Our COVID-19 Response Information

At the direction of Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Lakes International Language Academy closed on Monday, March 16, and remained closed during our regularly scheduled Spring Break. On April 23, Governor Walz announced that all schools will remain closed to students through the end of the school year (June 5 for LILA).

LILA’s instruction via Distance Learning began on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and will continue through June 5, consistent with the school calendar. 

  • If you have any questions, please know that we're here to help. Use this handy form to ask your questions and someone from LILA will get back to you promptly.
  • If your child is in need of an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know what you need.

Please know that LILA staff is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to provide families with regular updates. Our goal is to share accurate information as the situation evolves and ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students. Details about end-of-the-school-year logistics will be sent from your principal or classroom teacher (K-5) or advisory teacher (6-12).

A hotline for the public has been established by the Minnesota Department of Health: 651-201-3920.
Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control website

We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.

If you have further questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Though we must stay apart as much as possible, this is the time when many of us need community most. Please reach out to each other electronically, and if you need any kind of support, please contact us at LILA.

We will get through this, together.

Resources for Families - Food

FREE Grab-And-Go Meals

Beginning April 1, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be available Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m-Noon at the following sites: 

  • LILA Main Campus Lobby
  • Forest View Elementary Lobby
  • Forest Lake Area High School Lobby
  • Wyoming Elementary School Lobby
  • Lino Lakes Elementary School Lobby

Note: This service is being provided in partnership with Forest Lake Area Schools to meet the needs of low-income children who participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program. No verification of need will be required at pick-up sites.  

Other Food Resources: 

Hunger Solutions MN - Find Help Map 

Hunger Solutions MN COVID-19 Closings - Meals for Kids

Hunger Impact Partners - Free Meals for Kids Mobile App

Washington County Food Resource Guide

Chisago County Food Support Program

Anoka County Food Resources

Resources for Families - General & Mental Health

Mental Health Resources

Note: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Phone Line: 1-800-273-8255 - 24/7 Free & Confidential Support 

Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Number by County: Adult

Minnesota Mental Health Crisis Response Phone Number by County: Children

Mental Health Minnesota: Get Help in a Crisis

Dr. Barbara Stroud VIDEO: Managing Emotions COVID-10 Tips for Parents

National Alliance on Mental Health Illness Minnesota: General CoViD-19 Information  

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Talking with Children About the Coronavirus Disease

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Managing Stress & Anxiety

Mental Health Minnesota Apps: Manage Your Mental Health, Get Support, Find Resources 

Mental Health Minnesota: COVID-19 Social Isolation

Mental Health Minnesota: https://mentalhealthmn.org/support/get-information-or-a-referral/

Mental Health Minnesota: Minnesota Warmline - Open Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Call: 651-288-0400 or 1-877-404-3190
  • Text ‘Support’ to 85511

Youth Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Resources for Youth

Mental Health America: Staying Connected

Active Minds: How to Listen and Help Someone Cope

The Trevor Project: LGBTQ Support

SPTS-USA: Suicide Prevention Resources for Youth, Educators and Parents

Teen Mental Health: General Mental Health Resources

Teen Health: Stress & Coping Resources

Teen Health: General Mental Health Resources

General COVID-19 Resources 

Minnesota Department of Health - COVID-19 Health Line - Open Daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Call: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: How to Prepare Your Family 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book

Minnesota Department of Health: Guidance for All Minnesotans

Dr. Barbara Stroud VIDEO: Managing Emotions COVID-10 Tips for Parents

Public Broadcasting System: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Get Help in a Crisis

  • Call: 1-800-799-7233 or Text: LOVEIS to 22522

General Resources for Housing, Financial Assistance, Healthcare, etc.: 

United Way 211 Resource Guide

Washington County Resource Guide

Chisago County Resource Guide

Anoka County Resource Guide 

Isanti County Resource Guide

Help with Bills - USA.GOV


Not finding what you need? Contact Kathy Bystrom at 651-252-6712 for assistance. 

Technology Support

LILA Technology Device Check-Out

If your family does not have a personal computing device and/or internet connectivity, we’re here to help. You may request to borrow a device from LILA for use until the Governor ends the mandate for Distance Learning. We may also have suggestions for accessing internet connections. 

  • If your child needs an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know how we can help.
  • Devices and internet hotspots will be available for curbside pickup on Monday, March 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We will reach out to families who expressed a need with more details. 

Technical Support

For technical support or questions relating to the school-issued devices and software programs, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

651-464-0771 Option #3 (Lower School)

651-464-8989 Option #3 (Upper School)


Free Or Low-Cost Internet Access

Depending on your location, one of these accessibility programs might be most effective for you. If you have questions, please contact us.

Lifeline is a federal program intended to put home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families, giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access.

Affordable home internet for eligible households.

Xfinity has opened up its WiFi hotspots for free to non-subscribers. While there are no Xfinity hotspots in Forest Lake, there are many available in the northern suburbs. You can view a map of hotspots if you enter your zip code on this page.

Student and Parent Technology Tutorials for Distance Learning

Lower School Tutorials

Upper School Tutorials

Distance Learning Program

Distance Learning Through The End of the School Year At LILA

Distance Learning guidelines for families and students are available from your principal, classroom teacher (K-5), or advisory teacher (grades 6-12). 

LILA Upper School students and families will continue to use much of the same online technology that you have been using.

LILA Lower School students and families will receive specific information about technology and lessons. We are working to promote daily interaction and track academic progress. 

Lower School Teachers on Call
LILA staff members are available on school days between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. to assist K-5 students and families with distance learning support. If you have a question or need help after hours, simply fill out this Teachers on Call Request Form and a LILA teacher will contact you. While we can’t guarantee a solution to every problem, we will listen and do our best! 

Learning Links

Please check back frequently. We are updating the plans and details, especially regarding end-of-the-school year logistics.

Lower School Distance Learning Plan

Upper School Distance Learning Plan

Student and Parent Technology Tutorials 

Lower School Tutorials

Upper School Tutorials

Care for Children of Critical Workers & Other Child Care News

LILA Explorer Club / Little Explorer Child Care Summer Registration - Coming Soon!

We are excited to open LILA’s Explorer Club and Little Explorers summer child care program at the Lower School campus! 

Under Executive Order 20-57 issued by Governor Walz, our program will reopen starting June 10, 2020. The program will operate under updated practices, guidelines, and an addendum to the handbook, created in accordance with the guidance put out by the Center for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health.

Detailed information will be sent via email to those families currently registered for summer as well as to all district families. Availability depends upon responses and needs of currently enrolled families, with priority given to Tier 1 workers.
We will continue to provide a safe, fun, caring summer program to engage your student in play and age-appropriate enrichment activities.

Watch for more information soon!


LILA Care For Children of Critical Workers

Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order, LILA will provide child care for parents who have children enrolled at Lakes International Language Academy, and who work and serve in the critical fields as identified by the Minnesota Department of Education (PDF).

Care will be provided for children ages 3-12 years old, and is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is available to care for a child due to employment as a critical worker.

For information or to register for care: 

Call 651-252-6720 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please Note These Important Qualifications: 

On days school is in session as outlined in LILA’s school-board approved calendar, and during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., care will be at no cost to families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Child must be an enrolled student at Lakes International Language Academy.
  • Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) will be required to provide a letter from their employer confirming eligibility.


Should families who qualify need childcare before and/or after the regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., child care will be available for the following fees:

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. = Care provided at no cost
  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. AND 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. = $19 per day
  • 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. OR 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. = $13 per day
  • 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full day on days school would not have been in session = $39/day
  • NOTE: Sibling discount does not apply for emergency care.


Location for this child-care service will be at Lakes International Language Academy Main Lower School Campus. Please enter through door #6.

Nutritional Services:

  • Beginning April 1, breakfast and lunch will be offered free of charge. 
  • Forest Lake Area School District will be providing cold breakfast and lunches. This may change over time and as enrollment grows. You are welcome to provide breakfast and lunch from home.  
  • More information on nutritional services will be provided as it becomes available. 

Transportation Services: 

  • Services will begin on Wednesday, April 1.
  • Services are available to families residing within Forest Lake Area School District boundaries.
  • Pick-up and drop-off will align with the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. child-care timeframe. 
  • Pick-up and drop-off times for children will be determined by the FLAS Transportation Department.
  • LILA’s child-care staff will coordinate these services with FLAS on your behalf.
  • Questions? Please contact Laine Krohnke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Child Care Resources:

The government-mandated Care for Children of Critical Workers in Tier 1 has required Explorer Club and Little Explorers to turn away many of our families who are still in need of care. The Forest Lake Branch of the YMCA offers care for students in grades K-6, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fifty (50) slots are available, with first priority going to those whose parents are designated "Tier 2," including educators, grocery store workers, utility workers, essential state and local government staff, etc. The cost is $40 per day and includes breakfast, snack, and lunch. Register online at ymcamn.org/mnchildcare or call 612-230-9622.

Other Important Information

Additional Important Information For LILA Families

  • Please review your contact information now on Infinite Campus Parent Portal to ensure it is accurate. 
  • We will continue to send family notices through the Infinite Campus system and post updates on our website. We will also post information and links via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Here's the link to the "Just Ask" form if you have any questions about resources, support, transportation...anything! We're here to help. Someone will respond promptly.

We appreciate your extra effort, understanding, and patience during this rapidly changing situation. Our hope is that we all stay healthy and safe.

Thank you for being an important part of the LILA learning community. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I have questions that aren't on this FAQ?

A. It's okay to ask! Please use this handy form. We're here to help with any questions you have. Just ask!

Q. Can I still apply for my child to attend 2020 fall LILA preschool, kindergarten, or Upper School?

A. Yes! Please submit your application online and contact LILA Kinder Prep Preschool, LILA Lower School, or LILA Upper School for details.

Q. Can I register my child for Summer or Fall Explorer Club or Little Explorers?

A. We are putting a hold on accepting further registrations for Summer/Fall care until further communication from the Governor and MDE with updated guidelines. Currently registered families will receive separate communications. Please check our website frequently, as the situation remains fluid.

Q. What if my student has an IEP or participates in another special education program?
A. LILA representatives will contact families with students on an IEP or other special education program by March 31, 2020 to make arrangements. We will continue to provide services based on individualized needs as decided upon between the parent and special education representative.

Q. How will LILA handle cases in which families “opt out” of technology?
A. LILA will work with these families to determine an appropriate plan.

Q. Will LILA provide transportation for child care?
A. In partnership with Forest Lake Area Schools, transportation is only provided for children who are eligible for emergency child care and also reside within District 831 boundaries.

Q. What does this closure mean for graduation?
A. Graduation will happen on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. With the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, we will plan accordingly. Please continue to watch our communication channels for updates.

Q. What does the closure mean for athletics?
A. Particularly for LILA Upper School, we follow the guidance of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) for decisions related to athletics/activities. Effective immediately and continuing until the Governor of Minnesota has lifted his school closure declaration: 

  • All participation in MSHSL spring activities at all member schools is suspended. 
  • Participation includes, but is not limited to, competitions, training, practices, scrimmages, and contests. 

Pending a reopening of schools by the Governor, return to participation protocols will be determined and communicated by the MSHSL Board and MSHSL staff.

Q. Will LILA's Extended School Year Program or FLAS Summer School be available?
A. Any LILA student who qualifies for Extended School Year (ESY) programming can expect that LILA will operate our summer school. Other LILA students who do not qualify for ESY may attend the Forest Lake Area Schools' Summer School programming; we understand that the FLAS program currently plans to operate a Summer School program as usual. Check the FLAS website for updates.