Pausing In-Person Services Nov. 26-Dec. 9 and Dec. 21-Jan. 18

Pausing In-Person Services Nov. 26-Dec. 9 and Dec. 21-Jan. 18
Posted on 11/25/2020

The recent rapid community spread of Covid-19 has resulted in NE Metro 916 pausing any in-person services and enhancements provided to students in our buildings from November 26 through December 9, with students scheduled to resume these services on December 10.  We will pause these services again Dec. 21 and will be assessing the option to return to in-person services on January 19th.  Please note that childcare services will continue to be provided through these pauses in services.  

We at NE Metro 916 have witnessed a correlation between community spread of Covid-19 and positive cases in our programs.  It is because of this correlation that we have opted to pause in-person services with the purpose of reducing the spread of the virus in order to keep our students, staff, and communities as safe as possible during this unprecedented time.  Please also remember that parents and guardians may always choose to opt out of any in-person services if they are uncomfortable with sending their children to school during this pandemic. 

While we know that our staff would rather be with our students, and our students with our staff, we also have the responsibility of keeping all of our students and staff safe, which has become much more difficult in the last few weeks.  With the state of MN and our county health officials predicting more cases, pausing our in-person services has become the most responsible course of action we can make at this time.

So much about this year has challenged us: from how we teach and learn, to how we maintain relationships with students and each other remotely, to how we celebrate holidays.  As we move into this most unusual Thanksgiving weekend weighed by the effects of the virus, I am lightened by the knowledge that our NE Metro 916 family, while strained and challenged, is also caring, compassionate and optimistic.  What we are learning about each other’s capacity for grace and growth is also unprecedented.  And for that I am grateful.  However you plan to spend this holiday weekend, I hope you are able to find some joy and hope for yourself and your loved ones, and that you are able to stay safe. 

While we will not be returning to full distance learning, we will not take any pause in our commitment or our work in serving our students, families and member districts.  Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Connie S. Hayes, Superintendent