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Update to Families - February 17, 2021

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Spring Lake Park Schools families:

This week, we’re welcoming students in grades 7-12 who have chosen to be learning at school back to our buildings in a Modified Campus (hybrid) model. It feels good to be moving toward reopening our buildings for all grade levels and for the public health context in our community to support our efforts. Thank you, families and community.

In the midst of our transition this week, the Governor today announced several updates for schools. Many of these do not impact our district as we have already fully opened in grades K-6 and are actively opening for secondary students. It is gratifying to see many of our approaches and successful efforts reflected in the state’s latest guidance.

The state did release updated guidelines today providing direction for planning toward a transition to full-time learning at school for grades 7-12. The guidelines replace county-level case numbers as the primary number driving learning model decisions. We will provide an update on transitions no later than March 3. Here are a few of the more important takeaways:

  • A transition to full-time learning at school for grades 7-12 would happen no earlier than the beginning of the third trimester - following our spring break.
  • The biggest change in guidance for grades 7-12 is that when possible we should maintain six feet of physical distance, and we are to have no less than three feet between students. This provides flexibility while maintaining safety.
  • We will plan for students in Modified Campus (hybrid) model to transition to full-time learning at school and students in Extended Flexible Learning to remain in Extended Flexible Learning. Please keep this in mind as you make any request to change learning models next week for the third trimester. Your school has communicated a process for requesting changes for the third trimester through the school’s main office.
  • As we plan over the next few weeks, we will continue to bring students who need more learning time at school into the building more frequently to receive support to achieve their trimester learning outcomes.

As we near the completion of the second trimester, I continue to appreciate how our community comes together to support each other. In that spirit, I hope you’ll join me for the Panthers for a Purpose virtual giving event on February 27 at 7 p.m. This event supports the Panther Pantry and Weekend Food Pack program in providing students’ food when school isn’t in session. It is a worthy cause and promises some fun-filled, Panther proud moments you won’t want to miss.

With appreciation,

Jeff Ronneberg, Ed.D.

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