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Important reminders for all families: Jan. 12

Dear parents and caregivers:

I’m writing with important reminders about:

  • The learning model shift for early childhood through grade 5 (except for DLA)
  • The continuation of the distance learning model for secondary students
  • How to access free meals

Early childhood through Grade 5: Phased-in transition to in-person learning

Jan. 13-15: Early childhood through Grade 5

  • No school for early childhood through grade 5 (except for DLA, which continues as usual). Staff will use this time to prepare for students’ physical return to buildings.

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (No school)

Jan. 19: Early childhood through Grade 2

  • Early childhood students will participate in in-person classes according to their assigned schedule.
  • Students in kindergarten through grade 2 (including students in our free every day, half-day prekindergarten program) will return to school buildings full-time (5 days/week).
  • Bus transportation will resume; Kidstop before and after-school care will resume.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will continue to learn in distance learning until Feb. 1.

Feb. 1: Grades 3-5

  • Students in grades 3-5 will return to school buildings full-time (5 days/week).
  • Bus transportation will resume; Kidstop before and after-school care will resume.

Secondary students: Remain in distance learning until further notice (Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, No school)


At this time, the state has not changed its parameters for learning model decisions affecting secondary students.

The Minnesota Department of Health has determined older students continue to have higher risk than younger students, so districts must still follow previously outlined state requirements for determining learning models and decisions to shift among them. Those considerations include virus activity in the community (which includes review of the biweekly county-level case data, city-level case data, the number of confirmed cases, quarantines, and close contacts in our school community and school buildings within our district), and other data such as individuals with influenza-like illness.

District administrators will continue to engage in required consultations with the MN Dept. of Education, MN Dept. of Health and Hennepin County Public Health to determine when it is safe for secondary students to return to buildings. Please know that as soon as this is determined, we will inform families.

How to access free meals


With federal government support, free meals continue to be available to all students.

  • Curbside service continues at all schools through Jan. 15. 
  • On Jan. 15, all locations will offer a four-day meal bag for Jan 15-18.
  • Beginning Jan. 19, curbside service will be available at secondary schools only. Parents of students in grades 3-5 (who remain in distance learning until Feb. 1) can go to any secondary school to pick up meals until their students return for in-person learning.
  • Beginning February 1, all secondary schools will continue curbside pick-up for all secondary students.
  • During in-person learning, students will have free meals at school. They will also receive meal packs each Friday that include weekend breakfasts and lunches. If you wish to opt out of those weekend meal packs, please complete this form.

What about next year?


Some of you might be wondering about pandemic plans for the 21-22 school year. Please know that all Minnesota public schools will follow guidance from the MN Dept. of Education and state and county public health agencies regarding any potential continuing pandemic-related operations. We certainly hope to be able to operate as usual next school year!

A final note


As always, thank you for your support during these increasingly challenging times. I had hoped 2021 would be the start of a return to normal, but last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol dashed those dreams. Please talk to your children about what happened. If you need some tips, consider these resources from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Respectfully,

Cory McIntyre
Superintendent

Superintendent Cory McIntyre