EV-W shifts to hybrid instruction model

Each Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) releases COVID-19 rates by county. The Department of Education and MDH use these rates to determine which instruction model is safe for individual districts based on their primary county. Before school started, each district had to make specific plans for three modes of instruction: in-person, distance, and…

Back to school, 2020 style

Kimball students returned to school on Thursday, Sept. 3. Above (and on page 12), Kimball Elementary Students arrive at school that morning to be directed to separate entrances by grade; the goal is to keep students from congregating as they arrive to and depart from school. KES students, to start, will attend in-person classes Monday/Tuesday…

Friday Update, Aug. 28, 2020

By Mark Messman Superintendent EV-W District #463 We’re in this together Some of our community members have expressed concern about opening school for the 2020-2021 school year. They are concerned that holding face-to-face, in-person instruction will needlessly expose our students and teachers to COVID-19. They have seen media reports of other states’ attempts to return…

Friday Update, Sept. 4, 2020

By Mark Messman Superintendent EV-W District #463 Challenging times As we monitor county COVID-19 case rates and prepare our schools for a safe return, we continue to balance our local reopening plan, local and regional health data, and implement many of the best practices ensuring student safety. We need to keep in mind that each…

Eagle clothing orders now open

Eagle Booster Club clothing orders are now available online at rambow.com, using code EVW. Orders for Eden Valley-Watkins T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and more are due by Sept. 21 for delivery in October.

Friday Update, Aug. 7, 2020

By Mark Messman, Superintendent EV-W District #463 Reopening EV-W Schools in 2020-21 As of early August county data, current COVID-19 case rates will have the Eden Valley-Watkins School District students returning to face-to-face instruction. The district is gearing up for face-to-face, hybrid, and distance learning models of education for the 2020-2021 school year. The timing…

This is the perfect time to come together

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Over the past weeks and months, even the most casual observer would notice that “We the People” are pulling apart over several dividing lines. Whatever your stand on any side of any of these issues – and even if you’re doing your best to straddle them all so as to…

Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year

Last week, Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, along with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are announcing Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year. As a part of this plan, MDE and MDH have created Regional Support Teams to assist schools as they navigate…

EV-W Schools prepare to open

By Mark Messman, EV-W Superintendent The Governor’s decision was based on survey data collected from spring distance learning, families, education staff, medical professionals, and MDH/CDC guidance. 

Kimball Boy Scouts update

The Kimball Boy Scout Troop have completed their third and final 10-mile hike Saturday, July 18. They were able to sneak the hike in right after a large storm passed through. They got it done just in time before temps went into the upper 90s with high humidity.

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