Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered all Minnesotans to stay home for two weeks beginning on Friday, March 27, 2020. This means that he expects Minnesotans to stay in their homes, only leaving for food, healthcare, or other essential services.
The governor has been clear that he considers educational services to be essential to keeping our community strong. As an educator, he personally understands the important role that schools play. He expects schools to provide distance learning beginning on Monday, March 30, as well as continuing to offer free childcare services for essential employees and meals for students.
Here are some key points related to the new guidance we have been given from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Governor Walz.
March 30 - May 4: Distance Learning
May 5: School resumes (in person)
While we hope that school resumes in person on May 5, we know that this timeline can change, depending on how COVID-19 affects our communities.
Free meal program
During distance learning, we will continue to offer meals to District 622 students 18 years of age and younger, however, the program schedule has been adjusted. Beginning on Tuesday, March 31, students can pick up five breakfasts and five lunches between 9:30 - 11:30 AM at Richardson, Carver or Skyview on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. For families who cannot get to those locations, buses will deliver five breakfasts and five lunches to many locations each week on Tuesdays. Please visit www.isd622.org/freemealprogram for this information.
Please note, this Friday, March 27th, ONLY, students will be able to pick up meals for Friday and Monday, to provide nutrition until the new schedule begins on Tuesday, March 31.
Changes to child care
Beginning Monday, March 30, childcare will be offered at one site, Richardson Elementary, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Richardson is located at 2400 17th Ave E. Visit www.isd622.org/freechildcarefor more information.