COVID-19 Updates

Revised 11/19/20

Dear Valued Community Member,

Due to the Governor’s new Executive Order, Community Education has had to cancel several offerings for at least the next 4 weeks.

All sports related programming will end in-person (this includes gymnastics, camps and clinics, swim lessons, pickleball, and middle school athletics). We will try to offer online options for families who would like to participate in that forum. Current adult online fitness classes will continue. Watch our website for updates.

Per the Executive Order, Youth Enrichment classes, that can operate in a safe manner, can still be offered in person. Check our website for classes that may be available for your family. We also have a wide range of kits that can be purchased to do at home. These can be found on the website as well.

Our Senior Center and Activity Centers will remain closed.

All facility rentals will be cancelled during this time.

The following programs will continue:

  • Youth Enrichment Classes
  • Kids Club
  • Emergency Care
  • Early Childhood Screening
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and programs
  • Preschool 
  • Opportunities through Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium. 

All classes and programs are subject to change as we navigate reductions in staff and other challenges related to COVID-19. 

Please continue to check our website for any updates or changes, and as always, you can email us at communityeducation@sowashco.org or call our main line at 651-425-6600 with any questions.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and for your support.

Bob Lawrence

Community Education Director



Revised 11/2/20

Dear Valued Community Member,

 

Due to budget constraints and the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Education has had to make several changes that will impact staffing and the programming we are able to offer.

 

There will be several class reductions and adjustments.

 

·       Swimming Lessons and Lap Swim will end after the current registration period. 

·       Adult enrichment activities will be reduced. 

o   Online fitness classes and opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities will continue at this time.

·       Our Senior Center and Activity Centers will remain closed. 

o   Appointments and registrations for foot care, pickleball and defensive driving will continue at this time.


 

The following will continue at this time:

·       Youth Classes and Activities

·       Gymnastics

·       Kids Club

·       Emergency Care

·       Early Childhood Screening

·       Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes and programs

·       Preschool 

·       Opportunities through Great Rivers Adult Education Consortium. 

 

All classes and programs are subject to change as we navigate reductions in staff and other challenges related to COVID-19. 

 

Please continue to check our website for any updates or changes, and as always, you can email us at communityeducation@sowashco.org or call our main line at 651-425-6600 with any questions.

 

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and for your support.

 

Bob Lawrence

Community Education Director



Revised 8/10/20

South Washington County Schools works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Washington County Department of Health to determine action steps for a reported case of COVID-19. Each case is unique and public health officials will guide our response. In general:

  • If public health officials determine a case is low risk, they will not inform the district.
    • Low risk means that the specifics of a case (social distancing measures, cleanliness, types of contacts with others, when symptoms developed, etc.), is similar to walking around in public areas.
    • In low risk cases, other people do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop.
    • Multiple low risk cases in the same activity/classroom/program (e.g. a few students testing positive a couple days apart) will likely not have individual notifications if they are from the same initial source.
  • A close contact means anyone who was within six feet of the person who is sick while they were considered to be infectious (two days prior to symptoms), for 15 minutes or more.
    • These individuals must quarantine for 14 days even with a negative test result.

Please review our COVID-19 Communication Protocols on our District webpage.

Revised 7/22/20

Governor Orders Masks to be Worn in all Schools and District Buildings. Please see full information from our District webpage

Revised 6/11/20

Dear Community Education Participants,

Outdoor youth sports camps have begun! Camps have been modified for safety measures which you can read about below. Indoor youth sports camps will begin June 22. Indoor youth enrichment and swimming lessons, will begin the week of July 6.

Please don't hesitate to secure your child's spot! Classes and camps are modified to meet current safety protocols and may have limited space. With our updated cancellation and refund protocols, you can rest easy. 

Is the class or camp full and you're wondering if you should put your child on the waiting list? Absolutely! With restrictions for class sizes changing, you never know if we will have more spots open up at the last minute.

Questions? We are more than happy to answer them! Please give us a call at 651-425-6600 or email us at communityeducation@sowashco.org.

We can't wait to see you soon!

Revised 5/28/20

Dear Community Education Participants,

Along with Governor Walz's approval to move forward with running summer camps/classes, we have developed a set of protocols that our staff and camp/class instructors will follow for all outdoor camps and indoor camps

  UPDATED JUNE 9: indoor sports camps will begin June 22.

Please read about our new protocols (listed above) and if you wish to sign-up for summer registration, be sure that you and your child understand them and are willing to follow them. It is important for the health and safety of all participants, that these are adhered to.

You will be required to self-report your child’s health and temperature each day prior to camp/class beginning. This information will be logged daily. To ensure the safety of all participants, if your child has a temperature over 100 degrees, or has been exposed to someone who is ill, they should not be sent to camp. We ask that you let us know if your child or someone in your child's household has been exposed to COVID-19 or any illness so that we may take appropriate precautions to keep camps/classes safe for everyone involved.

If you have registered for a camp/class and decide not to send your child, please email us at CommunityEducation@sowashco.org and we will issue a credit to your account. 

Thank you for your continued support, 
Community Education


Revised 5/1/20

Dear Community,

In continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person enrichment classes and activities that fall between the dates of May 4-May 17, 2020 have been cancelled. 

Please continue to visit our online offerings page as we continue to add new online and do at home offerings each week. 


Thank you for your continued loyalty to community and lifelong learning,
Community Education

Revised 4/15/20

Dear Community,

In our efforts to continually bring you the utmost ease of registration as possible, we have modified our payment process for our Youth and Adult enrichment registrations.

Past registrations took payment for the class at the time of check-out. Moving forward, when you sign-up for an *enrichment class, you will only be billed should the class run.
 
A charge will be placed on your card one week prior to the class start date. Should the class need to cancel, you will be notified.

*This does not include Driver's Education.
 
Thank you for your continued loyalty to community and lifelong learning,
Community Education


Revised 4/13/20

Kids Club Enrollment for New Families
Incoming Kindergarten and New Family participants not previously enrolled in Kids Club during the 2019-2020 school year, are eligible to request enrollment beginning 9:00 a.m., Monday May 11. 

  • Enrollment requests are reviewed in the order received and approved for enrollment as space availability allows.
  • If your full requested schedule is available your request will be approved for enrollment and the schedule held in the child's name.
  • If a portion of the requested schedule is available we will contact you via email to discuss enrollment into the available schedule and placement on a waiting list for the remainder of the request.
  • If no portion of the requested schedule is available we will contact you via email to notify you of wait list placement.
  • Registration Fee: $85

  • Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have revised our registration fee process. For the 2020-2021 school year we will collect payment August 1, 2020 rather than at the time of enrollment placement. Please note, registration fees are non-refundable/non-transferable. Have additional questions? Email us at KidsClub@sowashco.org.

    Revised 4/3/20

    Kids Club Enrollment for Current and New Families

    School Year 2020-21 Kids Club Enrollment sessions previously scheduled for April 6 and April 27 have been postponed. Rescheduled dates will be available on our website when announced. 

    Revised 3/29/20

    Dear Valued Community Member,

    In continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all enrichment classes and activities that fall between the dates of March 28 - May 3, 2020 have been cancelled. 

    We are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting our operations and business. At this time, we are working on crediting your account (pro-rated for classes or sessions that were already in session) for the enrichment class or activity that was cancelled. If a class or session extends beyond May 3, the entire session has been cancelled and accounts will be credited accordingly. 

    Thank you again for your continued patience as we work to process your accounts. We value your patronage and commitment to lifelong learning and look forward to seeing you in the future.

    We are providing distance learning whenever possible including Adult Basic Education and Early Learning. 

    Still have questions? View answers to other frequently asked questions here

    Community Education 
    CommunityEducation@sowashco.org