Superintendent Update 6/25/2020
It does not seem that long ago that we had our final days in the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) and we are already planning for next fall.
Many of you have already learned through the many media sources that next fall may look different depending on the current level of the COVID-19 pandemic. So far we have been told there are three possible scenarios for next fall.
In-person learning for all students: All students attending school with enforcement of social distancing and other safety protocols in place.
Hybrid model with strict social distancing and capacity limits: Similar to #1 but with only 50% capacity of students in the building.
Distance Learning Only: Very similar to what we did this past spring.
We have also received a comprehensive list of parameters from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) in developing plans for the three scenarios listed above. Our district administration will be partnering with our teaching and support staff to help develop the plans around these three scenarios. We are also being told by MDE that by July 27 we will be told more specifically what scenario we will follow. I think it is important for you to know at this time that this will not be a consistent plan implemented across the whole state. It is very feasible that different school districts will be doing different plans at the same time.
MDE and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will monitor the pandemic situation throughout the summer to determine what plan we will be implementing. I can not tell you right now when that will be. We are hoping that as we get closer to mid-August we will know for sure what plan our district will be implementing.
I want to assure you the safety of students and staff is always in the forefront of our planning. We will continue to balance this safety plan with the best interest of the education of all students in our district. Please note we all agree that what is best for our students is to have them all back at school next fall. However, I would caution everyone at this time there may be safety protocols put in place, depending upon the scenario, that students and parents may not be comfortable with as we return next fall.
Make sure to continue to visit our website for updates not only on the start of school in the fall but also as our student activities begin this summer.
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
Greg Winter, Superintendent