Northern Lights Academy

Safe Learning Plan
COVID-19 Information:
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March 8, 2021 Updated Notice for Families and Staff From Assistant Special Education Director, Barb Mackey:

Notice of Distance Learning for Friday, March 12, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of  ALL NLA students,

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of getting vaccinations for all of the NLA staff who want the vaccine! This step will help our school continue to use In Person Learning for all students. We appreciate the efforts that Carlton County Health Services folks have made to provide this opportunity to our staff.

Unfortunately, NLA will need to shift to a distance learning day for ONE day (March 12th) due to anticipated staffing shortages. The shortages may be caused by illness/minor side effects from the 2nd dose of the COVID - 19 vaccination. We apologize for the inconvenience this will undoubtedly cause families, but the closure is unavoidable.

We are seeing high percentages of area staff experience short term illness/side effects from the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. They have reported being unable to work for 24-48 hours following their second dose. We have a very high number of staff receiving their second dose on March 11 th and are anticipating up to a 50% staff shortage for March 12 th. We have worked with local officials to move the vaccine clinics to the latest day in the week possible to minimize the disruption to schools and families, but this does require the use of distance learning for March 12th for ALL of our students.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office so we may help you. Thank you for your understanding as we address this issue by using one day of distance learning. 

Barb Mackey, Assistant Director of Special Education

302 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
fax: 218-878-3061

Barb Mackey x8000, Assistant Special Education Director (
Emily Brown x8004, Special Education Teacher (
Amelia Calverley x8006, Direct 878-3062, Special Education Teacher (
Morgan Warbalow x8005, Special Education Teacher (
Lisa Dalbec x8004, Social Worker (
Kristie Petersen x8001, Administrative Assistant (
Caleb Komarek x8003, EBD Teacher (

Mission Statement

The Northern Lights Academy (NLA) mission is to support children and youth with significant emotional and behavioral needs, as well as those with low incidence disabilities. We provide academic, social and functional skill development, and mental health services to students from the member school districts of The Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative.

Our goal is to foster learning, promote independence, cultivate social and behavior skills, work in partnerships with families, and support students to become successful learners in their least restrictive environment, as well as active, productive members of our communities.

2020-21 School Year Information

For the 2020-21 school year, the NLA will offer Setting 4 Special Education programs for up to 34 students in grades K-8, who need an alternative educational placement. Contact your school's principal for more information.

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