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March 17, 2020

Dear Parent:

As you likely know, Governor Walz held another press conference yesterday afternoon and delivered an executive order that closed gathering places in our state including restaurants, bars, health clubs, other places of recreation, and like businesses.

He recommended that Minnesotans should stay home, understanding that most businesses will close or dramatically limit access in the near future (with the exception of grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies). The clear goal for the executive order is that we should pause at this time to slow down the community spread of the virus, to “flatten the curve” of the infection rate while still possible, to allow our healthcare system to be ready to manage the volume of people who will require medical attention in the weeks ahead.

In light of the Governor’s decision to limit business activity that involves groups of people in contact with one another and in order to build our plan to adapt a number of our services to ensure social distancing to the best of our ability, we have made the following decisions:

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, our four sites – Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, the Harman Center, and Banyan Community – are closed for all clients through Friday, March 27. 

This includes:

Early Childhood Education Program in Minnetonka and at Banyan Community

Autism Day Treatment in Minnetonka and at the Harman Center in Minneapolis

School-Age Day Treatment in Minnetonka and at the Harman Center

Family Place Day Treatment in Minnetonka and the Harman Center

Pediatric Therapies (Speech, Occupational and Feeding Therapy)

Most home- and community-based services will continue during this time through telehealth and/or one-on-one visits in-home.

The services that will be accessible during this time include:

Outpatient Mental Health

School-Linked Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Case Management

Intensive Family Mental Health

Parent-Child Therapy Program

0-5 Home Visiting

Foster Care Services

In-Home Support (Waivered Services)

Therapeutic Recreation Services closed Monday, March 16, when school districts in which we operate programming closed.

We are very much aware that this decision may be difficult for you to hear. Please trust that we are doing our best to protect the health and safety of every member of St. David’s Center’s community: children, family members, and our staff.

We are dedicated to using this next week to develop plans that meet recommended restrictions in ways that continue to meet children’s and families’ needs, with the intention of reopening our sites Monday, March 30.

I also want you to know that we are in the process of building a webpage that will serve as our “command central” for communication. In the meantime and beyond, please know that each of my emails to you are also available through our blog at 

As always, with gratitude,

Julie Sjordal, CEO, St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development

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