Planning & Decision Making
How schools determine their safe learning models
✓ Based on local COVID-19 data, experts at the Department of Health and Education will partner with local school districts to help determine if schools begin the year in-person, distance learning, or a hybrid of both.
✓ Local school districts use this guidance and community expertise to make their plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
✓ Public schools communicate their plan to parents and students and emphasize that plans are likely to change as the pandemic evolves and that they will continue to offer a distance learning option should a parent choose to keep their student home.
The Minnesota Department of Education has outlined three instructional models for the 2020-2021 school year. We anticipate moving in and out of these three models throughout the year in response to state direction and virus activity. In addition, the school district is offering an optional Distance Learning Academy for families who wish to commit to a full year of distance learning only.
As viral activity increases, we may move to a distance learning model. As it decreases, we may be able to move to a more in-person model. The hybrid model will be utilized when the MN Department of Health and Education provides guidance and data that allows us to conduct both in-person and distance learning together.