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Superintendent Update 3/25/20

Message to Staff and Families 3/25/2020:
This afternoon, Governor Walz issued a shelter in place order for all but essential workers beginning this Friday night at 11:59 pm and extending for the next two weeks. He also indicated that students may be allowed back to school on Monday, May 4th but this could change.
 
Waseca Public Schools will continue to work through this order, in that we are considered essential workers. We will therefore continue our community feeding program and provide childcare at the Jays Nest for Emergency Workers. Also, regarding the Jays Nest, starting Monday, March 30th, our Jays Nest will expand its hours of operations to 6:30am-5pm in order to include more emergency workers for whom the current hours do not work.
 
Our teachers will finish our planning tomorrow and Friday, and launch our Distance Learning plan on Monday, 3/30/20. Our buildings will be open for staff to perform their duties through the Shelter in Place order but some of our staff will be working from home as well. Here are a couple of updates:
Our Distance Learning Plan will be posted on our website later tonight. You will be able to see a video walking you through the plan as well later tonight. Our staff have really put in outstanding effort learning new skills and developing this plan.
 
Let me say a few words about expectations: let’s be honest - we are all learning new skills. The teachers certainly are developing the skills necessary to deliver a strong distance learning program. Students are being asked to learn almost entirely on-line. Families are learning how to juggle the new reality.
 
When we start on Monday, please be patient. We will experience problems both anticipated and unanticipated. We will most likely start off by just trying to re-establish connection with students for the first few days, while we work on remedying some of the issues we encounter. Again, we will all need to be patient with one another.
 
The MDE has announced that there will be no MCA/MTAS testing this year.
 
Let me end with a quote from Mr. Rodgers:
"Some days, doing 'the best we can' may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else."
 
Thank you for your continued patience and support.