742 Back to School
The health and safety of our staff, students and families is our highest priority. As part of that commitment, St. Cloud Area School District 742 is closely monitoring the progress of COVID-19, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health and local public health authorities, CentraCare Health Systems and Stearns County Public Health. The district will need to adapt its plans according to evolving health conditions and local needs. Planning for reopening schools creates the unique opportunity to strengthen partnerships and our commitment to work together as a community with the shared goal of improving outcomes for all students. The following principles were developed through the input of our stakeholders and guided our planning process:
- Ensure the health and safety of each member of our school community
- Provide quality instruction that leads to high academic achievement
- Prioritize our commitment to equity
- Engage with staff, students and families
- Engage with community partners to meet the needs of our school and greater communities
View the results of our Thought Exchange Conversation.
In accordance with MDE requirements St Cloud Area School District's Back to School Guide for 2020-21 was updated to reflect changes for summer programming. Those changes were highlighted and posted on the public website for comment. Public comments closed at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21. Although comments were private, participants had the option to indicate if they were staff, student, parent/guardian, a community member, or other. Two comments were received by parents/guardians and can be seen here:
1. Where can the public find out how District 742 is using the ESSER II and ESSER III funding?
2. I'm confused....this says "Opportunities will be provided at a later date for input on the 2021-2022 guide" but Elementary and Secondary handbooks for 2021-22 have already been approved by the Board (on 6/2/21) which already change 2021-22 information. Shouldn't input have come before THOSE handbooks were approved?
Dear District 742 Families:
We find ourselves in unusual, uncertain times, and the start to our school year will be like no other. Over the past months, we’ve gathered input from our families, students and staff on what’s important in our return-to-school plans. We’ve also partnered with local and state health experts to ensure that we prioritize the health and safety of our school communities.
On July 30, Governor Tim Walz issued an Emergency Executive Order for all public schools to “provide a safe and effective learning environment” for Minnesota students during the 20-21 school year. We know there will be some disagreement on what “safe and effective learning environments” look like, and our return-to-school plans may or may not be what you hoped for.
Our promise to you is that throughout all our planning, we made the health and safety of this learning community our top priority and focused on how we can provide a consistent, rigorous academic experience for all of our students. Our hope is that through the various options we’ve provided, you will find a choice that fits your family.
As our public health realities change, we may make adjustments to our plans to best fit our community. We will keep you informed and up-to-date throughout the school year and will continue to seek your feedback. With good fortune, community health concerns will be resolved in the coming months, and we will be able to use the valuable lessons learned during these experiences to make a full return to school for all students an even better learning experience. Until then, stay well, and thank you for your continued partnership and support.
Willie L. Jett II