MTCS students and families,
Governor Walz issued a Stay at Home order in Minnesota that will begin Friday, March 27. He also ordered that schools begin their Distance Learning school programs on Monday, March 30 and continue through April 30th.
The Governors’ decisions are in support of keeping us all safe and healthy while continuing to support student learning.
MTCS is prepared and ready for distance learning to start on Monday, March 30th. Every student has a device for learning and all staff will be available from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to work with students and families. If students are in need of a device and/or access to the internet, please contact us.
We know these are challenging times with significant impact upon our entire MTCS community. As we continue to work through such times together, know that staff and families continue to demonstrate collaboration, compassion, and unity as we navigate the disruption experienced by all. Life can present many challenges and COVID-19 is making such challenges even more difficult. Know that MTCS social workers are here to support all students and families by helping to provide access to resources and navigating diverse challenges (click here). Also, MTCS has staff available to help in supporting technology (click here). Check out our resource area on the MTCS website and know that we will continue to update this as further information/resources become available.
If you are an emergency worker and need childcare per the Governors’ Executive Order https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/ School-age Care for Children of Critical Workers – State List – 3/25/20, please reach out to us.
If you are in need of meals, MTCS currently offers two meal pick up locations available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM:
- -MTS Secondary 2872 26th Ave. S.
- -Banaadir Academy (North) 1201 Bryant Ave. N.
For the purpose of ordering meals, please fill out the Student Lunch Request Form found at mtcs.org to let us know you will be picking up lunches.
If you are unable to pick up meals and would like them delivered to your home, you must fill out and sign a home delivery consent form. These were previously sent home week of March 16th and can also be found at MTCS.org
MTCS is committed to the health and safety of our students, families and staff. We have reduced the number of people, in any of our buildings at one time, to less than ten. Additionally, many staff are now working remotely to stay home as much as possible. We encourage all to practice social distancing, cover coughs and/or sneezes with a tissue and to frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and follow all recommendations per the CDC and noted via the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
At this point, what we know is that distance learning will take place from Monday, March 30th through Thursday, April 30th. As with us all, MTCS will wait for further information from the State of MInnesota prior to communicating what will take place after April 30th. We will continue to stay informed and in communication with you throughout this very fluid and dynamic time.
Please visit our website regularly, MTCS.org and particularly right here at our Safe and Learning Resource Area (link https://mtcs.org/students-and-families/safe-learning/) where we have links to key health information and resources to help keep students engaged in learning at home.
Thank you for your continued efforts, patience and partnership as we all work through this challenging time in the school year.
Take care of yourselves and loved ones and please feel free to reach out to any MTCS staff member for support.
Brian Erlandson, Superintendent
Minnesota Transitions Charter School
March 25 Updates
Distance Learning in Schools beginning March 30: MTCS students will begin distance learning on Monday, March 30 until May 4. Please note that the teachers and curriculum will continue, only the way we are doing school is changing.
Technology and internet access: MTCS provided devices to all students who need them, grades K-12. Please let us know if you are having any issues with either your device or internet service – click here.
District emergency care: MTCS offers child care for Tier 1 emergency workers, please let us know if you are a Tier 1 emergency worker – click here.
Activities, events and facility rentals: All school activities and events are canceled until at least May 4.
Emergency student meals: Minnesota Transitions Charter School is providing “grab and go” meals for students at no cost Monday, March 30 throughout the time school is closed. Food can be picked up between 9-11:00 Monday through Friday at Banaadir North, or MTS Secondary, or arrangements can be made for food to be dropped off. You must make arrangements for food delivery, no later than Wednesday for the next week, right here (https://mtcs.org/students-and-families/safe-learning/mtcs-food-for-students/).
How can you help?
Please continue to practice healthy habits to limit the spread of disease:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into the inside of the elbow. Dispose of tissues immediately. Wash hands afterwards.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Practice social distancing guidelines, and stay home when you are sick.
Learn more about Covid-19:
Updated information from the CDC on COVID-19 in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The most recent information about COVID-19 in Minnesota may be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html