Grand Forks Public Schools to Continue Remote Learning for Remainder of School Year

Posted by Tracy Jentz on 5/1/2020 4:30:00 PM

Per Governor Doug Burgum, all North Dakota school districts, including Grand Forks Public Schools, will continue remote learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This is a precautionary measure against the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory illness that passes through person-to-person contact.

There will be a wide range of emotions for each individual as they find out we will not be returning to our buildings this school year. This will be difficult for our students who will be transitioning to a new school next year, and especially hard on our graduating students. 

What We Know

  • We will continue remote learning through the end of the school year, May 28th.
  • Our certified employees will have a remote clerical day on May 29th.
  • Packaged meals will be available at participating schools on regularly scheduled school days through May 28th. The packaged meals are available to all children 18-years-old and younger. Please visit https://www.gfschools.org/domain/27 for participating locations. 
  • This closure affects all activities at the school, including before- and after-school activities, practices, and weekend events.
  • It remains important for everyone to limit outside contact. Healthcare experts strongly recommend everyone not be in close contact with others.
  • If you must leave your home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using a mask or face covering. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html for more information.
  • All Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Park District playgrounds are closed. We do not have the staffing to continuously disinfect playground equipment, which we know sanitizing is vital in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

What We Don’t Know

  • When or how we will hold elementary and middle school summer school programming. We will continue to work with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction on this.
  • When or how we will hold Summer Performing Arts (SPA) and behind-the-wheel Drivers Education.
  • How we will honor our Adult Learning Center, Community High School, Grand Forks Central High School, and Red River High School graduates. We are awaiting guidance from Governor Burgum’s office and will evaluate several alternatives in the event we are unable to safely hold graduation on the scheduled dates. A change in how we may celebrate will not diminish anyone’s achievements.

Our collective efforts are making an impact at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to keep our students, families, employees, and schools safe and healthy. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates.

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