Here’s a statement from Sartell-St. Stephen Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert updating Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to keep schools closed through the end of the school year:
Please read this message carefully as it has important information for the remainder of the school year.
- Governor: Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year
- May 1 and May 4: No Instruction for students
- May 1 and May 4: Continued Food Service meals and childcare for emergency workers
1. Governor: Distance Learning for the Remainder of the School Year
Per Gov. Walz’s Executive Order 20-41, Minnesota schools will not reconvene in school buildings this year. This means that distance learning will continue for the duration of the school year. Sartell-St. Stephen will continue to follow our adopted calendar which designates May 29 as our final day of instruction.
We are working with students and staff on contingency plans for graduation and other end of the year events that depend on direction from the state. We will communicate those event details to our staff, students, families, and community as they become available.
2. May 1 and May 4: No instruction for students
To provide our staff time to prepare and focus on professional development for the continuation of distance learning, the governor has designated Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4, as nonstudent instructional days – with the exception of Food Service and childcare for emergency workers. This means that students will not receive instruction on either of these days. Your child’s teacher(s) will communicate with you directly if you have already received lessons for these days.
3. May 1 and May 4: Continued Food Service meals and childcare for emergency workers
Although students will not receive instruction on May 1 and May 4, our food service staff will continue to distribute meals as we have been doing, so there is no change to that schedule. Additionally, childcare for emergency workers will continue on these days.