Message from the Superintendent: Three Possible Scenarios
On June 18, the Minnesota Dept. of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Dept. of Education (MDE) outlined three likely scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year and directed all school districts to prepare for all three scenarios.
Leaders in Osseo Area Schools had anticipated this guidance and were already planning for all three possibilities.
Over the summer, a district-level team and three work groups (instructional, operations, and resources) are developing implementation plans for each of the three likely scenarios. A separate work group is charged with gathering input (to the extent possible given the compressed time frame) in the early planning phase and communicating with stakeholders throughout the summer.
Depending on the spread of the coronavirus, schools might use any or all three scenarios over the course of the year.
In-person learning for all students
In this scenario, all students and staff would return to school buildings and would follow state guidance re social distancing, “as is feasible” during the day. A distance learning option would be provided to families who prefer that their children not return to school buildings.
Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
Hybrid learning means students would be in buildings some days and participate in distance learning on other days. Schools would be expected to implement social distancing at all times, and the overall number of people in facilities (including buses) would be limited to no more than 50% capacity.
Distance learning only (an evolved version of Spring 2020)
This scenario may be implemented if the incidence of coronavirus infections worsens enough to require the suspension of any in-person learning.
#279ReadytoRestart: Help us plan for the new school year
What should the school district think about as we plan for the new school year?
As we plan for Fall 2020, we're using a new tool called Thoughtexchange to gather your input about important planning considerations; please note that this is in addition to a separate survey you may have received last week. All students, staff, parents/caregivers and interested community members are invited to participate through Friday, July 17.
What is Thoughtexchange?
Thoughtexchange is an online idea crowdsourcing tool (available in multiple languages) that gathers input from stakeholders and identifies the ideas with the strongest sense of common ground.
How does it work?
Share – Answer an open-ended question about planning for the new school year.
Star – Consider other points of view and rate them according to your level of agreement. Rate as many ideas as you like.
Discover – Learn what is important to the group.
All thoughts and ratings are anonymous.
How will the information be shared?
Results will be shared with district planners. The results will also be posted to the district website, www.district279.org by no later than July 17.
Important note: This stakeholder input tool is different from and does not replace any survey you may be asked to complete. Unlike a survey, Thoughtexchange engages participants in evaluating ideas from other people throughout the school district; it will provide insights that will complement but not replace the results of planning surveys.