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Update From Superintendent Lee, April 23, 2020

Students, Families and Staff:
 
I hope this finds you all well and staying safe. As we continue to navigate this very unique time in our lives, I want you to know that we miss you!

As you may know by now, Governor Walz just announced the decision that all Minnesota schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and has ordered Distance Learning to continue for all students. While we were all hopeful that school could resume in person beginning May 5th, this decision was not unexpected and was made to help keep everyone safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
We understand you have many important questions and we have many details to determine in the next few weeks including how we will commemorate graduation for the Class of 2020, summer school and other things. As decisions are made, we will share them with you. We will be working to ensure success for all learners as we plan for the next phase of Distance Learning. 

Distance Learning
Districts have been given Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4th to review their existing distance learning plans and adjust them to better meet the needs of their students. There will be no distance learning on these days. We will use the data collected through our recent surveys to adjust our programming. 
 
School Meals and Child Care for Emergency Workers
Our Child Nutrition Services team will continue to provide free meals to all students ages 3-18, regardless of need. Our Jays Nest will continue providing care for children of emergency workers through the end of the school year.

Spring Sports/Activity Seasons

The spring seasons have been cancelled. We will be fully refunding all activity fees. 

Graduation
To our senior parents and students, please continue to have hope and patience and we will do our best to give our seniors great memories for their last school year in our district. Mrs. Swanson has been working with a group of seniors and the details of our plans will be released soon.

We will continue to keep you updated via email, text, social media and our website, at waseca.k12.mn.us.

I am so proud of our Waseca community! The levels of support our students and staff are receiving is outstanding. Thank you for your continued patience.  We do have something special planned for next Thursday night and will provide more details about this on Monday.  Thank you again for your support and partnership as we work to continue making decisions in the best interest of our students, families and staff.

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