Anoka-Hennepin, Wayzata Push Back School Start Dates
The start date for students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District has been pushed back to Sept. 15. The school board announced the plan following its Aug. 24 meeting, a meeting that also had teachers and staff protesting outside the district office with COVID-19 concerns like ventilation, mask use and safety.
Elementary students will start the year with hybrid learning. Middle and high school students will start in a distance learning format for two weeks, then switch to a hybrid format on Sept. 28. Any student who wishes to learn in a distance learning format only, can do so.
The traditional week of school following Labor Day will be a welcome or orientation week with special activities like technology distribution, transition events for students advancing to kindergarten, middle or high school, and meet the teacher opportunities.
The district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and adjust plans under the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan.
Wayzata Schools Also Push Back Start of School
Wayzata Public Schools announced on Friday that the district would push back the start date for its school year to Sept. 14.
Superintendent Chace Anderson said in an email to parents that “changing the school start date could cause challenges for some families” and that “it was a decision not taken lightly.”
However, pushing the date back gave additional time for principals, teachers and staff to prepare.
The Wayzata district will also use the week for orientation and connecting teachers with students and parents.
The district has created a special page called Wayzata Learns for parents and students to keep up with the changing dynamics of the school year.