Superintendent's Message

  • 1/19/20201

    Wildcat Families,
    Tomorrow is a big day for us as a community… we are excited to welcome students in Grades PK-5 back to school!  

    I have some items of information to share with you this evening:

    1. We have had many questions about Quarantine procedures and travel during Spring Break.  No doubt, a key for our schools to stay open will be staying home when you are sick or when you are exposed to someone who is.   This slideshow should help explain things and will be posted on our website should you need to refer back to it. 

    1. As we restart bus routes and students driving to school in winter weather, please review District guidance for Winter Weather Calls

    1. Please review this flyer and feel free to forward to your networks.  We’d love to have a long list of community members ready to help in keeping our schools open!  

    1. Please refer to this flyer to learn how you can enjoy a Virtual Cup of Coffee with the Board and Superintendent  There is an opportunity for dialogue tomorrow afternoon.

    I hope this communication finds you well and as excited as we are to see movement in the right direction.  Please continue to connect with your student’s Principal(s) as needs arise or use this District email and we’ll get you connected to an answer: 

    Dean A. Jennissen, Superintendent


Technology Message

  • 1/11/2021

    Dear Families, 

    As we return to in-person learning, our technology needs are changing as well. 

    While we are in a Hybrid Model, we need technology access both at home and in school. As we transition to full In-Person Learning, our needs continue to change so that we can support teaching and learning with technology in classrooms. The following plans are outlined by grade level. 

    Wildcat Digital Learning: A Device for Every Learner 

    1. Grades Pre K-2: Students will return any school-owned device the week of February 9th (First in-person week). 

    2. Grades 3: Students will return any school-owned device the week of February 23rd (First in-person week). 

    3. Grades 4-5: We intend to Provide 1:1 devices while they are in-classrooms to students in grades 4-5. Any 4-5th grade students will return the school-owned device the week of February 23rd (First in-person week). We are asking any 4-5th grade student who does not have a school-issued device to fill out our Device Agreement by 1/15/21: CLSD Device Agreement (link).

    4. Grade 6-7: We are expanding our Bring-Your-Device program to Grades 6-7, and also checking Chromebooks out to any student who does not already own a portable device they can bring to school. We intend to continue this plan through the 2021-22 school year and beyond. For those who already own a device they are comfortable with their child bringing to school, please do so.  We will check out a school-owned Chromebook to any student who does not have a technology device they can carry back and forth to school while in Hybrid or In-Person Learning.  That device travels with students between school and home. If your student needs a Chromebook, please fill out the following Device Agreement for a school-issued Chromebook by the end of 1/15/21: CLSD Device Agreement (link).

    5. Grades 8-12: BYOD Program - Students will continue to bring their own devices to school for learning. 

    6. Special Programming: Determined based on need. 


    Eric Simmons, Director of Technology Services 
    Chisago Lakes School District 

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