Patience and Flexibility During Distance Learning

Patience and Flexibility During Distance Learning
Posted on 04/08/2020
Superintendent Keith JacobusI hope you and your family had a good first week and a half of distance learning. My youngest is a senior in high school and we certainly had some success and some challenges.

Last week, Governor Tim Walz mentioned that the likelihood of students returning to the classroom this school year is slim. The idea that we may be doing distance learning through early June may be daunting, especially as you balance work and family needs with helping support your child’s learning at home. As educators, the potential for not having kids return to class is truly heartbreaking.

I want you to know that no one is expecting your child to replicate the same level of challenging classwork that they would normally accomplish in the classroom with their teacher. Our goal is for students to work independently while families create a structure that works for their child’s daily routine. After just one week, we know you may be spending more time than anticipated to help your child learn their lessons. It may go against your inclinations as parents, but I hope you’ll give yourself, and your child, some flexibility as we navigate this new situation together. I have also asked our teachers to do the same. Distance learning by its very nature is different and I know it can never be as effective and meaningful as having your child at school and in class.

Additionally, we are only in our second week of distance learning, so we will continue to evaluate what’s working and make adjustments as needed. We also need your help. Please complete this parent survey about distance learning as a way for us to measure your experience and help us make improvements.

During this time of uncertainty, I want you to know that we hold relationships, patience and love of our students above attendance, grades and assignments.

It’s the one thing we can control.


Keith Jacobus