Message from Superintendent Bergstrom, August 5, 2020
A survey is going out to families to gather important information about:
- Emergency contact information
Facebook Live Event from August 4, 2020
Superintendent Bergstrom begins speaking at approximately minute 15:55 in this recording. You may choose to advance the recording to that time.
On June 18, 2020, Minnesota school districts were directed by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to plan for three different learning scenarios in preparation for the 2020–2021 school year. Sauk Rapids-Rice administrators have begun working on each of these plans. The district will use feedback from our parent/guardian survey as well as data and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to guide the planning process.
While the district will be ready to employ each of the scenarios, Governor Walz will ultimately decide which of the three plans will be implemented to start the 2020–2021 school year.
- In-Person Learning will allow interaction between all students and teacher(s) at school as is feasible during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing six feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom. Activities and extracurricular programming would continue to follow the Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports.
- Hybrid Learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits. This plan requires schools to limit the overall number of people (staff and students) in school facilities to 50% of each building’s maximum occupancy. In addition, sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times.
- Distance Learning Only. This plan allows schools to be open to provide emergency child care or other functions based on guidance from MDE and MDH.
In partnership with MDH and the governor’s office, MDE plans to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff, and school communities for the 2020–2021 school year the week of July 30, 2020.
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