It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the news from today that solidifies the remainder of the 2019-20 school year will be through distance learning. Governor Walz announcement today was not unexpected, but it takes away the glimmer of hope that we may get to see the students back in our buildings this year. We all wish things were different and now we embark on making the most of the remaining time that we have in this school year. The district is committed to making improvements in the distance learning process and we will continue to give 100% until the last day of school. There still remains a lot of questions that we do not have answers for, but we will provide guidance as we have definitive answers. The biggest question is now what with graduation. We will work to come up with the answer to that in the days to come as there has been some behind the scenes discussion and planning.
The Minnesota State High School League issued a directive following Governor Walz announcement that “effective immediately all activities and athletics that occur during the spring season have been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.” I feel so bad for all the winter and spring participants that had seasons cut short or completely cancelled. There is not a way for us to make this up to you, but again this is out of our control.
I encourage everyone to discuss the situation and work through the ramifications. This past month has been tough in many different ways and at the same time it has been amazing to see students, staff, and community pulling together to do what is right. There will be more challenges in the days to come, but support each other. Some seniors will never step back in this building and that is tough for me to swallow. Majority of students will be out of school for nearly 6 months assuming we can start on September 8th and that is a long time. Please take care of each other and we will do what we can to make the remainder of the year the best it can be. If staff can be of assistance in the days to come, please reach out to us. We are here to help. Take care and please watch the website for updates.
Kevin Grover ISD 361 Superintendent