Weekly Update, April 9, 2020

Weekly Update, April 9, 2020
Posted on 04/09/2020
Weekly Update, April 9, 2020

Dear Farmington Area Families, 


We are now two weeks into our distance learning journey and I wanted to reach out to you with a brief update. As you have likely heard by now, Governor Walz has extended the Stay-at-Home order through May 4, 2020. This means that our buildings and our interactions with families will continue to be as they have been the past two weeks. Even though our buildings aren’t physically open, they are open virtually so if you need any assistance please reach out through email or call your main school office and we will respond as quickly as possible.  


If things aren’t working or your student needs additional things please reach out to your teacher or principal and we’ll be happy to respond and make any adjustments necessary. 


Updates and Reminders


No School 4/10 and 4/13

There will be no school on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. These are regularly scheduled days off on our school calendar and we will continue to honor that. 


Be the Light

We were honored to participate in the Be the Light initiative this week. On Monday night over 200 school districts, including ISD 192, turned on their stadium lights at 8:20, which is 20:20 in military time, specifically in honor of the class of 2020, who aren’t having the senior year they hoped for, and really in honor of our whole community as we continue to adjust to a difficult situation. 


Virtual Spirit Week

Thank you to everyone participating in our virtual spirit week! It’s been very uplifting to see all the fun pictures of teachers and students on social media. If you haven’t participated yet but would like to, it’s not too late to join in and show your Tiger Pride on Friday. 


Weekly Update Videos

In an effort to help keep our community connected and up-to-date while we are physically distant, I’ve begun sharing weekly video updates at the end of each week on our website and social media channels. You can find the latest one here: https://youtu.be/7By6wdOEUO4


How Are We Doing? 

Farmington Area Public Schools is focused on timely, effective communication that meets our families’ needs. Please complete this survey to let us know how we’re doing with communication about COVID-19 information, response plans and distance learning. The survey will help guide us in providing valuable information as the situation continues to evolve. 


Family Resources 


Meals for Students

Grab-and-go meals (breakfast and lunch) are available to all school-aged children (18 & under) on regularly scheduled school days and can be picked up between the hours of 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Akin Road Elementary (5231 195th St. W., Farmington, MN 55024) and Farmington Elementary (500 Maple St., Farmington, MN 55024), regardless of what school you attend.


Picking up meals is permitted and encouraged during the stay-at-home period. 


If families in need are unable to pick up meals, deliveries will be made upon request.


If you have questions, concerns or need accommodations please contact Chartwells, our Food 

Service provider, at (651)463-5025 or foodservice@farmington.k12.mn.us.


Temporary Childcare for Emergency Workers

Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20, free child care for the children of emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel) was outlined. The orders directed schools to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under. In order to ensure that we are providing for the needs of our students, we are clarifying the work that falls within each of the identified emergency workers categories.


Temporary Emergency Childcare will only be available at the Meadowview location, only to emergency personnel staff, healthcare workers, and ISD 192 core staff (check with your supervisor). Meals will be provided for children when it is requested at registration. 


Free Internet

Charter Communications, one of the broadband Internet service providers for our attendance area, is offering free Spectrum Internet and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households who do not currently have a Spectrum broadband subscription and have children in grades K-12 and/or college. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, please call 1-844-488-8395 and see the following link for additional information:  https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more


If a family is unable to set this service up, they can contact the school for alternate options.


Nurses Hotline

Farmington Area Public Schools nursing staff are available via phone hotline to answer health questions for our families and staff members. A nurse will be available from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the following number: 651-460-3106. 


If the line is busy please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. You should consult your own medical provider for specific advice related to your health. Please call 911 or your provider for emergencies.


More Information

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


You can also call the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-5414.


Please see our updated frequently asked questions document (FAQ) for district-specific information. 


Have a great long weekend Tigers and remember, #WeAre192 and we got this! 


Sincerely,

Jason Berg

Executive Director of Educational Services/Interim Superintendent of Schools

Farmington Area Public Schools


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