Fergus Falls Public Schools will most likely announce plans on August 10th

Fergus Falls Public Schools will most likely announce plans on August 10th Click to Enlarge

Each Minnesota district will decide, in consultation with the state, whether they begin the upcoming school year with students in the classroom, continue distance-learning, or a combination of the two. Governor Tim Walz announced his fall school learning plan Thursday afternoon.

Fergus Falls Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Drake said that he was, very pleased that the department of education is letting school districts make the decision locally based on local county incident rates.

The district sent out a survey to both teachers and parents as to their feelings for the school year, and had 1,500 parents respond. In both the faculty and parental surveys show that around 70% of both, were in favor of in person face to face learning. As to when the district will announce the plan Drake said,

“The directives from the Minnesota Department of Education and the governor's office, in conjunction with those survey results, will be part of a presentation that I give to the school board on Monday morning with some recommendations. From there we will go into a work session to just iron out any questions or concerns that might remain. Could happen possibly on Monday but I anticipate it happening more on August 10th, the school board approving the district's reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Information will go out to families about how the district's approaching within just a day or two after the board has formally approved it. ”

Drake went on to say that the Minnesota State High School League is meeting on Tuesday, and is expected to make a decision on fall sports on Wednesday August 3rd.

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