Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: March 20, 2020
As the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we know there are ongoing questions about the school closure and our plans for distance learning.
The information in this message is the most current that we have at this time. Please know that as we have new information, we will continue to share it with the community and encourage you to visit www.moundsviewschools.org/coronavirus for FAQs, resources and regular updates. If you have an additional question, you can fill out a contact form here.
Consistent with the Governor’s guidance, District staff are working to create plans for distance learning now through the end of the statewide closure on Friday, March 27. While some services such as student meals and childcare are already in place, no student learning is expected to occur until Monday, March 30. Currently, students are scheduled to return to school March 30. If this changes and schools remain closed, the District will be prepared to begin distance learning at that time.
Plans for distance learning are coming together and schools will share information with parents as soon as possible. The District, along with your child’s school, will send updates and regularly update our distance learning page with plans and procedures.
Chromebooks will be distributed to all students in grades one through 12 over the next week. You can read more about Chromebooks and how they will be used here.
- High school and middle school students will follow a pick-up schedule as identified by each building.
- Elementary students (grades one through five) will pick up devices when they pick up other school supplies and tools next week.
Watch for information from each building for pick-up dates, times and instructions. If internet access is an issue, click here to see options for low- or no-cost access.
Item and medication pick-up
We realize that students may have left medications or other items at school that they wish to retrieve. Watch for additional information coming directly from your child's school about building hours for the pick-up of items and medication starting next week. We urge you to have limited interactions, practice social distancing and to stay in the building only as long as necessary, to stay aligned with current CDC guidelines.
Meals for students
Starting Monday, March 23, meals are available for any child under 18 years old who needs breakfast or lunch during the school closure. Meals will be distributed curbside at the main entrance of Pinewood Elementary, Snail Lake Education Center, Highview Middle School and Edgewood Middle School between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. Times and locations will be reviewed based on student need. Parents/guardians are asked to accompany their student(s) to pick-up a grab-and-go lunch and breakfast for the following morning.
If there are any barriers that prevent you from picking up a meal at one of these locations, please fill out this form.
Childcare for emergency and healthcare workers
The District will continue to provide childcare for parents who have children who work and serve in the healthcare and/or emergency fields. Verification of employment, such as a letter from the employer or an employment badge, is required.
Care will be provided for children grades K-5. This service will be free to families and available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The childcare is available at the following locations:
- Sunnyside Elementary School (2070 County H, New Brighton)
- Island Lake Elementary School (3555 Victoria St N, Shoreview)
To see the list of healthcare and emergency workers that qualify for this childcare and to register, fill out this form.
Note: Regular Mounds View Public Schools childcare programming, including Y Care, will be closed for students and families who do not meet the definition of an emergency worker in the link above.
No extended school year
The state will not require an extended year due to this closure. The last day of school continues to be scheduled for June 4, 2020.
District events and activities
During the statewide school closure and potentially beyond, all co-curricular activities are cancelled and/or postponed indefinitely. This includes sporting events, plays, Community Education activities, student clubs, etc.
All student testing has also been postponed, including the District-wide ACT test for juniors. We are working with ACT to rescheduled this exam for a later date.
College Board is working to provide a way that students can participate in AP exams. As the College Board AP exam administration plan becomes more clear, students registered for AP exams will receive information in emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consult the District assessment webpage for more information.
We know that this time can be overwhelming for many families. Please visit our resources page for information on accessing food, financial assistance, internet access, as well as mental health resources.
We wish all of our students, staff and families the best of health and well-being during this difficult time.