Weekly Update, April 24, 2020

Weekly Update, April 24, 2020
Posted on 04/24/2020
Weekly Update, April 24, 2020

Happy Friday, Tigers! This week we learned that Governor Walz has extended distance learning for all Minnesota schools through the end of the school year. This is not the end of the school year we hoped for but we have faith that our strong community will make the best of it. Below is the communication sent to families on April 23 and the weekly update video from Interim Superintendent Berg released April 24.

A Message to Families: Schools Closed for Remainder of Year
April 23, 2020


Dear Farmington Area Families,


The coronavirus pandemic has presented us all with some of the most challenging times we have experienced in the Farmington Area Public Schools community. On April 23, 2020, Governor Walz announced that all school buildings in Minnesota would remain closed and we will complete the school year through distance learning.


I know that this decision has caused a great deal of concern and disappointment for our students, staff, and families. The pandemic arrived quickly, and when we first were directed to close our school buildings in March, we did not realize it would be the last time we would see our students in person this school year. 


We are prepared to continue distance learning through the end of the school year, just as we have over the past several weeks. We will be updating our distance learning calendar over the next week. We are developing plans for families to pick up student materials and drop off school materials before the end of the school year. The details of this plan will depend on what social distancing guidelines are in place at the time and we will share them with you as soon as possible. 


Your child's teachers and principals will be following up on next steps regarding distance learning, especially for our students fulfilling credit and graduation requirements at the high school level. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school or district offices with questions.


Information about food, health, childcare, and technology resources for students and families can be found on our website. 


For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.


Please see our updated frequently asked questions document (FAQ) for district-specific information. 


Once again, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time. #WeAre192 and we will get through this together. Please continue to stay safe and practice social distancing.


Sincerely,


Jason Berg,

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Farmington Area Public Schools 



A Message from Farmington Community Education


Farmington Area Community Education continues to follow the expert guidance regarding COVID-19 from the United States Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Dakota County Public Health. The health and safety of our community is our top priority right now.


We continue to work on creative and innovative ways to provide opportunities for our instructors and learners to continue education through this challenging time using distance learning and other safe solutions. We will continue to share details and options regarding class and camp offerings, cancellations and schedules as we receive guidance from the state on how Community Education operations will continue.


Our summer camps are open for registration and payments have been postponed until five days prior to the start. If the class or camp is cancelled, you will be notified. We hope this will encourage you to secure your spot in your favorite class or camp, without being charged, as we wait for further guidance. For cash or check payments, please contact our office at (651) 460-3200.




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