Update from Superintendent Graff About Fall 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:05 PM

Dear MPS Community,

With the start of school just around the corner (September 8 for Grades 1-12; September 10 for PreK and Kindergarten), we want to share with you that Minneapolis Public Schools will be starting the year in distance learning. Students will not report to classrooms, but instead will receive instruction from their teachers through computers or other online devices.

I know this will be challenging for many, but based on feedback from our families and staff, and the status of COVID-19 in Hennepin County, distance learning is the safest option for the MPS community.

The good news is we have been working hard all summer to improve distance learning. Not only will it be stronger academically, students and staff alike will benefit from more structure, better planning, regular interactions and a greater sense of connection among students. In addition, to help students, tutoring, technology and mental wellness supports will be provided at certain school buildings. More details will be coming on how these supports will be provided safely.

Next Tuesday, August 4, MPS staff will present a more detailed overview of distance learning to our Board of Education beginning at 6:00 PM.

Shortly after, we will share this information with families through emails and social media posts. You may livestream that meeting online or watch it on Channel 15. Then watch for regular updates throughout the month of August -- such as a webpage, Family Guide and Q&A -- on what families need to do to prepare for a successful start of the school year with distance learning. We’ll include information on grading, student supports, meals, enrollment and a variety of other important details.

We look forward to seeing our students online!

Regards,

Ed Graff
Superintendent