For the first six weeks of school, Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN) will operate in the following Learning Modes:
- Lower School (K-4) will operate in Mode #2 Hybrid (M2) – Building-based traditional learning with the option of home-based distance learning 1-5 days per week.
- Middle School (5-8) will operate in Mode #3+ Distance Learning Plus (M3+) – Home-based distance learning plus the option of building-based, supervised/proctored learning.
Both M2 and M3+ are hybrids with some students at school and some at home and both currently meet the Governor’s recommended policy options based on Ramsey county’s 14-day case rate ranges. While independent schools are not bound by the Governor’s recommendations, we, as a school dedicated to the democratic process, appreciate and trust the work that went into these recommendations. To this end, we will not move to a learning mode at a more open level than indicated by the recommendations, but may choose a learning mode at a more conservative level than indicated by the recommendations.
Where We Go Next
The operation of the first 4 weeks of school, along with local health trends, and further recommendations from the governor, will help us decide whether to move to tighten operations to the full distance learning of a pure Mode #3, or continue with Mode #2 for Lower School and Mode #3+ for Middle School for the second six weeks of school, Oct. 19th – Nov. 25th (Thanksgiving Break). It is our intention to be able to inform families about the plans for the second six weeks by Friday, Oct. 9th.
To view our entire plan go to FSMN COVID-19 Response Plan 2020-2021