We are very excited to announce an innovative opportunity for ninth grade students to connect, learn, and grow before the start of the 2020-21 school year! The Summer Bridging Academy, which will begin on July 20 and will run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm until August 6, is an initiative to introduce the Class of 2024 to the Island and prepare them for success.

There are three main components to the Summer Bridging Academy:

  1. Community building through orientation activities and space for socializing with new classmates,
  2. Skill and character building in many areas like technology, study strategies, school spirit, conduct, and more,
  3. Academic brush-ups in science, math, and English to help students feel all the more confident throughout the ninth grade year.

Each Monday, all ninth grade students, and enthusiastic Islander Welcome Crew (IWC) leaders from the 11th and 12th grades, will gather on the Island to get to know one another, learn about the theme of the week, and take part in thought-provoking activities (and some silly ones too). The theme of the first week is “Envisioning Your Future.” IWC leaders will help students think about who they want to be at DeLaSalle and set goals for the coming year.

From Tuesday through Thursday, students will be in the classroom with DeLaSalle teachers, sometimes in-person and sometimes online. They will learn how to navigate academic life at DeLaSalle in these sessions and have the chance to review some key concepts in math, science, and English. These classes will also incorporate the theme of the week, and teachers will help students identify resources that will set them up for success at DeLaSalle.

Please look below for specific information pertaining to scheduling, transportation, safety, and more. If you cannot find the answer to a question, please reach out to us at admissionsoffice@delasalle.com.

The Summer Bridging Academy is a hybrid program, featuring some in-person and some online instruction. All students will be on campus for community building orientation activities on Mondays. On Tuesday through Thursday, students will focus on academic subjects. The students have been split into small groups groups, and each group will be on campus for one of the academic days while the other two receive online instruction. In short, students will be on campus twice a week and connected online twice a week. Families have been informed of their student’s group number via email. Below is the overall schedule for the Summer Bridging Academy:

For Online Black and Gold Days, students will meet online with staff and faculty members from 9-11:45am and explore subjects such as executive functioning skills, web application usage, and community building. For Online Islander Days, students will again be online and will expand on the math, English, and science lessons that they experience in person at DeLaSalle. For a full breakdown of the online day schedules, please click here. For instructional days on campus, students will be in session from 9:00am-12:00pm, spending an hour apiece focusing on math, science, and English. Students will remain in their assigned classrooms for the entirety of their instructional days on campus, and teachers will move from classroom to classroom. Each small group will be given their specific schedule during their first instructional day on campus.


Every student’s temperature should be taken everyday before leaving for DeLaSalle.  If they have a fever above 100.4 or show any other symptoms, they should remain home.  Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your student is ill, call the DeLaSalle main office at 612-676-7600 to report the illness.

If the student is unable to attend activities but is well enough to engage remotely, please contact the school and a staff member will give you instructions on how to join via Google Meet. 

Students being dropped off at DeLaSalle by a parent/guardian will use the A building entrance. Please wait in the car with your student as we go through our intake process with each student. If the student leaves the car, they must stand at least 6 feet away from other students or staff as they wait to be processed through the Covid Protocol station.  Students should bring and wear a mask if they have one, or they will receive a mask at the school entrance station. As they enter the school, students will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer.  We ask that parents stay long enough to know if their child has a temp. If a student’s temperature is at 100.4 or higher the student will not be admitted.  Once the temperature is taken, the student will use touchless dispensers with hand sanitizer and then scan a QR code with their phone or iPad to document their temperature. From there, students will be guided to the appropriate classroom or meeting area for the day. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed.  Students should be dropped off between 8:30-8:50 am. Activities for the day start at 9:00 am. 

 

Students on the DeLaSalle bus routes will be picked up in front of or close to their residence. Before getting on the bus, each student will have their temperature checked by the bus driver with a touchless thermometer.. Temperatures must be below 100.4 for the student to enter the bus and attend the day’s activities. If a student is not already wearing a mask, they will be given a mask to wear for the day. The bus will have a QR code that each student will scan with their smartphone to document their temperature. Students will sit in every other seat and every other row (zig-zag design). Buses will drop off students at the North Entrance where they will be greeted and directed to the appropriate space to begin the day. If students were unable to document their temperature on their phone, they will be directed to a school iPad to do so. 

All students arriving by bus will be guided to the appropriate location for the day’s activities.  Hand sanitizer stations will be at each entrance. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be worn throughout the day.

Students on the Monarch bus routes will have their temperature taken when they arrive at DeLaSalle. Students will digitally record their temperature using the document accessed by the QR code or the icon on their iPad.  IPads will be available for documentation purposes for students who do not have smartphones.

All students arriving by bus will be guided to the appropriate location for the day’s activities.  Hand sanitizer stations will be at each entrance. Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks will be worn throughout the day.

Before leaving DeLaSalle for the day, each student will be accessing an online document that will ask questions regarding where they have been and with whom they have had contact. This assists with contact tracing should a student or staff member test positive for Covid 19.  Students can enter their group number and bus number on this document.  They do not need to enter names for students in their group, but they should enter the names of their teachers, group leaders and any other person they had contact with.  This document will be accessible from an icon on the home screen of their IPad.

Parents or guardians who are picking up their child should park in the lot in front of the school. Drivers should stay in their vehicles.  Your student will come to you. Students will be released with a staggered dismissal at 12:00 pm.

Students returning home by bus will be released with a staggered dismissal to the same area where they were dropped off. Buses will drop students off at the same pickup point from the morning.  Bus pick up and drop off times and places have been communicated to each student. 

Please refer to this document for instructions on how to use the QR codes that will be provided to direct students through Covid-19 protocols.



The well-being and health of everyone in our community is an absolute priority. We will take special measures to ensure that the Summer Bridging Academy is fun, informative, AND safe. All students that have signed up for busing will be required to take a temperature check before they get on the bus, and students who are dropped off will do the same before entering the school. Students will be assigned small groups that they will keep throughout the three weeks, limiting their direct exposure to other students.

Each small group leader will have hand sanitizer and will not be afraid to correct someone who they think could be acting more mindfully! The activities that students do will be physically distanced, and students will not share materials with anyone else.

Per state guidelines, all students and staff members are required to wear masks. Students are welcome to bring their own from home, but DeLaSalle will have masks available for those who forget.

If you would like to view DeLaSalle’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan, please click here.

If a student becomes ill or exhibits a fever or other symptoms, a staff member will call the student’s primary contact.  Please pick up your student at the A building entrance. The student will be placed in an isolated room where they can be visibly observed by adults until the parent/guardian can arrive to take him/her home. If a student has a fever over 100.4 degrees, they will need to be tested for Covid 19.  Results of that test will determine if the student needs to be placed in a 14-day quarantine.  Other quarantine measures will be put into place as determined by DeLaSalle’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

Students will have scheduled bathroom breaks within their small groups.  They should adhere to these scheduled times if at all possible.  If an emergency arises, the teacher will call an adult who will be sure that the student does not meet and connect with students outside their group.  Handwashing will be promoted with signage.  Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available outside the bathroom doors.

Students will be in the same groups and classrooms throughout the day so as not to mix with other students, lessening exposure to others.  Teachers will be moving from room to room.  Teachers, while in the classroom, will maintain physical distancing, staying in a “teacher zone” taped off on the floor.  When the lesson is finished, teachers will have time to clean their station, making it safe for the next teacher to come into the classroom. Teachers must wear a face covering – and have the option to wear either a mask or face shield while teaching.  

Students will stay in their own spaces while in the classroom, 6 feet away from other students.  They will need to bring all of their materials from home so as not to share items with others. While there will be opportunities to stretch and socialize with other students, they will be following physical distancing protocols and wearing masks.    

When students enter and leave the classroom they must follow the signage in the halls and on the floors.  There will be directional signage showing students on which side of the hallway they should be walking.

A snack break will be provided Tuesday through Thursday.  Students will need to bring their own snacks from home (no peanut or tree nut snacks due to allergies).  Students will need to bring their own water bottle.

Before students leave the classroom, they will be directed to complete a brief document they can access through their iPads where they will document who they have had contact with for the purposes of contact tracing. 

Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned after each day in preparation for the next group of students.

Every Monday, weather permitting, students will be outside on the Athletic Field with their small groups. In order to ensure safety, students will remain in their small groups for the entirety of the day, and small groups will be appropriately physically distant from each other. Bathroom, lunch, and water breaks will be staggered to ensure that students remain physically distant. Students will still be required to wear masks at any point that they are not eating, and small group leaders will have hand sanitizer ready for those who request it.



For Mondays:

  • A mask 
  • A water bottle (we will have refill stations)
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and/or sunglasses (we will be outside as long as weather cooperates)
  • A pen or pencil
  • A great attitude and an open mind

For Tuesday through Thursday (remember that your student will only be on campus for one of these days):

  • A mask
  • Their school-issued iPad 
  • A water bottle
  • A small snack (no peanuts or tree nuts)
  • A notebook and/or paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • A great attitude and an open mind

 It may seem daunting for a new student to start using some of our online tools without a lengthy tutorial. Fear not! Our excellent IWC leaders are eager to help. They will be calling the homes of their small group members to introduce themselves, answer questions about the Academy, and, most importantly, walk them through logging on to Canvas (our learning management platform) and enrolling in the Summer Bridging Academy course. They will even show your student how join a Google Meet, which is how they will be in class online. Once the academic days start, teachers will help the students learn more about the many online tools that we utilize at DeLaSalle. To learn more about Canvas, please click here.

We are treating the on-campus days like normal out-of-uniform days. This means your student does not need to wear a uniform! They should dress modestly and appropriately as well as comfortably – remember that we want to be outside on Mondays! Hats and sunglasses will be permitted, as will shorts as long as they land near the top of the knee. We do require that students wear closed-toe shoes; we will be moving around a lot, and we don’t want anyone busting an ankle! Below are the official guidelines from the Student Handbook for out-of-uniform days:

  • Students must wear clothing that covers the entire torso; 
  • No ripped or torn clothing of any kind;
  • Any printing on shirts may not mention or suggest the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or be profane or offensive; 
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must reach the top of the knee. Yoga pants or any similar style pants are not permitted;
  • Clothing must not contain hate speech or images or language that is inconsistent with DeLaSalle Core values; 
  • Clothing must not contain political messaging or images;
  • Sandals are not permitted.
  • Because we will likely be outside, students will be allowed to wear hats and sunglasses.

We will provide water refill stations throughout the week for students who bring their own water bottle, so we recommend that everyone brings one! As for food, we are happy to say that we will be providing lunch on Monday sessions. For Tuesday through Thursday sessions, we recommend that students bring a snack. Please note that any snack that comes from home cannot contain peanuts or tree nuts due to allergy concerns.

Staffing

  • Food service staff will check temperature and complete a health screen per school protocol upon arrival of shift.
  • Food Service staff will wear Face Masks at all times while preparing and serving food.They will wear face masks at all time in building adhering to School Protocol.
  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices.such as face coverings,washing hands,covering coughs and sneezes and the proper usage of gloves. Staff will be asked to leave all personal belongings including cell phones in their locker.

Kitchen Usage

  • The kitchen will maintain adequate supplies of PPE, soap, paper towels, gloves, hand sanitizer and tissues for food service staff.
  • Kitchen surfaces will be completely wiped down and sanitized before, during and after each shift.and frequently throughout the shift, according to MN Department of Health guidelines.
  • Production stations will be at least six feet apart with as little crossover as possible.

Meal Service 

  • Meals will be served in non-congregate settings that enable social distancing guidelines to be followed and contract tracing if outbreak should occur.
  • Students will have adequate time to wash and sanitize hands before meal service begins.
  • All food items will be wrapped and placed in bags,they will be distributed to students either on the field or in classrooms for a non-congregate meal service.
  • All servers are required to wash hands and use gloves for distribution.          

If students need to bring items to school that are not needed for the Summer Bridging Academy,  there will be a safe storage area where items can be kept for the day. Instructions will be provided upon arrival to campus.

If a student intends to remain on campus for an afternoon practice, they will be instructed to wait in the LL Gray Gym and physically distance 6 feet apart from their peers. There are Equipment Station signs along the South wall of the LL Gray gym where students can wait. Guidance will be provided on-site by the Activities Office.

Please refer to this document for instructions on how to use the QR codes that will be provided to direct students through Covid-19 protocols.

DeLaSalle is a Catholic, Lasallian community whose members recognize that each person has specific rights and responsibilities. Students are expected to exercise self-discipline and exhibit appropriate behavior in their relationships with others. They are also expected to respect the property rights of other students, faculty, and the school. DeLaSalle expects parents and families to cooperate with the school in reaching these goals.