Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
We received guidance from Governor Walz regarding Fall 2020. Here are items we’d like you to know based upon his guidance and our next steps:
- Local COVID-19 data will drive the instructional model we are in.
- The District will use the week of August 3-7 to create a plan for our students, staff and families. Know that the safety of our students and staff will be our top priority.
- As we detail our plans, please know there will be an option for at-home learning for students that cannot or would prefer not to attend school in-person.
- The District will share our plan with all stakeholders on Friday, August 7th.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. We ask that you hang in there one more week. We have been working throughout the summer on our planning, but absent the State’s final guidance, our work was based upon what may be decided. Now that we have much more specific information, we will work hard to anticipate questions you may have and incorporate what parents and students need to know in our final plan.
We have an incredible community... incredible students, families and staff. We are looking forward to working hard and providing great opportunities on behalf of all.
Fall Planning Message
July 23, 2020
Dear Chisago Lakes Families,
Yesterday, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-81, requiring all Minnesotans to wear a face mask or face covering in all public indoor spaces effective Saturday, July 25. We are sharing this information with our CL families, as this mandate applies to all Chisago Lake School District buildings and the Wildcat Community Center. All staff and children age five and older, participating in indoor in-person programming will be required to wear a face mask or face covering.
As we’ve continued to plan for what the first day of school will look like, the wearing of masks was a key consideration. We know there have been varying opinions on this and research continues. However, with this mandate, we now incorporate the directives of the Executive Order 20-81 into our plans. As families prepare for school, please consider the purchase of masks and helping your students understand how to fit and wear them properly.
As shared in previous communications, the District continues to plan the three scenarios outlined by the State for Fall 2020: In-person, Hybrid or Distance Learning. The Governor is expected to communicate the State’s expectations next week. A planning group composed of school staff, parents, and students will convene on August 5th and 6th. Our District’s plans will be communicated at the conclusion of these planning sessions. Please know that we are preparing a Distance Learning option for any parent who wishes to enroll their child in that program for any reason this Fall through Chisago Lakes. Additional information on enrolling in this option will be released with our overall plan for the start of school.
Families who are currently enrolled in our Summer Kids Club program, participating in summer sports camps or utilizing the Wildcat Community Center will all be required to wear a face mask or face covering starting on Monday, July 27. Families and WCC members should watch for additional communication from Community Education.
Dean A. Jennissen, Superintendent
Chisago Lakes School District