Distance Learning extended through the end of the school year

Posted by Forest Lake Area Schools on 4/23/2020 3:00:00 PM

This afternoon Governor Walz extended his order to close schools through the end of the school year. Under this order, students will not return to our school buildings, and distance learning will continue through our last day of school, June 5.

Although we would have loved to have students back in their classrooms with us, we recognize these steps are important to protect the health of our students and our entire community. 

We know that this announcement will prompt a lot of concerns and questions from our families. We will answer some of those questions below. Please feel free to reach out if you have additional questions or concerns.

Distance Learning:

Distance learning will continue through June 5, which is the end of our school year. Staff will continue to provide meaningful lessons that support student learning and will remain connected with their students through the end of the school year. May 1, May 4 and May 25 will be non-instructional days for students. May 25 is Memorial Day and May 1 and 4 were set aside by the Governor as days for teachers to prepare and refine their distance learning plans.

School Meals:

Grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch) will continue to be provided at no cost on school days at the following locations: Forest Lake Area High School, Forest View Elementary, Lino Lakes Elementary, Linwood Elementary and Wyoming Elementary. Meals can be picked up between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Families can pick up meals at any location that is convenient to them, (they do not have to pick up meals from the school their children attend). Meals are provided free of charge to any student under 18, and are intended to assist the children of low income families or any family in need of these meals. Please contact your building principal if you have any difficulty picking up meals.

Child care:

The school district will continue to provide child care for the children of essential employees through June 5. You can visit our COVID-19 childcare website for more information and to see if your family qualifies.

Personal items at school:

Students who have personal items at school should watch for communication from their school principal regarding locker clean-out and pick-up procedures. 

Sports and Activities:

The Minnesota State High School League has not yet made an official announcement, but they are expected to cancel the spring sports/activities season. Refunds will automatically be given to students who have already registered to participate.

Prom, field trips and other year-end activities:

Large group gatherings will not be allowed to occur this spring, so these events have been cancelled. 

Graduation:

Even though we cannot hold a traditional graduation, we are committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our class of 2020. High School staff are working on plans for a virtual graduation. More details will be shared with high school students once those plans are finalized. 

Community Education:

With the exception of childcare for essential workers and early childhood distance learning programs, all other on site Community Education classes and programming will be cancelled through June 5. Details regarding specific classes, cancellations and Community Education distance learning options will be communicated from Community Education on a class-by-class basis. The Community Education department will continue to follow state recommendations on whether classes and programming can be resumed after that date.

Summer School and next fall:

At this point, summer school and Extended School Year (ESY) programming will go forward as planned, with students on-site at our summer school locations. If this should change, we will notify families immediately. 

Long term planning:

It’s too early to know what the fall will bring, but our staff will be working diligently over the next several months, following the guidance of health professionals to make sure that when students are allowed to return to our buildings, they can do so in a safe way. 

We are looking forward to the day when we can welcome our students back to classes and once again see their smiling faces. In the meantime, please know that we are well-prepared, and continue to work diligently to support our students as they work through distance learning.