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MSHSL Creates L.E.A.D. Network for COVID-Related Guidance

By Star Tribune on April 13, 2020 state news Print

From the Star Tribune:

More than 200 high school administrators took part in a video conference call on April 9 created by the Minnesota State High School League in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league’s new L.E.A.D. Network, which stands for leadership, education, administration and development, provides weekly outreach to member schools. The sessions are designed to quell angst by giving school administrators, region secretaries and activities directors a place to meet, hear from league staff and post questions.

League staff will review the questions, which on Thursday numbered in the dozens, and formulate responses for delivery on Monday.
Since March 25, spring sports have been on hold as all Minnesota schools remain closed in favor of distance learning until May 4. The league has followed the lead of Gov. Tim Walz, who said on Wednesday that the state is “unlikely’’ to reopen schools this year but he “wouldn’t close the door 100%.”

“People want answers from you just like they want answers from us,” league Executive Director Erich Martens told video conference attendees Thursday. “But they are not always available.”

During the video call, participants submitted questions through a chat function. A variation on two questions summarized the theme of concerns for school leadership: If there is an abbreviated spring season, what effect does this have on individual schools as well as schools throughout Minnesota?

In addition, the league fielded questions on summer-related activities: school weight rooms, and whether two no-contact periods, the week of July 4, and from Aug. 1 until the start of fall sports on Aug. 17, could be made available should the spring season run later.

“We recognize that working with unknowns and a great level of uncertainty is very difficult and can be very frustrating for everyone,” Martens said. “Our schools have been asking that we keep our options open and the students and families that contact us are also hopeful that some type of a season may be possible.”