As our school year draws to a close, we want to thank you for sticking with us through the unprecedented challenge of distance learning. We are sad to be missing out on traditional year-end celebrations, hugs, and goodbyes, but we will cross this finish line together. Please review below some logistics for the end of the school year and information regarding summer programming.
As a reminder, these are the last days of school/distance learning for each grade level:
- Early Childhood Family Education and Small Wonders Preschool – Friday, May 22
- Early Childhood Special Education – June 3
- Elementary School – Friday, June 5
- Middle School – Tuesday, June 9
- High School – Tuesday, June 9
- Senior Last Day of School – Friday, May 29
- Adult Basic Education – Thursday, May 28
More details on student expectations during the last week of school will be shared by your schools, including how and when parents/guardians will be able to drop off digital devices, library books, and any other district-owned instructional materials, and pick up personal belongings and year-end celebration items such as yearbooks.
In order to keep our community safe and healthy, all schools will be using a contactless, curbside pick-up/drop-off format. Families will be asked to stay in their vehicles at all times and will not have access to any school building. Any individual (staff or family) who is sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) should not participate. If you are experiencing these symptoms or are unable to participate for another reason, please coordinate with your teacher, principal or program manager to make an alternate plan.
Summer Programs and Facility Use
While plans are still being finalized for summer, we would like to share a few updates for your summer planning purposes. These summer programs will look different than normal as we are adapting them to follow the latest health and safety guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education. This will include distance learning, extensive cleaning in facilities, social distancing, small groups, and health screenings for in-person programs.
Child Care (Age 3 – Current Grade 5): The current Emergency Child Care program will end on June 5. Summer Child Care will begin on June 15. Program details and registration will be shared as soon as possible. Registration is open to all families but priority registration will be given to Tier I, II, and III Essential Workers.
Community Education Programs and Classes are planning for online and limited in-person programming this summer including Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs, Early Childhood Screening, Small Wonders Preschool Alphabet Adventures and camps, youth enrichment camps, gymnastics, aquatics classes, adult enrichment, and Adult Basic Education.
Launch into Learning, the district’s K-8 summer school program will not take place as it has in the past. Instead, the district is working on plans for a launch into school program in August. More details will be shared with qualifying K-8 families in the coming weeks.
Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) will be offered in a distance learning format from July 6-July 30. If your child is eligible for ESY services, more details will be provided by your child’s case manager soon.
High School Credit Recovery will be offered through the Lakeville Area Learning Center through Distance Learning in two sessions June 15 – July 3 and July 13 -July 31. Priority seats will be given to students in grades 11-12. Please contact your student’s dean for more information and a referral.
Facility Use: Plans are being finalized for the use of facilities for activities, athletics, camps, and other non-District use. All requesters who have already placed requests for summer use will be contacted by May 22 with an update on next steps. We will share this summer’s adjusted plan on the District’s Facility Use webpage regarding facility use and scheduling in the coming week.
More details about summer offerings will be shared with you in the coming weeks.
We appreciate your resilience and care for one another through this unique and difficult time. Although this school year is ending, our support for you is not. We know that there are still many unknowns ahead as we look to summer and fall. We are committed to doing what is best for our students, and we will continue to work closely with our state leaders and you, our community, to do so.
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