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Return to school 2020: July 24 update

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Centaur Family:

I wanted to reach out today to express my gratitude for the valuable feedback and questions that were submitted via our surveys over the past week. We are compiling themes and generating lists of FAQs and guidance that will accompany our plans. 

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone.  Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Children under the age of two should not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public. Students in grades K-12 will be expected to wear a face covering. If you have questions around face coverings in our facilities, please contact Debbie Erickson at

As you may already know, the governor and commissioner of education will be releasing their guidance and further recommendation for the start of the school year on Thursday, July 30. We have been anxiously awaiting this information. In the meantime, we are continuing to plan for all three of the scenarios that were detailed in the MDE guidance released on June 18. 

I want you to know that through the anxiety and uncertainty on what our return to teaching and learning will look like this fall, we are making our decisions with everyone’s best interest in mind. We are planning with care and compassion for one another. We are working hard to create safety measures that are both proactive and responsive. Dr. Michael Osterholm spoke this week in his podcast on the certainty that there would be a case in our schools when we bring students back. This is a reality. AND we will work to mitigate exposure and put safety protocols in place for sanitization, mask wear, and social distancing that bears this in mind at all times.

You should expect to hear from me each week throughout the remainder of the summer. We will be sharing our plans for the start of the school year after we received our recommendation from the state. If decisions are left to the local level, we will make our decisions based on science and safety. 

Your health and the health of your loved ones is a priority for me. Please know we are making plans with that in mind.

Enjoy your weekend- stay cool and safe.


Dr. Carly Baker, superintendent