Covid-19 Updates

April 23, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz has extended distance learning through June 30, 2020.

"As previously planned, student instruction will not be held on May 1 and May 4. These days will remain as planning days to prepare for the remainder of the school calendar year in a distance learning environment. School-age care for children of critical workers will still operate on those days, unless these were previously-scheduled non-school days."

April 8, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz is extending his stay home order until May 4 in a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota.

Walz's original order had been scheduled to expire Friday, April 10. Walz said the state has seen success in slowing COVID-19 but said the data shows more time is needed.

March 25, 2020

Following the Governor's directive, all SouthWest Metro Intermediate District classes will implement distance learning plans beginning Monday, March 30 through at least April 30.

A Shelter in Place Order is also in effect for two weeks beginning Friday, March 27 at midnight.

From the Superintendent:

Governor Walz announced today that all Minnesota school districts, including SouthWest Metro Intermediate District, will implement distance learning plans beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. Distance learning will continue through at least April 30, 2020. The Governor tentatively directed school staff to report to their work sites on April 30 and May 1, 2020 to develop "return to school" plans anticipating the resumption of traditional school programs in school sites on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Please note: This is a tentative return date. More direction will be given later in the month of April by the Governor.

The Governor has also issued an order for all residents of Minnesota to Shelter in Place for two weeks beginning at midnight on Friday, March 27th. This means all SouthWest Metro staff should work remotely from home for at least this two week period. Our school buildings and facilities will be locked during this two week period with the exception of East Creek Childcare which will continue to operate as per the Governor's directive.

SouthWest Metro Students will be allowed to enter their school building on Friday, March 27th between the hours of 9 AM and 2 PM to pick up any necessary materials currently in their school buildings. SouthWest Metro Staff may return to their classrooms and offices through 2 PM on Friday, March 27th for the same purpose. Key cards will not allow staff entrance into SouthWest Metro buildings again until Monday, April 13th at the earliest.

For students who receive special education services, all IEPs will be served through our distance learning plan posted on our district website. Each student's special education team will work to provide the best possible plan under these unique conditions. When school returns to a face-to-face in classroom format, all IEPs will be reinstated to the plan in place prior to distance learning.

Please monitor the SouthWest Metro Intermediate District Website for ongoing updates.

March 15, 2020

Following the Governor's directive, beginning Monday, March 16th all SouthWest Metro Intermediate District classes are cancelled through Friday, March 27th.

From the Superintendent:

On Sunday, March 15th, Governor Walz directed all Minnesota Public Schools to close from March 18th through March 27th. Local districts were afforded the option to close on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th as well. Because the majority of SouthWest Metro member school districts have elected to close on Monday and Tuesday, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District will not hold classes from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Licensed staff, paraprofessionals, childcare providers, and food service providers are asked to stay home and not report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020. All other employees should report to work on Monday as usual. All staff are to report to their regular work site on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to participate in e-learning planning.

Please note that SWMetro was already scheduled to be on Spring Break the week of March 23rd, so the only impact on instructional days will be the week of March 16th. Governor Walz will make a subsequent decision regarding whether schools will be open or remain closed from March 30th on. Please visit the SouthWest Metro website for the most current information.