Have you filled out this form yet? Help the district earn additional funding for programs by completing this form or by clicking here to be directed to our Free and Reduced Lunch Application page for a printable copy and to learn more about the benefits of the program. The application provides the district with additional revenue to support programs.
We receive $500,000 in Title funding from the federal government and that provides additional math and reading interventions for students who need additional supports so that they are performing at grade level. We receive approximately $1,600,000 from Compensatory revenue which pays for approximately 15 teachers to keep our class sizes smaller. If we do not receive this funding, our class sizes would be much higher.
Cloquet Public Schools is accepting applications for K-12 certified teachers and non-certified staff for future openings that may occur. All applications received will be put into a pool to fill any future K-12 openings which may occur during the 2020-2021 school year.
Hot lunch meals will be available for pick up each day in the main entrance of Washington, Churchill and the Middle School from 11:00-12:00, and the High School from 11:00-12:30. We will also have three distribution sites for meals to be picked up from 11:00-12:30. Buses will be placed for community distribution at Pinehurst Park, Braun Park, and the vacant parking lot of Big Lake Road and Brevator. Families will not need to order in advance to pick up a meal at the school entrance or the distribution sites.
There will be no school for grades K-8 on January 21st and 22nd and no school for grades 9-12 on January 26th and 27th to allow staff to plan for the changes in learning model. Also, please note we do not have school on January 18th or 25th. These are staff development days that were a part of the typical school calendar. On January 26th, the Cloquet Public Schools will return grades K-2 and grades 5-6 to full in-person instruction. Students in grades 3 and 4 will continue with distance learning until they return to in-person instruction on February 8th. Students in grades 7 and 8 will return to hybrid instruction on the 26th. Students in grade 9 and grade 12 will return to hybrid instruction on January 28th. Students in grades 10 and 11 will continue with distance learning until they return to hybrid learning on February 8th.
Cloquet Public Schools is currently making preparations to see if a return to in-person learning is possible under these requirements. Elementary families should expect a contact from their student’s classroom teacher this week. Teachers will be surveying families regarding your intentions to send your child back to in-person learning. This information is necessary for the district to determine any additional staffing needs prior to announcing bringing students back into the buildings. Our hope is to return our elementary students to inperson learning as soon as safely possible.
The Governor announced new requirements which allow the option for school districts to return elementary students to full in-person instruction, even when county case rates remain elevated, beginning January 18 th. If districts choose to return students to in-person or hybrid learning, the implementation must use a phased approach with no more than 3 grade levels returning to each building per each two week period. Many of the other previous restrictions remain in place, which may impact a district’s ability to bring students back to classrooms. Districts still have the option to remain in hybrid or distance learning. Also, families have the option to continue to distance learn throughout the 2020-21 school year.
It’s with deep regret that we inform our families and staff of the need to shift to distance learning for all grade levels within Cloquet Public Schools. We have been working hard to keep our students in school this year and have done excellent work implementing precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within our schools. Despite our efforts, COVID rates have increased throughout the county and are in the midst of a rapid spike. This spike has led to large scale quarantine of students and staff and is crippling our ability to provide in-person schooling, along with meeting the other requirements placed upon schools. We had sincerely hoped to keep our students learning in-person for as long as possible. We understand the importance of in-person instruction for student learning and understand the reliance of many families on schools for childcare in order to maintain employment. Please know that we will monitor the situation closely and will consider a shift back to in-person models as soon as we are reasonably able.
Due to the current federal and state emergency declarations and guidance about limiting person-to-person contact due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, by action of the school board of Cloquet Public School all future meetings of the Cloquet School Board will be conducted in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021 – Meetings by Telephone or Other Electronic Means – until further notice. One or more board members may participate by telephone or other electronic means. In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 13D.021, members of the public are not permitted to attend meetings due to the current health pandemic. Persons may monitor the meetings from a remote location by Live Stream found at the following link: READ MORE>>>