District Updates

September 24, 2020

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CHILD CARE FOR TIER 1 EMPLOYEES HYBRID MODEL



  • Free child care will be provided from 7:45am-3:15pm on the distance learning days during a hybrid model for children that have one parent working as a Tier 1 employee. Documentation from your employer is required.

  • Parents are responsible for transporting children to and from Child Care.

  • Fee-based (prepaid monthly) child care will be available for Tier 1 workers. 6:30am-7:45am and 3:15pm-4:15pm

  • Children will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

  • Children will be provided time to do their homework.

  • Pre-registration and monthly prepayments are required

AFTER SCHOOL INTERNET RESOURCE

Starting Tuesday, September 29th from 3:00-6:00 pm, the Mora Public Library will be opening up the community room as a safe space for students to use our WiFi to complete their homework. For the time being, this space will only be available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 pm, but we are hopeful that we will expand those hours as need arises.


The community room is located on the library’s lower level and is large enough to easily allow for social distancing for 20-25 students. It will be supervised by a library staff member and/or volunteer who has undergone ECRL’s background check procedures. Unfortunately, due to library COVID-19 policies, students will be limited to 1 hour in the library, but we are hopeful that even a limited time frame will still be helpful for students.

ATHLETICS UPDATE

Earlier this week the Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors approved a "reconsideration placement" of fall activities, a decision that brings football and volleyball back to the fall season.


The plan, which fits within COVID-19 guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, will have an approved football season beginning on Sept. 28 with the first of six regular season games scheduled for the week of Oct. 5. Since Sept. 14, member schools have had the option of participating in fall training sessions. In the framework that was adopted by the Board of Directors, a planned two-week football postseason will begin the week of Nov. 16.


Volleyball will begin an 11-week season on Sept. 28 and member schools may play their first matches on Oct. 8. In the framework that was approved by the board, two weeks of postseason play would begin the week of Nov. 30. Like football, member schools have had the option of participating in voluntary training sessions since Sept. 14.

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EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

We know there are families who are struggling right now during this challenging time. Surprisingly, at this point, our families that have submitted for free or reduced lunch is down from last year. We believe that is not because of reduced need, but more because of the distancing and lack of face to face connections that has been happening in the current school format.


School funding is tied to the rate of families in a district that qualify for free/reduced. The funding a district gains based on this rate helps to reduce class sizes, provides additional resources to support struggling learners, and has numerous other benefits too lengthy to list. The income requirements have been raised this year. You may qualify, even though you haven't in the past. Do not hesitate to call the food service office, high school office, or the elementary office with any questions.

BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMMUNITY INVITE


The Board Advisory Committee at Mora Schools is looking for interested community members to join. The Board Advisory Committee is a chance for community members to bring ideas, concerns, and questions to be presented to the school board. It also allows the school board an opportunity to seek input from the community. If you would like to participate in a meeting to see if you are interested in joining, email Aimee Moske at amoske@moraschools.org, and the information will be sent to you. Our meeting dates are; November 16th, January 11th, March 8th, and May 10th. All meetings are at noon.

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