• Additional Food Benefits for the 2020-21 School Year

    Posted by Tina Burkholder on 1/19/2021

    The Minnesota Department of Education recently announced that The Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159) extends Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) through the end of September 2021, meaning that P-EBT will be available for the whole school year 20-21.

    Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food for days they are not in the school building. To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year or be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year. Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined. To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your free/reduced meal application as soon as possible.

    • Paperless applications are available online through the parent portal.  Click here to download the step by step directions to complete the process online in the parent portal.  Be sure to go all the way through to receive a confirmation number.  OR
    • Complete a paper application and return it to Kirsten Cowles by email Kirsten.cowles@monticello.k12.mn.us or by mail to 302 Washington Street, Monticello, MN 55362.
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  • Distance Learning Meal Service Nov. 30th to Dec. 11th

    Posted by Tina Burkholder on 12/2/2020

    Meals will be prepared at the High School and Middle School.  Meals will be available for daily pick up at both school locations.  Daily meal pick up will be from 2pm to 3pm each day. Daily meals will include one breakfast and one lunch. On Friday, you will receive three breakfasts and three lunches for the weekend. 

    A 7-day meal pick up is also offered Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 6pm at the Middle School.  The weekly meal pack will include seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Meals can be picked up by the family during designated times. Meal sign up is located on the dining services page on the Monticello website. If the entire district is in Distance Learning, Hoglund Transportation will deliver meals to families by request.  

    Bus Schedules for Nov. 30th - Dec. 11th  (times are next to the bus stop)  
    Daily Meal Service Bus Stops 
    Wednesday 7-day Meal Service Bus Stops

    If you have any questions, please contact Ciara McDonald at 763.272.3047.


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  • VIDEO: Back to school. Back together.

    Posted by Monticello School District on 9/15/2020 10:10:00 AM

    Watch the latest video from Monticello School District, capturing the return to school for the 2020-21 school year!

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  • September 14, 2020 A New Decision Tree - I've Been Tested

    Posted by Barb Wilson on 9/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Thank you for taking a close look at the decision trees posted on the Fall 20/21 COVID - 19 page. I want to highlight a new decision tree that was placed on the district page late last week, entitled the Testing tree. The latest guidance from MDH allows family members, siblings and some close contacts to return to school/work eariler than the 14 day quarantine that was recommended earlier in the year WHEN they recieve a negative test result. Please review the decision tree should you or someone in your household be recommended for COVID-19 testing. Thank you for taking every recommended precaution to keep others safe and reduce community spread. 

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  • Special Food Service Update

    Posted by Tina Burkholder on 9/9/2020 9:10:00 AM

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided a waiver to extend the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) operations to school districts through December 31, 2020 or until funds run out.  The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) gave guidelines to school districts late last week on how school districts can implement this waiver extension.

    Families should continue to complete free and reduced meal applications for a number of reasons:

    • If a student qualifies, the benefit could extend to other fees such as activity fees.
    • School districts do not know when the USDA benefits will run out, so it is best to complete an application to have a seamless transition back to the National School Lunch Program when it occurs.
    • School districts receive additional funds based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced benefits that help the school district hire more Reading and Math intervention staff or Title I staff which is critical for many students.

    The Monticello School District updated all the 2020-2021 food service applications to take advantage of the SFSP benefits.  Only students enrolled in the Monticello School District are eligible to participate in our meal program, which is different from last spring.  The Monticello School District will start this change immediately so all meals are free to our students.  


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  • September 8, 2020 COVID Decision Trees Posted

    Posted by Barb Wilson on 9/8/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Greetings from the District Office, 

    I am writing today to share the COVID decision trees with easy to follow guidance. These decision trees were designed using MDH guidelines. They are posted on the main COVID website on the right-hand side of the page for easy reference. 

    Our number one priority is to keep our staff and students safe so we are asking all staff and parents to conduct the daily symptom check from home. You can use the symptoms listed on the Symptom Decision Tree that was recently revised and posted to the District's COVID website.  Please stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if anyone in your household is sick with COVID like symptoms. 

    If you have been exposed to a positive lab-confirmed COVID case, please refer to the Exposure Decision Tree for guidance on keeping yourself and your family home when required. 

    We are working on a decision tree for what you should do once you or someone in your household is tested for COVID. This will be published later this week. 

    We are counting on each other to keep everyone safe with the decisions they make. If you have any questions about your situation you can contact Barb Wilson at 763-272-2020 or the District nurse assigned to your school: EEC and elementary buildings - Tana Kalnbach at 763-272-2920. Middle School and High School - Monica Schwickerath at 763-272-3020. 

    We thank you ahead of time for using caution and following the guidelines MDH has provided to keep everyone safe. These decision trees are current to the date we publish them. They align with the latest guidance from MDH. We will update these decision trees when MDH updates thier guidance. Be sure to check often for new decision tree guidance. 

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  • September 1, 2020: Transportation Update from Hoglund Transportation and ISD882

    Posted by Monticello School District on 9/1/2020

    In partnership with Hoglund Transportation, Monticello School District wanted to provide a quick transportation update to help alleviate questions that families may have.

    While many things look different this school year, our communication regarding transportation remains the same. Families can expect transportation routing information to be shared during building Welcome Back or Open House dates. In addition, ISD 882 will make busing information available through our parent portal service on Tuesday, September 8th. If you have any questions about how to access this information, please contact the office of your child’s building.

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  • September 1, 2020: MDE Guidance for Food Service

    Posted by Eric Olson, Superintendent and Ciara McDonald, Director of Culinary Services on 9/1/2020

    Yesterday, the USDA, Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made an unprecedented announcement USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020 This was an unexpected announcement for us and we are currently working on developing guidance regarding implementation of providing SFSP meals.  Until we have guidance ready, we will continue the meal pattern, counting and claiming processes already initiated for the 2020-21 school year.  


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  • August 26, 2020, 6:30 PM - Live Town Hall

    Posted by Susan Heidt on 8/26/2020
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