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Coronavirus Update – March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Dear BCCS Community:

I wanted to provide some additional information around our evolving status in BCCS as well as to clarify some of the information about COVID-19 that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Governor Walz shared with the community the last two days. 

Most importantly, we, along with the Governor and his leaders, are following the CDC and MDH recommendations to keep our schools open. There are other precautions being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, including canceling events where there will be more than 250 people gathering and maintaining social distancing in certain situations. 

Events and Activities

Yesterday, we communicated that all field trips would be suspended until further notice. Today, we would like to list all of our events that will be canceled or postponed between now and through the end of spring break:

  • Lil Shooters basketball class on Saturday, March 14
  • DPAC on Tuesday, March 17
  • Early Learning parent advisory council on Wednesday, March 18
  • Choir concert on Thursday, March 19
  • Pre-K Stay and Play on Thursday, March 26 
  • March Madness family engagement event on Thursday, March 26
  • Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, March 26
  • All student assemblies, including the spring pep fest, are also suspended until further notice

The following activities will continue:

  • Per the Minnesota State High School League, spring athletics and activities will continue with practices ONLY (no competitions or scrimmages) until at least April 6
  • STEP and LEAP
  • Bright Start 
  • Baby Steps

We will communicate about events after spring break as we learn more about community mitigation measures from MDH.

Closure Preparations/Planning

District and site leaders have been working to create plans to address the possibility of an extended school closure. The curriculum and instruction team and the technology team have worked diligently to prepare a plan for the development of learning opportunities for students in the event of a closure. Learning activities offered to students will not be dependent on technology. 

In the event of a closure, we are committed to continue offering school meals to our students. If we need to close, more information about a meal program will be shared with the community.

We are committed to doing the right thing to support our entire community, which includes our students, families and all of our staff members. As Governor Walz said in his press conference this afternoon, we must all work together to combat COVID-19. BCCS is going to do the right thing to support our community. We will get through this together.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carly Baker, superintendent
Brooklyn Center Community Schools