At Intermediate District 287, our top priorities are the health, safety, and education of the children entrusted to us each day. From H1N1 to the measles, District 287 has preparedness plans to manage illness outbreaks in a coordinated, strategic way that prioritizes the health of its students, families, and staff.
We continue to be proactive with the daily monitoring of any developments with the coronavirus. Please be assured that as a part of our procedures, we have a Pandemic Response Plan to guide us in the event of an outbreak of infectious illness.
Our administrative team continues to monitor the Center for Disease Control, Minnesota State Departments of Health and Education precautions, protocols, and response activities for a pandemic outbreak. These agencies help determine how and when all Minnesota schools should respond to infectious illness.
The Hotline helps families navigate:
- Mental health and behavior support
- Basic needs, such as food and shelter
- Technology support for distance learning
The voice messages for families who are Spanish or Somali speaking will be checked multiple times per day.
- English: 763-550-7222
- Español: 763-550-7224 - voicemail
- Soomaali: 763-550-7234 - voicemail
- Tech Help for Students: submit a request
Family Resources Guide
Distance Learning Confidentiality Notice
Virtual Library Cards
Libraries are offering virtual library cards and free access to books, e-Books, and downloads - plus tutoring, educational materials, and assistance with accessing community resources, too. Anyone with internet access and a Hennepin County Library card can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through the website or with the Libby, RBdigital, or cloudLibrary apps. To find available ebooks, use this search page. All students can check out eBooks from eBooks Minnesota without an account or a library card.
Hennepin County Mobile Crisis Teams (17 and
Hennepin County Mobile Crisis Teams (18 and
Crisis Text Line (24/7)
TEXT “MN” to 741741 or CALL 1-800-985-5990
Crisis Support: LGBTQ+ (24/7)
The Trevor Project: CALL 866-488-7386; TEXT
"START" to 678678
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We understand that concern over this new virus can make students and families anxious. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.
Steps to Reduce Students’ Anxiety Related to COVID-19: It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents or educators seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Our school staff work to reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. It's important to give students concrete things they can do to keep themselves and others healthy will reduce stress. Teaching children positive preventive measures such as talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
References for Families: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Know that not all children respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:
- Excessive crying and irritation
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (e.g., toileting accidents or bedwetting)
- Excessive worry or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and “acting out” behaviors
- Poor school performance or avoiding school
- Difficulty with attention and concentration
- Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body pain
- Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
How to talk to your children about COVID-19
- Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
- Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Help your child to have a sense of structure and consider creating a visual structure. Make a visual plan for the day, introduce it in the morning, and work your way through it during the day. This will help them with any anxiety and these unexpected changes. Once it is safe to return to school or child care, help them return to their regular activity.
- Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members and rely on your social support system.
- Learn more about helping children cope.
Does your student need technology help for distance learning? Submit a tech help request.
Internet Access at Home
New Internet Essentials customers will receive two months of internet service for free, then it will cost $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020 by calling 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
The Spectrum Internet Assist program is available to anyone who doesn’t have internet access free for 60 days. Call 1-844-488-8395.
Their Lifeline program is a government assistance program for low-income families without internet access. Call 1-800-921-8101.
Xfinity has opened their hotspots to the public for free during the COVID-19 outbreak. Enter your zip code in their website to find all the hot spot locations in your area. Once at the location, enable wifi on your device and select "xfinitywifi" on the list of available networks.
From your smart phone
Depending on your carrier and plan, you may be able to set up wifi using your mobile device. AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have eliminated data caps for mobile devices. Please contact your carrier for more information.
To find free summer meals being served in your area:
- Go to https://www.summereatsmn.org/ or
- Download the free Summer Eats Minnesota app or
- Text Summer Meals to 97779