Smart reStart: Planning for Fall 2020

School board approves Hybrid Learning model to start the school year

On August 6 the school board voted to adopt Hybrid Learning as the base learning model in which to begin the school year. This is subject to change prior to the start of the school year, and it is very likely the district will have to shift between learning models at various times in the year as COVID rates fluctuate. The decision was made using guidance from Executive Order 20-82 and Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year.  

View MDE Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County (PDF)

Read our complete Smart reStart Return to Learning Plan or watch the 8.3.20 school board presentation.



Please note: To provide additional time for our staff and families to prepare for this fall, the school board voted to delay the start of the school year by one week. Our first week of school will be September 8, 2020. View 2020-2021 Calendar


Our commitment

We are committed to helping EVERY ONE of our students be successful in ANY learning environment. Our plan will address not just their academic instruction, but also strive to meet their social and emotional needs. We’ll provide opportunities for them to connect with teachers and peers, build relationships, and have access to mental health and wellness services.

Smart reStart Return to Learning Plan (pdf, 7 MB)

Check out our comprehensive return to learning plan for details on learning models, safety protocols and more (updated 8/20/20)

Safety Measures

While we cannot guarantee a COVID-free environment, we are doing all we can to mitigate the risk to our students and staff.

2020-2021 Learning Models

All learning will be delivered in an online format to ensure a smooth transition between learning models (In-Person/Hybrid/Distance) throughout the year. 

Hybrid Learning

The hybrid model is a mix of in-person and at-home learning designed to build connections between teachers and students in the safest way possible.

Distance & 100% Online Learning

We've made a lot of changes to distance learning! Distance Learning 2.0 is all about building connections between teachers and students and providing engaging learning opportunities.

Special Education reStart Guide (pdf, 2 MB)

Learn more about how we are supporting special education students during the pandemic.

Smart reStart FAQs

We are receiving many questions about our plans to restart learning this fall. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Resources to Support Families through COVID

The COVID pandemic is challenging. Check out these resources to access mental health support, food support or learn about child care options.

COVID-19 Information

District officials are following the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in terms of the district's response to this virus. 

2020-2021 School Meals

All students enrolled in Stillwater Area Public Schools, regardless of which learning model we’re in, will have access to school meals.

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