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COVID-19 Related Questions
Questions about the Decision Tree or any other Covid-19 related questions?
Please contact:
Kelly Huber
Health Aide/Covid Coordinator
CRSS Current Learning Plan
December 22, 2020

Dear Cannon River STEM Families,


This is an updated plan from the information you received on Friday, December 18 so please read carefully.

As you may have heard, last week, Governor Walz announced updated guidelines within the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan that our district will follow as we gradually transition our youngest learners back to in-person learning in 2021 and our Middle School students back to hybrid learning.


The updated plan strongly recommends providing three feet of social distancing for students and six feet for staff. In addition to all students being required to wear masks, all staff will be required to wear face masks and face shield. Also, lunches and other specialist lessons will be held in the classroom to limit interactions between groups.

Our plan calls for all students to resume school on January 4 in the distance learning model. Our K- 2 students will return to in-person learning on January 19 and our students in Grades 3-5 will return to in-person learning on February 2, not February 1. (There is no school on February 1 as it is a staff development day.)


New Information: Students in Grades 6 through 8 will resume learning in the A/B hybrid model on January 19th.


There will be no school for students in K-8 on Friday, January 15 nor Friday, January 29. These are designated as pivot days to help teachers prepare for the transitions.


Families who want to continue distance learning beyond the transition to in-person learning may do so. We ask that you notify Margie Wesling in our school office as soon as possible if your child or children will remain in distance learning. mwesling@crssraptors.org 507-331-7836 Ext. 2001. If your child remains in distance learning they must do so for an entire quarter to maintain consistency for all of our students and teachers. The dates for 3rd quarter are February 2nd-April 9th.


We are working hard to ensure all health measures are in place school-wide by the dates outlined above so we will provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We will continue to provide you with regular updates.


I want to thank you all for your patience, support and dedication during so much adversity this year. I hope over winter break you are all able to spend less time in front of a screen and more time bonding with your families and those close to you. There is a great deal to celebrate as we enter a new year, including vaccines that are already starting to be distributed. I encourage everyone to celebrate safely by continuing to follow COVID-19 health and safety measures. Our ability to return all students to in-person learning still depends on our collective efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in our community.


I wish you all a safe and healthy winter break and a happy new year!


Theresa Gunderson, Interim Executive Director

December 18, 2020 UPDATE:
Dear CRSS Parents and Guardians,
After receiving an update from Governor Walz and public health officials, our COVID coordinator along with our Administration Team has made the decision to initiate a rolling start back to school for students in grades K-2 and 3-5. 
Grades K-2: In-person learning is scheduled to resume for students in grades K-2 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Grades 3-5: In-person learning is scheduled to resume for students in grades 3-5 on Monday, February 1, 2021. 
Grades 6-8: Distance learning will continue for students in grades 6-8 until further notice. 
No School Days: Friday, January 15 and Friday, January 29 there will be no school for all grades K-8. These will be staff planning days. 
In an effort to continue to protect staff and students, face masks will continue to be required by all while on campus. 
Please continue to keep us updated regarding any close contacts for your child, symptoms in your household or test results for your family. All information you share is confidential and will only be used to track absences and to update our current percent of students excluded from in-person due to COVID-19. 
Childcare will continue to be offered for Tier One families that qualify under the governor's executive order for students in K-5 who are not yet back to in-person learning and on January 15 and January 29.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
December 11, 2020 UPDATE:

Hello Wonderful CRSS Families,

We have come to the decision to extend our distance learning until at least January 19, 2021.  Case numbers in Rice County have started to decrease, but we are not yet at a safe level to return to any type of in-person learning.  We will continue to monitor levels in our community and within our CRSS families to determine when we can return to campus.


In order to make the most informed decisions, we need help from you.  Please keep us updated of any close contacts for your children, symptoms in the household, or test results for your family.  Even if your child has not been on campus, we need to keep track of this information.  All information you share is confidential and will only be used to keep track of absences and to update our current percent of students excluded from in-person learning due to COVID-19.


We will continue to offer childcare to Tier One families that qualify under the governor’s executive order.


Please see lower on this page for the latest Decision Tree from the MDH as well as a link to Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan which is in effect until at least December 18, 2020.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Kelly Huber

CRSS Health Aide/COVID Coordinator


Theresa Gunderson

Interim Executive Director

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree
More Information and Details About the Decision Tree
COVID-19 Self-Screening
Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan
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