News and Views

An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools

January 21, 2021

Learning model satisfaction survey results

Earlier this school year, we asked families to take a survey to tell us how they thought the blended (hybrid) and distance learning models were working for their children.

  • 86% of families were satisfied that Mounds View Public Schools is doing its best to serve all students and families.

  • 87% of distance learning families were satisfied with distance learning.

  • 83% of blended learning families were satisfied with blended learning.

What responses and suggestions did parents provide for your particular school? We have compiled a summary of school-specific results here.

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CDC discourages travel

Mounds View Public Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, families considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. The CDC recommends the following: Think about what you would do if you became ill, need to quarantine, etc. while traveling. People who travel out of state are strongly encouraged to quarantine when they return home. Starting January 26, anyone traveling internationally will need to be tested three days prior to returning to the U.S. and have proof of negative results before boarding a flight.

These links can help you make informed decisions about travel:

Domestic travel

International travel

MDH travel and COVID

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Vaccine pilot program

This week, Governor Walz announced a vaccination pilot program throughout the state to serve some prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, school staff and child care providers. As part of this small initial effort, each school district in the state was allotted a number of doses, and each district was required to prioritize employees to receive these initial vaccinations. Mounds View Public Schools received 25 doses for vaccinations. Using the state’s prioritization criteria as a guide, the District identified its first 25 employees. These employees who were vaccinated this week were staff who have direct, in-person contact with students who are unable to wear masks and those who might come in contact with bodily fluids. This pilot program is a first step on the path to providing vaccinations for all of our employees, and it will position Mounds View to move faster when we get the doses we need. Please be assured we will continue advocating for quick and ongoing access to vaccinations for our employees.

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Superintendent answers frequently asked questions

  • Why are only kindergarten and elementary students allowed to return soon?

  • What will school look like when these students return?

  • When might middle school and high school students return to school?

For answers to these frequently asked questions and more, download this summary of Superintendent Lennox’s report to the School Board, or watch the report and discussion here.
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Report student absences electronically

In addition to leaving voicemail messages, parents and guardians can now electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.

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In-person School Board meetings

Starting with the January 26 meeting, all School Board meetings will now take place in person at the District Center. The open forum portion of the meeting will take place in person as well. In addition to in-person meetings, all meetings will stream live on YouTube and Channel 20.

You can learn more about School Board meetings here.

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