September 22nd Learning Model Change

Dear Families,

The Pine County case rate numbers of confirmed infectious COVID-19 cases continues to increase. Our school district, along with the other school districts in Pine County works closely with Pine County Public Health to monitor what is taking place in our region. All of the data suggests we will continue to see COVID-19 cases trending upwards and it is predicted to surpass the threshold (10 cases per 10,000 people) where it is recommended we switch learning models.

Due to the increased number of cases, we've made the decision to move East Central High School to a Hybrid Learning Model effective on Wednesday, September 30. Monday and Tuesday next week (Sept. 28 & 29) will be dedicated to high school staff to prepare for this change. There will be no school for students in grades 7-12 on Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29. In alignment with our high school hybrid schedule, Wednesday (Sept. 30) will be a distance learning day for grades 7-12. Thursday and Friday (October 1 & 2) we will have only students in grades 10-12 at school. We plan to stay in this learning model through Friday, October 16 unless changes to this timeline become necessary. Principal Youngberg will send out more details to high school families soon.

For more details about the Hybrid Learning Model - Click Here

East Central Elementary will continue to operate in an In-Person learning scenario as we are now. No changes will be made to the elementary at this time.

We know this change will come with inconveniences for families. I can assure you, this decision was not taken lightly. Without a doubt, we want our students in school every day but right now we must prioritize student, staff, and community health. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

Sincerely,

ANDREW M. ALMOS
Superintendent, East Central Public Schools
phone 320-245-6001 | twitter @almosandrew
aalmos@eastcentral.k12.mn.us | www.eastcentral.k12.mn.us

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