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4th Quarter Learning Updates

Albert Lea Area Schools Families,

On Monday March 1st, in a 7-0 vote, the Albert Lea Area School Board approved an in-person learning model for fourth quarter. We are excited to get our students back in the classroom safely for the remainder of the year. Our new model provides maximum facetime for our secondary students and complies with the Minnesota Department of Education's limitations. We believe this is what is best for our students with the restrictions of operating in this pandemic environment. This plan also provides the district flexibility to shift out of a full in-person environment if cases spike.

Monday, March 22,  K-12 in-person instruction begins with the following adjustments to the school day:

Elementary  8:00am - 2:30pm

SWMS 9:15am - 3:55pm

ALHS/ALC  9:15am - 3:45pm

Child Care will be provided at each elementary from 2:30 - 4:00pm, with transportation provided if necessary. 

Fridays will revert to virtual district-wide, with Tier 1 daycare still being provided at Hawthorne.

Q & A: 

Why can't students be in-person on Fridays?

Because of additional preparation requirements during the school day imposed by the Minnesota Department of Education, our teachers who teach both in-person and distance are allotted 2.5 hours of prep time on Fridays. This, combined with the cleaning of buildings, is why Fridays will be virtual.

Why are we continuing with two-tier bussing?

The physical distancing requirements provided by the Minnesota Department of Education do not allow AL Schools to safely operate in a one-tier environment with the number of busses we currently operate. 

If my student is currently distance learning, can they choose to remain in the DLA?

Families who chose a distance learning model for their child(ren) will continue in the Distance Learning Academy. A survey was sent for families that wish to switch models.