by Mike Knaak
Changes have been made to the school calendar to allow additional planning time for teachers in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district.
For all pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students, there will be no school on Friday, March 26, and Friday, April 16.
There will be distance learning for sixth- through 12th-grade students on six Fridays, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 16, April 30 and May 14.
In announcing the calendar changes, the administrators said: “As we continue to navigate through the school year with COVID-19, we know the toll on our staff has been significant as they navigate teaching not only the students in class but also those who have chosen distance learning and those who are out for COVID-related absences.”
Specifically for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade families, the administrators said: “We appreciate this may cause additional stress in your family schedules but know this time is important so our staff can continue to provide our students with an excellent educational experience in this unprecedented school year. Childcare will be provided on these days through Kidstop/EdVentures.”