7-22-2020 Message to Parents

July Greetings,

I hope you and your family are well and are having an enjoyable summer. The purpose of this communication is to update you on our tentative plans for fall, ask for your feedback via an online family survey, and share resources with you.

 As I mentioned in my last family communication on June 26, we continue to plan for the three scenarios Governor Walz gave us. While there still remains a great deal of uncertainty, I want to reassure you that all of our decisions continue to be made with the three guiding principles listed below. These are in sync with our number one core value of always putting students first.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Health and safety of students and staff
  2. What is best for the academic, social, emotional, and mental well-being of students and staff
  3. Equity and the needs of all learners

It is also important to note that we continue to work collaboratively with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Wright County Public Health, and more.

First, after much collaboration with internal and external audiences, scrutinizing state and federal guidance, and reviewing spring student, staff, and family survey feedback, we have a tentative framework for the upcoming school year. We are still filling in the details and won’t have complete plans until the Governor’s decision the week of July 27. As we learn more we will update you.

Below are the three scenarios that the Governor asked us to plan for.

Scenarios:

  1. Return all students to school buildings following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  2. Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  3. No students return to school buildings. Implement a distance learning model.

Below are the MDH/MDE requirements and our tentative framework/plan for each scenario.

  • Scenario 1:
    • State Requirements: Pandemic has stabilized/improved, in-person learning for all students, distance learning as an option for students.
    • STMA Plan: “Regular” school but create as much space as possible between individuals. Distance learning as an option for students.
  • Scenario 2:
    • State Requirements: COVID metrics have worsened at a local, regional, or state level. Hybrid learning with strict 6’ social distancing and 50% capacity in buildings and vehicles per State Fire Marshal occupant loads. Contactless delivery of meals. Childcare for families of critical workers. Distance learning as an option for students.
    • STMA Plan: See table below.
  • Scenario 3:
    • State Requirements: COVID metrics have significantly worsened at a local, regional, or state level. Distance learning for all students.
    • STMA Plan: Distance learning but with improvements per student, staff, and family survey feedback.

Hybrid Model (Scenario 2) Plans

Grades K-4

Grades 5-8

Grades 9-12

Bright Beginnings

Tentative Framework

●     All-students every day

●     Students divided into learning pods. Use all spaces (gym, cafeteria, teacher’s lounge) in building to maintain 6’ b/t individuals

●     A/B Alternate Day (students attend in-person 2-3 days per week and distance learning the other days)

●     Start at 9:00 a.m.

●     In-Person Group A: M/TH Group B: T/F

●     W: TBD 

●     A/B Alternate Day (students attend in-person 2-3 days per week and distance learning the other days)

●     Start at 9:30 a.m.

●     In-Person Group A: M/TH Group B: T/F

●     W: TBD 

●     Offer to all who are registered

●     Students split into multiple classrooms. CE full day changed to half day

●     No transportation

Second, we would like to get your feedback on the 2020-2021 school year via an online survey. Your feedback is very important to us and will help us finalize our plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to take the survey. Thanks, in advance, for sharing your thoughts with us. The survey ends at midnight on July 29, 2020.

Third, as you plan for the upcoming school year, we want to share two resources from MDE. The first, “Guide for Families: Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year,” is a guide to help families know what information they should expect from their child’s school. The second, “Make a Plan MN,” is a resource to help families develop or revisit their emergency plans.

Lastly, we know our plans may not be what you were hoping for and we acknowledge your feelings. Please know our plans were made in the best interest of our students and staff. As we navigate the coming weeks and months together, we greatly appreciate your grace, trust, and partnership. We remain deeply committed to our strong tradition of excellence and are ready to serve you and your child(ren) in the fall. Take care and be safe.

Respectfully,

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent