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.
JGESA’s plan for returning to campus
We are excited to announce that JGESA's plan for our return to campus has been approved by Minnesota Dept. of Education (MDE), Minnesota Dept. of Health (MDH), and our Covid Regional Support Team (RST). We listened to your feedback on the recent distance learning survey and know that most families favor a return to full in-person learning, while others are more comfortable with hybrid or distance learning. Our plan will address all of these.
Starting Feb 24th, students will return in the same hybrid learning rotation that they participated in in the fall until spring break: March 29-April 2nd. This allows for 4 weeks for staff to meet more purposefully with individuals in-person to help students make positive progress and receive more 1:1 attention. Also, students will re-acclimate to COVID-19 protocols on campus and allow for two full 14-day incubation cycles before returning more students to campus to measure our success. If you need a reminder of which days your student attended feel free to reach out.
Beginning April 5th, after spring break, all students will have the option to return to campus Monday - Thursday each week. Fridays will remain distance learning for all students. Families that would prefer to continue distance or hybrid learning may do so. A survey will be sent out for you to choose your student's preferred learning method as we approach this date.
JGESA has a unique campus both indoors and out that allows for us to meet all the safety requirements while accommodating more than 50% of students in the hybrid model. The newest guidance from MDE/MDH allows us to welcome back up to 100% of our students and still meet all safety protocols. Also, as we are moving into warmer spring weather JGESA will frequently take advantage of our outdoor campus features.
- Presidents day Monday, Feb. 15th - No school
- Planning days - No school for Students Feb 22/23rd - this is a change to the calendar
- Return to Hybrid Feb. 24th - A/B rotation same as fall
- March 29-April 2nd Spring Break – No school for all
- April 5th - Return to 4 day a week in-person learning. Fridays will remain distance learning for all.
JGESA continues to monitor the 6 counties which we serve. From their peak over 200 in November when we transitioned to distance learning, county level case rates are now in the 30’s and continued declines are expected as vaccines become widely available. In addition, saliva testing will be available to all staff every 14 days to mitigate asymptomatic spread. Students and staff will need to continue to follow the Decision Tree for determining when they need to stay home. Please be aware that while this is our plan the pandemic is an ever evolving situation and plans may need to change. It is also possible that specific cabins may need to transition to Distance Learning for short periods without advance planning.
We appreciate all our families and students have done during this unprecedented school year and we look forward to seeing all our students in-person once again soon.___________________________________________________________________
Full details of the JGESA Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
You can find our updated school calendar here.
MDH has released their “Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms” that can be used to screen for schools, child care and youth programming and their “COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families” which provides information to frequently asked questions for parents and families.
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
A School Like No Other
Free Learning Activities
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.