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Fall 2020: Planning and Timelines


July 31, 2020


On Thursday, July 30, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Governor Walz announced the state’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year. Administration is currently reviewing details and state guidance. Decisions on the format of school will be based on county data that will guide us to the recommended plan for reopening school. Based on the current county data, elementary students would return in-person, and secondary students would participate in a hybrid model. Since this information was just released, more time is needed to review the information, and updates will be sent next week. 

The PACT School Board of Directors has reviewed the three learning models—in-person learning, distance learning, and a hybrid of both. They will continue reviewing these scenarios, consider budgetary and resource needs, look at state and county information, and surveys from families and staff. They will decide on a scenario to start school and approve all three scenarios during their meeting on August 6; however, this may be subject to change based on updated recommendations/requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health. In all three scenarios, distance learning will be available to all families that choose it.

Here is a timeline of decisions and when to expect to hear from us in the coming weeks:

  • August 4: Drafts of the three learning models shared (Via: Email)
  • August 5: Announce decision by MSHSL regarding fall sports (Via: Email, website, and social media)
  • August 6: PACT School Board of Directors meeting (Via: Online event. Agenda: Approve fall plans, supplies, fees, update policies)
  • August 7: First back-to-school communication (Via: Pilot E-News, website, and social media. Will include decisions of the school board)
  • August 7-10: Registration for Distance Learning or In-Person/Hybrid Learning (Via: Email)
  • August 10: All-Sports/Activities meeting (Via: Online Event)
  • August 14: Communication with latest back-to-school updates (Via: Pilot E-News, website, and social media)
  • August 19: Elementary classroom teachers posted (Via: Infinite Campus)
  • August 20: Community ImPACT meeting (Via: Online event, includes Q&A with Executive Directors)
  • Ongoing Communication: Emails will be sent, and the website and social media updated as new information is available.

There is much to be done as we prepare for our first day of school on Monday, August 31. We have been thinking of our students this summer while striving to create a strong plan for fall. Plans that recognize we are in the midst of an international emergency yet nimble enough to accommodate changing circumstances and varied needs – while remaining committed to student safety and providing an exceptional educational experience. 

In light of this unprecedented circumstance, we know that each family has a unique context and needs to consider. We encourage you to make the best decisions for your family and please know we will work hard to support you. Some students will choose to begin virtually; we respect that decision and will work hard to accommodate you. Some students may, for various reasons, require the support of in-person learning; a decision we also respect. To us, each of you is part of the PACT family, and we seek to do our best to support you during this time.

There is a lot of work to do, and we continue to thank you for your patience. When we have answers, we will share them. One thing is for sureit’s time to get #BACKtoAWESOME. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

Josh Nyquist | Executive Director of Building Operations
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Amy Erendu | Executive Director of Education
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