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COVID-19: March 27, Letter to the Community

March 27, 2020

Dear New Prague Area Schools Families:

I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. This update covers the distance learning period of Monday, March 30 through Monday, May 4th. As a reminder, our Spring Break will still occur April 6-10, which will mean there will be no distance learning, meals or childcare during this time. 

To-date, Minnesota Department of Education guidance indicates we are to provide distance learning through May 4th.  May 1 and 4 are scheduled as staff preparation days in the event students return to school on Tuesday, May 5. This date may shift over time and we need to be prepared for an extension beyond this date. Our staff have been working tirelessly to help transition to distance learning.  We are committed to having all of our students connected with their teachers during this school closure.  

I would encourage you to review our Distance Learning Plan. For many weeks we have been working with our staff to get their ideas and suggestions for setting up school-level plans. Building principals provided communication to all families earlier this week in regards to schedule and instruction expectations. Our Distance Learning Plan also highlights some of this information in addition to highlighting some of the tools our staff will be using to communicate with you and our students.  

As Superintendent of New Prague Area Schools, I can assure you that our staff will continue to model "The New Prague Way" during this major educational shift into distance learning. Our staff will continue to "Do What's Right" for all of our students and families. They are committed to excellence in their daily teaching lessons and will continue to engage our students in high levels of learning. 

Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we adapt to a different way of life during this global pandemic health crisis. While it is hard now, we will get through it together and be better for it.


Tim Dittberner 

Superintendent of Schools