Staff continue to plan for the upcoming school year and work through the 3 possible scenarios. We are patiently waiting for further direction from Governor Walz, MDE, and MDH which will come July 30th. Following the release of information next week, we will work quickly to summarize what our plan will look like. At that point we are going to release a survey in which we need input from every family in our district so that we can finalize and assure our plans will work. If we are allowed to have a percentage of students in the building each day, transportation could be the impeding obstacle. We will need to know if families will be needing to and from school transportation or not on a daily basis. I would ask that families start thinking about this and if there are any options to help the district with this need it would be appreciated. We are planning on getting as many students in the building following safety protocol as often as possible, but if we needed to transport all of our students, it would limit how often we could accomplish this. More to come in the future.
We recognize that there will be some families that opt for distance learning even if students are allowed back into the buildings in some fashion. We understand that and will work to make the experience the best it can be. Distance learning will look different than it did last year. We are working with input families provided last year along with guidance from the state to get more consistent contact with students and engaging the learners more. We are also working to standardize the virtual platform that is used. We are going to need information on technology needs as well as we focus on our plans as we foresee most students needing distance learning at some point throughout the year.
Food service questions, childcare questions, and other concerns will all be addressed in the survey as we try to modify our plans to meet as many needs of our families as possible. Thanks in advance for your help in providing information to us and your patience in this planning process.
Kevin Grover – Superintendent Melissa Tate, FES Principal Tim Everson, FHS Principal