Kato Public Charter School Student Services
Healthy meals are important for the success of children and young adults. We provide a daily lunch meal program under USDA and Minnesota Department of Education standards.
Kato Public Charter School provides a healthy meal to all students through vendor partnership with Lutheran Social Services.
A hot meal is ordered and delivered daily to our students through out the school year.
Parent participation in providing healthy meals for breakfast, dinner, and during school breaks is an important factor for student overall success. Students may qualify for free or reduced lunch through an annual application process.
We work with local nonprofits that can help families overcome food insecurities. We invite students, parents, and guardians to notify us in confidence if they are experiencing limitations for providing healthy meals consistently outside of school.
Our menu varies. Stay tuned for our 2019-2020 healthy options!
Kato Public Charter School provides transportation services under contract with District #77 busing. Students living outside of a 2 mile radius and within the home district #77 may qualify for transportation.
Transportation within a 2 mile radius and for those students and families located outside of District #77 must provide transportation. This should be a consideration when looking at enrollment, as lack of transportation can quickly lead to excessive absences.
Transportation applications are provided upon enrollment and intake for all KPCS students.
Student Health & Wellness
Kato Public Charter School cares about the overall health and well-being of our students.
We may request information regarding student vaccinations, engage with parents in excused absence due to medical appointments or illness, at at time safe keep medications with doctor request and authorization. We work in accordance to all privacy requirements, protecting students and family medical information at all times.
We promote healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy lifestyles through daily activities, food services, and student counseling resources. We may provide resources and services directly, or through partners to help foster health and well being.
At KPCS, we believe well being begins with creating and maintaining an inclusive an environment for all. We have a zero tolerance policy in place for bullying, violence, threats of violence, discrimination, and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Attendance is crucial for the overall academic success of each student. If students are not attending regularly, they may miss key information and lessons that build a platform for success year over year. Irregular attendance may cause a student to fall behind, delaying graduation and the achievement of personal goals.
KPCS works in accordance to attendance requirements and reporting under the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Statute. While we will work with students and families on proper placement and proper resources if attendance becomes or has been an issue, we expect students to be committed to their academic achievement while enrolled at KPCS.
Attendance is tracked daily, each hour, from 8:00 until the end of the last period of the day. Contact will be made to parents or guardians when there is an unexcused absence. Interventions will take place prior to students reaching a level potential for truancy, and will include the student, parent or guardian, homeroom adviser, and administration.
Student Library Services
Kato Public Charter School provides an onsite library for our students. Our goal is to foster a passion for reading, while increasing student development in areas of reading and comprehension.
Students may check out books, and are encouraged to read or journal when they have free time at school or at home.
KPCS will be implementing an online learning resource library in 2019-2020 to provide additional access to research and online books. Stay tuned for more details!
Student Homeroom Advisory
Students at KPCS are assigned a Homeroom Adviser each year. The Homeroom Adviser is a resource for both students and parents for information on school activities, students overall academic success, and information specific to the current grade level expectation and schedule.
In addition to Homeroom Advisory, students will also have Individual Learning Plans and academic placement overseen by the Academic Director/Principal of the school. Further, after initial placement, student success in line with plans and placement will be monitored by the Student Success Coordinator.
Parents and students can anticipate ample resources for pathways to college or careers in addition to the support received by classroom teachers!