Detroit Lakes Public Schools will Announce Back to School Plan Next Week

Detroit Lakes Public Schools will Announce Back to School Plan Next Week Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - Governor Walz announced new back to school guidance on Thursday allowing local school districts to develop their own back to school plans.

Detroit Lakes Public School District has worked over the last two months to create three models: in-person learning, distance learning and a hybrid learning model. With new State guidance, the School District will now need to decide how they'll implement the models.

Detroit Lakes Superintendent, Mark Jenson released a letter to Laker families on Thursday evening indicating that he would be releasing more information next week after having time to coordinate with the Minnesota Department of Health, Education and local families.

A copy of his letter is below

Dear Laker Families,

As many of you know by now, Governor Walz has made a decision on fall school.

While we may not have a definitive answer to the start of school, we do have guidance on what it could potentially look like. What school will look like will be based off of COVID case numbers that are occurring within the county and district. The Department of Health and Education are working closely with school districts to provide accurate and up to date information regarding case numbers to assist in the decision-making process. I am attaching the “Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year” for you to look over to help understand the process better and to see what the requirements will be for schools if and when they open for face to face learning.

This is simply a starting point as we are still over a month away from school starting and, depending on our case numbers, the plans may change. For example, if we were to start school tomorrow, the recommendation, based on our current numbers, would be to move into a face to face for elementary and hybrid for secondary. As families, I wanted to get you the information so you are aware of what the process will be and hopefully address some of the concerns you may have regarding safety. We will be monitoring the numbers closely each week and be sending you updated information for your planning purposes.

More information will be coming next week as we will be sharing more about what a potential hybrid schedule will look like as well as surveying families to determine if they will be planning on keeping their child home due to health concerns. Every family has that choice and the District will be responsible for providing an equitable distance learning experience for them if they choose to stay home.

Thank you for your patience and support!

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