All ISD 518 Students Will Be Educated Using a Full Distance Learning Model Beginning Monday, November 2nd

ISD 518 Students, Families, and Community Members,

As information surrounding cases of COVID-19 in our district community continues to develop, Independent School District 518 administration must adapt to deliver a safe, effective, and equitable education for all students. Due to recent information received from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on the increase of COVID-19 cases in the District 518 area, administration has made the decision to shift to a full distance learning model for all students. This decision was driven by the district’s top priority, the safety of all ISD 518 students.

All Independent School District 518 students will be educated using a full distance learning model beginning Monday, November 2nd. Expectations for students during full distance learning remain the same as they have been during distance learning days in the hybrid learning model. As with all COVID-19 related issues, this decision was made in consultation and cooperation with MDH.

ISD 518 administration will continue to work with local and state agencies to determine the safest way to educate students while working towards its goal of providing as much in-person learning for students as possible. Full distance learning will remain the learning model for a minimum of two weeks, beginning November 2nd. A return to hybrid learning will be communicated from the district when a target date is determined.

The plan for educating students during the COVID-19 pandemic was created in such a way that health, safety, effectiveness, equity, and flexibility were prioritized. Due to the information received, it has become necessary to utilize the flexibility created in the 2020-2021 education plan. Information on how District 518 will implement a full distance learning education model can be found on the ISD 518 website.

District 518 understands the critical role is plays in the community reaching beyond the education of students, from childcare, to food service, extra-curricular activities, counseling, and more. The district will continue to make these services available to the fullest extent of its ability while also prioritizing the health and safety of its students, staff, and the district community as a whole. Independent School District 518 administration would like to thank students, families, and community members for allowing the district to make this necessary learning model change. Administration, in consultation with MDH, believes this change is essential to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and district community. District 518 will look to resume as much in-person learning for students as possible as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Independent School District 518 Administration

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