Out of the classroom, into the world.

  • WE ARE A FREE MINNESOTA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 – 12

    At the Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy, students will foster their knowledge, love and respect for the environment while promoting sustainability for future generations. This teacher-led school is located near Maple Lake, Minnesota in the heart of Wright County.

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    JGESA Staff are excited to start this year's adventure bringing students back to campus! To help families and students prepare to return or join our community, staff have compiled a quick reference of everything you need to know in this document. We welcome you to review this and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Jackie (jlonghenry@jgesa.org)

     

    Back to School: 

    • We are excited for new students to start school on Tuesday, Sept. 7th!
    • Our returning students start school on Wednesday, Sept. 8th!
    • Our school times are 8:15am - 3:05pm
    • Please review our updated school calendar here.
    • All students must have a transportation plan on file - please click here to complete
      • On this link, you will be able to access parking pass information, too. 
      • Here are the bus stops and times
    • Be sure to come to school prepared, here is the  School Supply List 
      • If you have questions or need assistance getting items, please contact Jackie (jlonghenry@jgesa.org). 
    •  It is important to remember that learners need to bring lunch daily
      • Please contact Amanda (asitron@jgesa.org) with any questions or concerns

     

    Advisor Meetings and Communication: 

    • Your learner’s Advisor will be contacting families via email to schedule Back-to-School Conferences. 
      • Staff are excited to offer in-person or virtual meetings on August 31st or September 1st. This is a great opportunity to discuss your learner’s needs and ask questions.

    What’s New:

    • JGESA is excited to announce some program upgrades that are starting this fall! 
      • “Flex Fridays:” Each Friday, learners will have a plan to either (a) work from home on existing projects/academics, (b) join staff and peers for a pre-arranged out-of-the-classroom experience, or (c) work-based learning (WBL) and/or Post-Secondary Education Option (PSEO). Additionally, learners are invited to collaborate with their Advisor to plan an independent learning experience, too. 
      • Seminars: As a way to continuously support our learners, JGESA is offering structured seminars on Mon./Tue./Thurs. mornings for learners to collaborate on projects, join teacher-led projects or meet with content experts to further develop their learning experiences. 

     

     

    COVID-19 Related Information

    As we return to full in-person learning we know there are lots of questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please note that this is a continually evolving situation and changes will be made as necessary.

     

    Face coverings: 

      • It is strongly recommended, but not required, that all people present in school buildings wear a face covering.

     

    • All people are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances including school buses and vans.  

     

     

    Mitigation Strategies:

    • JGESA has the unique advantage of a 300 acre outdoor campus, whenever possible we will utilize outdoor spaces for learning experiences.
    • JGESA will continue to follow protocols around social distancing, daily cleaning, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and cohorting into small groups in an effort to mitigate disease spread when possible. 

     

    Screening, Quarantine/Contact Tracing and Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities:

    • Students, teachers and staff should stay home when they have any signs of infectious illness and contact their healthcare provider for testing and care. 
    • JGESA will continue to follow the Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs to determine who should stay home and when staff or students may return.
      • Fully vaccinated learners and staff, or those with recent infection, do not need to quarantine.
      • Exception to quarantine; in an indoor setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feel if masked
      • Staff or learners may request shortened quarantine based on MDH close contact guidelines form and obtaining a negative PCR test.
    • Based on current levels of community spread across Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDH recommend that all unvaccinated school-age children and school staff should get tested for COVID-19 at least weekly throughout the school year. Unvaccinated children involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should be tested more frequently. Vaccinated students and school staff should get tested if they are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Testing should be used in addition to other prevention strategies You can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your healthcare provider. 
    • JGESA will also be offering free take home BinaxNOW OTC At-Home Testing if a student is symtomatic. BinaxNOW Over-the-Counter (OTC) At-Home test is an individual, diagnostic, rapid antigen COVID-19 test recommended for symptomatic people that utilizes a nasal swab. Results are available within 15 minutes of processing. Each test is administered at home by the person taking the test.
      • Considerations for use  This type of test should be considered when rapid results are needed at home.  Schools order tests to be sent home with students to be used at home as needed. The test can be particularly convenient if the student is experiencing symptoms and needs to quickly determine whether or not they have COVID-19.  Even with a negative test result, a student who is experiencing symptoms should retest and should not return to school until symptoms have improved and the student has been fever free for 24 hours.  This test is packaged with two tests per box so a student can test twice within three days, with at least 36 hours between tests. By testing more frequently, known as serial testing, COVID-19 may be detected more quickly, which helps reduce the spread of infection.  BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test is recommended to be used for people who are symptomatic but may also be used for asymptomatic screening when people are being tested frequently or when confirmatory PCR tests are being used for negative results.  The self-test is recommended for children as young as 2 years old when samples are collected by an adult, and for all people 15 and older if they are collecting the sample by themselves.  When there is a positive test result, families should notify the school and schools should follow MDH and CDC quarantine guidance: Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/schoolrecs.pdf).  When there is a negative test result and symptoms are present, a confirmatory lab-based COVID-19 test is highly recommended. BINAXNOW OTC AT - HOME TESTING INFORMATION 2 of 3  BinaxNOW OTC At-Home testing is for personal use only and doesn’t provide a documented test result that can be used when traveling.  Information on test accuracy and any risks or side effects is available in the manufacturer’s instructions: BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/binaxnow-covid19-antigen-self-test-us.html).
      • For any questions pertaining to the use of the BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test, please contact Abbott Labs at:
        Telephone: 1-877-441-7440
      • Results  The BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test is currently only for personal use and does not provide a record of test or result. Results are visually displayed on the test 15 minutes after the test is performed. Test results should not be read beyond 30 minutes after performing the test.  When there is a positive test result, families should notify the school and schools should follow MDH and CDC quarantine guidance: Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/schoolrecs.pdf).  When there is a negative test result, a confirmatory lab-based COVID-19 test is highly recommended if a student is experiencing symptoms. Please contact your health care provider.
        Hours: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (EST), Monday – Friday
    • JGESA has partnered with Wright County Public Health and local health care providers to offer and share vaccination options to our school community. These opportunities have been communicated to families via email and social media as they become available. JGESA also has posted links to Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.

  • JGESA Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan 2021-22

    Updated 8/19/21

     

    Executive Summary: 

    JGESA in compliance with Federal government, Minnesota Rule, Local Public Health and universal business guidance requirements;

     

    Face coverings: 

    • It is strongly recommended that all people present in school buildings and district offices wear a face covering.

    • All people are required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order to wear face coverings on all public transportation conveyances including school buses and vans. 

    Screening, Quarantine/Contact Tracing and Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities

     

    • All members of the school community, including staff, students, families, visitors, and others should continue to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms of illness and protect others by staying home when they are feeling ill and following COVID-19 specific exclusion and self-quarantine guidance when appropriate. It is strongly recommended that schools follow the Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs to determine who should stay home and when staff or students may return.

      • Based on current levels of community spread across Minnesota, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MDH recommend that all unvaccinated school-age children and school staff should get tested for COVID-19 at least weekly throughout the school year. Unvaccinated children involved in any extracurricular activities or sports should be tested more frequently. Vaccinated students and school staff should get tested if they are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Testing should be used in addition to other prevention strategies You can visit a community testing site, order an at-home test kit, or get tested through your healthcare provider. 
      • JGESA will also be offering free take home BinaxNOW OTC At-Home Testing if a student is symtomatic. BinaxNOW Over-the-Counter (OTC) At-Home test is an individual, diagnostic, rapid antigen COVID-19 test recommended for symptomatic people that utilizes a nasal swab. Results are available within 15 minutes of processing. Each test is administered at home by the person taking the test.
        • Considerations for use  This type of test should be considered when rapid results are needed at home.  Schools order tests to be sent home with students to be used at home as needed. The test can be particularly convenient if the student is experiencing symptoms and needs to quickly determine whether or not they have COVID-19.  Even with a negative test result, a student who is experiencing symptoms should retest and should not return to school until symptoms have improved and the student has been fever free for 24 hours.  This test is packaged with two tests per box so a student can test twice within three days, with at least 36 hours between tests. By testing more frequently, known as serial testing, COVID-19 may be detected more quickly, which helps reduce the spread of infection.  BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test is recommended to be used for people who are symptomatic but may also be used for asymptomatic screening when people are being tested frequently or when confirmatory PCR tests are being used for negative results.  The self-test is recommended for children as young as 2 years old when samples are collected by an adult, and for all people 15 and older if they are collecting the sample by themselves.  When there is a positive test result, families should notify the school and schools should follow MDH and CDC quarantine guidance: Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/schoolrecs.pdf).  When there is a negative test result and symptoms are present, a confirmatory lab-based COVID-19 test is highly recommended. BINAXNOW OTC AT - HOME TESTING INFORMATION 2 of 3  BinaxNOW OTC At-Home testing is for personal use only and doesn’t provide a documented test result that can be used when traveling.  Information on test accuracy and any risks or side effects is available in the manufacturer’s instructions: BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test (www.globalpointofcare.abbott/en/product-details/binaxnow-covid19-antigen-self-test-us.html).
        • For any questions pertaining to the use of the BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test, please contact Abbott Labs at:
          Telephone: 1-877-441-7440
        • Results  The BinaxNOW OTC At-Home test is currently only for personal use and does not provide a record of test or result. Results are visually displayed on the test 15 minutes after the test is performed. Test results should not be read beyond 30 minutes after performing the test.  When there is a positive test result, families should notify the school and schools should follow MDH and CDC quarantine guidance: Best Practice Recommendations for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools for the 2021-22 School Year (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/schoolrecs.pdf).  When there is a negative test result, a confirmatory lab-based COVID-19 test is highly recommended if a student is experiencing symptoms. Please contact your health care provider.
          Hours: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (EST), Monday – Friday
    • JGESA has partnered with Wright County Public Health and local health care providers to offer and promote vaccination options to our school community. These opportunities have been communicated to families via email and social media as they become available. JGESA also has posted links to Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.

     

     Mitigation Strategies

     

    • JGESA has the unique advantage of a 300 acre outdoor campus, whenever possible we will utilize outdoor spaces for learning. Also,  we have more than recommended square footage per student available for distancing student desk spacing.

     

    • JGESA will continue to follow protocols around social distancing, daily cleaning, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and cohorting into small groups in an effort to mitigate disease spread. Note should we experience an outbreak of Covid it is possible that JGESA would shift learning models as needed. 




    Ensuring Access

    • JGESA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services that address students academic, social, emotional and mental health needs in a variety of ways including access to in-person and online resources, school Counselor, Meal Finder resource, and more. Advisor, Counselor and other staff will  identify and follow-up with students experiencing lack of progress,  frequent absences or other issues such as equitable access or barriers to participating in instruction can be identified and resolved.

     

    • Digital Equity - JGESA will provide 1:1 chromebooks to each student. JGESA will also work with families to obtain free/low cost home internet access or provide school owned internet hotspots for use as needed. 

     

    • Appropriate Accommodations for Children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies -follow MDE guidelines as to enrolled students who may be medically vulnerable or otherwise unwilling to return to in-person or flexible learning. This guidance is still being developed and is expected from MDE soon.

     

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JGESA - Award Winning Innovative School

  • JGESA is proud to have been recognized as the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools winner in the Category: Creating Different and Innovative Forms of Measuring Outcomes
    Jane Goodall Environmental Sciences Academy in Maple Lake has integrated their mission of “Out of the Classroom, Into the World” into every aspect of school design and culture. Instead of focusing student success on test scores and standards, they choose to emphasize the interconnectedness of living and learning with a “Skills Rubric” that promotes self-improvement, achieving happiness and self-defined personal success.
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    • Project-Based Learning

      How do we facilitate the work of youth as self-directed producers and learners?

      Allowing students to design learning experiences based on their own unique interests and passions encourages them to be self-motivated, independent thinkers who are capable of solving problems, thinking critically, and who are prepared for post-secondary options and the workforce. Personalized learning plans are designed for each student.

      What is Project-Based Learning?

      Project-Based Learning (PBL) gets kids excited about learning by tailoring learning opportunities to match their interests. Students pursue their passions and academics at the same time by earning credit for projects they design.

      - Love to draw? Create a comic book about an interesting person or event in history.
      - Video games more your speed? Learn about an ancient civilization and build a game.
      - Like to hunt or fish? Turn your trophy into an anatomy lesson.
      - You like to cook - bake a cake that represents the layers of the earth's crust.
      - Want to take a hike? Photograph and identify wildlife along the way.

      Click here for answers to more Frequently Asked Questions

      Click here for a Showcase of Student Projects

      Research more by reading this  great article that describes PBL. 

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A School Like No Other

Free Learning Activities

  • Out of the classroom, into the world.

    There are countless ways for your student to explore and learn outside of the classroom. Click for a list of free or low cost ideas, any of which could be turned into a fascinating JGESA school project. If you know of other ideas please share so we can expand the list.

Tall Ships Experiential Learning Voyages

  • Out of the Classroom, Into the World - JGESA is excited to announce a partnership with Lake Superior Tall Ships that will allow us to offer our students an AMAZING learning opportunity with 3 day Experiential Learning Voyages. Watch for more details to come. These trips require teamwork which fosters acceptance of others, cultivates personal responsibility and builds leadership skills. Programs emphasize navigation, seamanship, environmental issues, S.T.E.M. and team building.
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Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program

  • JGESA is excited to announce bringing the Youth Conservation Crew - Middle School Program to JGESA next year. Advisor Jess Paulson has been selected to lead the pilot program at JGESA where the program will roll-out along with a few other select MN schools and @ConservationMN . Watch for full details in the 2021 school year. Out of the Classroom, Into the World.
    Conservation Crew will instill leadership and real world experience in students and support them as they select, perform, and lead a hands-on conservation project in your school or community.
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    Websitewww.iqsmn.org
    Phone: 651-234-0900
    Address: P.O. Box 580, Hutchinson, MN 55350
    Mission: "The sole mission of Innovative Quality Schools is to authorize charter schools that are innovative and successful in preparing students to achieve their full potential."

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