Back-to-School Planning

Dear Families,

We’re already preparing for back-to-school by taking a close look at our COVID-19 safety measures, many of which will likely stay in place. With less than 3% of our staff and students presenting with COVID-19 at a 287 building last school year, we know that our layers of protection were extremely effective in keeping everyone as safe as possible. 

In the coming weeks, we will work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health officials as we prepare for back-to-school. We know that safety guidance may continue to change between now and the start of school based on further state and federal direction. We plan to communicate with families about various aspects of safety including mask-wearing, social distancing, confirmed cases, vaccinations, testing, cleaning procedures, and more by late August.

In the meantime, we encourage our students, staff, families, and all members of our community who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Please be aware of the below back-to-school updates:

In-person learning (no distance learning option)
Students will attend school five days a week, in person. We will discontinue distance learning during the 2021-2022 school year as it is no longer an option per the direction of the Minnesota Department of Education. Our school leaders and staff are here to support students who were previously in distance learning transition to in-person learning. We know some families of students who receive Special Education Services may wish to schedule an IEP meeting to plan for a smooth transition. Please contact your school’s principal if you have questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a meeting to plan for your student’s transition to in-person learning. 

School Meals
Regular school meals will continue to be provided free of charge to all students, thanks to funding from the federal government. Applying for meal benefits helps your student and your school. In addition to free meals, your student may benefit from possible reduced rates for middle and high school activities in your home district and access reduced fees for college and AP testing. In addition, your student’s school benefits from compensatory funds, which help reduce class size, provide counseling and social work services, and hire specialists. Apply now!

School Calendar
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, September 8th. View or print the district family calendar.

Again, we will stay in close communication with you and share more information about safety plans by late August. We look forward to seeing students this fall!

Lastly, we invite you to come by the Intermediate District 287 booth at Tater Daze in Brooklyn Park on Saturday, August 14th, to connect with staff and learn more about our back-to-school plans.



Sandy Lewandowski