On Monday, August 24th, the University of Minnesota announced it’s two week delay for Fall Move-In and keeping classes online during this period. The U of M President says this delay is for the better, and that in doing so this would provide additional time to evaluate new and emerging testing guidance, and would allow officials to look into techniques used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Other University campuses around the U.S. have seen an outbreak in cases after move-in week. With colleges and universities ending the semester soon after Thanksgiving break, will there be an actual fall semester? With an unprecedentedly short semester, students are struggling to stay hopeful.
But what does this mean for Minnesota elementary, junior high, and high schools starting in a mere 2-3 weeks? It’s truly unknown how this fall will shake out. Most Minnesota schools have adopted a hybrid model, two days on two days off, splitting the class in half. While this allows for students to still socialize with their peers (socially distanced, of course), the heavy reliance on technology is more than ever before.
With grades as early as 1st using iPads and laptops daily, parents are rushing out to make sure their kids have something reliable and user friendly. As a community advocate and helping hand, the Device Pitstop of Maple Grove wants to be a well known and available resource for all students and parents during these times. With gently used, like new technology and a skillful repair team, we are ready for any technology crisis that may come your way this fall semester. If you don’t know where to start, come into our storefront and, our staff is eager to help solve any tech problem you may have.