• News Release: 7/21/2020

    ISD 882 releases planning update and timeline
    Dear Monticello families,
    While we continue to wait on further guidance and decisions from the State of Minnesota, we wanted to provide families with an update and a timeline for the remainder of summer.
    Districts have been told to expect guidance from Governor Tim Walz by the week of July 27th at the latest. That announcement will determine whether the district is able to provide in-person learning, a hybrid-learning model, or distance learning. We are continuing to work to be fully prepared for each of the three options, including to provide families with alternative options to ensure their comfort.
    We also want to gather more information from our families about how we can best meet their needs as we move forward. We believe that it will be best for the purposes of our families and the district if we gather that information after the state has given further guidance. With that in mind, we have crafted a survey that will go out to families shortly after Governor Walz sets the guidelines for the 2020-21 school year.
    That survey will be part of a timeline that we want to follow to help us stay connected with our students, staff, and families and to continue to meet the needs of all stakeholders. We want to provide that timeline for families today to help you prepare for the next month and a half, and to give you the best idea we can of what can be expected moving forward. However, we ask that you please keep in mind that this situation remains fluid, and this timeline is subject to change.
    At this moment, this is the timeline that we are ready to follow to properly prepare for the 2020-21 school year:
    Late July - Early August - Administration continues work with a group of 28 teachers to develop and improve instruction plans for all formats.
    Monday, July 27 - Governor Walz expected to give final directions for schools. *This date remains uncertain and the remainder of the timeline may fluctuate slightly if the announcement is made later.*
    Tuesday, July 28 - The district will share the 2020-21 Monticello Education Plan (designed to follow state guidelines and meet student, staff and family needs) electronically with Education Minnesota Monticello (EMM) and the Monticello School Board for review and input.
    Friday, July 31 - Administration will meet with EMM, all employee groups, and School Board for final input.
    Monday, August 3 - Administration will bring the 2020-21 Education Plan to the Monticello School Board meeting. The School Board will make any necessary adjustments to the district calendar, as well as any other formal approvals that are needed.
    Tuesday, August 4 - Monticello Education Plan will go live to all Monticello staff.
    Friday, August 7 - ISD 882 will share the Monticello Education Plan and Back to School Survey with all families. We will ask all families to review the plan and then complete the survey to provide final feedback to our plan to help us meet the needs of all families to the best of our abilities.
    Wednesday, August 12 - Monticello School District will livestream a Town Hall for parents to ask questions and receive answers from administration, the Monticello School Board, and employee group representatives. This Q&A session is scheduled for 10 a.m., and we will send out further information as we get closer to the date.
    Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21 - Monticello School District will use family input to make final adjustments to Monticello Education Plan and will share the final plan with staff and families.
    We understand and empathize with the anxieties that come from waiting for further guidance. We assure all families that we are preparing for all three scenarios to the best of our ability and that we will continue to communicate as clearly and efficiently as possible when we have new information to share. Thank you for your patience and partnership. Have a great week!
    Monticello School District

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