Yesterday Governor Tim Walz, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, announced the state’s plans for having students return to school in September. One of the main determining factors in the type of Learning Plan a school district can use, whether it’s In-Person Learning, Hybrid Learning, or Distance Learning, is the county’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases within a two-week timeframe.

Morrison County’s current rate of infection remains at the lowest level which would mean that Little Falls Community Schools, as of today, could offer In-Person Learning. However, Morrison County’s rate would need to remain at low levels over the next two reporting windows – but indeed this is positive news. Just as a reminder to students and families, regardless of which Learning Plan the school district is using, students can always opt for Distance Learning. That will always be available to all of our students.

On Sunday evening, families with students in the district will receive a very important survey by email which we really need parents to fill out. It will cover five areas–Preferred Learning Plan for each student, Transportation, Food Service, Technology, and Child Care. Your answers will be vital for us as we continue planning for the start of school on September 8.

It is our intention to release our revised version of our 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan on Wednesday, August 5. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 632-2001 or by email sjones@lfalls.k12.mn.us.

Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Stephen Jones
Superintendent