COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update
Posted on 05/27/2020
COVID-19 Update

As the school year draws to a close, we are seeing the loosening of many of the restrictions under which we operated during the “Stay at Home” order.  However, much of our school’s operations are still under guidelines established by the directives coming from the Governor, the Commissioner of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health. 

 Summer Food Service Program (SESP):  The summer food service program, which is the program our district utilized to provide meals to children 18 years of age and younger for the past several years, as well as for the final three months of the school year, will continue operations this summer.  Unlike in past summers, this year the meals will be grab and go meals which may be picked up along the circle drive at the Montevideo Middle School on weekdays between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  We will not be delivering meals along the bus routes during the summer. The meals will include both a breakfast and a lunch and they will be provided starting on June 1st and running through August 21st. 

ThunderHawk Care (day care) Program:  Beginning June 1st, we will continue to provide services to the children of Tier I and Tier II essential employees and we will be opening our doors to the children previously served within our ThunderHawk Care program.  This will be the same fee-based program as prior to the arrival of the pandemic.

Summer School and Extended School Year (ESY):  These programs will be operated utilizing a distance learning format, similar to what was done during the last quarter of the regular school year. The building principals are distributing information to families regarding these programs.

Community Ed and Summer Rec Programs:  The Community Education and summer recreation progamming for June has been cancelled.  Later in June, a decision will be made as to whether or not these programs can be operated in July.  There will be more information coming out on this as we get further into June.

In closing, thank you to our staff, parents and students for all that you have done to make the last two months of distance learning a success.  At this point, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what will occur around the start of school in the fall, but we will continue to develop plans that will ensure that we provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students, regardless of the situation we face.

Luther L Heller, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Montevideo Public Schools