Fall 2020

Informing families of plans for the start of the school year based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

If you are looking for general Back to School information, visit isd624.org/back-to-school.

Fall 2020 Return to School Plan

White Bear Lake Area Schools will be offering a Hybrid Learning Model for all students K-12+ for Fall 2020. A Distance Learning Model will also be available for all families who choose that as an option. Regardless of which learning model a family chooses for its student(s), we are committed to providing an engaging, equitable and quality learning experience for each student.

Specific plans regarding transportation, health and safety guidelines and the learning models are outlined in the Fall 2020 Return to School Guide and Fall 2020 FAQ.


District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.

Healthy Reminders Sign

Next Steps for Families:

In order to help us adequately prepare and plan for the return to school this fall, we are requesting each family to provide us with the following information in the coming days:

  • Register for School-Age Care (as applicable) - School day childcare options will be available at no cost for children grades K-6 of Tier 1 critical workers as defined by the state during regular school hours for distance and independent learning days. The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 26. Tier 1 registrations received after this time may take up to 10 school days to process. Complete information can be found here.
  • Skyward Annual Online Family Update - Principals recently emailed families with information about the Skyward Annual Online Family Update, which is now open. The Update process allows families to review their student’s information and to fill out & sign forms specific to their student’s school. This year, the Update is also being used to officially notify the district of the learning model each family chooses for their student to begin the 2020-21 school year. Schedules and homeroom teacher information will be available for all families that have completed the Skyward Annual Online Family Update at 6 p.m. on August 25. Detailed instructions for the Annual Family Update process can be found here. If you experience any issues during this process, call our Tech Line at 651-407-7637 or send an email to parenttechhelp@isd624.org and one of our technical support staff members will contact you.
  • Transportation Opt-In Form - Transporting students safely to school is a significant challenge for the district during these times. To reduce the number of students on buses to a safe level, the walking distances have increased (to 1 mile for K-5 students, 1.5 miles for students in grades 6-12) and families are encouraged to transport their students to school when possible. Families who qualify for transportation will only be provided busing upon request by completing this Transportation Opt-In Form by August 16. Families who do not qualify but who are experiencing hardships can contact the transportation office at 651-407-7538 to appeal.

Communications Updates

Diagnosis Reporting Form

In order to facilitate the district’s COVID-19 contact tracing, please let us know through this form if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please also call your school’s attendance line (for students) or submit an absence in Skyward (for staff) if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Diagnosis Reporting Form


Preventative Measures

As we all work to be healthy, it is important to remember to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. 
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.