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District 196 School Board meetings to be conducted by videoconference

April 6 agenda includes financing for artificial turf fields and Diffley Road improvements

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Distance learning begins March 30

In response to an executive order by Governor Walz, Elementary and secondary distance learning will be implemented until at least May 5. The plans provide unique and engaging educational opportunities for students.

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Wi-Fi options available for District 196 students and staff during closure

If schools remain closed after spring break, distance learning will be implemented. 

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District 196 adds texting as an option for communication

Parent/guardians can now choose to receive text messages about important updates, weather cancellations or delays and school reminders by texting "Y" to 67587. 

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At a Glance

We are nationally recognized for providing boundless opportunities in which students can learn and grow. At District 196, the sky's the limit. 

Average ACT Score 23

Our graduates scored nearly two points higher than the nation-leading Minnesota average on the ACT college admissions test.

92% graduation rate

Our graduation rate exceeds the state average by 10 points.

29,000 students

We are the 4th largest district in Minnesota, serving learners from the cities of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights, and Empire and Vermillion townships.

4,000 staff

Our high-quality, diverse workforce includes 2,100 licensed teachers and administrators, of which more than half of whom hold master’s or specialist’s degrees.


Sharing stories of Academic, Art and Athletic successes from around the District.

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This meeting is not at the regular location and will be held virtually. Topics include certificates of participation pre-sale report for financing turf fields and bonding request for safety improvements at Diffley Road and Braddock Trail.

Distance learning begins Monday, March 30

We are committed to the goal of providing meaningful learning opportunities and personalized connections between students/families and teachers/school staff during this time.

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This includes all programs and activities. Teachers will not be providing instruction this week. School buildings will be open Monday, March 16 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow families to collect necessary items.

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Effective Saturday, March 14, all District 196 Community Education evening and weekend classes, and facility rentals are also canceled through March 29. As a reminder, all Minnesota State High School League-sponsored events, games and tournaments are canceled. We are following MSHSL guidelines in allowing practice until further notice.

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We continue to stay in regular contact with representatives from the Minnesota departments of health and education to guide our actions in preparing for and responding to COVID-19, and limiting the spread of all illness in our schools.