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Monday, March 23, 2020 1:50 PM

As we begin the second week of the school shutdown, I'd like to take a few minutes to share some information. While you've been at home figuring out ways to keep your children constructively engaged, our teachers have been developing lessons and researching activities for them. As ordered by the governor, they have been working on the distance learning program lessons that officially begin April 6th. Between now and April 6th we have a few things we’d like you to keep in mind:

          1.  The decision to close schools and develop distance learning plans has presented us with unforeseen challenges. While the teachers plan, the rest of us are figuring out our new roles and responsibilities in a system that now requires us to work from home. 


2. The building is being sanitized by the janitors then closed. This means staff may not re-enter the building during this time.


3. Teachers are developing lesson plans and connecting activities. We are also finding that there are some technical hurdles we must overcome to get it all to work. We’re working on those too. 


4. We are exploring ideas on how to incorporate activities in our distance learning platform that will be educational and fun without requiring students to be in front of a screen all day. 


As we continue developing plans during the shutdown, we ask that you continue monitoring the district website and listen to the robocalls you receive from them for further information. 

We sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding that you have shown during our transition from traditional teaching to distance learning. We also want you to know that we miss all of you and look forward to seeing you again when this is over. So please, do all you can to stay healthy.  Thank you. 

Lloyd E. Winfield, Ed.D
Michael Dowling School 
Urban Environmental Magnet
(612) 668-4410