3/15/2020 covid-19 Update

3/15/2020 COVID-19 Update and Response Plan
Posted on 03/15/2020

March 15, 2020


Dear Robbinsdale Area Schools Families,


We thank our students, families and staff for their understanding, patience and support during this unprecedented time navigating the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the health and safety of our students, families, staff and community are our top priority. Please review all items carefully below as we follow the directive provided by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education.


School closing MARCH 16-20, 2020:  

Robbinsdale Area Schools (Preschool, K-12, Adult Basic Education) will close to students from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020, to allow teachers and staff to finalize plans for distance learning. 


MARCH 23-27, 2020: Robbinsdale Area Schools’ spring break will continue as planned.


MARCH 30, 2020 and beyond: Robbinsdale Area Schools, in conjunction with state agencies, will re-evaluate school closure and distance learning requirements for the week beginning March 30, 2020, and beyond. Per Governor Tim Walz, schools will be allowed to begin distance learning instruction on Monday, March 30. As soon as possible, Robbinsdale Area Schools will communicate guidelines and plans to families and staff.


Staff Present Monday and Tuesday 

Robbinsdale Area Schools staff will be present on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, according to their regular schedules, for planning purposes. Further information for staff will be forthcoming. 


Childcare for elementary-age students

Please look for additional communication from Robbinsdale Area Schools Adventure Club regarding childcare for elementary-age students. As a reminder, there will be no Adventure Club on Monday, March 16, 2020.


How can you help?

Please continue to practice healthy habits to limit the spread of disease:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands and Handwashing Video. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum 60% alcohol content.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough into the inside of the elbow. Dispose of tissues immediately. Wash hands afterward.


Thank you for your partnership and understanding during this time of rapidly changing information.




Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Robbinsdale Area Schools