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Distance Learning Updates

June Meals:  
  • Meals will be available for pick up only on Mondays at the high school during the first four weeks of June.  
    • Sign up here or call 218-568-9363
    • The Permission Form is the one from March and does not need to be filled out again if you already turned it in. 
    • Meal pick up will be Monday, June 1, 8, 15, and 22 between 9am and 10am.
    • One bag with five breakfasts and one bag with five lunches will be available per student.
    • Milk or juice will be available as an option.  
Families with children that would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open in April and May 2020 should go to to apply for this temporary food benefit before June 30, 2020.  

Mental Health Support

Mental health support continues to be available for students.  If your child is experiencing any mental health symptoms,
  • depressive symptoms (sadness, losing interest in previously enjoyed activities, difficulty focusing)
  • anxiety (excessive worry, racing thoughts, trouble concentrating
  • change in sleeping/eating patterns
  • change in attitude
  • excessive fear/guilt
  • extreme mood shifts
please make a referral to Northern Pines at and click “Child Online Referral” in the upper right corner of the screen.  Northern Pines is taking referrals and can deliver services via tele-health to your computer or smartphone.

    Connectivity Options for Families:

    The district has purchased a small number of hotspots for families to use to do school work. Please contact the school office if this is a need for your students.

    Companies with service options related to COVID-19 response. Note this is not a comprehensive list. Visit the Office of Broadband Development for updates and additions to this list.

    • Emily Cooperative Telephone Company Office = 218-763-3000
    • Crosslake Communications = 218-692-2777
    CTC Public Hotspots: 
    CTC has also installed several hotspots throughout the Brainerd Lakes area for families to use during this time of need.  These are "drive up" connectivity for students and families to be able to use free wifi to do school work.  See this link for more detailed information: 

    Operation Sandwich 2020 is a free summer lunch program for families that is provided 100% by volunteers and donations!!  Lunches are available to pick up on Thursdays in Brainerd, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Pine River.  Click here to sign up EACH WEEK by 10am on Wednesday to have your meals ready on Thursday.  

    Previous information:

    On 4/23/20, Governor Walz ordered schools to remain closed and for distance learning to continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all schools are closed and school activities are suspended during this time.  See the ISD 186 Extended Distance Learning Plan for an overview of expectations for the remainder of the school year.  Students, please check your school district email at least daily!!  Here is a simple site with a tech support cheat sheet with "how-to videos" for many of the digital tools being used by students and teachers.  Here is a FAQ Document on distance learning for PLHS families.  Finally, here are several slides reflecting feedback from parents that responded to an input survey on how distance learning is going for them.  

    The MSHSL has also cancelled all spring 2020 school activities.