August 10th HS Update

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

Hopefully this letter finds you all well and enjoying our beautiful Minnesota summer! I had the opportunity to spend much time outside this summer. We have spent time camping and fishing. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to read a variety of books. I am very excited for school to begin and ready to get back to work.

At this time, it is likely that we will be able to return to school in September with face to face classes being held. With this, will come some changes. I would like to share a few of those with you today and encourage you and your students to keep an eye on their school emails, Facebook and the East Central website for more frequent updates.

First, students who wish to continue schooling in a distance learning platform should call the high school office and let us know. You can leave a message with Tricia at 320-245-6016 and she will set up a time for Ms. Youngberg or Ms. Gaede to get your student registered. Our Distance Learning option will be East Central staff using Schoology as the learning platform. Lessons will be a combination of recorded video and live interaction using Zoom. This will be tailored for students depending on their needs. We will offer all required courses and a selection of electives!

In the face to face model, your students will experience the following changes:

  • Students will be required to wear face-masks that meet the guidelines of the school dress code
  • Students will be asked to carry their materials with them, school lockers will not be issued
  • Students will need to bring their own classroom supplies, including:
    • Pencils/Pens
    • Notebooks
    • Handheld pencil sharpener
    • Colored Pencils
    • Scissors
    • Folders
    • Glue stick
    • Water bottle
    • Highlighters (multiple colors)
    • Pencil Case
    • Personal hand sanitizer
    • Earbuds
    • Ruler
    • Calculator (TI-30XS is recommended for grades 7-10)
    • Calculator (Pre-calc and Calculus students-TI-83 or TI-84)
    • 3 ring binder
      • Please contact the HS office if you would like assistance in acquiring these supplies, we receive numerous donations
  • Water fountains will not be accessible, water filling stations will be available
  • Students will be spaced out during lunch and will have the option of eating outside (weather permitting)
  • In most classrooms, tables will be replaced with desks
  • Classes outside on the lawn (weather permitting and when appropriate)

As a school, we are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways. We will absolutely do our best to take care of them while they are with us. It continues to be my honor to serve as the principal of East Central High School. Please let us know if you need anything or have any questions.

With Excitement,

Stefanie Youngberg
East Central High School/ALC

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