Good morning, I hope this message finds everyone safe and making progress following the storm. I wanted to reach out with an update regarding the anticipated start of school. After discussion with Tribal Council this week, we have determined that we will begin the 2020-21 school year on September 8th. We will continue to monitor the associated data and recommendations as we near Sept. 8th but at this time we plan to return to school utilizing the Hybrid Model with half our kids coming on A Days (Monday and Tuesday) and the other half of the students coming on B Days (Thursday and Friday). The students will participate in online instruction at home during the other three days they are not in school. If the data indicates a need to change our delivery plan, we stand ready and prepared to adjust.
The main offices for each part of the school will be reaching out by the beginning of next week to communicate what days your student will be attending school in the rotation. If you have not registered for school, it is essential that you do so immediately as that is how the school will be scheduling students. You must register for school regardless of if your child is planning to attend school for instruction or taking online classes. Families interested in taking online classes must complete the online application no later than Sunday evening.
Another important piece of information, in order to best support our kids in meeting their required educational minutes, we will be adding 30 minutes to the students instructional day. This year, they will attend school from 8am to 3:30pm each day.
Finally, next week the Health Clinic is going to provide a free opportunity for MSS students and staff to receive the fast results COVID test to allow everyone to know what their current diagnosis is. This is a great way to identify asymptomatic cases prior to the start of the school year. The clinic will be releasing the information on how to access these tests. Please watch for this information.
Please contact the elementary (641)484-4990 or high school (641) 484-9000 office with questions.
Stay Safe and Go Warriors!
Willie Barney, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Meskwaki Settlement School