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Message from the Superintendent: Group Assignments, Monitoring Conditions
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Dear Osseo Area Schools parents/caregivers:

I’m writing to share updates regarding planning for the new school year that have occurred since my last message.

I recognize that these are stressful times
First, I want to acknowledge the concerns I’ve heard from many of you since the board approved my recommendation to start in the hybrid model. I know we don’t have answers to all of your questions. Please know that I respect your perspectives about the “right” way to do school under difficult circumstances. We are working hard every day to:

  • Stay connected to public health officials so we can monitor virus activity in our communities; 
  • Design and implement operational plans that promote safe and healthy learning and work places; and 
  • Create professional development that will help our instructional staff provide an excellent educational experience for every scholar.

Notification dates
I know you’re anxious to hear about hybrid model Group A/B assignments, back-to-school activities, and technology distribution.

  • On Wednesday, August 26, we will send an email with details about your child’s hybrid model group A/B assignment, technology and free face mask (1 per student) distribution dates/times, and other information about returning to school. 
  • We’ll also post the information to ParentVUE, and will send a hard copy postcard via US mail (including various translations) to help ensure that every family has the information they need for the start of school.

Where to find the latest information, including translations
We regularly update the #279ReadytoRestart section of the district website; it remains the primary source of information about the new school year. We’ve added general FAQs, translated web content and brochures in Hmong, Spanish and Vietnamese (and very soon, Somali), FAQs specific to indoor air quality/HVAC efforts, flow charts that describe actions when student or staff exhibit symptoms or have close contact with an individual with confirmed coronavirus, and links to superintendent updates and reports to the school board.

Monitoring conditions, preparing to pivot
The Minnesota Safe Learning Plan was designed with the flexibility to allow school districts to pivot among the three models (in-person, hybrid, distance) at any time, as needed. July 31, when I initially told you I was recommending a return in the hybrid model, already feels like a long time ago. As of today, we are still planning to open in the hybrid model. However, we know we may need to pivot quickly at any time, so we are closely monitoring two key factors that will influence how we start the new school year: 

  1. Virus activity in our community, and 
  2. Our progress in making sure all operational areas are ready to start the school year. 

Thank you 
Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate very challenging times. I promise you that we are working diligently every day to help ensure the highest level of health and safety and the best possible learning experiences for your scholar. Please continue to watch your email for updates.


Cory McIntyre

Superintendent Cory McIntyre