MAS plans following Governor’s data-driven guidance

July 30, 2020

Minnewaska Area School Families,

We are reaching out to you following Governor Walz’s press conference earlier today. Our Minnewaska administrative team is excited to finally receive the Governor’s “Safe Learning Plan” which provides local control (with Minnesota Department  of Health (MDH) Guidance) on the “return to school” for the 2020-2021 school year. Our leadership team has been working together since July 1 developing three learning models:  in-person, distance learning, or hybrid (a combination of the two). Planning has gone well.  Be advised that our teachers will be reaching out to every single MAS family on August 4 & 5. They will be conducting a telephone survey designed to acquire specific information from you regarding your preferences about returning to school. Our team is very focused on the opportunity we have to meet your “return to school” preferences. Consequently, the information you provide in the survey will be important to us.

Please know that we are planning to give you choices about the model of learning you prefer. If you prefer to send your child to school for in-person learning we will be providing that. If you prefer to have your child participate through distance learning, we will be providing that option as well. So again, you will have choices.

After the survey information is gathered, our leadership team and staff will continue planning until we have all options fine-tuned. We will share the initial MAS school reopening plan with you by Tuesday, August 11th. If you have questions requiring more immediate answers, please do not hesitate to contact the school level principals or myself at the respective school offices. The phone numbers or email addresses can be found on the MAS website.

Please know we appreciate your patience and we need your support! Please talk to other MAS families about keeping our Minnewaska family together.  As I stated earlier, we are excited about the choices we will be able to offer. Safety, meaningful learning and communication are attributes we value and they will be the foundation of whatever learning option you choose.

Most Respectfully,
Rick Ellingworth, Interim Superintendent on behalf of the entire MAS leadership team