2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR UPDATE

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Dear friends, supporters and past tutors with Accelerate Northfield,
     I have the sad duty to inform you that Accelerate Northfield will not be placing reading and math tutors in Northfield schools most likely for the entire 2020-21 school year. District policy, for just cause, is limiting the number of people in school buildings this academic year. In this time of COVID-19, it makes sense that we do everything in our power to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Unfortunately, the cost of increasing safety comes at a steep price, and successful programs like Accelerate Northfield must be put on hiatus until a time when we can ensure the wellbeing of those we serve.
The possibility of conducting online tutoring sessions was considered, but was determined to be unrealistic for multiple reasons.
     I want to apologize to the many community members and college students looking forward this school year to continuing Accelerate’s tradition of transforming Northfield students into Learning Superheroes. We anticipate taking on that mission again in a safer time. Thanks again for all that you do for Northfield students and for Accelerate Northfield.
Sincerely,
Michael Garlitz
Accelerate Northfield coordinator

Thank You For Your Service, Tutors

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Dear ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD tutors,
There is no question the past couple months have been unbelievably difficult. We all have faced personal, educational and professional challenges that few of us ever would imagine occurring.

As you already know, Gov. Tim Walz ordered school buildings closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This action, while appropriate and potentially life-saving, took many people out of the education equation. Among them are you, the dedicated volunteer math and reading tutors of ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD.
As ACCELERATE coordinator, I am grateful for the meaningful impact you made on Northfield students this school year. Your time and efforts improved our students both academically and socially
It’s unclear when the district will be permitted to conduct classes in school buildings again. When that happens, though, I am certain there will be a need for volunteer tutors like you to help our students. We would be thrilled to have you return, if you are able.
Again, thank you for your service, your kindness and your consideration this school year. You performed amazing feats with Northfield students, and the Northfield Public Schools thank you!
Have a wonderful spring and summer!
Michael Garlitz
Coordinator, ACCELERATE NORTHFIELD