Distance Learning

What is Distance Learning?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s Governor has ordered all school districts across the state to implement distance learning from March 30th until April 30th. Distance learning is defined as students having access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s).

My child attends one of Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative programs. How will they receive an education via distance learning?

Fergus Falls Area Cooperative staff remain dedicated to all children enrolled in their programs throughout this time distance learning is in place under the Governor’s Executive Order. Services will continue with a plan as determined by the IEP team. Your child’s case manager will be in contact with you or your child during distance learning.  

Students enrolled in the Cooperative’s Self-Contained classrooms will use the Individual Distance Learning Plans developed by the student’s IEP team.  Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you and your child during distance learning.

Students enrolled in the Cooperative’s Early Childhood Special Education Program  or in their home district early childhood program, or preschool program will continue to receive services from the Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative staff. Case managers will contact each child’s parents/guardians to discuss an individualized Distance Learning Plan and determine what is needed for services.

I’d like to access the food service or child care provided during the time of distance learning. Who should I contact?

Please reach out to the district in which you reside. All districts are offering food service and child care throughout this distance learning period. If you have any questions, please contact the Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative office at 218-998-0935, ext. 9020.

I have questions about my child’s distance learning plan. Who should I contact?

Please contact your child’s case manager to help answer your questions. If you have additional questions please contact Shannon Erickson, Director of Special Education at Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative Office.  218-998-0935 ext. 9020