FREE Meals and Curbside Food Pick-Up for ALL Students

FREE meals for ALL children, ages 18 and younger, through curbside pick-up at Blue Heron, Centerville, Golden Lake, Rice Lake, Centennial Middle School, and Centennial High School as well as at designated bus stops throughout the district. See "Read More" for schedule information.

Message to Families: November 13 (For Grades K-5)

Elementary School Families,

The impact of the COVID-19 virus is making it difficult to continue in the current model of hybrid learning. In our schools, Centennial is experiencing exponential growth in COVID cases among staff and students, including those with lab-confirmed cases, in isolation, or in self-quarantine. In our communities, the number of COVID cases continues to increase and case counts are above the State-recommended guidelines in the Governor’s Safe Learning Plan for having students in our classrooms.

After meeting with the Regional Support Team—staff from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and Anoka County Department of Health—this week, the recommendation was made to move students in grades K-5 to distance learning due to the growth in COVID cases at our schools combined with the rising cases in Anoka County.

Centennial will follow the Regional Support Team’s recommendation to move grades K-5 to distance learning beginning November 30. COVID data shows 75.9 cases per 10,000 people in Anoka County (per the Governor’s Safe Learning Plan, a threshold of 50 cases per 10,000 people in the county indicates a shift for elementary students). Superintendents of schools in Anoka County also met to discuss the impact of COVID cases on their schools.

Transition schedule from hybrid to distance learning
Look for more information from your student’s school on November 20 with additional communication from your student’s teacher before Thanksgiving break.


November 16-20 (no changes/regular schedule):

Monday, November 16: Group 1 attends in-person; Group 2 learns remotely.

Tuesday, November 17: Group 1 attends in-person; Group 2 learns remotely.

Wednesday, November 18: No change; remote learning day for all students.

Thursday, November 19: Group 2 attends in-person; Group 1 learns remotely.

Friday, November 20: Group 2 attends in-person; Group 1 learns remotely.

Monday, November 23: No school for students; distance learning prep day for staff per the State.

Tuesday, November 24: No school for students; distance learning prep day for staff per the State.

Wednesday, November 25: No school for students; distance learning prep day for staff per the State.

Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving holiday/no school for students or staff

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30: First day of distance learning for ALL students in grades K-5. Students are not divided into the group 1 and group 2 designations during distance learning.

How long will students in grades K-5 remain in the distance learning model?

  • The regional support team is projecting COVID-19 cases will continue to rise. Distance learning will be in place until the case numbers decrease and the District receives direction from the Team to safely return to the hybrid learning model.
  • Centennial will continue to monitor the number of cases in our communities and will meet with the Regional Support Team on a regular basis to review data and its impact on the learning model.

Resources used to help make the decision

Click here to learn about other variables Centennial takes into consideration when shifting from one learning model to the next. Click here to view Centennial’s COVID-19 dashboard where cases in our schools are tracked. The Governor’s Safe Learning Plan (see pages 5 and 6 for the county data matrix) directs schools to consider distance learning for grades K-5 when the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Anoka County exceeds 50 per 10,000 people. The number of COVID cases in Anoka County can be found here.

School meal pick-up options during distance learning
FREE meals are available for all students 18 years and younger, regardless of eligibility, through December 23 or until federal funding runs out. Beginning MONDAY, November 16, in addition to curbside pick-up, meals can be picked up at one of 24 bus stops in the district. Click here for pick-up locations and schedules.

Important information for special education families
In the recent Governor’s Executive Order, 20-94, (see page 5) a new provision has been added stating students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) may continue to be prioritized for in-person instruction while distance learning is in effect. Given this information, teams are currently reviewing individual student needs and will be reaching out to families in the coming weeks to discuss the option of in-person services for certain students. Please note, if your student has an IEP, it does not automatically qualify them to receive in-person instruction. Each student’s individual plan and staffing considerations will be reviewed to make a determination for in-person instruction during this time of distance learning.

Is your student enrolled in preschool, early childhood, Kids Club, or Tier 1 emergency care programs?
Watch your email inbox later today, Friday, November 13, for more information.

Thank you for your patience and support. If you have questions, please contact your student’s school.