Minnetonka High School shifts to e-learning Friday due to staff shortage

COVID-related staff shortages are forcing Minnetonka High School into virtual learning on Friday.

Principal Jeff Erickson sent a letter to families noting the school had 18 unfilled teaching positions on Thursday due to COVID-related absences.

"The High School has been hit hard this week. We are at a point where the absences are significant enough that we have to hit pause and shift to a synchronous e-learning day for Friday, January 7th," Erickson said in the letter.

Erickson noted many teachers will be returning Monday so students will be able to follow their normal six-period day, just virtually. Teachers will send students Google Meet codes Thursday afternoon or evening, or notify students if they can’t have a live Google Meet and will post work in Schoology.

Erickson said any students who want to work in the high school on Friday can do so, as the building will be open and paraprofessionals will be there to supervise them. Those wishing to be at school on Friday should fill out this online form.

"I know that sudden schedule changes can be challenging for families, and I want to thank all of you in advance for your understanding and flexibility. I’d also like to thank our staff who continue to give their all to making things run as smoothly as possible throughout everything COVID has thrown at us," Erickson’s letter said.