Distance Learning

St. John the Baptist is committed to holding in-person classes throughout the 2020-2021 school year. However, we are fully aware that we may need to move to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. This move will take place if we need to quarantine students due to an exposure of a lab confirmed positive COVID-19 case or if Governor Walz mandates that schools move to an online environment.

During the fall months, all students at St. John the Baptist have been taught how to use various websites and platforms as it is our goal to create a seamless transition from the classroom to distance learning.

SJB Planned Distance Learning Days: January 4th – 8th, 2021

Distance Learning Plan – January 4-8

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my child access distance learning materials?

** Any device with internet access should be sufficient to access distance learning materials. **
** Google Chrome is the preferred internet browser to access Google Classroom. **

  • Go to www.google.com
  • All students have been assigned a St. John’s email address (ending in @stjohnnyb.org), which will give them access to Google Classroom. Please note: To access the classroom, students need to use this email versus a parent’s email.
  • Sign in to Google using your child’s email address ending in @stjohnnyb.org.
  • Click on the “waffle” icon in the upper right corner. Find the Classroom icon and click on it.
  • You should now see all of the courses that your child is enrolled in.
  • Click on each class to look for announcements and assignments.

After logging in to Google Classroom, will my child need to access other websites?

If your child’s teacher would like him/her to work on other websites, those will be linked in Google Classroom. Once your child clicks on those sites, they will need to login to each one. Your child should have a list of their usernames and passwords accessible to them in their folder or their planner.

What websites will they be accessing?

** This list is not exhaustive and will vary depending on your child’s grade. **

  • Zoom: Used for live class meetings
  • Benchmark: Part of our language arts curriculum for students in grades K-5
  • IXL: A supplemental website for students in grades K-8 for math, language arts, science, and social studies
  • Khan Academy: A supplemental website for students in grades 6-8 for math
  • Flipgrid: A supplemental website for students and teachers to interact

Will my child have any live lessons?

Yes! All teachers and specialists will utilize Zoom for their live lessons. Teachers have waiting rooms in place so that only St. John’s students may be admitted into the sessions. Please make sure that your child uses their real name when logging in as teachers will only admit those names that they recognize.

My child needs a device in order to do their distance learning. Does the school have devices available?

** Any device with internet access should be sufficient to access distance learning materials. **

Yes! Students in grades K-2 may borrow an iPad, and students in grades 3-8 may borrow a Chromebook. We are asking that if you have a device at home that may be used to please reserve the SJB devices for those who truly need them as we do not have enough for every student. Please fill out this form to request a device: Device Request Form

Parents will need to pick the device up from the school office and sign a School Owned Device Agreement before it can leave the building. There is no need to fill this form out ahead of time – it will be given to you at the time you pick up the device. Devices will not be sent home on the bus.

What if we have questions regarding the classroom material and/or assignments? What if we cannot find our child’s passwords?

Please contact your child’s teacher.

We are having technical issues with the school device. Who should we contact?

Please email Michelle Barsness.

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