3-15-20 Update to Families

First, I want to thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this unprecedented time navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and changes are happening quickly on a local, state, and national level. Our thoughts are with all those who are experiencing the negative effects of this crisis.  

Based on today’s press conference with Minnesota Governor Walz and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Ricker, all schools across the state will be closed March 18-27. In addition to the Governor’s school closure, STMA will be closed March 16-27. Staff will report March 18-27. Staff will use the closure to create plans for distance learning should we need to close for an extended period of time. At this time, school is scheduled to resume on March 30.

During the closure, there will not be any athletic practices/games or other school activities. The Activities Center and STMA Dome will be closed. Kid’s Play will be closed on March 16 and 17. Additional information regarding childcare will be communicated in the next couple of days.

I know your children may be asking questions. Click here to review guidelines you can use when talking with your child(ren) from the National Association of School Psychologists.  

The district has a pandemic preparedness plan in place and a task force of key district staff are following it at this time. I want you to know I am working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Wright County Public Health, and more as we prepare for the coming days and weeks.

I want to reassure you that the safety of students and staff is my highest priority. I am doing everything possible to keep your child(ren) and staff safe.  I will continue to monitor the situation and keep parents/guardians and staff informed with updated information.

Thank you for your attention to this message and for partnering with us to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.