Community Education Program Updates Regarding State Response to Mitigation of COVID-19
Updated May 14, 2020
Greetings from Edina Community Education!
Yesterday, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-56, Safely Reopening Minnesota’s Economy and Ensuring Safe Non-Work Activities during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency, as well as Guidelines for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs. Today, we are writing to share our plans for summer programming.
While we expect additional guidance specific to Community Education programming in the weeks to come, our team has continued to develop plans to offer summer programming consistent with state health guidelines and COVID-19 direction from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Some programming will be cancelled, some will be modified, and some new, high-quality programming will be created. Edina Community Ed will remain nimble and responsive to opportunities and challenges that emerge as our community begins to return to civic life. We promise you two things: that every day we are working hard to fulfill our mission to create learning, growth and connection opportunities that are of our community, by our community, and for our community; and that we will continue to keep you informed as plans take shape. Thank you for joining us on this journey!
Read on for a program-by-program overview. Those currently enrolled in these programs can expect additional, program-specific details, deadlines and next steps via separate communication.
Early Learning Center
Currently-scheduled, in-person Book Buddies camps are cancelled and refunds will be issued. Please be patient as these refunds must be processed individually. Opportunities to create new programming are being evaluated. Kindergarten Camp plans for late July/August are on hold at this time and will be re-evaluated as the start date gets closer.
Enrichment Classes and Camps
All currently-scheduled camps and classes are cancelled and refunds will be issued, so that everyone—staff, instructors, and families—can start with a clean slate and clear expectations. Please be patient as these refunds must be processed individually. We will be creating new programming for our new reality in phases throughout the summer, beginning with online programming and evolving to social-distancing programming if, when and where possible.
- May 26: Registration opens for Phase 1 of summer enrichment programming (June)
- June 23 (tentative): Registration opens for Phase 2 of summer enrichment programming (July)
- July 7 (tentative): Registration opens for Phase 3 of summer enrichment programming (August)
School Age Care
Summer 2020 KIDS Club/WISE Guys will be offered in a modified way. We will practice social distancing and align with state safety recommendations by placing students with consistent schedules in smaller groups and utilizing highly-predictable settings. Field trips will not be offered.
Edina Give and Go
If you were registered for camps or classes with scholarship dollars from Edina Give and Go, those funds are still available to use with new Edina Community Ed programs or with another program provider. Look for upcoming communication from Edina Give and Go or reach out to Edina Give and Go at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-848-4482 with questions or to learn more.
ELEMENTS GUIDING SUMMER DECISIONS
Safety is critical.
As we gradually open our summer programming, the safety of our students, family, staff and community is our primary concern. Our detailed plans will adhere to guidelines from the CDC and State of Minnesota and will be shared with all participants.
Construction creates limitations.
Ongoing construction in Edina Public Schools means that space for district-wide summer programming, including Community Ed programming, is limited to three elementary schools and one high school.
Childcare is critical for our workforce.
Reliable, all-day care for students is critical to enabling families to return to work. Staff, space, and safety are key elements shaping what this can look like for our families this summer.
We are in this together.
We know that demand for summer care and enrichment programming will be increasing throughout summer as guidelines evolve and more people return to work. Edina Community Education is committed to remaining nimble and expanding our offerings as much as possible as summer progresses. We are also collaborating with other community partners and organizations to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community as a community.
On Sunday, March 15, Governor Tim Walz authorized that all K-12 schools would be closed Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, March 27, 2020 for school staff to make future plans in response to minimizing the spread of COVID- 19.
All Community Education programs, classes and events will be closed from Monday, March 16 through March 27:
- All Early Learning Center classes and programs, including All-Day K
- All School Age Care programs (KIDS Club/WISE Guys) at all six elementary sites
- All K-12 enrichment classes and programs
- All Facility Rentals
- All Middle School Mornings, Middle School Sports, and Middle School Clubs
- All adult classes and fitness programs, including the Community Woodshop
Due to the uncertainty of school district schedules in the coming weeks, we will be reviewing decisions as we wait for guidance from the State on how operations and programs will proceed. Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we navigate this quickly evolving situation. We will continue to review the information at our disposal and will continue to communicate with you as we make decisions regarding operations and procedures in the next two weeks.
In order to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, Edina Public Schools and Edina Community Education have a coordinated management planning effort to guide action steps in this situation. The district and community education will continue to follow guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health and county public health agencies .
Learn more about COVID-19 and its status in Minnesota by calling the MDH information line at 651-201-3920 or follow Edina Schools updates at COVID-19