Stonebridge World School will begin the 2020-2021 school year using the Distance Learning model with supports, which will continue through the first quarter of the school year. The school will re-evaluate at the end of October 2020 to determine what changes we will need to make going forward. During distance learning all students will have access to on-site support by Stonebridge staff, which will include ESL, Special Education, Mental Health support as well as technology and tutoring. Additionally, Stonebridge has revised the school calendar and will now be starting school on the Tuesday after Labor Day September 8th, which will give teachers more time for training ensuring rigor and equity for all of our students. Please look for a call from your student’s teacher the week of August 24th and more information very soon on the school open house, which will allow you to pick up a new iPad for your students. We know this has been a stressful time for everyone and I want to let you know that the Stonebridge school planning committee worked very hard this summer looking at the three models required by Minnesota Department of Education. The committee brought a wide range of expertise to the process examining best practices, health and safety protocols, Covid trends, surveys from families and staff and what scenario other Metro districts were using to start the school year in order to inform the decision that was made. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn new information and about any changes. Most importantly we look forward to serving you this year bringing strong, rigorous instruction to all of our students as we strive to keep everyone safe and well.