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Dear Murray County Central Families and Stakeholders,

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Murray County Central School staff, students, and parents for the amazing job that everyone has done in responding to the COVID 19 situation as it related to distance learning and school closure. The demonstration of resiliency and commitment is very inspiring to see.  As we bring an end to the 2019-2020 school year, we were able to celebrate the graduating class of 2020.  While they missed many important events, they are a part of a historical event that may help us all be more humanitarian and of better character in our future.  Regardless of the past 9 weeks’ events, these graduates are celebrated for the hard work and perseverance they have demonstrated.

For those students who follow behind in elementary, junior high, and high school, we thank you for your willingness to finish strong!  It has been a challenging ending to the school year, but I hope you have found ways to embrace the change to our typical routines.  Maybe there were fewer morning rushes and more morning talks, fewer evening commitments and more evening family dinners, fewer scheduled events, and more time for personal growth.  No matter what, we have all learned to adapt and be active in our response.

We often have little control over what happens to us in life, but we have full control over how we choose to respond.  Thank you, students, parents, and teachers for finding new ways to learn, teach, communicate, and grow.

As we close out another year and retool for the 2020-2021 school year, we know there are many questions and unknowns at this point and while we all share the same feeling of uncertainty, there are several things that we do know:

• Murray County Central School leaders will work diligently to prepare for the very best start to the 2020-2021 school year that we can possibly offer our students and families.  As more details become available from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and other state and local leaders, we will work hard to implement safeguards to provide for an optimal experience for students, teachers, and parents.

• We will work all summer to prepare the buildings with cleaning and disinfecting supplies with a thoughtful plan for ongoing disinfecting strategies.

•We will ensure all suggested safety guidelines are met for the protection of our staff, students, and families.

• We will continue to communicate and keep parents and students informed as we progress over the summer months in preparing for whatever learning mode we have to start the fall with.

In closing, I am so proud of the sincere commitment and compassion of Murray County Central teachers and staff. From teaching and connecting from a distance, providing daily child care for those families in need, to bagging and serving 16,310 free meals to our students; our staff stepped up to the task. We recognize the challenge, but we have embraced this opportunity to personalize student learning and connect in different ways.  We are exceptionally blessed with amazing students and we consider it a privilege to partner with families as we all work together through a unique time in our lives. No matter what we are dealt with in the fall, we want to continue to partner with families to serve the students of MCC.

We look forward to seeing you face to face soon, but until then know that we are here working hard to ensure the very best for our students and community.  Have a safe and enjoyable summer.  I leave you with this…

There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit,

no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect!

— Ronald Reagan, State of the Union Address, 1985

Joe W. Meyer – Superintendent of Schools