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Lake Region Special Education (LRSE) is a special education cooperative that includes 12 member school districts in 5 counties. LRSE serves over 600 students and works with more than 150 professionals and para-educators to make the programs successful. Our main office is located at 801 5th Ave SE in Devils Lake, ND. This office houses the offices of the LRSE Director of Special Education, Business Manager, Administrative Assistants, Media Center and Technology Coordinator, Special Education Program Coordinators, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Occupational Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapy Aide and Physical Therapist. All of these staff work within our schools to assist in meeting the unique needs of the special education students we serve as well as to provide consultation and collaboration to both general education staff and special education staff throughout the unit in working together to make a difference for all students.





LRSE Board Approved

August 12th, 2020


Lake Region Special Education is dedicated to providing schools, staff, students, and families with the services and support necessary to meet the needs of students with disabilities and all learners.  Since March 2020, everyone in the field of education has been faced with the challenge of navigating uncharted waters during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The dedication and collaboration shown by our LRSE staff and students during this time was commendable.  We will continue to work collaboratively with our board members, staff, students, and parents in order to promote healthy behaviors, provide a safe work environment, maintain healthy operations, and provide equitable educational services for students with disabilities in all learning environments.

Our Goals:

1 – Lake Region Special Education unit schools will provide research-based assessments and instructional techniques to support students with special needs.

2 – Lake Region Special Education unit schools will employ and train highly qualified staff who will provide a range of services for students with special needs.

3 – Lake Region Special Education unit schools will work closely with parents, special educators and general educators to support instructional methods and interventions designed to reach and teach all learners.


Best Intentions:

Despite taking every reasonable precaution, there is no guarantee that our office and staff will be without risk as it relates to COVID-19.  The virus may be present in our unit schools, office vehicles, and office building.  In certain situations, social distancing is not possible.  Our actions, as outlined in this plan, will not prevent any staff member from being in contact with the virus.



This a living document that will be reviewed and updated frequently with the newest guidance on COVID-19 from NDDoH and Local Health Units.


Our Team

LRSE’s Health and Safety Plan was developed and reviewed by the following stakeholders:

Rhandi Knutson, Director of LRSE                            Bonnie Wolf, Administrative Assistant

Danielle Hawn, Program Coordinator                       Kristi Serumgaard, Media Specialist

Beverly Mack, Program Coordinator                         Darcy Helten, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer White, Program Coordinator                        Matt Bakke, LRSE Board Member

Jodi Lagasse, Program Coordinator                           Annette Groves, LR District Health

Nicole Ewert, Program Coordinator                           Rachel Quam, Speech-Pathologist

Brandi Freeman, Occupational Therapist                  Renae Hendrickson, Social Worker

Kathy Gewont, School Psychologist
Input was gathered by various means to allow for a wide range of input.

COVID-19 Response Team & Coordinators

  • COVID-19 Building Level Coordinator – Rhandi Knutson
  • Daily Operations – Darcy Helten
  • PPE Supplies – Kristi Serumgaard
  • Technical Support – Kristi Serumgaard
  • Point of contact for member schools – LRSE Program Coordinators


Promoting Behaviors that Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Stay home/Go home if…
  • You are feeling ill (any symptoms)
  • Notify Lisa at LRSE immediately of your absence
  • You have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • You have tested positive
  • You are awaiting test results
  • Someone in your house is ill/has COVID-19
  • Self-Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough shortness of breath, body aches, chills, loss of taste/smell, headache, chills)
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Wash your hands often (including after coughing or sneezing) for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Face Coverings
  • Face coverings should be worn when social distancing is not possible and may be required to be worn by staff when in the office or in unit schools. All staff will follow health & safety protocols in Health and Safety plans in LRSE schools.
  • Supplies of masks will be available to visitors or staff who do not provide their own
  • All staff will be trained on proper use and care of face coverings
  • Signs and messages
  • Signs will be posted at both entrances to inform employees and visitors about doing your part to protect others
  • STAFF and PPE
  • Specialized PPE such as face-shields, clear masks; plexiglass barriers, or other PPE required for LRSE staff to perform essential job functions safely will be purchased for staff upon request and approval from director.
  • School districts will be responsible for supplying specialized PPE for students and classrooms.
  • Monitor Health Daily
  • Staff should self-screen for symptoms
  • Notify LRSE office and stay home if you are sick.


  • COVID 19 Definitions and Scenarios
    • Isolation – For people who are already sick from the virus. A prevention strategy used to separate people who are sick with the virus from healthy people.
    • Quarantine – For people who are not sick but have been exposed to the virus. A prevention strategy used to monitor people who were exposed for a period of time.
    • Close contact is defined by the NDDoH as “being less than 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more). Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or having direct contact with the infectious secretion of a COVID-19 case (being coughed on).”
    • May have been exposed – in the same location of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or secondary contact of someone who has been identified as a close-contact.
  • If a case is reported in a unit school,
  • If a staff member may have been exposed to COVID-19 (not considered close contact), he/she will follow individual school health & safety plans to determine procedures for returning to work. An employee who has not been contacted by the NDDoH or Ramsey County Public Health as a close contact is able to report to work as usual.
  • If the LRSE staff member has been identified by NDDoH or Local County Health as a close contact, he/she will follow quarantine guidelines and self-monitor symptoms at home for 14 days. The employee may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Contact the Business Manager for more information.
  • If a unit school closes due to COVID-19 AND the LRSE staff member has been identified by NDDoH or Local County Health as a close contact, he/she must follow quarantine guidelines but may have the option to work from home (if asymptomatic) until he/she is cleared to return to work in person. The employee may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
  • If a unit school closes due to COVID-19 AND the LRSE staff member may have been exposed, he/she may return to work if asymptomatic. Tele-work will be an option during the recommended monitoring period (14 days). Staff should exercise addition precautions/restrictions in order limit interactions with others as much as possible (i.e telework, avoid non-essential public outings or travel), and monitor symptoms twice daily.
  • If staff member becomes ill while at work:
    • Inform your supervisor immediately and wear a face mask / shield until they can be replaced if supervising students at that time.
    • Leave the school building / grounds and consult with a health care professional.
    • The building will continue to receive routine cleaning procedures.
    • Coworkers are expected to continue to report to work as usual if asymptomatic.
    • The employee may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Contact the Business Manager for more information.
    • The employee’s coworkers identified as close contacts will be contacted by NDDoH or Ramsey County Public Health. If the employee’s coworker is not contacted by NDDoH or Ramsey County Public Health, the coworker was not considered to be a close contact.
    • The coworkers will self-monitor for symptoms and continue to work unless notified by NDDoH or Ramsey County Public Health to stay home.
    • The staff member is required to provide a return to work document from the NDDoH or their health care provider before returning. The report will be submitted to the staff members direct supervisor.
  • If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19
    • Staff member immediately informs their direct supervisor.
    • Self-isolate in their place of residence until the following three are met:
      • The employee has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
      • Employee’s symptoms have improved (for example, employee’s cough and shortness of breath).
      • At least 10 days have passed since the employee’s first symptoms appeared. o NDDoH and Ramsey County Public Health will lead the contact investigation.
    • The employee may be eligible for Emergency Sick Leave under the FFCRA. Contact the Business Manager for more information.


(Additional scenarios and protocols found in the Appendix for this document).

  • Return to work
  • All staff who have been in isolation or quarantine must consult with health care providers and local health departments to be cleared to return to work.
  • Tele-work WILL be an option for staff who are healthy and able to do so.
  • LRSE will consult local heath and review current guidance from NDDoH when determining if it is safe for employees to return to work.
  • Promote social responsibility
  • Staff will be encouraged to practice healthy behaviors at home and in public settings (i.e. social distancing, avoid large gatherings, wash hands often, etc).
  • Information will be provided to staff on staying safe in the community.
  • Travel Guidance – anyone who has traveled internationally MUST quarantine for 14 days following return to the state. Those staff who travel outside of the community or state do not have to quarantine, but should exercise additional precautions per CDC recommendations
    • stay home as much as possible
    • avoid close contact
    • follow any state or local travel restrictions currently in place

Maintaining Healthy Environments

  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • The first person at the office in the morning will disinfect common areas.
  • When you leave the office for the day, please disinfect your office area, including desk, tables, phone, computer, light switches, hard back chairs, door knobs, etc. before you go.
  • The last person to leave each night will disinfect common areas, including light switches, door handles, bathroom fixtures, copier and areas in the break room that someone may have touched.
  • Additional disinfecting will occur weekly (Thursdays) by cleaning crew
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the front (lobby) and rear entrance. All staff are encouraged to use them upon entering and exiting the building.
  • Staff will be asked to spray down commonly touched surfaces in the bathroom after using.
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the office building, LRSE office will close for 72 hours (healthy staff will continue to work in schools or from home depending on level of exposure) to allow for adequate wait time and cleaning procedures.
  1. Close off areas visited by the ill persons.
  2. Open outside doors and windows and use ventilating fans to increase     air circulation in the area.
  3. Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
  4. Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared equipment used by the ill persons,                       focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  5. If it has been more than 7 days since the person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
  • Ventilation
  • Ventilation systems, and filters will be checked monthly to ensure systems operate properly and provide acceptable indoor air quality for the current occupancy level for each space.
  • Keep central air filtration systems running longer to enhance air exchange
  • Open windows in shared offices when possible
  • Common spaces
  • Meeting room space will be limited to a percentage of capacity or capped number depending on risk level and to accommodate social distancing practices.
  • Sharing of materials and equipment will be limited or eliminated. Staff must keep all personal items in their own workspace.
  • Shared supplies will not be available in employee work room or break room.
  • Staff are encouraged to avoid using other employee’s phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment when possible. Clean and disinfect them before and after use.
  • Staff should wipe down touched surfaces prior to leaving common areas.
  • Sanitizing and cleaning of common areas and high-touch areas will be done daily.
  • Staff in shared office spaces should/may be required to wear facial coverings when social distancing is not possible.
  • Physical distancing
  • Meeting rooms will be limited to an occupancy that allows for social distancing. 6 foot increments will be marked in waiting areas.
  • Physical barriers (plexiglass shields) may be used in reception areas or to divide shared office spaces where staff may be in close proximity.
  • Transportation
  • Office cars will be detailed and sanitized regularly. Disinfecting supplies (wipes or spray) will be kept in each vehicle and maintained by Darcy.  Staff should sanitize touched surfaces before and after using the vehicle.
  • Staff who utilize office vehicles are encouraged to or may be assigned to use the same vehicle from week to week (if possible).
  • If staff choose to use their own vehicle, mileage will be reimbursed at the state rate.
  • Sharing rides is discouraged, but if necessary, staff will wear a mask when traveling in the same vehicle together.


Maintaining Healthy Operations

  • Protections for staff at high risk and vulnerable populations
  • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. LRSE will identify employees in this category.
  • LRSE will implement supportive policies and practices to protect employees at higher risk for severe illness. These include, but are not limited to telework options, alternate duties, alternating schedules, and enforcement of co-workers adherence to health & safety protocols. Accommodations will be provided if necessary to perform essential job functions in accordance with the ADA.
  • Health and safety protocols may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis as determined by LRSE Director in consultation with at-risk individual and physician.
  • Employees who may have high-risk individuals living in their home may consult with their supervisor about reasonable accommodations or flexible work options.
  • Adequate Supplies
  • Supplies such as soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, gloves, face coverings, hand sanitizer dispensers, alcohol wipes, disinfecting spray, and plexiglass barriers have all been ordered.
  • Kristi will maintain inventory of cleaning and sanitizing supplies and order as needed throughout the year. Individual request for additional orders must be approved by the director.
  • Gatherings/Meetings
  • Meeting rooms will be limited to occupancy that allows for social distancing.
  • Videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or outdoor meetings will be utilized when necessary for larger group gatherings and meetings.
  • When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, meetings will be held in open, well-ventilated spaces while continuing to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart and wear cloth face coverings.
  • Small group meetings at LRSE will be limited to LRSE staff only. Assessments may be completed on an individual basis but will be limited to the examiner and examinee. Scheduling will be spaced to allow for cleaning between sessions.
  • Staggered Scheduling
  • Alternating schedules for office staff may be utilized if risk level increases in order to limit occupancy as needed.
  • Staff will utilize the Electronic In and Out (EIO) board to notify central office staff of their schedule on a daily basis.
  • Media Center
  • Staff who wish to check out materials from the media center should use the online library search located on LRSE’s Website to request materials or call Kristi Serumgard at LRSE. Visitors will be allowed to browse the media center library by appointment. Office staff may peruse the media center with additional safety measures in place (social distancing practices, wiping down touch surfaces, etc).
  • Deliveries will be made in person to individual schools via program coordinators or social workers or via inter-school mail in Devils Lake.
  • Itinerant Staff and Service Providers
    • Materials shared by staff and used with multiple students will need to be disinfected between each use.
    • Staff travelling among LRSE schools will follow individual health & safety plans those school buildings.
    • LRSE staff will work with teachers and administrators in unit schools to develop protocols for serving students with disabilities. These may include specific locations or procedures typically limited to special education including resource rooms, sensory rooms/equipment, physical assistance, behavioral strategies, toileting and feeding needs, assistive technology, and transition services.
  • COVID-19 Point of Contact
  • Darcy Helten, Administrative Assistant will be the point of contact of daily operations and will maintain office staff and itinerant staff schedules.
  • Lisa Craddock, Business Manager will be the point of contact for staff when calling in sick or requesting leave. She will maintain the EIO board to track staff locations and schedules to aid in Contact Tracing.
  • Rhandi Knutson, Director, will be the COVID-19 Building Level Coordinator. She will be notified by public health of COVID-19 cases in the LRSE building and must report cases of COVID-19 if notified prior to public health.  The COVID-19 Coordinator will work with the Dept of Health to assist with contract tracing.
  • Kristi Serumgard, Media Specialist will be the point of contact for ordering supplies related to COVID-19 and for technical assistance for staff who may be tele-working or providing distance education to students in unit schools.
  • LRSE Program Coordinators, will be the point of contact for member schools if COVID-19 is identified in the school setting. The following is a list of the coordinators and the schools that they serve.
Name Schools Name Schools
Danielle Hawn Central Middle School – Devils Lake

Langdon Area Schools

St. Alphonsus*


Bev Mack Dakota Prairie Elementary

Dakota Prairie High School

Early Explorers Head Start

Lakota Elementary

Lakota High School

Minnie H Kindergarten Center – Devils Lake

Jennifer White Munich Schools

Prairie View Elementary – Devils Lake

CCCC Head Start

St. Joseph*

Warwick Schools

Jodi Lagasse Devils Lake High School

New Outlooks – Devils Lake

Minnewaukan School

Leeds School


Nicole Ewert North Star School – Cando

Edmore School

Maddock School

Sweetwater Elementary – Devils Lake

  *indicates private schools


  • Communication Protocol
  • All LRSE staff will be added to communications list for the schools that they serve.
  • All LRSE staff will be required to use the EIO board to communicate daily regarding work location. If schedule changes or staff must report to the office, staff will call Darcy to notify of plans.
  • All LRSE schools are asked to provide the name and contact information of COVID-19 coordinators in each building to Darcy Helten at LRSE.
  • Department of Health will be responsible for determining close-contacts or exposure during an outbreak and will notify the COVID-19 coordinator to determine communication with those affected.
  • Leave Policies
  • LRSE will work with the board to implement flexible sick leave and supportive policies and practices.
  • Employees may be eligible for Emergency Sick Leave under the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act. See the Business Manager for more information.
  • Non-discriminatory procedures will be used when determining leave requests.
  • Telework protocols
    • All staff will be required to utilize the EIO board to notify central office staff of schedule on a daily basis, this includes the option for “Working from Home”
    • Staff working from home will set up virtual office hours and maintain service times previously established for in-person instruction to be provided through synchronous or asynchronous learning options.
      • For example – Child A receives speech/lanugage services on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:30. The SLP provider will continue to provide 60 minutes of speech per week while working remotely; and will be available during Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 10:30am to provide services for Child A.
    • LRSE Staff are expected to be available to respond to emails, phone calls or video calls from established office hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm. Staff who are assigned to 1 school will be expected to follow hours of the school that they serve.
    • Requests for meetings outside of these times will be met if reasonable. Schools are encouraged to allow staff working from home to participate via virtual means.
  • Staff Training
  • All LRSE staff will be trained on the health & safety plan at a staff meeting on August 14th, 2020. This meeting will be held outdoors to allow for social distancing.
  • Staff may be cross-trained to perform essential functions so the office can continue operations even with increased absenteeism.
  • Ongoing communication and training will be provided to align with the most current guidance on COVID-19.
  • Darcy Helten will disseminate ongoing information regarding best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace with frequent reminders as part of her responsibilities as wellness coordinator.

Full Continuation of Educational Services

Schools and districts should consider how alternative schedules, extended periods of remote learning and intermittent school closure may impact the delivery of services for students receiving special education services. Schools and districts need to ensure students have meaningful and effective access to the general education environment and instruction. Least restrictive environment (LRE) should be central to decision making” (ND DPI). Regardless of the type of learning model utilized (in-person, distance, or blended), students with disabilities may need additional IEP planning and supports in order to access the general education curriculum and engage effectively in learning.  The learning environments, services, and accommodations for students with disabilities will be determined on an individual basis through the student’s IEP team.


In-person Instruction

  • Students with current plans (IEP, 504, Health Plan, etc.) will be reviewed and updated to decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additional instruction or accommodations may be necessary in order for students to understand new safety protocols and safely access services and curriculum.
  • LRSE will empower students/families and staff to self-identify high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 and consider requests for alternative learning plans.

Distance Learning Plans and Hybrid Instructional Models

  • IEP teams will develop educational programming on an individual basis to meet the needs of diverse learners. The needs of students with IEP or 504 plans will be met through a variety of strategies specifically designed to address the unique needs of each child.  This may require additional services and supports, daily in-person instruction, small grouping, or other strategies that best address academic, social, and health and safety needs.
  • IEP/504 teams should:
    • Consider how the accommodations or assistive technology supports that are documented will be provided through distance learning.
    • Collaborate with the student and parent/guardian on how to access the accommodation or assistive technology required.
    • Address additional barriers to student access to general education curriculum, progress towards IEP goals or grade level standards and make adjustments as necessary.
    • Schools need to make every effort to ensure quality, equitable access, and accountability of distance learning options in order to meet federal IDEA and ADA requirements.
    • If the IEP or 504 team has determined that distance learning requires additional supports, an amendment may be completed to outline the additional accommodations needed in the new environment. Parent/Guardian and student will need to have a clear understanding how accommodations will take place. Parent/Guardian of students with an IEP will receive a Prior Written Notice of Action to clarify how specially designed instruction and accommodations will take place.
  • Hybrid models may not be appropriate for some students; therefore, accommodations or modifications to schedules may be required to allow for additional in-person services. When shifting from a traditional classroom setting to distance learning, the IEP team may have to address change of placement options within the LRE continuum of services.

Contingency Learning Plans

  • Contingency Learning Plans (CLPs) may be used in the case of a short-term or emergency school closure. These plans will be developed in conjunction with the student’s IEP.
  • The parents/guardians, case managers, and service providers will collaborate on each IEP goal and determine how best to meet these goals through distance learning. Documentation of the contingency learning plans will be completed and shared with parents on a Prior Written Notice of Special Education Action. These forms will be sent digitally or by mail, if requested, to each family. Further changes to services can be discussed and documented as needed.
  • CLPs will consider both synchronous online learning (e.g. chat, streaming, video, instant message, web conferencing) or asynchronous online learning with capability for remote communication and assessment (e.g. email or learning management systems that deliver, track and manage classes or projects). Additional considerations for learning include textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, documents made available on technology devices, online resources and other Internet content.
  • Contingency learning plans will be implemented as needed during selective closure due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • While the contingency learning plan is utilized during school closures, the student’s IEP will remain in place and services defined in that document will be resumed once students return to school.

Regression and Recoupment

  • Data based decision making will be used to determine needs for compensatory services. All students will be assessed in the first 4 weeks of school. Students who show regression that is significantly below that of their peers may be considered for additional services.
  • COVID Compensatory services are services needed to remedy a student’s skill loss or lack of progress resulting from an inability to provide FAPE during school closure.
  • COVID compensatory services, if needed, will be determined on an individual basis by the student’s IEP team using by considering the following factors
    • services provided during school closure
    • ability of the student access services provided during school closure
    • significant loss in skills, progress, or lack of progress made on IEP goals
    • parent input
  • Considerations for COVID compensatory services
    • must be directly linked to the denial of educational benefit
    • must be additional targeted services not taking away from orr replacing existing instruction or services.
    • discussion should occur when full continuum of educational opportunities resume and sufficient data is obtained through formal or informal assessments upon return to school.

Ensuring Equitable Services

  • Free appropriate public education (FAPE), as a result of COVID-19 school building closures, looks different in each local circumstance and will require local guidance based on the educational continuity services provided in each unique circumstance.
  • When selecting distance learning options, IEP/504 team must consider accessibility for all students. According to OCR, “the person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as a person without a disability”.
  • Regardless of the environment, following the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) improves equity. Setting up the learning environment with UDL in mind allows educators to focus on design meaningful learning opportunities that address a wide variety of learning styles, needs, and strengths.  UDL provides “purposeful, proactive attention to the design of goals, assessments, methods, and materials.”
  • LRSE staff is committed to providing responsive and appropriate services to students with disabilities based on their individual circumstances and needs.


  • Building level administrators and program coordinators, alongside special education teams will address and develop plans to make up missed or delayed annual IEP meetings, initial evaluations, and reevaluations.
  • LRSE will train evaluators on tele-assessment and this option may be utilized for families opting for the distance learning model with a preference for virtual assessment.
  • In-person assessments will be completed when possible with proper safety measures in place.
  • IEP teams will review assessment plans on initial or reevaluations to determine which assessments are given and in what format to support disability determination while considering staff and student safety.
  • IEP teams will make efforts to collect recent and accurate data from a wide variety of sources when making eligibility determinations.

Considerations to meet additional IDEA Requirements

  • Due Process Meetings
    • Due process meetings will continue to be held. Meetings may be held through in-person, video conferencing or tele-conferencing options.  A secure online platform will be used for any meetings held through virtual meetings to meet FERPA compliance standards. Staff will follow health & safety protocols aligned with school restart plans when holding in-person meetings.
  • Dispute Resolution
    • LRSE will work collaboratively in the best interest of students with disabilities to resolve disagreements that may occur while schools are trying to provide services during this national emergency.
    • This will require timely communication between parents and staff and creative collaboration on services that are appropriate and available in all learning environments.

Professional Development and Training

  • LRSE will develop specific professional development and provide training to staff to ensure personnel have the necessary tools to provide services for students with disabilities in the virtual learning environment or hybrid learning situations. Initial training will occur prior to school beginning for the 2020-2021 school year and ongoing professional development will occur as guidelines or circumstances change.  All PD will be developed with guidance from a variety of sources that align with IDEA requirements.


Lake Region Special Education – 701-662-7690

Rhandi Knutson, Director –

Darcy Helten, Administrative Assistant –

Lisa Craddock, Business Manager –

Kristi Serumgard, Media Specialist –

Danielle Hawn, Program Coordinator –

Beverly Mack, Program Coordinator –

Jennifer White, Program Coordinator –

Jodi Lagasse, Program Coordinator –

Nicole Ewert, Program Coordinator –





Dakota Prairie School District

Dakota Prairie Elementary – 701-332-4771

Dakota Prairie High School – 701-345-8233


Devils Lake Public School District

Devils Lake Public Schools – 701-662-7640


Edmore Public School District

Edmore School – 701-644-2281


Lakota Public School District

Lakota Elementary – 701-247-2955

Lakota High School – 701-247-2992


Langdon Area Public School District

Langdon Elementary – 701-256-3270

Langdon High School – 701-256-5291


Leeds Public School District

Leeds School – 701-466-2461


Maddock Public School District

Maddock School – 701-438-2531


Minnewaukan Public School District

Minnewaukan School – 701-473-5306


Munich Public School District

Munich School – 701-682-532

North Star Public School District

North Star Schools – 701-968-4416


Starkweather Public School District

Starkweather School – 701-292-4381


Warwick Public School District

Warwick School – 701-294-2561







ND K-12 Smart Restart Guidance –

Considerations for Schools: General Readiness Assessment –

CDC Considerations for Schools –

ND Smart Restart Standards for All Industries –

Workplace Assessment for COVID-19 –

COVID-19 Equitable Online Learning through the Lens of Student Needs –

School Reentry Considerations for Special Education –

Q&A on Implementation of IDEA B during COVID-19 – and

A Successful Launch of the 2020-2021 School Year for Students with Disabilities –



Educational Resources on COVID-19 for Students with Disabilities:

Plain Language Information on COVID-19 –

National Center for Learning Disabilites: COVID-19 Resources & Tools for Parents and Educators –

#COVID-19 ASL Video Series –

ND DPI COVID-19 Resource Center –



Additional COVID-19 Scenarios:

SCENARIO – Staff member has a fever and/or respiratory symptoms but was not tested.

DO THIS – Self-isolate in their place of residence until the following two are met (1) The employee has not had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. (2) Employee’s symptoms have improved.


SCENARIO – Staff member is tested, and results indicate employee does not have COVID-19

DO THIS – Employee is able to return to work once the following criteria are met: (1)The employee has had no fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. (2) Employee’s other signs and symptoms of illness are improved.


Quarantine vs. Isolation