Based on the increase in COVID-19 activity in our local area over the past week, we will be making the first learning model shift of the 2020-2021 school year. Starting on Monday, October 19th, grades 7-12 only will begin hybrid learning; grades K-6 will remain in full, in-person learning.
Here are the details you need to know:
- Grades 7 and 8 will be on-site Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with off-site learning on Wednesday and Friday.
- Grades 9-12 will be on-site Wednesday and Friday, with off-site learning Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
- Grades K-6 will remain on-site 5 days a week.
- The bell schedule remains the same whether your student is at home or at school for grades 7-12. First hour begins at 8:20am and the day is done at 3:05pm.
- Your student is expected to be logged in and participating in the classroom on off-site days during regular school hours in order to be marked present.
- The MN Department of Education does make limited allowances for students to attend school in-person on their designated off-site days for use of CTE shops, internet access and IEP services.
- If your student needs to attend in-person on their off-site day, please call 218-894-5400 x3509 by 2pm the day prior so we can plan for space & transportation.
- There may be some adjustments to bus routes to accommodate the reduced capacity required in the hybrid model. Your student’s bus driver will contact you if your student is impacted.
If you have questions about hybrid learning in general, call Principal Mike Schmidt at 218-894-5400 x3124.
As always, our goal is to have students on-site, full-time and this decision was not made lightly. Because of your partnership in keeping students healthy, we have not seen significant spread in our school buildings, however the spread in our community has become serious enough to make our first learning model change.
Finally, I ask that you continue to remain vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 and keep sick students home. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 activity in our district, and make adjustments as necessary. Together, we can meet the challenges of this school year head-on and support our students so they can be successful.