Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from LSCWOO

Health Update:


Dear Parent or Guardian:

            Haƞ Mitakuyapi, I am writing to update you on the school’s and Community’s preparedness in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), what we are doing, and how you can help. Please find attached a letter to the Community from our Tribal Council and Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC). To continue our mission at C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi, we have a goal of continuing to keep our families and staff healthy and able to learn and work.

To do so, we have created a Mitigation Plan and will be enacting Distance Learning and Services with the following steps:

  • Close school from March 16th-March 27th for our children and families.
  • Cancel all school activities such as Wounspe, Kawitaya, and Pregnancy Expo.
  • Will begin Distance Learning for children and families on March 18th that include:
    • Diapers, Wet Wipes, and Formula
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack
    • Dakota Iapi and Education Learning
  • We will continue to send out Community letter to families.

            We will be giving families a call Monday March 16th in the afternoon to discuss what the Distance Learning and Services will look like starting March 18th. The point of contact for these services will be our main line (507) 697-8255. We wanted to ensure you know where to get information on any updates that the school will provide to our families to ensure clear communication on future updates. All updates will be announced through the school’s Childplus text system (if you are not opted in, please let Lucy know at the reception desk), They are also communicated on the school’s Facebook page at: Lower Sioux Early Head Start and Head Start and on our school’s website Families are asked to look for these updates on these communication methods.

The Federal Nation has declared this a pandemic, please follow the guidance on the Community letter to continue to take precaution. Any of these precautions or symptoms should be followed for the children, family, staff, and Community.


Vanessa Goodthunder

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