Dear UMA Families,
We are now approaching the end of the third week of distance learning and nearing the sixth week since schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many of you have now heard, Governor Walz has declared that distance learning will continue for the remainder of the year. For us, that means June 10th.
We want to take a moment to recognize the enormous changes everyone has undertaken to get this far. First and foremost, our students have had to adjust to a form of schooling they never anticipated when enrolling at UMA. UMA prides itself on creating a collaborative work environment that includes authentic learning experiences but the switch to distance learning has pushed us to reconsider how that might look going forward. We want to thank the students for their patience and perseverance as we work to learn new ways of working with them through the remainder of the school year. Secondly, thank you to all of the parents, guardians, and family members for their resolve in working through this difficult time. We understand the switch to distance learning has been challenging and many aspects of it may have been or may be confusing or even frustrating. Thank you for communicating with us and for providing feedback whether through surveys, messages or calls. Our goal is to provide meaningful support along with a meaningful education through these stressful times. A partnership involving open communication with you is key to that. Lastly, we would like to thank our staff who have worked and continue to work on ways to connect with and support students at UMA.
We will continue to review, refine, and adjust our distance learning model with the input from all stakeholders. Please be on the lookout for surveys or other opportunities for feedback. We welcome any questions or concerns regarding your student.
-Amy Elverum & Arslan Aziz