Community Ed. COVID-19 Info
Eden Prairie Community,
Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-56 related to Safely Opening Minnesota's Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency. As we continue to plan, modifications being made to our summer programs are based on state health guidelines and direction from The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Office of Governor Walz.
We will continue to provide high quality enriching programs, and although we know that the modifications being made to some programs will not meet the needs of all families, we are focused on providing services to our community that meet the state guidelines. Our focus is on creating safe and healthy environments for all participants. We will continue to be adaptive and responsive to the guidelines in an effort to provide quality services that are safe and fun for all involved.
- Eagle Zone
- EPIC Youth Programs
- Little Eagles
- Early Childhood & Family Education (ECFE) Programs
- Childhood Screening
- Somali Liaison Support
- Adult Enrichment
- Volunteer Program
- Facilities Rental
- Family Resources Program
- Family School Program
Eagle Zone Alternative Essential Worker Childcare
Eagle Zone school-age child care continues to provide Alternative Childcare for the families of health care and emergency personnel.
Current 2019/2020 Academic Year Eagle Zone
Eagle Zone will be closed for the remainder of the school year, with the exception of alternative emergency care for essential workers.
Summer Eagle Zone Program
Dates: June 15th - August 14th
The end date for programming is due to the district need to prepare buildings for the return to school in the fall. Eagle Zone will be closed on July 3rd and 6th for building cleaning and main
Grades: Entering K-7 in the Fall 2020
Minimum 4-days a week, and minimum of 5 weeks of the summer. Fees include a morning and afternoon snack. Children are required to bring a bag lunch each day.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
We will be shifting staffing ratios from 1:15 to 1:9 to meet social distancing guidelines. This increases our overall staffing needs and costs. We will not increase daily fees but need to identify cost savings. Due to the low number of students between 6:30-7:00 AM and 5:30-6:00 PM, we are modifying the times of the program. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may create for you. If you choose to withdraw your contract due to this change, we will refund your registration fee.
Eagle Zone will require a new registration process for this upcoming summer, with a minimum of 4 days per week, and a minimum commitment of 5 weeks. Registration will open on Monday, May 25th at 8:00 AM. A link to the registration page will be shared in follow-up communication. Submitting a contract does not guarantee enrollment. Your contract must be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation of enrollment. All contracts will be reviewed with a determination within five business days. Determinations will be based on staffing, site capacity and the information below:
Families who are already enrolled in Eagle Zone for the summer will be given priority to register through May 29th. For families who are already enrolled in Eagle Zone this summer and paid a registration fee, that payment will be carried over to a new contract if approved. If not approved, the registration fee will be refunded.
Tier 1, 2 & 3 families (already registered) will be given priority over families that have already registered who do not fall into Tier 1, 2 or 3 based on the following state guidelines.
After May 29th, if there is still space available, new families will be accepted based on the order that the contract was submitted.
Social Distancing, Health & Safety
As we continue to evaluate the current situation, we have been working on modifying our summer child care program based on state health guidelines and direction from The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Office of Governor Walz. This week, we received Guidelines for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs. These guidelines have already been implemented in the alternative care that is being provided by Eagle Zone and provide an opportunity to develop plans to further expand our childcare services to more families.
With our plan to provide childcare in the safest way possible, we must follow the guidelines of creating a predictable environment and avoid the mixing of groups. We will be creating consistent groups of students who will be assigned a classroom for the summer. We will also be limiting the capacity at each site. In addition, the following changes have been made to the Eagle Zone summer program:
We will have policies in place based on social distancing guidelines for all students who are attending the program. There are activities that can be done while physical distancing, and we will work hard to offer new and creative activities that allow student engagement while physical distancing. As explained in the guidelines shared in the link above, there will be changes to how our program operates on a daily basis.
What do these guidelines look like at Eagle Zone?
When students check-in, they will go through a screening process. *Note: for the purpose of this video, the child is being asked the screening questions. When parents drop their child off and check them in, the parent will be asked the questions.
We will be using classroom spaces as primary home rooms and also use breakout spaces for specific STEM, Art and Enrichment activities. We will incorporate activities that we have used in the past in environments that allow for physical distancing. It is important for students to be aware of their own physical distancing, so we will create a safe environment using visual cues, in addition to spacing out tables and different activity areas within classrooms. Our Program Environment will look different, but despite the physical distancing, we will continue to offer activities that promote social engagement and fostering new friendships.
Parent Drop-off & Pick-up
Each site will have signage and cones to direct traffic in the outside drop-off and pick-up area. If needed, we will have staff outside directing traffic and letting parents know when they can park and enter the building to check-in their child. This will also be repeated in the afternoon during pick-up if needed.
As we enter this summer, we do so with the understanding that the information and guidance can change rather quickly. If any state or federal guidance requires us to adapt, modify or cancel programming, we will do so. If we need to cancel programming, there will be no charges billed for the days that Eagle Zone is closed.
We appreciate your partnership as we enter this summer. We are excited to welcome more children back into our program, while continuing to prioritize safety for all children and staff. Your patience and flexibility in working with us is greatly appreciated by our staff. The support from our community plays a key role in the functioning and success of the program. We thank you for that support and hope that you are staying healthy and remaining safe during these times.
2020/2021 Academic Year Eagle Zone
Registration remains open for the 2020/21 academic year, however contracts that are pending are currently on-hold for approval. Updated information for Fall Eagle Zone will be made as guidance from MDE is provided around the planning for a return to school in the fall.
EPIC & Targeted Services Summer Program Updates
Summer registration remains open, and those who are currently registered do not need to modify any of their course registrations at this time. We are developing plans to modify our program - including through distance-learning and a blended hybrid model for a limited number of fee based courses.
Introducing Half Day OUTDOOR Summer Camps!
EPIC will be following the Guidelines for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs to offer half-day outdoor summer camps at some of our elementary school locations. These camps will involve activities that can be offered through physical distancing and allow students the opportunity to enjoy their summer outdoors.
2020/2021 Fall EPIC Program
We are planning to resume after-school classes during the 2020-2021 school year. Our fall session will run from September 21 - December 17, and registration will open in August. For more information, visit www.edenpr.org/EPIC.
Little Eagles Summer Camp Update
This week, we received Guidelines for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs. Our plan is to provide preschool in the safest way possible, the following changes have been made to the Preschool Summer Camp program:
- Little Eagles Summer Preschool Camp will require a minimum of 4 days per week, and a consistent schedule from week to week. There will also be a site capacity limit.
- Registration will open on Monday, May 25th at 8:00 AM. A link to the registration page will be shared in follow-up communication. Submitting a contract does not guarantee enrollment. Your contract must be reviewed and approved prior to confirmation of enrollment. All contracts will be reviewed with a determination within five business days. Determinations will be based on staffing and site capacity.
- The guidance of a 9:1 ratio, rather than the typical 10:1 ratio results in slightly higher staffing expenses and the hours we are open will change slightly. Specific hours will be shared with families next week.
- We will not schedule any field trips or have outside vendors entering the building throughout the duration of the summer.
2020/2021 Little Eagles Preschool Program
Updated information for Fall Little Eagles will be made as guidance from MDE is provided under a return to school order. We are currently accepting registrations for a traditional Fall preschool program with smaller class sizes.
2020/2021 ECFE Programs
Updated information for Fall ECFE classes will be made as guidance from MDE is provided under a return to school order. We are currently accepting registrations for traditional ECFE classes. In the event returning to school is not possible, ECFE will provide parent support through distance learning programs
Summer ECFE Programs
The status of summer ECFE classes are pending following the stay at home order of May 18th. Registrations are being accepted and all fees will be refunded in the event that classes are cancelled.
Current Academic Year
All screening appts for the months of May and June have been rescheduled. No appointments are being accepted for these months.
July and August appointments are now available online. If you have a child entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2020 please contact the community education office for priority scheduling, otherwise register at www.edenpr.org/screening.
2020/2021 Academic Year
Registrations are being accepted. Priority will be given to kindergarten eligible students through September of 2020. To reserve your time, please visit www.edenpr.org/screening
The Early Childhood and Community Education Somali Cultural Liaison is available through June 30 to support our Somali speaking families for their educational needs and to provide them culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Please reach out to Yussuf Issa at 952-975-7254 or Yussuf_Issa@edenpr.k12.mn.us for support or questions.
Somali/Soomaali: Adeegaha Soomaalida ee Waxbarashada Hore ee Caruurta ee Arimaha Dhaqanka iyo Afka Qaabilsan waa kuu diyaar inuu kaa caawiyo adeegyada waxbarashada ilaa iyo bisha lixaad 30-keeda, kuuguna adeego afkaaga iyo si xushmo ku ah dhaqankaaga. Fadlan ka la hadal Yussuf Issa 952-975-7254 ama kala xidhiidh Yussuf_Issa@edenpr.k12.mn.us wixii macluumaad dheeraad ah ama caawimo ah.
In response to your feedback and to keep our customers, any children in our buildings, and staff safe during this time, all Summer 2020 Adult Learning courses will take place virtually. The only exception is for CPR/AED and First Aid certification in-person skills evaluation (instruction will be online). If you had previously registered for a class in our original Summer 2020 catalog, we will reach out to you individually with your full list of options regarding transfers, vouchers, or refunds. Please make sure your contact information is updated in our online registration system.
As we navigate these unprecedented times, we're working hard to continue to provide opportunities for you to learn and connect with others from the safety of home.
We are planning to continue to offer virtual courses, regardless of whether or not we will be able to meet in person, and hope to have a wide variety of options for customers. In-person courses may resume, though we anticipate most classes will be able to be held online, if necessary.
Due to social distancing and other health guidelines that limit the number of people we can safely have in a space, we are not utilizing volunteers in any of our summer programs, including EPIC. We do, however, have a fun way for volunteers to support our learners. As a Sharing Inspiration Guest Speaker, you can share your passion and expertise with our students to enhance their learning. If you are knowledgeable about science, reading, or math, or another specific topic, please feel free to send a brief video or recording of yourself discussing this subject to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then share your video with teachers, Eagle Zone staff, and EPIC instructors who may be interested in sharing it with students.
We have not yet determined if we will be able to welcome volunteers into our buildings for the 2020/2021 academic year. We are following state and other guidance carefully and will notify volunteers as soon as possible. We hope to make a decision about what, if any, in-person opportunities for the fall will be available by mid-August.
District spaces are now potentially available to external renters. July and August 2020 rentals will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests for 2020/2021 academic year will not be accepted until at least July 1 and approvals will not be granted until at least July 27. More information is available at www.edenpr.org/facilityuse
The Family Resources Program is currently still available to help connect all families and residents with general resources and resources related to COVID-19 needs. Please reach out to Reta Johnson at 952-975-7030 or email@example.com for support or questions. You can also visit the Family Resources webpage at www.edenpr.org/familyresources for more information.
Though school meal distribution ends on June 29, food for those in need will be available all summer.
July and August Food Support
For families in need of food support in July and August, weekly food pick-up will be on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm at the Education Center, 8040 Mitchell Road, from July 1 through August 26. Items provided include non-perishable food items (e.g. boxes of pasta, rice, canned goods) from the Sheridan Story and additional healthy food items and snacks for children. Families in need of food and unable to access weekly pick-up can contact Family Resources Specialist Reta Johnson at 952-975-7030 or at Reta_johnson@edenpr.org. Additional food support is available through Eden Prairie’s local food shelf, PROP, at 952-937-9120.
Family School’s in-person adult English and all children’s classes are cancelled for the rest of the school year. Distance learning is in place for adult English learners enrolled as of 3/2/2020.
The Fall 2020 Family School Program will be a mix of in-person and distance learning. Adult English classes will continue to be taught online. We are still planning on serving eligible preschool students in person. We will reach out to families who are currently enrolled and those who were interested in participating next year (the 2020/2021 year). Contact Lydia Nelson with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-975-6968.