Greenway parents and students : Updated The current increases in the Itasca County COVID case data have put the Greenway School district within the Governor’s parameters for hybrid learning at grades 7-12. PreK - grade 6 will remain in their current learning model. Hybrid learning for grade 7-12 will begin on Tuesday, September 29. There will be no school for grades 7-12 on Monday, September 28. This will be a transition day for 7-12 staff. In preparation for this shift, our students were divided into Group A and Group B to determine which students would be attending school in person. Group A will attend school in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, students will attend classes remote Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Group B will attend remotely Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. To access the students schedule, log onto the website at www.isd316.org. Click on Parent Portal and log in. In the left hand column, click on Documents, then click on Hybrid Schedule. You can switch between students if you have multiple students in grades 7-12, but students in the same household should be on the same schedule. Scroll down to the bottom of their schedule and their A or B schedule is listed. If you don’t know your login information you’ll need to contact the school 218-245-6205. The hybrid schedule calendar is posted on the district website at www.isd316.org.
Good Morning Greenway Families, This is Superintendent Pace with a message to inform you that , at the August 31 Emergency Board Meeting , due to delays in construction, the Greenway School Board has authorized the postponement of the first day of school from Tuesday, September 8 to Monday, September 14 for all K-12 students. These construction delays have pushed back many timelines in preparing properly for the school year. It is the district’s responsibility to provide the best student experience and a safe learning environment and starting school on Monday, September 14 will allow for a more complete and safer reopening of our schools. I understand that changing the school start date may cause challenges for some families. Please know this was not a flippant decision, and while many things will look different this year, we have high hopes for the beginning of the year and welcoming our students back. Sincerely, David Pace
Earlier today, Superintendent Pace posted the ISD 316 Restart Blueprint. Attached to this message is a survey to help the district with it's planning. The survey focuses on your choice to start the school year in distance learning and your transportation option. Please complete this by Thursday, August 20th. Your input will have an impact on transportation, food service, instructional delivery and spaces and technology. Thank you for your cooperation. [Thursday, Aug 20 at 5:15 PM] Good evening. This is a reminder to complete the Greenway Schools Restart survey that was sent out last Thursday regarding distance learning and transportation. We are extending the survey through this coming Monday, August 24th. Please complete this if you haven't at this time to help with important planning to start the school year. Thank you and have a great evening!
This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, along with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. As a part of this plan, MDE and MDH have created Regional Support Teams to assist schools as they navigate the upcoming school year. Today’s announcement will also come with $430 million in funds to support schools, provide face coverings for every student, educator and staff member, and provide a COVID-19 saliva test for each educator in Minnesota. Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year uses a localized, data-driven approach that allows school districts and charter schools to operate in a learning model that is responsive the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their community. The plan prioritizes safe learning for all Minnesota students, including requiring school districts and charter schools to give families the option to choose distance learning for their student no matter which learning model their school district is implementing. To begin the 2020-21 school year, MDH developed parameters using county public health data to support the determination of learning models for each school district and charter school. In order to determine the base learning model for the beginning of the school year, school districts and charter schools should review the bi-weekly case rate (over 14 days) by county of residence. These data are the number of cases by county of residence in Minnesota over 14 days per 10,000 people by date of specimen collection (when a person was tested). Learning Model Parameters Number of cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence Learning model 0-9 In-person learning for all students 10-19 In-person learning for elementary students; hybrid learning for secondary students 20-29 Hybrid learning for all students 30-49 Hybrid learning for elementary students; distance learning for secondary students 50+ Distance learning for all students $430 Million in Funding to Support Schools Governor Walz is making $430 million available to school districts and charter schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year. These funds can be used to cover operational costs (ex: cleaning and screen supplies, technology, Wi-Fi, and mental health supports) and support to boost student, family, and educator support (ex: digital training, tutors, translation services, professional development). In addition, this funding will allow the state to provide: Every K-12 student with one cloth face covering Every school staff member with one cloth face covering Every school with three disposable face masks per student and face shields for all licensed teachers and 50% of non-licensed staff These face coverings will be distributed through the regional service cooperatives. Minnesota has also used these funds to secure a contract with a national saliva testing lab and will work with all insurers to ensure that all educators have access to a COVID-19 test from day one. This test can be conducted at home and uses a courier for transport. This ensures that in the case where an educator has close contact with a confirmed case and experiences any challenges getting tested in their community, there is a back-up option. School-age Care for Children of Essential Workers Care for school-aged children of certain workers in critical sectors will continue to be crucial for frontline workers to continue to confront the pandemic. During a hybrid or distance learning model when students are not receiving in-person instruction, districts and charter schools must provide care for school-age children age 12 and under who are children of critical workers on Tier I of the state critical worker list. This care is provided during regular school hours at no cost. More information, including the critical worker list, is available in MDE’s 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools . Greenway ISD 316 will continue to refine our planning following this guidance complete the final preparations for the school year. The district will continue to update parents and students in the weeks ahead.
ISD 316 is committed to a safe learning environment for students and staff. The District is currently in the process of developing plans for the return to school for three possible scenarios, and will communicate the information as it becomes available. Minnesota school districts do not have the authority to implement a certain instructional model during the pandemic. However, the Governor, who does have the authority, is expected to provide direction no later than July 31, 2020. Regardless of direction provided, ISD 316 will be ready and as well prepared as possible. There will be a significant amount of information in the weeks ahead, and as a district we plan to notify parents and students through our district messaging system Parent Square or our district website. www.isd316.org. Look for an invite to ParentSquare soon. Guiding Principles for school re-opening ISD 316 staff have been meeting to design a plan that will safely allow for as many students to return to an in school setting as possible. ISD 316 staff are developing plans for 3 delivery methods as outlined in the guidance provided by Minnesota Department of Education. In person -. In this planning scenario, schools will create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom. Hybrid -. In this planning scenario, schools must limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times. Delivery of educational service will be a combination of in class and distance learning. Distance Learning - This scenario may be implemented if local, regional, or statewide COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person learning.