Dear HSATC, Families, Staff, and Community,
Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 rates in our area, we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of needing to transition all of our students to fully online learning. The last day for in-person instruction for all students currently enrolled in the hybrid program will be Thursday, November 19. The first day of fully online learning for students will be Monday, November 30. Our teachers will assign asynchronous learning activities for the week of November 23rd while we are working to plan and prepare for successful implementation and transition.
We fully understand the impact this transition will have on our students and their families—especially students in our dual language program, students receiving special education services, as well as students who do not speak English at home. We also recognize the hardship this poses on families who do not have childcare options and who need to work.
Our teachers had already started working with students to have a smooth transition for a fully online learning experience. We had a technology integration and learning plan for every student regardless of they are online or hybrid students in a way that they will have a smoother transition when the school needed to go fully online. We will keep you updated with the daily schedules for online interactive classes with your child’s teacher(s) as well as other support systems you might need during this unprecedented time. Over the next week, we will send additional information regarding school meals, special education services, and other resources available for families.
We will continue to review COVID-19 case rates every week and watch for a downward trend. The Hennepin County case rate will need to be between 30-50 per 10,000 (and on a downward trend) before we can consider re-opening our elementary schools for hybrid learning and 20-30 per 10,000 before we can welcome back our secondary students.
You can help to lower the case rate by:
- Always wearing a mask when you are with friends and/or out in public.
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
- Staying home when you are not feeling well.
- Limiting group gatherings with people from outside your household.
With increasing cases, it is important to closely follow health protocols for the upcoming holiday seasons. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.