08-12-2020 Message to Families

Dear STMA Parents/Guardians:

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your children as we embark on the 2020-2021 school year! Thank you for choosing STMA Schools. We know there are many options available for families and we are grateful for your decision to send your child(ren) to STMA.

DETAILED PLANS FOR LEARNING MODELS BY GRADE SPAN

Today each building principal will send detailed information about the upcoming school year. Information will include building level plans for the three learning models, health and safety considerations, food service information, and more. Please review this information carefully so you are able to make an informed decision for your child(ren). If you have additional questions or need clarification, please contact your child’s principal.

REQUIRED QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ALL FAMILIES (DEADLINE AUG. 16, 2020)

To help us plan for the needs of all students, families are asked to indicate their plans for the 2020-2021 school year via a brief questionnaire. One questionnaire per child is required. The deadline is August 16, 2020. We know this may be a difficult decision with many unknowns and are grateful for your partnership so we can plan for the many complexities ahead of us. Click here to complete the questionnaire.

Student Name: [LN], [FN]

Student ID: [Body_ID] 

LEARNING MODEL UPDATE AND TIMELINE

In making the learning model determination districts must use MN Department of Health (MDH) learning model selection parameters (see chart below) and county-level data. Districts will be advised of the bi-weekly case rate for their county, which is the number of cases in the county over 14 days per 10,000 people.

Learning Model Parameters

Number of cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence

Learning Model Recommended

0-9

In-person learning for all students

10-19

In-person learning for early childhood and elementary students; hybrid learning for secondary students

20-29

Hybrid learning for all students

30-49

Hybrid learning for early childhood and elementary students; distance learning for secondary students

50+

Distance learning for all students

Wright County 14-day Case Rate Per 10,000 People

5/31 - 6/13

6/7 - 6/20

6/14 - 6/27

6/21 - 7/4

6/28 - 7/11

7/5 - 7/18

7/12-7/25

3.77

3.09

4.44

6.86

10.25

13.18

12.96

Since the last communication to families on July 31, additional case rate data has been published. Based on this new data, the learning model communicated to you on July 31 remains the same with in-person learning for students in grades preschool through four (scenario 1) and hybrid learning for students in grades 5-12 (scenario 2). The learning model we start the year with will be based on county-level data from August 2-15. This data will be released August 20. We will communicate the learning model for the start of the school year on August 21, 2020.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We will continue to provide you with additional information as it becomes available. The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available on the District’s website, which includes survey results, frequently asked questions, all current and past district-wide communications to families, helpful resources, and more. The FAQ on the COVID page is updated daily.

To review statewide COVID-19 data, visit the COVID-19 Statewide Dashboard. To review data specific to Wright County, visit the Wright County COVID-19 Data. Data is updated each Thursday at 1:00 p.m. on the Wright County Dashboard.

For specific learning information, please contact your child’s principal.

The past several months have been challenging for the entire STMA community. As we navigate the coming weeks and months together, we are grateful for your patience, grace, and trust. 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