Minnesota School Buildings Closed for Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
Today, Thursday, April 23, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced the extension of Minnesota school closures through the end of the school year, Friday, June 5, 2020.
The state’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they could plan and make decisions for the remainder of this academic year. While this is not the outcome any of us wanted, we are thankful for the information and continued partnerships with various state, national, and community partners. ISD 728 plans to continue to provide such things as food service, childcare, and meaningful learning opportunities through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. It will also continue to complete maintenance and construction projects as communicated and promised to our community. This time is especially valuable as the District will be able to complete projects without disrupting student learning.
For our students in Grade 12 (Seniors), we echo the Governor’s comments, knowing this is a time when many are excited for the pinnacle of their high school careers, only to see it taken away by the pandemic. We appreciate their dedication, and the way they have represented ISD 728 during their academic career. Based on today’s announcement, this year’s proms will not occur. Decisions related to 2020 graduation will be made in the next few weeks, and they will be made based on guidance and data from the State Department of Health. Regardless of whether our graduates are celebrated in person or virtually, ISD 728 plans to honor our Class of 2020 for their success and accomplishments.
Please note, there will be no school or online instruction for students on Friday, May 1, 2020 or Monday, May 4, 2020 as teachers will be participating in professional development. These two days of professional development were ordered by the Governor and are meant to provide staff an opportunity for all Minnesota teachers to collaborate and to refine their Distance Learning practices.
Health and safety remain our number one priority, and we are working closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for our children, families, and school community. We will also continue to work tirelessly to ensure, to the best of our ability, staff are not harmed financially, and that they are able to continue to work, providing support for those we serve. Furthermore, we will work with our community partners, local businesses, and nonprofits to create efficiencies, foster relationships, and to meet the needs of those in crisis.
Please continue to access the District’s Website at www.isd728.org for the most up-to-date information about meals, childcare, special education considerations, learning resources for families and educators, spring activities and more.
Thank you for being part of ISD 728. I am proud to serve as your Superintendent, and I am confident we will be stronger for having this opportunity together.