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News articles are published by the Communications Department. Story ideas, comments or questions can be sent to info@sowashco.org


Virtual Learning Academy and School Meal Registration
Registration for Virtual Learning Academy and School Meals
08/05/2020
You will be asked about school meals on distance learning days, and if you want your child to be registered and enrolled in our K-12 Virtual Learning Academy.
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SoWashCo Shares Initial Safe Learning Plan for Fall 2020
08/03/2020
During a special school board meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) presented its safe learning plan for the new school year. Following a review of distance learning and in-person learning, the school board voted to approve the most complicated plan – hybrid learning.
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Fall Planning
State Announces Safe Learning Plan for Schools
07/30/2020
Today, Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) set thresholds for schools to reopen safely. The state’s fall school plan is based on a formula that uses COVID-19 infection rates over 14 days in our county (Washington County) as a deciding factor.
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Hybrid Learning
South Washington County Schools Hybrid Learning Option
07/29/2020
SoWashCo planning teams have spent the summer working on the most complicated scenario – hybrid learning. In hybrid learning, students learn through a combination of distance learning at home and in-person learning at school five days a week with strict social distancing measures in place.
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Fall Focus Groups
SoWashCo Community Invited to give Fall 2020 Planning Feedback through Virtual Focus Groups
07/24/2020
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) is conducting virtual focus groups to inform the work of our planning teams for a successful start to the school year.
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Governor Orders Masks to be Worn in all Schools and District Buildings
07/22/2020
Face coverings will be required for all students (in grades K-12), all staff and anyone present in a SoWashCo building beginning July 25.
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Keith Jacobus
Superintendent Keith Jacobus Announces Retirement
07/16/2020
Dr. Keith Jacobus, Superintendent of South Washington County Schools, submitted his notice of retirement during the July 16 school board meeting. The school board accepted his notice, effective Sept. 2, 2020.
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Anna Braun
Anna Braun Hired as New Director of Special Services
07/15/2020
Please join me in welcoming Anna Braun to the role of Director of Special Services.
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MDE Releases Results of Fall 2020 Family Survey
07/13/2020
The Minnesota Department of Education releases survey results for upcoming school year. Majority of families would like to see students back in school but, public health remains a top concern.
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Tyrone Brookins
Tyrone Brookins Hired as New Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability
07/06/2020
Please join me in welcoming Tyrone Brookins as Assistant Superintendent for Academic Excellence and Accountability.
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Three Scenarios Considered for Minnesota Schools This Fall
06/19/2020
The Minnesota Department of Education released guidance for school districts to create plans based on three scenarios for fall 2020. Because we don’t know which scenario the state will choose, it’s important for parents to prepare for all three possibilities.
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Kari Lopez
Kari Lopez nominated for NASSP National Principal of the Year
06/12/2020
In February the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) named Kari Lopez, principal of Woodbury Middle School, Minnesota Middle Level Principal of the Year. They recently selected Lopez as the Minnesota representative at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which makes her a nominee for the NASSP National Principal of the Year.
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Ending the Year and Looking Ahead to Fall 2020
06/07/2020
This is not the year that anyone expected. All of us will remember 2020 and the many challenges we faced together – most recently, the events in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, the worldwide pandemic, job losses, school closings and the loss of a traditional graduation.
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Summer Meals
Summer Meals
06/03/2020
South Washington County Schools will continue providing meal options for families in our community this summer, including meal pick-up sites and food delivery.
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A Message from Superintendent Keith Jacobus About the Death of George Floyd
05/29/2020
I am writing to you with overwhelming feelings of sorrow, outrage and dismay following the actions that led to the death of George Floyd. As a school community, we are here for each other and more than ever we need to reach out to our friends and neighbors and show the compassion, empathy and humanity everyone deserves.
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Statement Regarding Grading During Trimester Three
05/28/2020
South Washington County Schools appreciates the feedback from families following the announcement that trimester three grades will not be included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculations.
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Graduation Information
South Washington County Schools to Hold Virtual Graduation Ceremonies
05/20/2020
Earlier this month, we shared a survey with seniors and their families about their preference for graduation.
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