School Update COVID-19

School Update COVID-19
Posted on 12/18/2020

This page will have the latest information on the Covid19 Corona Virus and ISD362 L-BF communications about the pandemic outbreak as it relates to school operations. Below are Superintendent updates.

Use the navigation menu on the left to see School Nurse updates and information. 

2020-2021 Updates

December 18, 2020


L-BF Staff, students, and families,

I would like first to remind everyone that Winter Break begins on Wednesday, December 23 and will run through Friday, January 1, 2021. Like much of the state, nation, and world, we are looking forward to the fresh start that the New Year symbolizes. The close of one year, start of the next. Much like anything else, attitude is a major component in that fresh start and here at L-BF, we are so ready! We will begin 2021 with bringing our high school back to school on Monday, January 4, 2021.

It is well known that students perform better in school overall and that the social interaction students get at school is essential for helping to maintain their mental health. As many people already know, Covid-19 case rates are measured as the number of new cases in the past 14 days. L-BF has had a case rate of ZERO since November 24th. We are so thankful to be able to report that case level. We would not be able to do so without the diligence of our community, families, and staff who are keeping their guard up, being careful, and isolating when needed. Thank you to all! We are also continuing to keep an eye on the county rates and have been seeing a fairly steady decline in the rate of infection in our county since November 28th. With that information, we feel it is safe and prudent to bring our high school students back to the building full time so that those who are struggling at home can get the help they need and get caught up before the end of the semester. Of course, families may still choose to keep their high school student on distance learning if they choose.

Students who were already distance learning by choice in early November will be presumed to be continuing that way as of January 4th unless we hear from a parent or guardian that they would like to switch. Please notify the school by December 29th if that will be the case.

We do ask that families continue to keep their vigilance against COVID-19 during and after the winter break. If everyone continues to monitor themselves for symptoms and continue with measures to prevent infection such as masking and washing hands, we hope to continue to keep our students in the building and keep all of L-BF safe. Also, we are asking families to continue to report positive cases in their households to the school even through the holiday break to help us keep tabs on the spread of the virus in the L-BF community. Mrs. Zika will continue keeping up on COVID monitoring and protocols and we are so thankful to her for the hard work she has put in to continue keeping us all safe and healthy.

We are so excited to see the high school students return in January and cannot wait to see all of their faces again. Our new Academic Advisor, Mrs. Turban is very excited to meet more of our high school students. She has already spent some time on Zoom with Juniors and Seniors to let them know she is available to help with their academic planning and provide mental health support.

In other news, it appears that the Free School Lunches will continue to be available for the time being. We still have not received a straight forward answer on how long we can expect this benefit, but we will continue to offer free lunches as long as we are able to.

This January we will be saying farewell to two of our school board members, Kory Gustafson and Doug Franz, who have chosen not to stay on for another term. Kory Gustafson has been serving on the board for four years and Doug Franz has served for an incredible 14 years! Thank you both for your service to our community and the dedication that you have shown our district. We will be welcoming Kimberly Wimmer and Jonathan Blake to our board as new members who will join Keith Knaeble, Monte Nelson, Michael Imhof, and Trent Wimmer on the Littlefork-Big Falls School Board.

With the newest Executive Order from Governor Walz, winter sports will be permitted beginning January 4th on return from winter break. Students in Grades 7-12 who are interested in playing basketball should contact head coach Mason Imhof for Girls Basketball and Coach Dave Westerman for Boys Basketball via email to express their intent to play and get practice information.

The order has further rules and guidance that we are fully prepared to handle in our day to day operations as we continue to mask, sanitize, social distance, and promote hand washing in our building. It is our belief that the best place for students to learn is in person and we are dedicated to making that happen within safe parameters.

Please continue to stay Viking Strong and Viking Safe over the Holiday weekend so our students can return to school and stay in school safely. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!




Jamie Wendt


December 6, 2020

As we get ready to start another week of school, I want you to know that we are continuing distance learning in the high school leading up to the winter break and continuing in person learning in the elementary. The situation will be evaluated and a return date for high school will be soon after the break, when we can safely do so.  These are not easy decisions and they are on our minds constantly. We know that the best place for students to learn is in the building and all of L-BF wants that as soon as safely possible. 

We are waiting for news from the state level before we talk about beginning winter sports as we will need to know what guidelines will be given to districts for operating practices and games. We are hoping for this news before Winter Break, but we will see what hand we are dealt. As Vikings, we are strong enough to overcome whatever comes our way. 

School Nurse Laura Zika says that our elementary students are staying healthy and doing a great job with masking, social distancing, and staying home when sick. We have had many students testing for COVID-19 and still have not had a positive case in the elementary in nearly two months! This is fantastic news! There have been a few people associated with our elementary who have tested positive in that time, but the infection did not occur in our building and they were not in the building at any time during their infectious period, so our students and staff were unaffected by it. We are so grateful to our families for being cautious and understanding during this pandemic. We feel very fortunate to be
able to continue having our elementary students here safely during this school year, when many other schools across the state have been unable to do so. Thank you so much to our parents, students, and staff! 

Mrs. Zika has also shared that the CDC is planning to shorten the quarantine times. I am sure many have already heard this news, but we will have to wait for official guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, which should come in the next week. As soon as we receive those guidelines, we will implement them here in our buildings. 


Jamie Wendt


November 13, 2020

L-BF Students, Staff, and Families,

As the week wraps up, we all know that rising county cases continue to be on everyone's mind.  We have seen a drastic jump in county-wide numbers this week which brought us to the decision today to continue to keep our grade 7-12 students in distance learning. These students will not be returning to the building on November 18th as originally planned. We are not certain of when they will be back in the building for in-person learning, but we are watching the county numbers and our own building numbers to make those decisions. 

Our preschool through sixth grade will continue to attend school in person everyday under our hybrid model.  School Nurse, Mrs. Zika, continues to closely monitor the health of our students and staff on a daily basis.  It is well known that students learn more when they can learn in person, and with that in mind, our goal is to be back in the building 100%, and we will get there, just not yet. By sticking together we can all get through this.  

Stay well, 


Jamie Wendt


November 11, 2020

L-BF Community,

Today we have been notified of an additional positive case of COVID-19. We are still receiving many test results each day, and the number of pending COVID tests is drastically less than it was a week ago. The majority of those who were affected by the spike in cases are out of quarantine, or coming out of quarantine in the next few days. Even with the new case today, our number of cases at L-BF over the last 14 days is now down to six.  

Testing is taking longer again in our community. Some who have tested recently are waiting a week or so to get results at this time. All the more reason to take precautions to stay healthy, as those infected may not know they are for a longer time than earlier this year.

At this time, our high school is in the distance learning model. We are hoping to be able to return to school as planned on November 18th. However, cases in the County are continuing to rise with 18 new cases in the last two days! We need our community to do the best they can to do their due diligence with social distancing, masking, and washing their hands so that our high school students can return to the building. We will be continuing to watch this case level and may have to extend distance learning in the high school if the county case level continues to remain at a high level.

For now, Preschool through 6th grade is still able to continue learning in the building under our hybrid model. We are hopeful that the community will come together to keep our smallest learners in school.

Stay safe and healthy!


Jamie Wendt


November 9, 2020

L-BF Students, Staff, and Families,

We have been notified of two additional positive cases in our school. At this time, the total new cases for L-BF in the last 14 days is seven. So far, all of these cases have been mild to moderate, with none needing hospitalization and two of the seven are already recovered and out of isolation. The remaining cases are nearly recovered with just a few days left of isolation. We have also received word of over 15 negative test results in just the last week! That has been encouraging news.

That being said, as we continue to watch the case rates in our building and in our County, I still feel that we made the right decision to send Grades 7-12 home for Distance Learning when we did. The cases in our building remain isolated to the High School and we continue to feel confident in keeping Preschool through 6th Grade in school under our Hybrid learning model at this time. We will continue to closely monitor the health of our staff and our students and keep the L-BF Community updated.

Many L-BF families have been subjected to quarantines over the last couple of weeks. Thank you so much to those families who have had to quarantine for being so gracious and understanding of the regulations we must follow. We understand that these quarantines may place huge burdens on some families, but we appreciate everyone’s willingness to work with the rules given to us by state and local health officials.

One clarification I would like to address is what it means to be on quarantine. A student who is quarantined due to being a close contact should be staying at home and avoiding public areas and gatherings. All High School students who are Distance Learning are NOT quarantined, but there are many who are. Those students who ARE on quarantine have had their families notified by a personal call from a school official. Please call the school if you need clarification on your family’s individual situation. We are happy to help. There are many rules and guidelines at this time, and it can be hard to keep up.

Good Luck to all the hunting enthusiasts out there. Stay safe and healthy!



Jamie Wendt


November 3, 2020

Dear LBF Community:

Late this afternoon we were informed of two more positive cases in the building and we have already spoken with the close contacts of those cases. This news provides us with some affirmation that we did make the right choice this morning in moving to distance learning for our high school students. It was not an easy choice, but we felt it was the right step in order to do our parts to help prevent a large outbreak in our school and in all of Koochiching County.

Some of you may be wondering why we are choosing distance learning for high school students only. There are two reasons. One is according to the escalation model provided to us by the state. Based on the current county case rate of 18.98, the state model suggests In person learning for Elementary and Hybrid for Secondary. We have been operating in the Hybrid for all students model as outlined in our Restart Blueprint. Due to the rise of cases in our building and the number of pending COVID tests at this time, we felt it pertinent to move to Hybrid for Elementary, Distance Learning for Secondary.

Secondly, the current COVID activity we are seeing at this time is condensed in the high school end of our building.  At this time, we feel it is safe to keep our elementary students in class based on the information we have at hand and with all our current precautions in place. Please know that we are monitoring the situation closely.

For those students who are on distance learning, Fall Break will still be November 9th and 10th and there will be no coursework on those days. Also, if meal delivery is needed, please fill out the form on our website and Facebook page.

As always, please call us if you have any questions or need any clarifications.



Jamie Wendt

November 3, 2020



Attention L-BF students, families, and staff:

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, November 4th, L-BF Grades 7-12 will be Distance Learning through November 17th. Due to the three active cases and a large number of pending COVID Tests as of today, we feel it is in the best interests of our students, staff, families, and the entire community to move the High School to distance learning for a two-week period to minimize potential spreading. Students will bring learning materials home with them today.

Because we are taking this step as a precautionary measure, athletic programs will continue as normal. The International Falls and Big Falls Activity Buses will be provided for pick-up before practices and games at the same locations as normal drop-offs after practice.  The activity bus schedule will be posted in the daily announcements in the Campus Portal. All students have access to the daily announcements as well as parents who have a Parent Portal account. Athletic practices TODAY will run as usual.

High School students should tentatively plan to return to school in the building beginning on Wednesday, November 18th. If a student is experiencing symptoms when it is time to return to the building, they should not return and should contact the School Nurse, Mrs. Zika, to discuss the symptoms and determine when it will be safe to return to school. The School Nurse can be reached at 218-278-6614 ext. 233 or

We will continue to do our best to keep everyone updated.  Please do your part to social distance, wash your hands, and stay safe!

As always, contact the school with any additional questions!




Jamie Wendt



L-BF Families and Staff, 

This afternoon, we have received notification of an additional positive case of COVID-19 in an individual associated with L-BF School. This brings our current number of active cases to three at this time. We are actively in contact with those who are positive, those who have been identified as close contacts, and those who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. We are very carefully monitoring the situation, and will provide updates as we are able. 

At this time, I am thankful to report that while those who are infected are having symptoms and not feeling well, they are doing ok and none have needed hospitalization or other medical assistance thus far. We are grateful for that at this time and continue to keep those infected and families affected by quarantine in our thoughts.

As cases continue to rise, we ask families to be alert to communications from the District. Remember that we are all in this together and with patience and grace for each other, we can successfully navigate through this. 

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact the school.


Jamie Wendt



Attention L-BF Families and Staff,

This message is to inform you that two known cases of Covid-19 have been identified in individuals associated with the District. All close contacts have already been notified and instructed to quarantine and monitor their symptoms.

The District is in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education regarding the situation.

We will continue to keep everyone updated. Please continue to be vigilant in your precautions to stay safe and healthy as we approach Halloween this weekend and the holiday season. 

Please remember to social distance, wash your hands often, wear a mask and monitor for symptoms of Covid-19. If your child is feeling ill, please consult the decision tree located on our website to determine if they should attend school.

If you have any questions, please give us a call.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Jamie Wendt



Dear L-BF Community,
It is nice to see our teams back on the field and court, and I can certainly see the happiness in the students.  Congratulations to Nissa Thomas and Nathan Kennedy our 2020 Homecoming King and Queen! The North Central Stars had a great game winning  41-14 over Bigfork.  The volleyball team was able to finally get a game in and went to Hill City, where although they lost in 3, there were a lot of positive things that came out of that game. L-BF volleyball will be live on our system (link found on our website) starting at 5:45 for all home games. 

As we found out on Wednesday, games schedules can change quickly at any time.  L-BF will always make the best decision to keep our athletes, families, and school community safe.  We are fortunate our county COVID-19 case rate in the last two weeks is allowing us to continue to be in school, as that is changing across Minnesota.  

If you were unable to speak with your child's teachers during parent/teacher conferences on Monday or Tuesday and would like to still do so, please email the teacher to set up a time that works for both of you. 

There will be great news coming soon regarding a new school pantry! Thank you to Ashley Hall, Falls Hunger Coalition and Laura Zika for getting this great resource for our school!

After school tutoring will start on October 27.  Mrs. Wherley will be the contact and will be sending forms home to families that would like to participate.  More information and forms will be available this coming week. 

Thank you again to everyone involved in keeping everyone healthy.  Our efforts have not relaxed in any procedures and we still follow and comply by all plans in our Restart Blueprint. Please continue to do your part as we keep navigating through this time! 

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!


Jamie Wendt


10/7/2020            COVID – 19 Update

Dear Families and Staff,

We are writing to inform you that a known case of COVID-19 has been identified in an individual associated with the District. This individual has not been present in a District building for 12 days and is not considered a close contact to any students or staff at this time.

We understand that families, students, and staff may have questions and concerns about the District’s response to COVID-19.

The District is in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) regarding the situation.

The District is in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) regarding the situation.

The District is regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in order to minimize the spread of germs. In addition, the district continues to require masks be worn and implementing social distancing.

It is important to practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others and to continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including the following:

·         Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

·         Stay home when sick

·         Avoid touching your face

We are monitoring the situation closely with the guidance of MDH and MDE and will update families and staff as new information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please call the office.



Jamie Wendt



Good Morning L-BF Families and Communities,

Homecoming Week has kicked off at L-BF with dress up days. Yesterday was America Day and it was wonderful to see the students dressed up in their best patriotic outfits. I am thrilled to see what they come up with for “Mad Masks” day today. The rest of the dress up days are listed on our school Facebook page and on our school calendar under Homecoming Week. Of course, my favorite day is School Spirit Day!

Homecoming Coronation will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m., and while we are unable to have the public attend as we are accustomed to, we will be broadcasting the event for free on our Pixellot camera system! Congratulations to our Homecoming King and Queen Candidates, Kaylandra Banner, Cassidy Hagen, Keiara Torgerson, Nissa Thomas, Matthew D’Elia, Nathan Kennedy, Joshua Heppner, and Evan Timmer! Log in on Wednesday night to watch Coronation Live! Links will be available on our school website and Facebook page.

The Varsity Volleyball Game will be this Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. versus Mt. Iron – Buhl and again while we cannot have fans in the building, please get online and watch our Lady Vikes play on our Pixellot camera system at no charge!

The Homecoming Football Games will be in Littlefork featuring our North Central Stars versus the Bigfork Huskies! Only 250 fans are permitted due to Minnesota Department of Health and MSHSL Rules. Information on how to get a ticket are on our school website and Facebook page.

On another note, as many have already heard, at the end of September, the Senate passed legislation that allows the USDA to extend waivers for Free Meals for all students through the end of the school year! This is fantastic news that families will not be burdened with lunch bills as we continue to find our way through this pandemic.

Retroactive to October 1st, L-BF students will not be charged for breakfast or lunch for the remainder of the year. Any lunches that have been charged to your account from October 1st until today, will be credited back to your account. I am unsure of the exact time frame credits will be applied to accounts, as we will need to run it through our software company and they will be performing the reversal for school districts nationwide. Starting today through the end of May, all breakfast and lunch meals for students will be entered at no charge as we have converted our system to accommodate the change going forward.

As always, if there are any questions, please call!



Jamie Wendt


September 24, 2020


Dear L-BF Community,

As the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise, we are keeping a close eye here at L-BF. We are continuing our protocols for extra sanitizing and increasing efforts to keep social distance in order to keep our students safe, while still providing a familiar atmosphere and friendly faces delivering their education every day. As we continue to monitor the rising cases, we are ready to adapt and will continue to provide timely updates to families as needed.

The MSHSL has approved the opening of Cheerleading, Volleyball, and Football Fall seasons. Our Athletic Director has already begun organizing and putting together schedules. Those schedules will be published as soon as they are finalized. We have a few more decisions to make regarding Junior High sports, but in the interest of keeping our sports programs strong, we are looking into options to get our younger athletes in action again as well. We will update as soon as we have our plan ready!

We are now at the end of the third week of school, and I want to commend all of our teachers, staff, students, and their families on the amazing job they are doing!

Our teachers have been holding both synchronous and asynchronous learning with students in the building as well as students who are Distance Learning. On top of that, many are on the move all day, teaching in various classrooms other than their own. They have stepped up to the challenges that this pandemic has brought with amazing professionalism and willingness to make it work! I am so proud of the teaching team we have at L-BF and how hard they are working to make this feasible and equitable for all.

L-BF students have been incredibly respectful of the staff and the new rules for masking and social distancing. They have been accountable in their classes and working hard in the building every day. As the day of school progress, I couldn’t be more proud of all our L-BF students!

The custodians have taken on the added cleaning, sanitizing, reorganizing, schedule changes, and so much more with motivation and great attitudes. We are so thankful for their effort to be sure L-BF is compliant with all State recommendations for holding school during the pandemic, all while maintaining their regular job duties as well. They are amazing!

Possibly one of the most integral parts of this whole process is our School Nurse, Mrs. Zika. She has spent countless hours researching, participating in trainings, and remaining in contact with the Minnesota Department of Health in order to be sure L-BF is following appropriate measures to keep our students and community safe. She has worked hard to find out the right blend of safety and getting kids back to school. We are thankful to have her here every day for questions and guidance on the health and safety of our students and staff.

And finally, I would like to extend a HUGE Thank You to the Parents and Guardians of all our students! We know that the changes we face here in the building have an immense effect on the daily lives of our student’s families. From the changes in our transportation system, limiting options that were once available, to monitoring of symptoms, temperatures, contact tracing procedures, and so forth, we are grateful to be a part of a parent community that has been as patient and easy to work with as the L-BF community has been. It proves that we are all truly in this together, to find the best options for educating our children.




Jamie Wendt


September 21, 2020


Dear L-BF Community,

As most of you now know, yesterday we were notified of a person who is a staff or student member of L-BF has tested positive for COVID-19. School Nurse, Mrs. Zika, promptly notified the Minnesota Department of Health and all of those who are considered close contacts based on guidance from the Agency.

All students and staff were notified via our Shoutpoint system that a case of COVID-19 was known or suspected in our District. At this time, it is not believed that the individual contracted COVID-19 at school based on information received about the case. All information regarding the individual is confidential and will not be released.

Custodians were notified of the case and a double check of cleaning and sanitizing protocol was reviewed. All procedures have been followed to keep others in the building safe.

I would just like to reassure our families, students, and staff that we are continuing to closely monitor the situation and working diligently to do our best to prevent the spread as cases are identified in the building.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the school nurse, Mrs. Zika, or myself.

Remember to mask up, wash your hands, and social distance. Let’s get through this Viking Strong.



Jamie Wendt


September 1, 2020

Check out our Back to School Video for information! Feel free to show your children so they have an idea what school will look like this fall. 

L-BF Back To School Video

Also, please note the new section on this page for School Nurse Updates.

We can't wait for the first day on September 8th!

L-BF Staff


August 21, 2020

L-BF Students and Families, 

The L-BF Restart Blueprint has been approved! 

L-BF COVID-19 Restart Blueprint

We encourage all to review this plan. Many hours of work went in to this plan to help students, parents, staff, and the community understand what this school year might look like at L-BF. It will be different, and there will be challenges that arise as we go. However, I feel this plan will give us all a solid starting point to build from. 

Our staff kept our primary concern at the forefront while developing this plan. That primary concern is our students. Our goal was to streamline as much as possible to give students, families, and staff a level of consistency and predictability in these uncertain times all while keeping them as safe as possible. I believe we achieved that goal while still following state guidelines.

I am proud of the work that went into this from the staff who participated in planning meetings over the summer, the custodians who have stepped up to make this all possible, and the support staff who are willing to do what is needed to have a successful school year. 

L-BF will be starting school on September 8, 2020 for grades K-12 in-person, while implementing many of the social distancing requirements from the Hybrid model.  The regular school year calendar will be followed and all students will be in-person even if cases rise to hybrid recommendations. This is possible due to the design of our restart plan and our ability to have all enrolled students in the building at 50% capacity. 

Four year old preschool will begin on Monday, September 14th and be held Monday and Tuesday each week. This is a change from previous years to allow sanitizing procedures between the three and four year old classes. Three year old preschool will begin on Thursday, September 17th an be held on Thursday and Friday each week. There will be no ECFE to start the year. Should things change, ECFE will be advertised on the school website and facebook page. There will be a "Meet the Teacher" event planned for Preschool and Kindergarten on September 2, 2020. Teachers will be in touch with Preschool and Kindergarten families directly to schedule this event. 

Unfortunately, there will not be a Back to School Night this year as we have had in years past. This is very saddening for me as it is one of my favorite days of the year! It is always so exciting to see all the kids again and how much they have grown up! It is a great time to re-connect with our families as well. 

Families will have the choice to Distance Learn even with our model if they so choose. Many families have already been contacted who have expressed interest in this option. Those families will be mailed a Distance Learning Enrollment Agreement form which outlines the expectations for Distance Learning. This program is much different than what was experienced last year and will require students to be checking in and attending classes in real-time. If you are interested in this option, please contact the office to have a form mailed to you. Distance Learners will be able to pick up their supplies and talk with their teachers at the school on September 2, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Commons. 

If there are other questions that are not answered by our restart blueprint or our communications here and on Facebook, please call the office. We want our families to be as comfortable with the situation as possible and are happy to clear up any uncertainties you may have. 


Jamie Wendt


August 14, 2020

L-BF Students and Families,

The countdown is on! Less than 30 days until the first day of school on September 8, 2020, and there are still quite a few unknowns. However, I would like to share today what we do know.

Will students be in school to start the school year?

At this time, under current rates of infection in our County and amongst our staff, Yes. As most people are aware, the State gave all school districts instructions to come up with three back to school plans. 1) In-person Learning 2) Hybrid and 3) Distance Learning. With the help of a consulting Agency specializing in Health and Safety Legislation, we were able to simplify things into essentially two plans which satisfy all requirements. I’d like to tell you we have fancy names for these plans, but we don’t. Our first plan is essentially In-person, but under the health and safety requirements of the Hybrid. What does that mean? Let me explain.

  1. In-person/Hybrid plan: Under the Hybrid plan, schools are required to operate at 50% building capacity with 6 ft. social distancing, and limiting large groups. With the help of the consultants, we were able to identify that our building is capable of housing ALL enrolled students at 50% capacity. We have had to make a few physical changes within the building such as classroom locations and installing some glass barriers to be compliant, but we feel that getting the students back to school with in-person instruction is the most beneficial for our students. We also felt it is important to provide students, families, and staff with as much consistency as we can through all the changes. Therefore, it was our goal to streamline In-person and hybrid to the best of our ability. We feel that we have accomplished that goal.

    We have changed a little bit about how our day will look, with less transitioning between classrooms to limit crowded hallways. Instead, the many teachers will be transitioning to the students in their homerooms. We plan to create back to school videos for students to give them a preview of what to expect as school starts this Fall.

  2. Distance Learning: If positive cases in our County or in the School see a rapid rise in cases, we may be required to switch to distance learning. Distance Learning will be very different from last Spring and will require students to report in on Schoology by 8:20 a.m. for attendance and a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning will be used. A more detailed Distance Learning plan will be published in the coming weeks.

Our full reopening plan will be under final review early next week and published by the end of the day on August 21, 2020 on our school website and Facebook Page. Hard copies of the plan may be requested after August 21st by calling the Main or Elementary Offices.

School Supply Lists will be finalized and published by the end of the day Monday, August 17, 2020.

Face Coverings:

In our parent and family surveys, the number one concern about sending students to school this Fall was regarding a requirement to wear face coverings at school. Pursuant to Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-81, face coverings are required in the school building and on school buses with a few exceptions. There are many options for face coverings. Students can feel free to use their face covering as an extension of their DIY Mask Guidance from the CDC | Estes Park Healthwardrobe and express themselves as long as it complies with the current dress code policy and appropriately covers the mouth and nose as directed by the CDC. (See Image).

We want our staff and students to be comfortable during their school day, so if a neck gaiter or bandana is the preference, that is acceptable if it can be worn comfortably through the day.

The L-BF National Honor Society has L-BF Viking masks for sale, produced by local vendors. Please see our school facebook page for ordering information if you are interested.

Face shields are acceptable when 6 ft. social distancing can be maintained or if cloth or surgical face coverings are not tolerated.

At such time when the face coverings are no longer required by the State of Minnesota, likewise, they will no longer be required by L-BF. L-BF will comply with legislation as directed.

Face coverings are allowed to be removed in certain situations which will allow students a break from masks wearing periodically through the day. Those situations include where glass, plexi-glass, or other barriers that rise above face level are in place between individuals, while engaging in physical activity (recess, physical education, etc.), while eating or drinking, during activities that involve singing, public speaking, or playing instruments.


Families are encouraged to provide their own transportation when possible in order to reduce numbers on the school buses. However, transportation will continue to be provided at 50% capacity. Students will fill the school bus back to front, and unload front to back to limit intermingling and keep families seated together. Alternate transportation will not be available to start the school year. Each household will be allowed one bus stop only. Please plan accordingly. If your primary bus stop is at your daycare provider, then that will be the only bus stop allowed for your household at this time. This will allow our buses to provide transportation for all who need it while being able to comply with the 50% capacity guidelines. Should this change during the year, families will be notified by our automated call system, Facebook page, and school website.

Cleaning and Sanitizing:

Reminders for proper handwashing, social distancing, and the use of face coverings will be posted throughout the school and will be a part of our daily lives at school for the time being. Non-essential furniture has been removed from classrooms to allow for more thorough and efficient cleaning and sanitizing by staff. Drinking fountains throughout the school have been disabled. Instead, all students will be encouraged to bring water bottles to stay hydrated and healthy. The district has purchased additional water bottle filling stations and will be installing them spread through the building for access for all students and staff. Water bottles are required to be labeled with student names and will need to be brought home and washed regularly. The L-BF National Honor Society also has personalized water bottles for sale from local vendors. Please see our school facebook page for ordering information if you are interested.

Family choice:

Families may choose Distance Learning at their discretion. This is a choice that is respected by all staff and L-BF will work with students and families to make sure every student is receiving an equitable education regardless of how it is delivered. Most L-BF families have filled out the parent and family survey already. If your family has not, please call Mrs. Wendt to have the survey resent to you. Those who are choosing Distance Learning as an alternative to sending their children to school will be sent a Distance Learning Enrollment Agreement. The Agreement will outline expectations for Distance Learning. Once Distance Learning is chosen, the students must remain in Distance Learning until the end of the Quarter. If a family would like to change that selection, they will need to contact the Main or Elementary Office two weeks before the end of the current quarter to make arrangements.

In conclusion, I know there are still many unanswered questions, but it is my hope that this notice helps give our families a clearer picture of our vision for the return to school this Fall. The High School Secretary, Kathy Siltman, and our new Elementary Secretary, Vanessa Dunsmoor will be back to work full-time this Monday, August 17, 2020 and will do their best to answer any additional questions families may have to the best of their ability. This situation remains fluid, as it has been from the beginning, constantly changing. At L-BF we are prepared to move with the changes as necessary while keeping our students as our main focus.




Jamie Wendt


July 30, 2020

L-BF Students and Families,

The long awaited news is out! Here at L-BF, we are relieved that the guidance is localized based on local data and not a statewide blanket. We have received State guidelines on when to transition from in person learning, to hybrid, to distance learning based on new infection rates in our county and in our school building.

In order to create consistency and stability for our students, staff, and families as well as protect their health and safety, our in-person and hybrid models look very similar with only small modifications between the two. We are happy to announce that after working with the consulting company, we are able to have all students in Pre-K through 12th grade in the building every day in both the in person and hybrid plans. We are fortunate enough to have the space in our building to accommodate all of the students that are currently enrolled with adequate social distancing capability. We have made scheduling changes to accommodate social distancing and reducing the number of students transitioning at the same time to reduce congestion in shared spaces.

If we need to switch to distance learning during the school year, we are working to streamline our approach. While teachers may use other learning websites and tools in their distance learning curriculum, Schoology will be the distance learning platform for all grades K-12. This way students can check in daily in one place to get their assignments. Schoology also has a parent account option so parents can log in and stay up to date with their child’s progress. Under distance learning, childcare for emergency workers and food service will be managed in a similar way to last Spring, should we need to go that route.

Bus transportation will still be available but will likely have more strict rules in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines as provided by the State.

Stay tuned as details are released! Our plans our well on their way, but we still have some adjustments to make as we take in new information the State has provided today.

We would love to hear from our students, families, and community members regarding school reopening. There is a survey available now at  Please fill this out as soon as possible so we can do our best to accommodate the concerns of our students and families as we work to finalize our plans.  

Before school starts, we plan to publish a “Back to School” video or possibly series of videos showing what school may look like at L-BF this year under the changes.

As always, parents have the final say in their child’s health and safety. If you do not want to send your child to school, please contact me via email or at 218-278-6614 ext. 210 so that arrangements can be made for distance learning only.

Finally, I ask for the help our entire Koochiching County community to do their part in keeping new infection rates down. The lower we keep the rate, the less likely we have to implement distance learning across the board. Please follow CDC guidance and keep social distancing and washing your hands to keep the rates low. We want to keep regulations at a level where parents, students, and families continue to have a choice in the way their education is delivered.

Thank you again to all of our wonderful families and students for the patience you have shown as we all await new guidance and then as we work to implement them.



Jamie Wendt


July 24, 2020


L-BF Students and Families,

The countdown to the first day of school continues and staff continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. This week continued to include meetings and webinars projecting what the start of school could look like, and many ideas for modifications to comply with social distancing and sanitizing guidelines. Planning for all avenues are making great progress.

A consulting company was brought to the school to measure our capacities for students with new spacing guidelines, and we received encouraging feedback thus far. The consultants will be meeting with Staff next week to discuss where we are doing well and where adjustments will need to be made. The meeting will include staff training on what is expected to be allowable regarding student interactions, materials in the classrooms, and many other considerations.

Just like all of you, we anxiously await Governor Walz’s announcement which is expected to occur on July 30th. After we have received this direction from the Governor, we plan to solicit parent and student feedback. Then we will do our best to quickly finalize and publicize our reopening plans.

We want to assure all of our students, families, and community members that every staff member at L-BF is dedicated to being creative in providing quality education, connecting with students, providing ways for students to connect with each other, and maintaining overall student well-being no matter what comes our way this fall.

Thank you again for your patience through this journey!



Jamie Wendt


July 17, 2020

L-BF Students and Families,

Going back to school next fall seems to be on everyone’s minds. It is certainly everywhere you look in the media. It has been on the minds of educators across the Nation since the close of last school year. We made it through last year and have all been wondering, “What’s next?”

Today, we are just 9 weeks from the first day of 2020-2021 and we still aren’t sure what the first day of school will look like. However, we do have some guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education regarding three possible plans.

Click here to see a document from MDE describing what school may look like under each plan. Sometime during the week of July 27th, Governor Walz is expected to announce which plan Minnesota schools are to begin the year with. As the pandemic evolves, schools may be expected to use each plan as the situation changes.

L-BF staff have already begun the planning process. We have had two staff meetings this week and have consultants coming to our building in the coming weeks for a building analysis to make recommendations for adjustments that can be made to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and train staff on best procedures to be following the guidance from state officials. Rest assured, L-BF staff are committed to providing quality education for our students no matter what this pandemic brings.

Stay tuned as the weeks progress and we will continue to update the L-BF community via our Facebook page and school website as plans are completed.

We are in this together, and our students are our #1 priority through it all.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these changes.

Stay safe and continue to enjoy your summer!



Jamie Wendt

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