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March 29, 2020 2:30PM:

Message from Bill Gronseth, Superintendent:
 
Dear ISD 709 Families, 
 
   Distance Learning starts Monday, March 30.
   Administrators, principals, teachers, curriculum specialists and many others have been working around the clock to prepare. They’re ready to partner with students and families to continue education during school closure.  We’re excited to get started. You’ll find links to distance learning information on your school website home page and at ISD709.org or go directly to www.ISD709.org/updates/learning-center.
   This week includes orientation to distance learning and lessons focused on social emotional skills . Your students will receive instruction on how distance learning works and how to use distance learning tools. You can access tutorials on the distance learning page of the website.  There’ll be a focus on social emotional skills and activities designed to support healthy ways to manage anxiety, fear, and stress. You can expect that teachers will be connecting with you in a variety of ways.  
   If you have internet access but no device for your student, you can call your child’s school this week and they’ll help you to get a chromebook on loan.
   PreK teachers will be testing Class Dojo with families this week.  
   For elementary students, your child’s Google Classroom login information will be mailed home.  
   Secondary students who are enrolled in PSEO or CITS courses in addition to their regular courses will follow the plans for their cooperating Universities, most of which also begin this week.
   When school closure was announced, we were near the end of the third quarter grading period.  For this reason, third quarter has been extended to allow students to request, complete and turn in outstanding work through Friday April 17. 
   Principals and teachers are communicating with families, too, so please feel free to check with your school for more detailed information or if you have questions.
   One more reminder - free breakfast and lunch is available for Duluth students. Some changes to times and locations begin Monday March 30. Check the schedule for your neighborhood at ISD709.org/updates/free-breakfast-lunch.  Links are also posted on our district Facebook and Twitter pages.
   We appreciate the support of our staff, students and families during this time, thank you and be well.
 
Kindest Regards,
Bill Gronseth, Superintendent
Duluth Public Schools