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Curriculum & Instruction Department


District Office
4115 Ambassador Blvd NW
St. Francis MN 55070

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Nichole Rens
Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Trina Schultz
Assistant Director, Curriculum & Instruction

Kara Merrifield
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Erin Kringler
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Distance Learning  

Art: SFAS Distance Learning Graphic

On March 25, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-19, which authorizes and directs the Minnesota Commissioner of Education to implement a Distance Learning period for public schools from March 30, 2020 through May 4, 2020. Distance Learning for students is scheduled to conclude on April 30. May 1 and May 4 are scheduled for staff preparation days in the event students would return on May 5. This is subject to change.

Distance Learning

St. Francis Area Schools students will engage in Distance Learning with access to appropriate educational materials and instruction from their licensed teachers to continue their learning. Distance Learning utilizes similar aspects to the traditional school day, such as course expectations, class announcements and learning objectives. Teachers will provide students with a variety of learning opportunities; not all will be digital in nature. 

Instructional Delivery

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, staff will communicate course/class expectations to  early childhood through grade 12 students using the following:

  • Teachers will communicate with students through Google Classroom, packets that were sent home via material pick-up during the week of March 23-27 or email. Accommodations will be made for students with IEPs or 504 plans.
    Click here for a tutorial video on Google Classroom


Middle school students looking at a computer tablet

Purpose: To provide equitable programming and preparation to address the spectrum of needs of students in St. Francis Area Schools.