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East Central Schools
61085 State Hwy 23
Finlayson, MN  55735
Fax: 320.245.5453

East Central Schools ISD #2580

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Did You Bring Your State Issued ID?

East Central Schools has implemented greater security for our students. When visitors check in during the school day, they will be required to provide identification such as a driver's license or a state issued identification. Their ID will be verified through a system called Hall Pass. Once the identification is verified the visitor will receive a visitor's pass and will be allowed entry into the building. Hall Pass ensures that no individuals that are sex offenders are allowed access to the school. Hall Pass will also identify restraining orders and orders for protection.

The only entry accessible to visitors during school hours will be the main entry. While this will take a few moments longer for visitors to access the building, it will make our school much safer for our children. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this effort.
Alternative to Suspension

East Central, Hinckley/Finlayson and Willow River schools are excited to introduce a new collaborative program, New Direction.  New Direction is an alternative to suspension program aimed at providing Intervention, Academics and Reflection for students who have been suspended from school and are in grades 6-12.

The New Direction program will be housed in the John Wright Collaborative Building in Sandstone.  Students from all three schools will attend the New Direction program as an alternative to traditional out of school suspension.

Traditionally, there has been no way to track what students do while they are suspended from school.  Frequently you hear of a vacation like mind set.  Too often during out of school suspensions students are left home while parents are at work.  Students lose the opportunity to have help completing homework and often it is never finished or turned in to teachers.  There is also a lack of evidence that students learn from this type of suspension. These factors are counterproductive to the intent of such a consequence.  With the New Direction program students will be given the opportunity to work on academics and social skills while serving their suspension.  The program will also have a service component where student will be able to give back to the community.

We are also looking forward to creating a community component where students can learn from community members, businesses and organizations what it takes to be a successful, contributing member of our communities.  These opportunities will give students the skills and connections to make healthy, meaningful choices.
Upcoming Events

School Pictures - September 23
Hearing & Vision Screening - September 25
College Fair at Pine Tech (Grades 11 & 12) - September 26
College Knowledge Month - October 

Homecoming Week - October 6-10
Homecoming Coronation - October 6
Early Childhood Screening - October 14
Education MN Conference (No School) - October 16 & 17
School Board Meeting - October 20
College Application Day - October 28
End of First Quarter - October 31
One Day Bond Election - November 4
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 11 & 13
School Board Meeting - November 13
No School - November 14
Beauty & the Beast - November 20 - 23
Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 27 & 28
School Board Meeting - December 15
Winter Break (No School) - December 24 to January 2