Additional Student Support
by Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom
The 2020–2021 school year has officially come to an end. Thank you to all district staff, students, families and the Sauk Rapids-Rice community for a successful completion to a challenging year. While we look forward to a warm and relaxing summer break, many students and staff will take a short weekend break and return to district buildings when summer school begins on Tuesday, June 8.
Summer school consists of three different programs tailored specifically to meet the needs of students: Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education; Targeted Services for kindergarten through grade 8; and Credit Recovery for grades 9–12. More than 100 district staff will support these programs for students in preK through grade 12 this summer.
With additional summer school funding provided by the state, the district is able to offer summer school transportation this year to each building from the student’s home or nearby bus stop. Breakfast and a hot lunch for all summer school students at no charge is possible because of the extension of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) free lunch program through September 30. And we will be able to provide important and relevant social-emotional learning lessons, discussions and activities for all grade levels.
Elementary-level summer school students will participate in varied and engaging learning experiences—not more of the same that happen during the regular school year: small group instruction, positive social interactions focused on sports and physical activities in conjunction with related lessons and discussions. Student progress will be reviewed based on pre- and post-assessments.
Staff will support secondary level students in their quest to focus on individual credit recovery needs and participate in instruction surrounding positive social interactions that promote academic, social-emotional success and confidence-building.
The district will continue to follow current COVID protocols including quarantine procedures and timelines. Face masks and coverings will be required in common areas of the district’s K–8 buildings. Face coverings continue to be required for school-aged child care programs such as KidStop and Rice Kids’ Club. Summer school students in kindergarten through grade 8 may remove face coverings when in classrooms and outdoors. Summer programming will be in-person and the sessions will not extend beyond the scheduled end date.
Here is information about summer school dates, times and locations:
- Early Childhood ESY at Hillside: June 7–July 1, Monday–Thursday from 9:00–1:00 a.m.
- Elementary summer school (Mississippi Heights*, Pleasantview and Rice): June 8–July 2, Monday–Friday from 7:30–11:30 a.m.
*Please note that Mississippi Heights summer school will take place at the Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School due to a summer building maintenance project at Mississippi Heights.
- Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School summer school: June 8–July 2, Monday–Friday from 8:00–11:00 a.m. (grade 8); 8:00–11:30 a.m. (grades 6 and 7)
- Sauk Rapids-Rice High School summer school: June 8–July 20, Monday–Thursday from 7:30–11:15 a.m.
There is a third instructional block from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. for students who need additional time in the afternoon and can self-transport.
Secondary ESY programming at the high school: June 8–July 1, Monday–Thursday from 8:15–11:15 a.m.
We look forward to seeing all students and all staff for the beginning of the 2021–2022 school year!