PLEASE NOTE: This update is now out of date. See the most current message to families, an announcement of distance learning being implemented from March 30 to May 4, here.
School canceled March 16 & 17, staff to report for planning
Due to additional planning and preparation needed related to the COVID-19 situation, White Bear Lake Area Schools is extending the students' Spring Break by two days, with students returning to school on Wednesday, March 18. The district will be closed to students on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. All school-related activities will be canceled and all community use of district facilities will be canceled as well on those days. Staff members will report for duty March 16 & 17 for planning days.
At this time, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are recommending that districts remain open until further notice. It is expected that school will be back in session for students starting Wednesday, March 18.
As we prepare to welcome students back from break on Wednesday, it is important to remember the following:
Returning from travel
If you are returning from travel, be mindful of after-travel health precautions being shared by the CDC:
Complete travel information from the CDC can be found here.
Steps to protect yourself
As we all work to be healthy, it is important to remember to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
Talking to children about Coronavirus
We understand parents may have questions about how to talk to their children about Coronavirus. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. General principles for talking to children include:
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
- Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
- Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
- Provide information that is honest and accurate.
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
Complete information about this guidance can be found here.
We apologize for the inconvenience this Extended Spring Break may bring to families, but we thank everybody for their flexibility as this situation has evolved. The district will continue to provide updates to families via email and on the district’s website.
Thank you for your ongoing efforts and flexibility as we navigate this situation,
Dr. Wayne A. Kazmierczak
Superintendent of White Bear Lake Area Schools