We know that our students learn best when they can learn in real time, so this fall’s distance learning instruction is designed to provide live, or synchronous, instruction daily.  Of course, we realize that this may not be possible for some students in challenging or unusual circumstances, so lessons will be recorded and posted for asynchronous access later on.  We are using Google Classroom as our distance learning platform and you can expect that this will be consistent for all high school classes.

Students will be expected to attend distance learning classes daily. Teachers will be taking attendance in Skyward. Students who cannot attend a live class will work with their teachers on a case-by-case basis to utilize the asynchronous option. They will remain accountable to their teachers and must access the lesson within 24 hours to be considered in-attendance.

Student Distance Learning Guideline Printable

First page of the Secondary Distance Learning Guidelines PDF on Google Drive

Block Scheduling

Traditionally, our school has followed an eight period day. In a distance learning environment, expecting our students to sit through eight consecutive hours of screen time is unrealistic and doesn’t allow our teachers and students to get to substantive teaching and learning. So we’ve changed our schedule. We will run an A/B day alternating schedule with a four period block of 84 minute classes each day. It is important to note that with this new schedule we’ve also adjusted our start and end times.                                 

Students will begin their day at 8:25 AM and their school day will conclude at 3:13 PM The District will implement a later Distance Learning (DL) start time for secondary students of 8:25 AM - 3:13 PM, with a 50-minute lunch period. A later start time while in DL will offer benefits for our students. Given current transportation scenarios, we will not be able to continue a later start time if the District goes to full in-person learning, and we will resume our 7:40 AM and 3:03 PM start/end times at that point.   

In Person Supports

We are developing a plan for students to be able to come into the building when they need support. Students would be able to come to school to meet with counselors and social workers, to access computer labs if they do not have a device, to check out books from the library, and to receive additional academic support from teachers. We plan to use FlexiSched software to allow students to make “reservations” to come to school. FlexiSched is the same software we used last year for Rocket Hour so many of our students are very familiar with it already. Using FlexiSched allows us to control how many students are in the building at any given time as well as track student attendance in the building. We are currently working on safety protocols, transportation options, and determining student numbers and will share this information in our ongoing communication.

How can I stay connected during Distance Learning and who can I go to for help?

John Marshall plans to continue to communicate with families via Skyward, and provide information and updates when available. Do not hesitate to reach out to our staff for questions or resources to help support your family. 

JM staff will be available to you during school hours from 7:40 AM to 3:03 PM. It is hard to predict what the call volume will be, but we will make every effort to answer each call and maintain a high quality of student support. 

Contact Information

Admin support

Eric Johnson
Contact: (507) 328-5402 | Email

Steve Akin 
Contact: (507) 328-5402 | Email

Angela McNeir 
Contact: (507) 328-5402 | Email

Orieon Thurston 
Contact: (507) 328-5402 | Email

Chastity Rahman  
Contact: (507) 328-5402 | Email 

Frequently Used Phone Numbers:
  • Activities Office: (507) 328-5330
  • Automated Attendance Line: (507) 328-5410
  • College and Career Center: (507) 328-5341
  • School Counseling Office: (507) 328-5340
  • Main Office: (507) 328-5402
  • Nurse's Office: (507) 328-5405
  • Principal's Office: (507) 328-5402

Student Support

Students who need access to a School Counselor, Social Worker, or other student support during distance learning can do so during school hours (7:40-3:03). 

Counselor Support
  • Cindy Cox - Contact: (507) 328-5343 | Email
  • Brett Ness - Contact: (507) 328-5346 | Email
  • Ranny Ou - Contact: (507) 328-5342| Email
  • Jennifer Thurston - Contact: (507) 328-5344 | Email
Social Work Support
  • Henrietta Hemmesch - Contact: (507) 328-5347 | Email
  • Jaimi Smiley - Contact: (507) 328-5274 | Email
Mental Health Practitioner
  • Jennifer Obermueller - Contact: (507) 328-5402 |Email
Student Resiliency Specialist 
  • Mya Conrad - Contact: (507) 328-5373 | Email
Chemical Health Specialist
  • Rebecca Senne - Contact: (507) 328-4740 | Email

John Marshall High School
Resource Line: (507) 328-4959

Student and Family Resource Lines serve as your connection to student supports at your school. Just like you may call or stop by the counselor or social worker’s office, we encourage you to use the Resource Line during this time of distance learning. If you are worried about how your child is doing emotionally or need help accessing community services, we are here to support you.