BP School approves Safe Learning Plan
After hearing Blooming Prairie Schools Superintendent Chris Staloch explain a Safe Learning Plan to return students to school, the board voted unanimously to approve a COVID-19 education plan.
Listening to Staloch in a Power Point presentation explain the numbers game of county cases of COVID-19, the board moved from a work session to calling a special board meeting to order.
The special meeting was called to order at 7:01 a.m. by Board Chairman Rodney Krell one hour after the board work meeting had begun.
It took the board only three minutes to approve the plan. Board member Jon Sunde motioned approval of the Blooming Prairie School District's COVID-19 education plan. Steve Ille seconded. Motion carried with all members voting "aye."
The full board in attendance included Sunde, Ille, Kelly Braaten, Pam Hameister, Dean Meshke, Jenny Thurnau and Rodney Krell.
A two-page letter was sent to parents on Thursday afternoon, informing them of the School District 756 decision.
Classes in Blooming Prairie School District 756 begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
With the school board action, classes will resume with elementary students pre-K following the normal schedule and those students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade returning to the classroom for in-school learning on the normal schedule. "That has been our goal," remarked Staloch.
The high school, grades 7-12, will adapt to a hybrid plan, meaning students will be split to 50% capacity based on last name and will follow an A (Awesome) and B (Blossom) schedule.
Last name A-L will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays, and they will distance learn Wednesdays through Fridays.
Last name M-Z will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays and they will distance learn Mondays through Wednesdays.