Distance Learning Update (03.25.20)

Today we learned that the Governor has closed Minnesota schools through May 4, 2020.  While we had hoped to come back from spring break face-to-face, we have spent the past few weeks preparing for this moment.  Our distance learning plan will begin on Monday, March 30. This is going to be a learning process – and an adjustment – for all of us, teachers, students, and parents alike.  We’re in this together, and we’ll get through it together, but that’s going to require some patience as we work through the inevitable challenges in the process. Here’s what we need you to know: School- and Teacher-Specific Communication About Distance Learning You will receive communication from your school(s) yet this week. Starting on Monday, March 30, you will receive communication from your student(s) teachers about what distance learning will look like.  This will include information about systems, structures and routines.  As time passes and both teachers and students adapt and learn... Continue reading Distance Learning Update (03.25.20)

We are #ECCSStrong

Most of us have heard by now these wise words from Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers), “When I was a boy and I would see scary things, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’”  We bring this up again because over the past week, time and again, we have seen the helpers showing up in our community.  They wear many hats, but we are especially proud of the work done by our schools – every single member of District 112 – to make sure we have plans in place to continue to educate our students, feed them, and make sure they have access to other resources necessary for their health and well-being. These are difficult, uncertain times, but adversity often reveals the strength and heart of those around us.  Thank you to all of our staff, students, parents and community members for all of your help.  Last week, our teachers and the staff who support them stepped up to make sure our district is ready to continue to educate our students, each and... Continue reading We are #ECCSStrong

Distance Learning Plan Update (03.16.20)

District teachers and staff are hard at work preparing to implement distance learning in the event of a long-term school closure in response to the COVID-19 virus. That distance learning plan could go into effect as soon as – but no earlier than – March 30th, when we are scheduled to return from Spring Break.  To be clear: there is no expectation for students to engage in distance learning until that time. Families will receive further communication from the district, your schools, and your classroom teachers as these decisions are made.  In order to support distance learning, all students should have the following resources available to them at home: Chromebook and charger for Grades 1-12, or a home device that supports the Chrome browser Current classroom textbooks (if not online accessible) If students do not have access to a home device or district-issued Chromebook, or there is no regular Internet access at home, families are asked to contact their school principal... Continue reading Distance Learning Plan Update (03.16.20)

No School March 16 – March 27: COVID-19 Update (03.15.20)

District 112 Families: This morning, Governor Walz asked school districts across the state to temporarily close from Wednesday, March 18 – through Friday, March 27th to put in place plans for distance learning in the event a long-term closure is required.  Given our district is already on spring break next week, we will be closing schools to students starting tomorrow, March 16.  There will be no school for students March 16th through March 20th.  In addition, Club Care is cancelled, half and full-day preschool and ECFE programs are cancelled. Youth Enrichment classes and targeted services programming area also canceled for the week of March 16-20. District staff will be in schools this week to put in place our distance learning plan. Schools are closed to students this week so that staff can put together a distance learning plan in the event that there is a long-term closure.  In that event, distance learning would not begin until after spring break.  We will be communicating... Continue reading No School March 16 – March 27: COVID-19 Update (03.15.20)

COVID-19 Update (03.15.20)

This morning, Governor Walz announced a new COVID-19 response plan for schools. More information about his press conference is here: We know the Governor’s announcement this morning leaves you a number of questions about what that means for our district. District leadership is working right now on next steps, and will be providing an update to our community later today.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate this together. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Familias de 112: Esta mañana, el gobernador Walz anunció un nuevo plan de respuesta COVID-19 para las escuelas. Aquí encontrará más información sobre su conferencia de prensa: Sabemos que el anuncio del gobernador de esta mañana los deja con un serie de preguntas sobre lo que esto significa para nuestro... Continue reading COVID-19 Update (03.15.20)

COVID-19 Update (03.13.20)

We wanted to provide you with an update of the current COVID-19 situation in Minnesota and our district’s efforts in response.  We know there is a great deal of anxiety in our community, about how this virus could impact us all, and we share your concern. This situation is changing rapidly, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work with the MN Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), as well as our federal and local health agencies.  At this time, there is no recommendation for widespread school closure. We are regularly communicating with MDH and MDE and should the recommendations of the state and local health agencies change, or should there be an impact to our school community, the district will immediately take action. The strategy currently being recommended is social distancing, which includes minimizing the gathering of large groups.  This slows the spread of the disease and is designed to increase protection of our most vulnerable... Continue reading COVID-19 Update (03.13.20)

District Notification of Data Breach

Some parents of Eastern Carver County Schools students may receive a letter regarding a data breach that happened last year.  When district officials learned of the incident, immediate steps were taken to secure the accounts and an investigation was launched in coordination with a leading cybersecurity firm.  The only compromised system was district email; no other systems, like Infinite Campus or others with student data, were impacted.  The investigation by the cybersecurity firm found no indication that the unauthorized user accessed emails or the information they contained, but out of an abundance of caution notified anyone that might have potentially been affected.  The confidential student data found within emails could be a current or former student schedule, a grade, a student ID number, etc., and not information that would be useful outside of a district context. Our district takes the security of our systems and our student and staff data very seriously.  We are regularly... Continue reading District Notification of Data Breach

Message from the Superintendent: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information (03.02.20)

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to gain media coverage and prompt questions about preparation in our schools, I want to assure you that district and school leaders are reviewing emergency management plans to prepare for the predicted spread of COVID-19 in the United States. We are working closely with state, county, and local government agencies to make sure our plans are aligned. Additionally, we are participating in weekly informational calls with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education to monitor the situation and adjust our district plans as needed. We are in the prevention stage of helping manage the spread of coronavirus. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota and we are in the low risk category. The most important things we can all do are the same things we recommend to prevent the spread of any illness: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water Make sure children wash their hands well, especially after... Continue reading Message from the Superintendent: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information (03.02.20)

Final budget reductions approved by School Board

At its Feb. 24 meeting, the School Board approved final budget reductions for FY 2020-21, FY 2021-22, and a two-phased reduction plan for the following year.  The two phases are a combination of options that will occur in FY 2022-23 (transportation insourcing, the closure of East Union, for example) as well as other future considerations in the event of budget shortfalls or unrealized savings.  Final recommendations were presented by Director of Finance and Operations, DeeDee Kahring.  The district has made over $10 million in cuts over the last 10 years, making every effort to keep those reductions away from the classroom. With the failure of the operating levy (question one) in the November referendum, the school district needed to make over $10 million in cuts over the next three years, at least $5 million in the upcoming school year. The approval for these budget reductions comes after months of planning from district leadership and building teams, and takes into account feedback... Continue reading Final budget reductions approved by School Board