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MASA Business Partner COVID-19 Resources
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Today we are pleased to bring you this special edition of the MASA Member eUpdate. MASA’s business partner members have resources to share that may be helpful to districts as you navigate the challenges of COVID-19. But we also know our members have been swamped with email and might not be interested in receiving more. MASA has invited our business partner members to list the resources they could provide in this newsletter so our members would receive them in one email. We limited the length of their listings to make this information easier to navigate in a short amount of time. Please review the listings below and consider resources that might be helpful. MASA’s core belief is that our role in engaging business partners is to facilitate a conversation that helps our practitioner members to understand what resources are available to support their districts, and our business partner members to understand the needs of our school districts. We hope this is one way of doing that in this difficult time.
Premier Partners

CESO Communication

No-cost Assistance -- Communication and Transportation Management

As part of our commitment to support Minnesota schools through the COVID-19 pandemic, CESO is offering no-cost communication and/or transportation management services to all districts and charter schools. Our team has the expertise and capacity to take some of the workload off your staff. Please contact Lance Libengood for transportation services, lance.libengood@theceso.com or 612-208-5959, and Bob Noyed for communication assistance, bob.noyed@theceso.com or 612-325-2127. We will move quickly to identify your needs and establish a plan to complete your work. www.theceso.com


Sourcewell

Help is here with cooperative purchasing. As we all navigate the Coronavirus pandemic together, we must adjust to a new normal and fast. You can purchase thousands of goods and services you need right now from Sourcewell contracts. Sourcewell is a government agency, so you can trust our procurement experts are competitively soliciting contracts the same way you do. Put our cooperative purchasing experts to work for you and lighten the load. Check out our list of COVID-19 resources and contact information at sourcewell-mn.gov/covid.

Executive Partners

MSDLAF+/PFM Asset Management, LLC

During this time of economic and market uncertainty, please feel free to join MSDLAF+ and PFM for a weekly update on the continuing impact of the Coronavirus on the global economy and markets. For more information and call-in details, please contact your MSDLAF+/PFM representative.

PFM Coronavirus Market Update

Please join PFM's portfolio strategists for an update on the continuing impact of the Coronavirus on the global economy and capital markets. 

Join by phone:
1-844-621-3956 US Toll Free
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 798 932 118

Friday April 10th 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Join the webinar

Join by phone:
1-844-621-3956 US Toll Free
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 799 401 503

Friday April 3rd 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Join the webinar
Leader Partners

Forecast5 Analytics

Just like Minnesota educators, Forecast5 is inspired by challenges. We recognize the financial, logistical, student and staff issues facing school districts during this time. Our resources, technology, and network are uniquely equipped to make sense of the path forward for districts. Our experienced staff are developing analytics to identify pain points and conducting webinars on how to navigate the short-term effects of this crisis while simultaneously preparing for the long-term effects amidst normal district operations.

Please connect with one of our advisors: Todd Netzke (tnetzke@forecast5analytics.com, Scot Ecker (secker@forecast5analytics.com), Ann Thomas (athomas@forecast5anlaytics.com) or visit www.forecast5analytics.com to see how we can help.

Fellow Partners

The Horace Mann Companies 

Horace Mann is here for you

Horace Mann understands COVID-19 is impacting the daily lives of your educators and the students under your care. The task before you, your teachers and support staff is monumental. As you adapt to these critical responsibilities, please know that Horace Mann is ready to support you and your staff. 

Click here to learn how Horace Mann is responding to concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Click here for free resources for K-12 teachers adapting to remote learning, including online lessons, “brain breaks”, curated articles and quick links.

Key Partners
Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Unprecedented times call for unwavering commitments
 
Cuningham Group realizes that current events will forever impact the design of places where people teach and learn. And while we are excited to tackle these new challenges and opportunities together, one thing won’t change: our commitment to you and your communities.
 
We know the upcoming weeks and months will be difficult. We also know you will approach the situation as only educators can — with patience, grace, and the embrace of people-to-people connections.
 
When you’re ready — and you will be — we are here for you.

Edgenuity
Edgenuity is offering a no-cost teacher-led online solution where educators can quickly and easily use Edgenuity’s online curriculum to broadcast instruction to students during a closure. Or, current customers can use the courses already available to them, with the option to expand to additional grade levels, including coverage for K–12. With our comprehensive professional development, Edgenuity professionals can get new teachers up and running quickly. With LearnZillion®, we also offer thousands of free, high-quality instructional math videos, covering standards in grades 2–12, and ELA videos, covering standards in grades 3–8, to support at-home learning.

Teachers On Call, a Kelly Services ® Company

During these challenging times, Teachers On Call is operational and prepared to provide substitutes for schools. Teachers On Call has transitioned to working remotely using the latest technology to ensure safety. Our substitutes have free access to excellent on-line Instructional training. Please call. I am happy to discuss our solution with you.

Wayne Gilman | Consultant | Teachers On Call, a Kelly company
3001 Metro Drive, Suite 200  Bloomington, MN 55425
www.teachersoncall.com


Wold Architects & Engineers
During these unprecedented times, Wold Architects and Engineers can help you with any questions, concerns or needs regarding your facilities. Some new items to consider might include energy savings and operational adjustments for low or no occupancy buildings, addressing repairs while no students are present, facility assessments, and HVAC and IAQ work for safer environments. Future considerations might include modifications to better accommodate distance learning appropriately. Size doesn’t matter – we can help with anything you might need, and can quickly find successful approaches to completing projects during this crisis. Contact us at www.woldae.com or 651-227-7773.
Friend Partners

Architects Rego & Youngquist, LLC

With the strengthened services of the recently-merged firms, ISG and Architects Rego + Youngquist (ARY), movement and production on our current projects throughout Minnesota have accelerated due to the recent required online learning for schools across the state. With this mandate brings the opportunity for our construction teams to start working on projects immediately that would have otherwise not been started until the summer months. If your District has been considering a facility assessment, repairs, or remodeling, ISG is within capacity to start immediately! Contact: Paul.Lawton@ISGInc or Paul.Youngquist@ISGInc.com.


Cooperative Purchasing Connection

CPC is here to support you with the Express online marketplace: 

  • full of the vendors you already buy from, 
  • accessible to any member of your team with an internet connection, and 
  • built to ensure compliance with procurement law and district procurement guidelines.

If you use SMART or Skyward, integration with Express only takes a few minutes.

The 10,000+ plus users who use us - love us.

Our Minnesota based team stands ready to assist you, your teachers, and your staff as we all adapt to this new normal. Contact us at info@purchasingconnection.org. Learn more or sign-in at PurchasingConnection.org.


Diamond Assets

These are challenging times that have called upon each of us to be patient and creative. 

Our goal, like yours, is to help bridge the technology equity gap for your students, while they embrace new classroom experiences through virtual learning. 

Perhaps you have some Apple devices that may be sitting around in storage or in empty labs? We have a dedicated team that is ready to work with you to provide funds towards your virtual learning efforts.

We are a resource for you today, and tomorrow. 

Keith Ryskoski

keith@diamond-assets.com | www.diamond-assets.com

651-269-5277


Discovery Education

Discovery Education is proud to be serving Minnesota educators in this time of need. Understanding that the shift to virtual learning occurred abruptly and that many educators are still coming up to speed on remote teaching, Discovery Education is offering the dynamic Experience platform at no cost through the remainder of this school year. Experience has over 190,000 assignable, editable activities and resources for K-12, based on core curriculum concepts and popular topics in math, science, social studies, ELA, and health. Discovery Education Experience has everything teachers want, and students need to enhance virtual learning, including over 1000 grab-and-go lessons that can be tailored to meet the needs of your students. Please view more details at www.discoveryeducation.com/virtual-learning and complete the Access Request Form if you do not already have access within your district.


KFI Engineers

KFI Engineers provides mechanical and electrical engineering, commissioning and controls support.  We are able to provide on-going design, operational support and technical guidance for capital-related improvements, including the addition of indoor air quality equipment such as UV lights.  Additionally, KFI is also NEBB certified for air and hydronic Test and Balance.  We have multiple staff and equipment setups that are available to verify outside airflows and key environmental pressure relationships, including negative pressure rooms. 

Contact: Randy Christenson, rpchristenson@kfi-eng.com; D-651.254.6877; C- 612.801.0175

Website – www.kfiengineers.com


McKinstry

McKinstry works with school districts to help our clients with long-term planning, saving energy and driving out waste in their buildings. From new construction and ongoing operations to adaptive reuse, energy retrofits and advanced renewable energy systems, McKinstry provides a single point of accountability across the entire building lifecycle. If you need additional information, please contact Kathleen Donovan at Kathyd@mckinstry.com or 612-772-4769. Check out our Temporary Shutdown Checklist!


National Insurance Services

National Insurance Services is a long time business partner and we’re here for you. Contact our Employee Benefit Consultants, Steve Smith or Aaron Casper at 800.627.3660 for questions.  As long as employers are continuing to pay premium, life/ltd employee benefits remain intact whether they are working or not. Our new HITA bid opening recommendations include electronic proposal copies and virtual bid openings. We’ve created a legally vetted letter of understanding that you and your union can sign off on to agree to these changes. Also, districts should create a sign in sheet for bid openings to record who’s there physically/remotely.


Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA

Schools are being inundated with information from many sources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During this crisis, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney attorneys are available to assist with all of your legal questions on topics such as:

  • Interpretation of Executive Orders
  • Emergency Extended FMLA
  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
  • Employee Leave and Lay-Off
  • Distance Learning
  • Telework Rights and Responsibilities
  • Special Education and Section 504 implementation and policies
  • Application of School District Policies and Procedures During Pandemic and School Closure
  • Union Contract Language and Obligations
  • Remote School Board Meetings
  • Employee/Student Conduct Off Campus
  • Vendor Contracts
  • General Legal Advice

Call us at 612-339-0060 or find our e-mail addresses at https://ratwiklaw.com/index.php/our-people/


Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, PA

As we all are coming to know, the legal and regulatory issues surrounding the COVID-19 crisis are complicated, and are changing daily, if not hourly. Rupp, Anderson, Squires and Waldspurger is closely monitoring the situation and assisting clients in responding to developments.

Legal services have been deemed by the governor as essential services. RASW remains open, and we are fully equipped to carry on business as usual through e-mail, virtual meetings, and conference calls as necessary. Throughout the crisis, RASW will keep communication lines open and continue to deliver the excellent services that you have come to expect from us. Call 612-436-4300.

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