The first two days of school – September 10 and September 11 – will be used to orient our students and families, creatively connect for meet and greet opportunities and carefully manage transitions for students in grades K, 5, 7, and 9 as they move to new buildings. The first day of instruction for all grade levels will be Monday, September 14.
Spring Lake Park Schools will start the year in two models, a Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) model and Extended Flexible Learning (distance learning) model. About 65 percent of our students will be learning at school for two or more days per week in the hybrid model and about 35 percent will be doing full-time distance learning.
Teachers have been busy preparing classrooms – onsite and virtually, creating lesson plans and engaging in professional learning. Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, there is expectation and excitement in the air as staff get ready to welcome students back to school.
“We’ve planned and prepared for teaching and learning and health and safety in both models,” says Jeff Ronneberg, superintendent. “In each model, we are excited about opportunities to further personalize learning for our students. We are looking forward to getting started.”
The district continues to monitor COVID-19 case rates and align with Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan guidelines. While the approach to learning will adapt as appropriate during the year, the district plans to operate in the current models through the month of September and early October to provide continuity to the first weeks of school and establish routines.
“We want nothing more than to be together at school,” says Jeff. “Our ability to open our buildings and keep them open is dependent on everyone doing their part. We ask everyone in our community to please follow public health guidelines. Each person’s actions at school and in our community make a difference. We are truly in this together.”
For all students, the first days of school, September 10 and 11, will focus on getting oriented to the year. Most of the meet and greet activities will be conducted online. A limited group of students, in specific grades, will be at school on these first days. Families are asked to refer to communication from their specific school building or visit SpringLakeParkSchools.org/Plan2020 for more information on the first days of school.
“We’re grateful for the patience, partnership and support of everyone involved in our students’ education,” says Jeff. “We’re confident that working together, we can make this a safe, productive and positive year of learning for each of our students. Let’s go, Panthers!”