1 PM starting Wednesday and going for the next two weeks, or longer if needed.

MPR Resources:

Minnesota Public Radio has content that may help kids at home. 

  1. Classical Kids Storytime podcast. Aligned with Common Core - https://www.yourclassical.org/topics/classical-kids-storytime

  2. Classical Kids: https://www.yourclassical.org/listen/kids-classical/playlist

  3. Brains On: https://www.brainson.org/

  4. Climate Cast: https://www.mprnews.org/podcasts/climate-cast

  5. Composers Datebook: https://www.yourclassical.org/programs/composers-datebook/episodes


Free/Affordable Internet Service within the City of Duluth

Kind regards & take care.

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3/16/20

Dear HCIS Students and Families,

Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

Thank you for your attention to these important details, including lunch for students on Tuesday, 3/17.

School email will be the primary means of communication with students and  families; please check for updates on a regular basis.

Schedule for Tuesday, March 17

Note: Students who have computers at home for online instruction do not need to come in for their Chromebooks. Come in if you need books, supplies, instruments or items from your locker.

Siblings may come in together, either session is fine.

9th and 10th graders, 9am-10am

  • 9am: Arrive for CP, follow this checklist and depart by 10am 
  • Use east egress stairs to access the 3rd floor into the 3rd floor cafe, practice social distancing, avoid the elevator if possible
  • Head to College Pursuit
  • Pick up Chromebook & charger on the 3rd Floor
  • Stop by your teachers’ classrooms and pick up materials for classes, books, etc.
  • Stop by your locker for jackets, clean out cubbie of food items, take home medications, personal items, etc.
  • Stop by the supply tables in the third & fourth floor commons for pencils, paper if you are in need of supplies

11th and 12th graders, 11am - 12pm

  • 11am: Head to CP, follow this checklist and depart by Noon
  • Use east egress stairs to the 3rd floor into the 3rd floor cafe, practice social distancing, avoid the elevator
  • Head to College Pursuit
  • Pick up Chromebook & charger on the 3rd Floor
  • Stop by your teachers’ classrooms and pick up materials for classes, books, etc
  • Stop by your locker for jackets, clean out cubbie of food items, take home medications,  personal items, etc. 
  • Stop by the supply tables in the third & fourth floor commons for pencils, paper if you are in need of supplies

School lunches will be available on Tuesday for students who contact Mr. Furchert via email mfurchert@harborcityschool.org or call the office before 9am. 722-7574 x 311.  Lunch will be served from 1120am to 1150am on Tuesday.  Students who come in for lunch will be asked to arrive at 11:15 am and depart by noon on Monday. 

Parents: The school will be open until 4pm tomorrow, 3/17, if you need to stop in for pick-up of supplies. 

After tomorrow, please call the office and leave a message if you have questions, concerns or need access to items left behind.

Harbor City will be closed to students starting on Wednesday.

Please check your email on a regular basis.

During the school closure for students, Harbor City International School will be joining school districts and charter schools across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials. Starting March 30, 2020, per the instruction from the Minnesota Department of Education, student learning will continue for the rest of the school year.

Our educators will be giving thoughtful planning to our distance learning plan, offering careful consideration for students in a variety of areas, including students receiving special education services, multilingual learners, students experiencing homelessness, and students who rely on meals served at school. If your child is receiving special education services or is on a 504 Plan, additional information will be sent by Mr. Sam Zimmerman, special education director, szimmerman@harborcityschool.org.

Once our distance learning plan is finalized, we will communicate the plan to families via email and the school’s website. 

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.

We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Tim Tydlacka

 Executive Director

ttydlacka@harborcityschool.org







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3/15/20

Dear HCIS Students and Families,
 
Today, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public schools will close to students starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with the plan to resume instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020. Thank you for your attention to these important details, including lunch for students on Monday and Tuesday.
 
School email will be the primary means of communication with students and families; please check for updates on a regular basis.
 
Harbor City will be closed to students tomorrow, Monday, March 16, to allow teachers and staff to plan for Tuesday, March 17.
 
Detailed instructions regarding Tuesday’s schedule will be sent out tomorrow, March 16, via email.
School lunches will be available on both Monday and Tuesday for students who contact Mr. Furchert via email mfurchert@harborcityschool.org or call the office before 9am. 722-7574 x 311. Lunch will be served from 11:20am to 11:50am on Monday and Tuesday. Students who come in for lunch will be asked to arrive at 11:15 am and depart by noon on Monday.
 
Harbor City will be closed to students starting on Wednesday.
 
During the school closure for students, Harbor City International School will be joining school districts and charter schools across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials. Starting March 30, 2020, per the instruction from the Minnesota Department of Education, student learning will continue for the rest of the school year.
Our educators will be giving thoughtful planning to our distance learning plan, offering careful consideration for students in a variety of areas, including students receiving special education services, multilingual learners, students experiencing homelessness, and students who rely on meals served at school.
Once our distance learning plan is finalized, we will communicate the plan to families via email and the school’s website.
 
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.
 
We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate COVID-19.
 
Sincerely,
Tim Tydlacka
Executive Director

 

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3/13/20

 

Today, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education is not recommending school closures at this time. Students of compromised health should consider Distance Learning, and HCIS will continue to monitor this development and prepare for a potential closure if the need arises.

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3/12/20

HCIS is currently developing a Distance Learning Plan in the event that Minnesota schools will be closed due to COVID-19. HCIS will follow the lead of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health in regards to closing the HCIS campus due to the virus.


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3/9/2020
Dear Families of HCIS Students, 

 

We wanted you to know that we are keeping an eye on recommendations and guidelines as they develop related to the Coronavirus or COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education are updating their websites with information and recommendations regularly and we are reviewing these to keep informed related to any changes. 

 

Currently, there are two cases in Minnesota and the risk to children is low. In areas of the US where the virus has been identified, persons at highest risk are the elderly and those with compromised health. Currently the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is not recommending any cancellation of events, extracurricular activities or classes. However, the MDH recommends that people stay home when sick, cover their cough, and practice good hand hygiene. These recommendations are especially important during the cold and flu season. The following suggestions are additionally recommended: 

 
  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water; 
  • Covering your cough and sneeze; wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer after sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid handshakes to limit germs from entering your body. 
  • If you or your child are sick, stay home from school and activities. 
  • Do not return to school or work until fever is gone for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication 
  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, cold medicines/fever reducers, and cleaning essentials on hand in case you need to stay home and don’t have other access to these items. 
  • Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.). 
 

We will stay up to date and review recommendations from our state and local partners to keep our students, their families and staff safe and well informed. For more information you can visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov/COVID19 or the Minnesota Department of Health at https://www.health.state.mn.us/

 

 

Thank you!

 

Tim Tydlacka, Executive Director

ttydlacka@harborcityschool.org

218-722-7574 x307

 

Chris Kemnitz, School Nurse

nurse@harborcityschool.org