Dear Osseo Area Schools families:
Today, Governor Walz provided a new decision-making framework for school districts to use as they develop plans to promote the safety of students and staff during the 2020-2021 school year.
The framework incorporates the three instructional models (or combinations thereof) we’ve been planning for over the past two months:
- In-person learning
- Hybrid (mix of in-person and distance learning)
- Distance learning
The new decision-making framework is challenging. We will need to study the framework and related executive order, review our planning to date, and consult with state officials to determine how we will start the school year in Osseo Area Schools.
Today’s announcement means a delay in informing you about how we’ll start the school year. I know this delay affects working families, families who rely on child care, and many others. As a parent myself, I understand that this could create hardships for the families we serve.
Families will still have two choices
The attached brochure provides more information about the choices available to you this year:
- Follow the district’s implementation of in-person, hybrid or distance learning models or a combination of them, moving in and out of them based on coronavirus activity and state guidance, OR
- Choose a 100% distance learning option (our new Distance Learning Academy for grades K-12 only) if they prefer the certainty that their child’s education in 2020-2021 will not include any in-person/on-campus instruction. (Deadline to register: August 9, 9 p.m. [updated 8/7: new deadline is 9 pm, Wednesday, August 12]) Please note that enrollment in the Distance Learning Academy is a full school-year commitment.
I recognize that it may be difficult to consider the full-year Distance Learning Academy without knowing which scenario the district will choose to start the new school year. The August 9th deadline is important because it allows time for us to staff it appropriately, based on how many students are enrolled. The Academy may be the best choice for families who want the assurance that their children will not experience in-person/on-campus instruction at any point during the school year.
- I will let you know our local decision as soon as possible, which I anticipate happening the week of August 10.
- We will also update the district website with as much information as we can over the next 7-10 days.
Reminder: your action requested by August 9
As I shared in an email on July 27, you will need to contact us by 9 p.m. on August 9 if:
- You wish to register your child for the Distance Learning Academy [updated 8/7: new deadline is 9 pm, Wednesday, August 12]
- You have a high school (gr 9-12) student who will need bus transportation to/from school
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare to welcome your student in September.