We are writing to update you on the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19 and our planned response. Today, we are writing to notify you that Governor Walz has made the decision to close Minnesota public schools for the dates of Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 27th.
Achieve Language Academy will also be closed Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th.
This closure is intended to give schools time to prepare to provide distance learning services. We will remain closed during our spring break from March 30th to April 3rd. We understand that this is an abrupt change from our previous communications, and it is a change that will cause significant disruption throughout our community. We are committed to balancing the needs of our students as best as possible during this challenging time.
While we understand the importance of quality education, this is clearly a time when your child’s health and safety is the top priority. At the direction of the Governor, Achieve will not be providing in-person or on-line instruction during this time period. Achieve will be reviewing options for providing a high-quality distance learning experience should the closure be extended significantly longer than what was announced this morning.
While Achieve has been preparing for COVID-19 for the past few weeks, the news of a statewide closure is a very new development that had not been previously communicated with us. We will be continuing to collect information related to the specifics of this closure and will communicate with you as we make additional decisions. In the next few days, you can expect to see additional information from us regarding:
Times when the building will be open to pick up student materials
Childcare options for medical/first responder/law enforcement workers
Providing food options for our students who need them
One challenge that we will all face in the coming weeks is discussing COVID-19 with children. Here are some links that may be helpful to address COVID-19 with your students. Some of our children are extremely anxious. At times like these, we need to be positive, calm role models for our children. We would like to again share this list of resources that will discuss how to talk about COVID-19 with children.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work with the most current information available to make decisions about the health and safety of our staff and students.