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  • Update on Secondary Return to Hybrid Learning

    Posted by Forest Lake Area Schools on 1/11/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Greetings families,

    In light of the consistent downward trend in local case numbers of COVID-19 and after consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health, we are excited to announce a plan for our secondary students to return to the school buildings.

    Students will return to their school buildings under the following schedule:

    • Middle School
      • Students will have no school January 25-26th to allow time for teacher planning.
      • Starting January 27th, 7th and 8th grade students will return to hybrid learning.
    • High School
      • Students will have no school January 25-26th to allow time for teacher planning.
      • Starting January 27th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will return to hybrid learning. 
      • Starting February 8th, 9th grade students will return to hybrid learning. 

        Hybrid learning at the high school and middle school will use the same schedule we followed in the fall. Students in the maroon group will attend school in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays, learning at home on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Students in the gold group will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, learning at home on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Regardless of where they are learning, students will participate in learning during every class every day.
         
    • Community School
      • Students will have no school January 25-26th to allow time for teacher planning.
      • January 27th - 10th, 11th and 12th grade students return to in-person learning on Monday through Thursday, with an at-home learning day on Fridays.
      • February 8th - 9th grade students return to in-person learning Monday through Thursday with an at-home learning day on Fridays.
    • STEP Program
      • Students will have no school January 25-26th to allow time for teacher planning.
      • January 27th - All STEP students return to full in-person learning Monday through Thursday with at-home learning on Friday.

    Why does 9th grade have to wait?

    Our Regional Support Team from the Minnesota Department of Health has issued a requirement that we bring back no more than three grades in each building at one time. With four grades in our high school and community school, this requirement does not allow us to bring all students back together. With increasing graduation requirements as students reach higher grades, and more multi-grade courses in the higher grades, the oldest grades were selected to return first, with 9th grade returning February 8th.

    Distance learning option still available

    For families who feel that distance learning meets their needs better than in-person learning, the option to continue distance learning is available. If your student would like to continue distance learning, OR if your student started the year in optional distance learning and would like to return to hybrid learning with their classmates, please fill out this distance learning change form by Friday, January 15th to let us know. Families who want their student to stay in the learning model they started the school year with do not need to fill out the form.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Massey,
    Superintendent

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