Greetings from ISD 361 administration.
We hope you are enjoying the warm weather we have had and are finding safe ways to relax while enjoying some time at the lake or doing recreational activities. This update is written to let you know that we are busy making tentative plans for what school may look like this fall. There are 3 options being considered for the start of school: all students under a distance learning model, all students back in school with as many precautionary measures as possible, or a hybrid model which is somewhere between the prior two options. . We understand that everyone views these with different lenses and that is completely understandable. Rest assured we are putting considerable time into planning what we can or cannot do under all of the scenarios. The decision from Governor Walz is expected the week of July 27th. We will be able to then give more specifics on what our exact plan will look like following that decision. We will also use the remaining time before school to fine tune the plan and communicate specific details with families.
The planning process involves looking at our facilities and mapping out how many students can safely be in each room under the different scenarios, figuring out how we can serve meals in the safest manner, what options we have for transporting students to and from school, how we meet the special needs of our students and families, how we ensure thorough cleaning of our facilities and buses, technology plans, screening procedures, and the list goes on and on. That said, there are sometimes more questions than answers. We are working on a survey in which families can provide us with information that will help us develop a plan that we can successfully implement. We are committed to providing the best educational opportunity in the safest manner possible for our students and staff; that will continue to be our mission.
We will put weekly updates out on Facebook and the district webpage until school starts. As mentioned prior we will also be asking for your help to provide us information through a survey. We thank you in advance for your patience as well as providing us your input to help us plan accordingly. Stay safe and enjoy the summer weather.
Kevin Grover- Superintendent, Melissa Tate – FES Principal, Tim Everson – FHS Principal