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Making our way back to MPA.

体育比分网a message from dr. bill hudson, head of school

体育比分网the mpa mission is stronger, more relevant, and even more necessary during these uncertain times as our community, nation, and world wrestle with the impact of covid-19. when forced to pivot from on campus to virtual learning, we relied upon the strength of our partnership with parents, the resiliency of our students, and the creativity and hard work of our exceptional faculty and staff to not only maintain, but advance learning. as a school community, we prevailed under difficult circumstances to deliver on our commitment to educate the whole child—academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. we didn't just survive virtual learning, we thrived.

We intend to draw upon our success this spring and the can-do spirit of MPA to open for on-campus learning on August 26 as scheduled. Our planning is grounded in the MPA mission, a set of guiding principles, consultation with experts and best practices from around the world, and with the engagement of our school community. The health, safety, and well-being of our students, employees, and larger community will always be of greatest importance. Recognizing that research and knowledge about COVD-19 is continually evolving and that we must take into account the requirements and guidance of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Public Health, our plans are flexible to respond to conditions as they evolve. We will continue to refine our plans throughout the summer and are, as always, committed to frequent and transparent communication with our parent community.

Learning
Living
Thriving
Planning
FAQs
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

The MPA learning environment remains rooted in our mission and values regardless of the mode of instruction warranted by current conditions. Much of what our community treasures and loves will remain the same even if it looks different from what we have known in the past, before COVID-19. These scenarios and the associated plans are flexible enough so we can effectively shift quickly given conditions at the time. With a comprehensive plan that reflects our mission and values and prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our community, we intend to begin the new school year on campus on August 26 with extensive safety protocols in place.


Moving the dial

体育比分网defining key language

Dial
体育比分网 The image above is MPA's dial, designed to reflect the learning environment the school is currently in, or will be in, when in session next. It contains four main scenarios and illustrates there are options between the main scenarios. As a private, independent school, we have more flexibility than public school systems, thus we have more possible scenarios.

Cohort
体育比分网 Prioritizing the unique needs of Lower School children, a cohort model at MPA is one that keeps groups of young students together and limits their movement on campus. For example, during a cohort model at MPA, teachers would rotate rather than students. This would be used as a protective safety measure.

Hybrid Learning
体育比分网 This is used to describe learning in which some, but not all, traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by virtual learning activities. For example, during hybrid learning at MPA, Middle and Upper School students would be on campus for the learning activities that are most successfully done in person.

Density
The hybrid learning option at MPA would reduce the number of students on campus. This allows for greater social distancing, a key protective safety protocol. The small class sizes that we enjoy allow us to start from a lower density position.

Virtual School
体育比分网 Similar to how it was implemented this spring, virtual school will vary by division. With a focus on maintaining routines and meeting families where they are, learning under this model would continue to be rigorous, reliable, and joyful.

factors that move mpa's dial

PreK-12 On Campus With Safety Measures In Place
体育比分网 This is where MPA intends to start the school year. This will be possible assuming COVID-19 metrics continue to stabilize and/or improve.

PreK-4 On Campus In Cohorts, 5-12 In Hybrid Learning Model
The MPA dial will move to this scenario if COVID-19 metrics worsen at the state or local level and/or MPA community spread occurs. MPA has the flexibility due to campus and class size to keep PreK-4 on campus in cohorts due to the unique learning and childcare needs of Lower School families and welcome students in grades 5-12 on campus on a rotating basis.

PreK-4 On Campus In Cohorts, 5-12 In Virtual School
The MPA dial will move to this scenario if COVID-19 metrics continue to worsen and/or MPA community spread occurs. This is a more restrictive hybrid scenario designed to further reduce the density on campus and prioritize the unique learning and childcare needs of our Lower School families. It may be possible for MPA to use this scenario while public schools are only able to be virtual.

PreK On Campus, K-12 In Virtual School
The MPA dial will move to this scenario if COVID-19 metrics continue to worsen and the Governor orders all schools in virtual learning. This would be a shelter in place type situation. The State of Minnesota would likely allow childcare centers to remain open, which is why PreK may remain open, as a licensed childcare center.

LIVING, ON & OFF CAMPUS

Keeping the MPA community healthy and safe is a shared responsibility among all community members—parents/guardians, school leadership, faculty, staff, and students. Working together, there will be multiple layers of extensive preventative and protective protocols in place, both on and off campus. The protocols will change and evolve in response to recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. No one measure will create and maintain a healthy campus environment, however a number of layered measures, shared by all, working in concert, will reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

FAMILIES' ROLE

all of these preventative safety protocols will be in place at the beginning of the school year and families should begin preparing for them this summer. mpa will offer virtual and recorded trainings prior to the start of the school year for families to participate in together.

Families Role

SCHOOL'S ROLE

all of these preventative and protective safety protocols will be in place at the beginning of the school year. mpa is also preparing other protocols that are not included below and will be ready to implement, if needed.

Commons

COMMUNITY GATHERINGS

coming to campus will look a little bit different. just as soon as we are able, we will loosen restrictions. alternative plans are being developed for choir and ensemble classes and lunchtime, for example.

Community Gatherings

ATHLETICS

mounds park academy is following the lead of the minnesota state high school league on returning to play for the 2020 fall sports season. at this time, the mshsl is asking schools and athletic directors to prepare as normal for the fall season that begins on august 17, 2020.

Athletics

THRIVING, NOT JUST SURVIVING

体育比分网no matter what the coming school year holds, the virtual learning program at mpa is designed to be a seamless extension of the care we always provide our students, families, and community. it’s not only rigorous and reliable, it’s also engaging and infused with joy from beginning to end. read some of the stories that emerged during the spring of 2020.

PLANNING

planning for the 2020-21 school year began on april 7 by the board of trustees and the administrative team. a teacher task force was created to draw upon the expertise and experience of our exceptional faculty to formulate proposals that respond to the unique pedagogical and developmental needs of learners at each grade level and division. at the same time, the administrative team consulted with other independent schools in the united states and around the world, the national association of independent schools, the independent schools association of the central states (our regional accrediting agency), and with state and local public health officials to create a plan to bring all students on campus as soon as we are safely able.

mpa has also formed a community advisory group comprised of members of the larger mpa community with medical, public health, higher education, government, and legal experience. the purpose of the group is to review recommended steps and provide insights, suggestions, and best practices considering their personal connection to the school and their professional areas of expertise. they will meet regularly to review evolving plans. 

The resulting dynamic, flexible, and responsive plan detailed above is in accordance with the current requirements, recommendations, and guidance of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. All decisions related to the plan will be made by Dr. Bill Hudson, head of school, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, the Administrative Team, and the Community Advisory Group.

体育比分网community advisory group

Dr. Emily Binstadt '91, Regions Hospital, Emergency Medicine Physician
Jeremy Drucker '97, State of Minnesota, Public Affairs Consultant
Kevin Goodno, Fredrikson & Byron, PA, Attorney & Shareholder
Dr. Courtney Herring, Children’s Minnesota, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Kurt Keogh, Allina Health, Emergency Medicine Specialist
Maurice Kuypers, Retired 3M, Global Business Manager, MPA Board of Trustee
Caroline Portoghese, Handi Medical Supply, Inc., Director of Rehab Operations

 

Matt Larson, City of St. Paul, Director of Innovation; University of St. Thomas, Adjunct Faculty; MPA Board of Trustees Chair
Martha Burton Santibanez, Minnesota Department of Health, Assistant Division Director, Health Regulation Division
Brett Schreiber, Hennepin County, Senior System Software Engineer
Suzanne Schwartz, Hennepin County Medical Center, Director of Operations
John Willis体育比分网, Carleton College, Associate Professor of History, Director of Africana Studies

guiding principles

prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

体育比分网alignment with government orders and the guidelines of the cdc and minnesota department of health.

advance the continuity of learning.

体育比分网promote the social and emotional health of our students and, faculty, and staff.

体育比分网bring all students on campus as soon as we are safely able.

focus on flexibility and nimbleness as the external circumstances change.

honor the whole child education approach in arts, athletics, academic areas.

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体育比分网unique pedagogical responses based on appropriateness for each developmental stage, prek-12.

FAQs

Please direct your questions to communications@opera-to-relax.com体育比分网. Commonly asked questions will be catalogued here.

体育比分网a: enrollment is strong—in fact, we plan to welcome at least 80 new students to the community, despite covid-19 and a nation-wide recession. coupled with 21 mid-year enrollments, that is the most new students our school has welcomed in many years.

this is thanks, in large part, to referrals from community members like you. thank you for your ongoing support as mpa's office of admission will likely need to remain virtual through the coming school year.

体育比分网a: tuition will remain at levels communicated in february. whether on or off campus, tuition is necessary to deliver the mpa mission and education we all value. together with annual giving, tuition is largely invested in the salaries, benefits, and professional development of our exceptional faculty and staff, whom we need to retain to deliver any of the scenarios detailed above. tuition also provides the materials, supplies, and infrastructure required to advance the continuity of learning. finally, whether on or off campus, we must continue to fund the fixed costs of maintaining our physical campus.

体育比分网a: once the reality of the covid-19 pandemic set in, the mpa community quickly mobilized to raise nearly $150,000 for the mpa community care fund to support important and emerging needs. thanks to your generosity, the community care fund has assisted many mpa families during their time of need, including:

  • financial assistance and flexibility for families impacted by COVID-19;
  • virtual learning technology and other expenses;
  • support for graduating MPA seniors in need; and
  • employee support funds.

As the pandemic continues to impact our families, the need continues to grow. The future is uncertain for many and thanks to the gifts from hundreds in our community, we have made a profound and meaningful difference when they needed it the most. If you would like to make a gift, please click here.

If you any have questions about the Community Care Fund, please email体育比分网 Jennifer Rogers, director of development and community engagement.

体育比分网a: once the reality of the covid-19 pandemic set in, the mpa community quickly mobilized to raise nearly $150,000 for the mpa community care fund to support important and emerging needs. thanks to your generosity, the community care fund has assisted many mpa families during their time of need. is your family impacted by covid-19 and in need of assistance? to fill out a confidential form and a member of our administrative team will be in touch with you soon.

If you any have questions about the Community Care Fund, please email体育比分网 Jennifer Rogers, director of development and community engagement.