April 23, 2020 - COVID-19 - Distance Learning For Remainder of School Year

Dear Milaca Families,

If you told me at the beginning of this school year I would write this letter, I would not have believed it. Today, Governor Walz announced that schools will continue distance learning for the remainder of the school year.

The governor made this decision with the health and safety of our students, families, and staff in mind. Based on guidance from the CDC, if schools were to open for the remaining few weeks and have a positive case of COVID-19, they would need to close school for up to a week each time. This would be disruptive for everyone and difficult to ensure the ongoing safety of our students and staff. We are also aware our region is likely weeks away from a potential peak in cases and possibly further from a downward trend. Social distancing is working which is hopeful news.

We will continue distance learning through the scheduled last day of school on May 22. The senior last day is May 13. What our teachers have accomplished in the past few weeks with your support is extraordinary. We know this has been challenging for parents and students as well. We are proud of you for all you are doing to support your children at home.

We will continue to support the needs of our students and families. The daily lunch and breakfast distribution will continue through the end of the school year (May 22). Please reach out if we can provide your family with additional support.

I know many of you are eager to find out what our plans are for these final four weeks. The end of the school year typically commences with many exciting events such as spring sports, prom, and graduation. The High School Principal, Mr. Patnode, will be in touch with you soon to share more information regarding the plans for each of these activities. Some events may be held in a different format or canceled and some may be postponed until we have more information to guide our decisions and ensure the safety of our community. We also have important decisions to make about our plans for this summer. We are exploring options and will share this information with you as soon as possible.

TOGETHER, we have been able to make it through these challenging times. TOGETHER, we will finish the year strong. Please check your email for an opportunity to complete a survey to help us guide our next steps with distance learning. I am appreciative of the entire school staff, parents, families, friends, and community for their part in helping educate and shape the future of Milaca.

Tim Truebenbach
Milaca Public Schools

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