COVID-19

Farmington COVID-19 update
Posted on 03/15/2020
COVID-19 prevention

Dear Farmington Area Families:

In accordance with direction given this morning by the State of Minnesota,all Farmington Area Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 2020. As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation; the current closure will be re-evaluated by March 27. We continue to follow the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

We will be open as regularly scheduled Monday, March 16, to allow for families and staff to plan for an extended closure; however, all before- and after-school activities are canceled beginning Monday, March 16. This includes but is not limited to: athletics; activities; credit recovery and incomplete completion; Community Education enrichment, recreation, and teams.

As with any school day, families may choose to keep their students at home. This will be considered an excused absence. Please remember to contact the school attendance line for your student(s) should you choose to keep them home. 

Flexible Learning

We are fortunate that we have supported distance learning through Flexible Learning Days, both planned and emergency, over the past half dozen years. Due to this experience, we are uniquely positioned to address an extended closing and continue learning for our students. As Tuesday-Friday of this week were planned school days, we will treat them as Flexible Learning Days; however, new work will not be assigned every day. Students will be given ample time to complete schoolwork and assignments will have flexible due dates.

The schedule will be as follows:

On check-in days, teachers will still connect with students and students will have the opportunity to complete any unfinished work.

We are working on a plan to provide students access to meals Tuesday through Friday. More information will be provided early this week.

Spring Break

Spring Break will take place as regularly scheduled, March 23 - 27. This will NOT be flexible learning time.

Stepping Stones and Kid Connection

You may see other schools and districts that are following a different timeline regarding closure and distance learning. Many of these districts are currently on Spring Break and made the decision not to re-open this week. Private and charter schools may also make unique decisions based on their unique circumstances. We respect their decisions and recognize that each school community must make the best decision for their students, families, and staff.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit:

You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.

Please see our updated frequently asked questions document (FAQ) for district-specific information.

Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing support during this rapidly changing situation. The safety and support of our students, families, staff, and communities are our top priority. We are participating in all informational calls with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. We continue to closely monitor the situation, follow guidance from health officials and will keep you informed, as needed, through our regular communication channels (email, phone, website and social media).

Sincerely,

Jason Berg

Executive Director of Educational Services/Interim Superintendent of Schools

Farmington Area Public Schools


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