Blue Earth Area School District officials have been working diligently due to COVID-19 closing schools statewide through March 27.
During an interview on KBEW-Radio on Tuesday, Superintendent Mandy Fletcher says she, principals and teachers met a full day on Sunday to discuss how to provide on-line education to students.
“We’re going into this focusing on solutions … to develop a plan to deliver quality distance education,” she says. “This is a big undertaking, we know it is a unique situation.”
School districts have essentially been given the next 10 days to address the academic needs of their students.
“We are really going to hone in and roll up our sleeves,” says Fletcher. “I told some of our teachers now is the time you can be creative.”
In addition to meeting educational needs, says Fletcher, the School District during times like this is a community resource.
Food service personnel are preparing breakfasts and lunches which are delivered daily in the district’s five communities. In addition, child care resources are being provided for health care professionals and emergency personnel.
“At this point we’re a much more broader entity,” she says. “We are a lifeline for many of our students.”
Distribution locations for the breakfasts and lunches outdoors near the school bus from 9:00-9:30 a.m. are:
- Blue Earth: 315 E. 6th Street, southside of the K-7 building outside of Door N;
- Frost: 315 1st Street, Julie’s;
- Winnebago: 140 South Main Street, southside of the Municipal Building parking lot;
- Delavan: 103 South Main Street, City Clerk/Library Building;
- Elmore: 202 Highway 169, southside of Municipal Building parking lot.
Anyone not having transportation to a meal distribution site may call the district’s transportation office at (507) 526-3294.
COVID-19 updates during closure of the schools may be obtained by going to the district’s website.