Greetings, Northfield Public Schools Families:
Today’s update includes a reminder about our third district “pulse” survey window, reminders about spring break, a reminder about the transition to full-time in-person learning for middle school, high school, and ALC, and reinforcing our commitment to anti-racism.
Reminder: Pulse Survey
As announced in last week’s update, the district is conducting its third pulse survey of the 2020-21 school year. Thanks to the 228 parents/caregivers who have completed the survey so far. My goal is to have at least 1,000 parents participate. The survey is open until 9:00 pm on March 19, 2021. Your feedback has been essential in helping us navigate the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
As I have shared before in updates 26, 29, and 30, the district is asking that families traveling over spring break make themselves familiar with the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education. In addition, the district strongly recommends families have a plan to take a COVID-19 test upon return from their travel. You can learn more about testing here.
Return to full-time in-person learning for middle school, high school, and ALC students
As shared in updates No. 28, 29, and 30, we are preparing to return middle school, high school, and ALC students to in-person learning, five days per week beginning on March 31. You can review the timeline here.
We continue to closely monitor the public health situation, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 variants that have brought an uptick in cases in Minnesota.
Commitment to anti-racism
Once again, we have seen violence in our country with an apparent connection to racism. The mass murders in Atlanta this week provide a shocking example of the anti-Asian American climate that has become more visible during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. It is vital we work to make our community supportive of every person as they are and that we intentionally interrupt racism. Our district continues its commitment to our anti-racism framework that includes addressing symbolism, individual behavior, and systems behavior. As a community, we must come together to extinguish racism and hate.
Once again, thank you for your partnership during this difficult time. I appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and grace. I am proud of how we have worked together to meet the challenges the pandemic has presented our community.
Matt Hillmann, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools