A message from the Superintendent
September 11, 2020
Blended learning to begin September 21
Dear Mounds View Public Schools community,
I want to announce that we will be bringing students back to our schools to participate in blended learning starting on Monday, September 21.
As you know, a few weeks ago we made the decision to delay in-person learning and open schools using the distance learning model so that we could use the extra time to address health and safety concerns. During that time, we’ve worked to ensure that our schools are ready, that safety protocols are in place, and that our staff, students and families can feel confident to safely return to schools.
After taking this extra time to prepare, we are ready to begin welcoming students back to our schools. As we have traditionally done, we are going to invite our sixth-grade and ninth-grade students to return for a transition day. Friday, September 18, will be a day that is dedicated specifically to these grade levels and is intended to welcome them into our middle schools and high schools by providing them with the opportunity to get to know the school without other students in attendance.
As we move forward, here are a few details to keep in mind:
- Next week, all students will continue in the distance learning model.
- Starting Monday, September 21, families who have chosen blended learning should plan for their students to attend school in the cohort groups already announced (Group 1: M/W, Group 2: T/Th). Students who have chosen distance learning will continue with that model.
- Blended learning students who will be using District transportation to get to school will receive bus information in the mail. Buses will run following normally scheduled route times.
- All families can expect to receive additional school-specific updates in the coming days.
Like many districts across the country, our road to reopening has not taken a straight path, and it is likely that during the school year we may experience further challenges that require flexibility and adjustments for all. I want to sincerely thank all of you for the patience, flexibility and grace you’ve demonstrated the past weeks. Many of you are making significant sacrifices in your work, home and personal lives to accommodate your children's school experience. We recognize that the 2020-21 school year is not and will not be perfect in any way. On behalf of our staff, I want you to know we recognize your sacrifice, and we appreciate your partnership. We are eager for you and your children to experience the extraordinary work our employees have done across the District to provide the best educational experience possible, during these less-than-ideal times.