We need your feedback! As the school year rapidly approaches, we have been given direction from the Minnesota Department of Education to plan for three scenarios due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All three scenarios may be implemented during the school year to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.
Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. In this planning scenario, schools should create as much space between individuals as is feasible during the day. Activities and extracurricular programming should continue to follow the guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Under this scenario additional health and safety measures may be taken including: social distancing measures, discontinuation of meals in cafeterias, wearing cloth face coverings, adding additional hand sanitizing stations, and transportation limitations. This scenario may be implemented assuming state COVID-19 metrics continue to stabilize and improve.
Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits. In this planning scenario, schools must limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Under this scenario additional health and safety measures may be taken including: social distancing measures, discontinuation of meals in cafeterias, wearing cloth face coverings, adding additional hand sanitizing stations, and transportation limitations. This scenario may be implemented if COVID-19 metrics worsen at the local, regional or statewide level. This may also be implemented within a school if they experience clusters of cases within a classroom or the school.
Scenario 3: Distance learning only. This scenario may be implemented if local, regional, or statewide COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person learning.
With each scenario there are logistical challenges to be considered in order to ensure the health and safety of our students. We ask that you take a moment to complete this survey for your household to help us obtain preliminary data on transportation, technology needs and distance learning. This is the first of several critical feedback opportunities. Your input is essential in the planning and implementation of how school may look this upcoming year. The State of Minnesota has indicated that they will announce which scenario will be used to begin school this fall by July 27.