News Article
**No School March 18-March 27**

At a press conference Sunday morning, Governor Walz announced he is ordering Minnesota school districts close their campuses from March 18-27, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Our plans are developing quickly and we will have much more information to share with you in the future. The health of students, families, staff and our community is our top priority. Many details about the topics below will be shared with parents on Monday, March 16, 2020.

 
  • We will operate with a regular schedule on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • Families may opt to keep their students at home and this will be considered an excused absence.  Please continue to follow our regular process of contacting the school if your student will be absent on either of these days.  A reminder that no visitors will be admitted into our schools during this time.
  • TECHNOLOGY ACCESS for Grades 6-12: Students in grades 6-12 who are in need of a digital device (chromebook) will receive a device on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 to prepare for distance learning starting on March 30, 2020 if an extended break is necessary. Students will NOT need to check out a device if they have access to a laptop, desktop, chromebook, or iPad (A cell phone is NOT included as a device). Internet access at home will be an important part of your child’s education during this period. Internet service providers including Charter Spectrum are providing free access to families impacted by school closures. For more information, visit: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist
  • All after school activities, practices, events, and building rentals are canceled beginning Monday, March 16 2020 at least through the end of Spring Break on March 30, 2020. This includes all Community Education programs.
  • Students will be able to check out as many library books from our school libraries on Monday and Tuesday as they would like to support their literacy during the closure and over Spring Break.
  • Students with a need can access free meals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week at a minimum. We will provide detailed information about available food service on Monday, March 16, 2020.
  • Emergency Child care (Kindergarten - age 12) for parents who are healthcare workers, emergency staff and district employees that are required to report to work will be provided free per Governor Walz Executive Order starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Starting Monday, March 16, you can register your child(ren) by calling our Community Education Office at 507-444-7900.
 

 Please see this extensive list of those eligible for emergency child care.

 

Healthcare and emergency staff as described below:  

Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics  

Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities  

Other health systems and organizations, such as: 

  • Home Care workers 
  • Personal Care Assistants 
  • Ambulance/emergency 
  • Direct Care and Treatment 
  • Other emergency staff, including:  First responders, Firefighters, Personnel providing correctional services,  Essential Court personnel, Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff, State and local public health agency employees,  MNsure Navigators, County financial/eligibility workers, County case managers, or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services.”  
 

*Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to provide additional services to families in other professions. 

 
  • We are planning to reopen schools with a regular schedule on Monday, March 30;  however, it is possible that may change.
  • Only essential emergency employees and teaching staff will report on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020.  These days will allow teachers time to prepare longer-term online learning approaches should school closures extend beyond this initial period.
 

You may see other schools that are following a different timeline regarding closure and distance learning.  Many of these districts are currently on Spring Break and made the decision not to re-open this week. Private and charter schools may also make unique decisions based on their unique circumstances. We respect their decisions and recognize that each school community must make the best decision for their students, families and staff.

 

Thank you for your understanding, patience, support, and forgiveness during this rapidly changing pandemic health crisis. The safety and support of our students, families, staff, and communities are our top priority. The District will continue to update families on weekdays, even over spring break, with additional information.

 

Resources:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

 

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html