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Message from the Superintendent: Hybrid learning model starts Monday; more important information

Dear Osseo Area Schools families:

I’m writing to remind you that our schools (except the Distance Learning Academy) will transition to the Hybrid Learning Model on Monday, September 28, with Group A students doing in-person learning on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Group B students doing in-person learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If your child is eligible for transportation, you should have received route information by email and US mail; you can also find transportation information in ParentVUE. This transition will not affect students registered in the year-long Distance Learning Academy.

I want to emphasize that you can continue to expect multiple transitions among learning models over the course of this school year, pending virus activity and guidance from the Minnesota Dept. of Health, the Minnesota Dept. of Education, and Hennepin County Public Health. I recognize how hard these changes are for our families, students and staff who are trying to plan child care, work schedules, and more. I sincerely wish we could have a “normal” school year. We are, however, in a pandemic so I will continue to repeat what we’ve shared in previous communications: Expect Change. We will pivot between learning models as often as needed, according to virus activity and state- and county-level guidance. These transitions will not affect students registered in the year-long Distance Learning Academy, who chose the certainty of no movement among models.

Three additional COVID-related notes:

1. In our district, we have had and will continue to have positive cases of COVID-19 among staff and students. Because schools are microcosms of the community, it is not surprising that positive cases in our community will affect schools, too. In these situations, we will continue to follow the communication protocols established by the Minnesota Dept of Health (MDH), which means we will contact those who are considered close contacts (as determined by MDH) and will also communicate with low-risk exposure individuals, meaning those who were in the building but for whom exposure is considered by MDH to be no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community (as determined by MDH). Please review the information on this topic we sent all families previously (Aug. 20), which is also available on the district website.

2. Please be sure to conduct health screenings with your child each day of in-person learning. It’s important that you conduct this screening with your child every day prior to sending your scholar to school for in-person learning. 3. Free COVID-19 testing is available through Hennepin County (locations in our community) and the Minnesota Dept. of Health (locations in the metro area). If you have questions about the free testing, please contact Hennepin County at 612-348-3000 or the MN Health Dept. at 651-297-1304.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we launched this most unusual school year. We look forward to seeing your students in person starting next week, according to their Group A or B schedule.

Sincerely,

Cory McIntyre
Superintendent

Superintendent Cory McIntyre