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  • Sent to all district families and staff on January 12, 2022

    ​RE: Pandemic Response Update - Additional School Adjustments

    Over the past six days (including today), our teacher substitute fill rate is 48%, meaning that 52% of open/necessary positions that were entered into the system remain unfilled. For this six day period, there were also 175 unfilled teaching positions entered into the system. There were other unfilled teaching positions that were not even entered into the system as there was no chance of filling such positions. Transportation, food service, paraprofessionals and other support staff are facing similar challenges.

    Over the past five days, an average of 19.3% of all students have been absent each day. Three of our buildings have more than 20% of their students absent today. Our five elementary schools had 449 student absences yesterday (January 11), and then today (January 12), the number of total student absences increased to 520, nearly a 16% increase in one day. 

    Due to the increasing stress on operations, the district is moving grades K-12 into distance learning starting Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 28, 2022 . Important details, including calendar updates, distance learning instructional reminders, building communication, K-5 childcare, meal-pick up and other items are outlined in the below file and should be reviewed by all students and families as soon as possible. The K-5 childcare registration link can also be accessed here. Please note that you must fully proceed to checkout in the online registration process for your total to be reduced to '$0' for the noted days.

    K-12 students will follow their current daily schedule, have Google Meets for each class period and are expected to attend school daily.

    Pearson Early Learning Center, Tokata Learning Center and Shakopee Online will operate as normal during the above K-12 distance learning period. Community Education programs and classes, Athletics, Activities and Facility Use will continue as planned.  

    With the shift to distance learning, the end of the first semester/academic quarter two will now be Thursday, February 3 (was previously scheduled for Thursday, January 27). Due to this adjustment, our district calendar has been updated to reflect the end of quarter/semester no school for student days . The calendar can be found online here; a summary of important adjustments are below. Note that there are no schedule changes for Pearson Early Learning Center.

    • No school for all PreK-12 students on Friday, January 14 (new as of January 11)

    • No school for all PreK-12 students and staff on Monday, January 17 (no changes)

    • No school for early learning students only on Friday, January 28  (no changes)

      Please note that K-12 students WILL be in session via distance learning this day (new)

    • No school for K-12 students on Friday, February 4 (new)

    All school buildings will be open to families during normal office hours on Friday, January 14 for those students that are not present and need to obtain distance learning materials. Additional support will be provided by the technology team as needed.

    As always, our district appreciates the support of our staff, students, families and community. Every day brings us one day closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, something we all desire. 


Short-Term Learning Adjustments Overview

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Archived 2021/22 School Communications

  • January 11, 2022

  • January 7, 2022

  • January 5, 2022

  • December 30, 2021

  • December 9, 2021

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  • December 1, 2021

  • November 18, 2021

  • November 9, 2021

  • October 12, 2021

  • September 29, 2021

  • August 24, 2021

  • July 29. 2021

  • June 11, 2021