Important Learning Model Update

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Dear Robbinsdale Area Schools families,

I’m writing today to share news that some of you may find disappointing while, for others, this information may bring a sense of relief. 

Robbinsdale Area Schools will remain in Distance Learning PLUS for all students and will not begin the tiered start into a hybrid learning model on Nov. 16. 

This decision is being made based on the rising trend of cases in Hennepin County and our local communities (community spread). The regional team of health experts met with our district incident command team multiple times this week to review our data, and support the decision to remain in Distance Learning.

While I wish I could tell you when we can bring students back into our schools, I don’t have that information today. What I can tell you is that the District will continue to follow its processes, which includes meeting with the regional team of health experts, seeking guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health, and convening both internal and external stakeholder groups. As we continue to review our county and local data, we will be monitoring for a consistent decline in cases before looking at transitioning into a hybrid or in-person learning model. You can view the COVID-19 dashboard on our website, too.

We miss our students and want them back in our schools as soon as possible. We know that they miss their friends, their teachers and the routine of attending school in person. We also know that some students are struggling with distance learning, while others are thriving. To ensure we’re serving all students and meeting their individual needs, I want to remind you about the “PLUS” in our Distance Learning PLUS model. We launched Student Support Centers at the beginning of the school year to provide students (and families) with the tools they need to be successful during Distance Learning. The Centers can be accessed virtually or in person. Requesting support or making an appointment varies from school to school, so please visit your school’s website - click the ‘Student Support Center’ button on the homepage. More information about Student Support Centers will be shared next week.

281 Distance Learning School 
We have postponed the start date of our 281 Distance Learning School. Students who registered for this option will remain with their current teachers since we are staying in the Distance Learning PLUS model. This option will begin once we transition to a hybrid or in-person learning model. 

Critical Care/Adventure Club
Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, our school-day Tier 1 critical care site will be FAIR School Crystal (3915 Adair Ave N, Crystal). Families who have registered for hybrid care and meet the Tier 1 critical care requirement will transition to this care model and do not need to re-register.

We will follow the Executive Order critical care requirement which says in order to receive free critical care during school day hours, both parents/guardians or those who are a single custody parent/guardian must be a Tier 1 qualified worker (see MDE Tier I worker list). Fee-based before and after school care will also be offered at FAIR School Crystal (no longer at our elementary schools) for families who have registered for Tier 1 critical care.

Fee-based, school-day childcare will not be offered at this time.

Meal distribution
We encourage all families to access free meals. Meals distribution sites will remain the same - locations and times can be found on the district website. Beginning Nov. 16, seven-day meal bundles will be distributed.  

We are in this together. And together we will continue to do the best we can on behalf of our students and our community.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stephanie Burrage
Interim Superintendent
Robbinsdale Area Schools

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5 de noviembre de 2020 

Estimadas familias de las Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale:

Les escribo hoy para compartir noticias que algunos de ustedes pueden encontrar decepcionantes, mientras que para otros, esta información puede traerles una sensación de alivio. 

Las Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale permanecerán en el programa Aprendizaje a distancia PLUS (Distance Learning PLUS) para todos los estudiantes y no comenzarán el inicio escalonado en un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido el 16 de noviembre. 

Esta decisión se toma basándose en la tendencia ascendente de los casos en el condado de Hennepin y en nuestras comunidades locales (contagio comunitario). El equipo regional de expertos en salud se reunió varias veces esta semana con el equipo de mando de incidentes del distrito para revisar nuestros datos y el mismo apoya la decisión de permanecer en el modelo de Aprendizaje a distancia.

Aunque me gustaría poder decirles cuándo podemos traer a los estudiantes de vuelta a nuestras escuelas, no tengo esa información hoy. Lo que puedo decirles es que el Distrito continuará siguiendo con los procesos necesarios, que incluyen reunirse con el equipo regional de expertos en salud, buscar orientación del Departamento de educación y del Departamento de salud de Minnesota y convocar tanto a los grupos de interesados internos como externos. A medida que continuamos revisando la información local y la de nuestro condado, seguiremos monitoreando los datos para ver si hay un descenso consistente en los casos antes de considerar la transición a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido o en persona. También pueden ver la página principal de COVID-19 en nuestro sitio web. 

Extrañamos a nuestros estudiantes y queremos que vuelvan a nuestras escuelas lo antes posible. Sabemos que ellos extrañan a sus amigos, a sus maestros y la rutina de asistir a la escuela en persona. También sabemos que a algunos estudiantes les está resultando muy difícil el Aprendizaje a distancia, mientras que a otros les va muy bien. Para asegurarnos de que estamos sirviendo a todos los estudiantes y satisfaciendo sus necesidades individuales, quiero recordarles del "PLUS" en nuestro modelo de Aprendizaje a distancia PLUS.  Abrimos los Centros de apoyo al estudiante al comienzo del año escolar para brindarles a los estudiantes (y a sus familias) las herramientas necesarias para tener éxito durante el Aprendizaje a distancia. Se puede acceder a los Centros de forma virtual o en persona. Solicitar apoyo o programar una cita varía de una escuela a otra, así que por favor visiten la página web de su escuela y hagan clic en el botón "Student Support Center” (Centro de apoyo al estudiante) en la página de inicio. La próxima semana se compartirá más información sobre los Centros de apoyo al estudiante.

Escuela de aprendizaje a distancia 281 
Hemos pospuesto la fecha de inicio de nuestra Escuela de aprendizaje a distancia 281. Los estudiantes que se inscribieron para esta opción permanecerán con sus maestros actuales ya que seguiremos con el modelo de aprendizaje a distancia PLUS. Esta opción comenzará una vez que hagamos la transición a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido o en persona.

Cuidado de niños para los hijos de trabajadores esenciales (critical care)/Club de aventura
A partir del lunes 16 de noviembre, nuestro sitio de cuidado de niños para los hijos de trabajadores esenciales de Nivel 1 durante el día escolar será la Escuela FAIR Crystal (3915 Adair Ave N, Crystal). Las familias que se han inscrito para recibir cuidado para niños de manera híbrida y cumplen con el requisito de ser trabajadores esenciales de Nivel 1 pasarán a este modelo de atención y no necesitan volver a inscribirse.

Seguiremos cumpliendo el requerimiento de cuidado de niños para los hijos de trabajadores esenciales de la Orden ejecutiva que dice que para poder recibir cuidado de niños gratuitos para los hijos de trabajadores esenciales durante el horario escolar, ambos padres/tutores o, en caso de padres con custodia única, el padre/madre/tutor deben ser trabajadores calificados de Nivel 1 (por favor vean la lista de trabajadores de Nivel I del Ministerio de educación de MN). También ofreceremos cuidado de niños con cargo antes y después del horario de clases en la Escuela FAIR Crystal (ya no en las escuelas primarias) para familias que se han inscrito para cuidados esenciales de Nivel 1. 

No se ofrecerá en este momento cuidado de niños con cargo durante el día.

Distribución de comidas
Invitamos a todas las familias a acceder a las comidas gratuitas. Los sitios de distribución de comidas seguirán siendo los mismos. Los lugares y horarios se pueden encontrar en la página web del distrito.A partir del 16 de noviembre, se distribuirán paquetes de comidas de siete días.

Estamos en esto juntos y juntos continuaremos haciendo lo mejor que podamos en nombre de nuestros estudiantes y nuestra comunidad.

 

Atentamente,

Dra. Stephanie Burrage
Superintendenta interina
Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale 

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Nofembar 5,  2020

Qoysaska qaaliga ah ee Dugsiyada Aagga Robbinsdale,

Waxaan maanta u qorayaa inaan idinla wadaago warar qaar idinka mid ah laga yaabo inay niyad jab ku ridaan, halka macluumaadkani laga yaabaa inuu kuwo kale u keeno dareen nafisnimo ah.

Dugsiyada Aagga Robinsdale waxay ku sii negaan doonaan Waxbarashada Fogaanta PLUS ee dhammaan ardayda oo lama billaabi doono mustawaha bilawga ee waxbarashada qaabka isku dhafka Nofeembar 16.

Go'aankaan waxaa lagu gaaray iyada oo ku saleysan arrimahan sii kordhaya ee Degmada Hennepin iyo jaaliyadaheena maxaliga ah (ku faafidda bulshada). Kooxda gobolka ee khubarada caafimaad waxay la kulmeen Kooxda Hoggaanka Dhacdooyinka Degmadeenna dhowr jeer toddobaadkan si ay dib ugu eegaan xogteenna, una taageereen go'aanka ah in lagu sii negaado Waxbarashada Fogaanta.

In kasta oo aan jeclaan lahaa inaan ku ogeysiiyo goorta aan ardayda ku soo celin karno dugsiyadeenna, ma hayo macluumaadkaas maanta. Waxa aan ku dhihi karo waa in Degmadu au sii wadi doono raacitaanka nidaamyadeeda, taas oo ay ku jirto la kulanka kooxda khubarada caafimaad ee gobolka, raadinta talobixinta Waaxda Waxbarashada Minnesota iyo Waaxda Caafimaadka Minnesota, ku martiqaad kooxaha daneeyayaasha gudaha iyo dibaddaba. Maaddaama aan sii wadno dib u eegista xogta degmada iyo deegaankeenna, waxaan u kuurgali doonnaa hoos u dhaca joogtada ah ee kiisaska ka hor inta aanan ka fekerin u guuritaanka qaab waxbarasho ee isku dhafka ama shaqsi ahaanta. Waxaad ka dheehan kartaa looxadda macluumaadka COVID-19 websaydhkayaga, sidoo kale.

Waan u hilownnay ardaydeena waxaanan doonaynaa inay ugu soo noqdaan dugsiyadeenna sida ugu dhakhsaha badan. Waan ognahay inay u xiiseen saaxiibadood, waan ognahay inay u hiloobaan asxaabtooda, macallimiintooda, iyo jadwalka joogtada ah ee u tagitaanka iskuulka qof ahaan. Waxaan sidoo kale ognahay in ardayda qaar ay la hardamayaan waxbarashada fogaanta, halka kuwa kalena ay ku horumaraan. Si loo hubiyo inaan u adeegno dhammaan ardayda oo aan la kulanno baahiyahooda shaqsiyeed, waxaan jeclaan lahaa inaan ku xusuusiyo “PLUS-ta” ku jirta hababkeenna Waxbarashada Fogaanta PLUS. Waxaan bilownay Xarumaha Taakulaynta Ardayda bilowga sannad dugsiyeedka si ardayda (iyo qoysaska) loo siiyo aaladaha ay ugu baahan yihiin si ay u guuleystaan ​​inta lagu jiro Waxbarashada Fogaanta. Xarumaha waxaa loo heli karaa si khadka tooska ah ama shakhsi ahaan ah. Codsiga taageerada ama jadwalka ballanta way ku kala duwan yihiin dugsi ka dugsi, markaa fadlan booqo websaydhka dugsigaaga - guji badhanka "Xarunta Taakulaynta Ardayda" ee ku yaal bogga hore. Macluumaad dheeri ah oo ku saabsan Xarumaha Taakulaynta Ardayda ayaan idinla wadaagi doonaa toddobaadka soo socda.

Dugsiga Waxbarashada Fogaanta 281
Waxaan dib u dhignay taariikhda bilowga ee Dugisigayaga Waxbarashada Fogaanta 281. Ardayda ka diiwaangashan doorashadan waxay la sii joogi doonaan macallimiintooda hadda madaama aan ku sii jirnayno qaabka Waxbarashada Fogaanta PLUS. Ikhtiyaarkan ayaa bilaaban doona isla marka aan u wareegno qaabka isku dhafan ama qaabka waxbarasho ee shaqsiyeed.

Daryeerlka Xasaasiga/Naadiga Adfanjarka
Laga bilaabo Isniinta, Nofembar 16, maalintayada dugsiga ee mustawaha 1aad goobta daryeelka khatarta ah waxay noqon doontaa Dusiga FAIR Crystal (3915 Adair Ave N, Crystal). Qoysaska ka diiwaangashan daryeelka isku dhafan isla markaana buuxiya shuruudaha daryeelka khatarta ah ee Mustawaha 1 ayaa loo wareejinayaa qaabkan daryeelkan umana baahna inay dib isu qoraan. 

Waxaan raaci doonaa shuruudaha Daryeelka Khatarta ah ee Amarka Fulinta oo sheegaya in si loo helo daryeel xasaasi ah oo bilaash ah inta lagu jiro saacadaha iskuulka, labada waalid/mas’uulka ama kuwa kaligood coriya ee ah waalid/mas’uul waa inuu noqdaa shaqaale uqalma Mustawaha 1(eeg liiska shaqaalaha MDE Tier I). Daryeelka ku-salaysan khidmadaha ee ka hor iyo ka dib daryeelka dugsiga ayaa sidoo kale lagu bixin doonaa Dugsiga FAIR Crystal (oo aan ku sii jirin dugsiyadeenna hoose) qoysaska ka diiwaangashan Heerka 1 ee Daryeelka Khatarta ah.

Xannaanada carruurta ee ku salaysan khidmada lama bixin doono maalinta dugsiga ee waqtigan.

Qaybinta cuntada 
Waxaan ku dhiirrigelinaynaa qoysaska oo dhan inay helaan cunto bilaash ah. Goobaha logu qaybinayo cunnada waxay ahaan doonaan sidooda - goobaha iyo waqtiyada waxaa laga heli karaa websaydhka degmada. Laga bilaabo Nofembar 16, xirmooyinka cuntada ee toddobada maalmood ah ayaa la qaybin doonaa.

Waxaan ku wada jirnaa tan. Oo wadajir, waxaan sii wadi doonaa inaan sida ugu fiican ee aan karno ugu dadaalno magaca ardaydayada iyo bulshadayada.

Si daacadnimo ah,

 

Dr. Stephanie Burrage
Kormeeraha Guud ee ku Meel gaarka ah
Dugsiyada Aagga Robbinsdale 

Nala wadaag ra’yi-celin


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Dr. Stephanie Burrage Appointed Interim Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools

The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools unanimously passed a resolution to appoint Stephanie Burrage, Ed.D., as the District’s interim superintendent during the Board’s meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. Dr. Burrage has been Assistant Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools since August 2017; she will begin her new duties on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 

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The Robbinsdale Area School Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting racial and social justice in safe and civil schools at the School Board meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. The resolution outlines the beliefs held by the school board, including nurturing anti-racist educational learning environments, while condemning hateful speech and systemic racism directed at Black, Indigenous and all people of color.

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Your elementary-aged student is invited to Robbinsdale Area Schools Summer Enrichment! Three weeks of learning activities for K-5 grade students from July 13 - 31!

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Reduce summer boredom and become a super student for next year! Middle School Summer Enrichment is available to 6-8th grade students from July 13-31, 2020. No registration is required.

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Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, has been named Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) in Madison, Wisconsin. Jenkins’ last day in the district will be August 3; he has served as Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools for the past five years.

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The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools has called a Special Work Session for Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. to discuss the transition plans and activities for the superintendent position. Pursuant to Minn. Statute 13D.021, the meeting will be held by teleconference.

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The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools has called a Special Work Session for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. to discuss the parameters of the superintendent contract. Pursuant to Minn. Statute 13D.021, the meeting will be held by teleconference.

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Robbinsdale Area Schools will host a virtual information session for community members interested in running for the school board on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 PM.

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The report’s conclusion was there were no financial improprieties or violations of law on the part of any School Board member, the Superintendent or employee of the District. Additionally, there were no conflicts of interest. The end result of the report is that the Office of the State Auditor made some technical recommendations regarding processes the Board will address, many of which are already being implemented.

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Today, I am writing to you with a heavy heart. In my thirty years as an educator, recent local events have been among the most challenging situations I have experienced.

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Robbinsdale Area Schools is proud to announce the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) is the only Minnesota school to be named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award honoree, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Schools who earn this recognition demonstrate significant achievement in the three Pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Award: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.