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Governor Walz Announces Minnesota Schools to Remain Closed 

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Walz announced that Minnesota schools will continue with Distance Learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

We share in your sadness about not coming back together in-person as a learning community, and we feel the impact this has on students, staff, and families. We know that your children (and you) are grieving the loss of face-to-face learning, spring celebrations, competitions, performances, and special events. Please allow yourselves space and grace to share the disappointments. We are a strong Zephyr community, with remarkable educators and when we are together again, we will support all of our kids wherever they are in their learning.

The announcement today provides us with the opportunity to work harder to find new ways to support and teach our kids. We will continue to build on our distance learning work and make improvements and adjustments as we move forward as a community united in our love for learning. We are incredibly proud of the dedication and partnership of our staff, families, students, and community during this time. There is a saying in our district of being, “all in,” and that can’t be a truer statement than now.

This isn’t the option we wanted, but we will pivot to thrive in this new normal. This experience will drive us to teach and learn without barriers, connect in new ways, and we will grow students who will persevere through anything. We will do this together.

Your Superintendent,
Barb Duffrin

 

Below are important details for you to know:

Stay at Home Order
The Stay at Home Order for the state of Minnesota remains in place until May 18.

Continuation of Distance Learning
Distance Learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. We will observe our school calendar during this time. We will not have distance learning on no-school days. Please note that we will not have distance learning on May 1 and 4 in order for our teachers to continue their planning and training. Our last day of school will be Friday, June 5. Our Distance Learning website contains our District Distance Learning Plan and school plans.

School Operations During Stay at Home Order
School operations will continue during the Stay at Home Order. During the Stay at Home Order, Mahtomedi Public Schools will continue to provide Distance Learningfood support for children, and childcare for essential workers.

Technology Support
Mahtomedi Public School’s District Technology Department will be offering limited technical support to students as they work remotely during the state-wide school closing. Please click here to submit your issues and questions. The work orders will be reviewed by district technology staff and you will be contacted via email or phone. The system will be monitored Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Support will not respond after hours or on weekends.

If you need to check out a Chromebook from the school district for students in grades three through Passages during the extended school closure, please click here to complete the Chromebook Check-out Form for Students. If your child is a student in grades K through two, please contact your child's homeroom teacher to discuss iPad availability.

Family Support
If your family needs clothing, housing, food, or counseling support during Distance Learning you can communicate those needs directly with your child’s teacher or Click here to express your needs on this form and the information will be sent directly to our support staff.

Wellness Support
The wellbeing of our families, students, and staff continues to remain a priority for us. Our support staff and North Homes therapists are ready to support you and your family with wellness support during this time. Please contact your child’s school for support.

Events
At this time, no scheduled school or district events or activities will take place in person. We will communicate about any in-person events in the future. At this time, graduation will proceed on June 6, 2020, and the ceremony structure will depend on the COVID-19 situation.

Use of Mahtomedi Public Schools Campus During Stay at Home Order
Our school buildings remain closed to students, families, and the public during the school closure. We believe that mental and physical wellness is very important during this time and walking, biking, exercising, and enjoying nature on our grounds is permitted during the stay at home order.

Please note the following:

  • Social distancing must be practiced (maintain a six feet separation) on all of our grounds.
  • Playgrounds are used at your own discretion and are not cleaned.
  • George Smith Field and the stadium is not open to any activity and accessing the turf field and track is prohibited.
  • Only immediate family members or those in the same household who are quarantining together may use courts and fields. Group athletic gatherings are prohibited.
  • Socializing and gathering in groups is not permitted in any area of our campus.