Canby schools resume for most students
The recent metro area ice storm has wreaked havoc on trees and power poles, homes, cars and more. The storm left hundreds of thousands without power, and some are still waiting.
Along with other area districts, the Canby School District canceled school on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 16 and 17 (Monday was President's Day). But leaders came up with an unusual solution for the remainder of the week.
On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19, most students in the district will resume remote instruction. But students attending Ninety-One School or Carus Elementary School, areas that continue to go without power, will not have classes. Staff at those schools will spend the days preparing offline work for students for next week in case the disruptions in power and Internet services continue.
"It is unclear when we can expect full power and Internet to return to these communities," Superintendent Trip Goodall said in a letter to families Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Since Carus area middle- and high-schoolers and Ninety-One area high-schoolers attend Canby High, and since many other students continue to be without power, the district is making room for exceptions.
"If a student is unable to attend due to power or Internet issues, they will be held harmless and will not be required to make up assignments or class time," Goodall said.
High School Principal Greg Dinse, too, recognized the potential for his students to struggle amid the continued power outages, especially those in the Carus and Ninety-One areas — and he encouraged students to connect with teachers to explain their circumstances.
If students will be absent, parents should call the school to report it, if possible.
Goodall acknowledged that some staff may also be without power and/or Internet, but he noted they can access both from the schools and said the district was confident staff would be able to provide live remote instruction beginning Thursday. If students log in and do not have access to their teacher, they are encouraged to continue to try to connect throughout the day.
Meal delivery will resume Thursday as well, but buses may be a little later than usual while navigating the conditions, Goodall said. Grab-and-go meals will be available at Baker Prairie Middle School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
"We have faced many unanticipated challenges throughout this school year," Goodall said. "We are working to continue to support our students, families and staff as we navigate yet another crisis. Your continued partnership will help us get through this trying time."
The district is exploring additional support measures to help students with technology and reconnecting during this emergency, Dinse said. More information will be available soon.
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