|10/23/2020 11:46:00 AM|
Quick change in learning model announced by North Branch school leaders
Students in North Branch District 138 will not have school Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27. There is a COVID-related shift in learning models underway, and staff and administrators are using the first two days next week to put things together. This includes physical re-arranging of classrooms for creating greater social distancing and other measures to help make any transitions seamless, the superintendent explained to school board members in a work session October 22.
The school district reminds families the two-day pause does not affect Distance Learners in K-12. Kids already participating in virtual education should be in attendance in class as usual Monday and Tuesday.
There has been an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Chisago County and the data affects the level of instruction North Branch will operate under. Chisago County reports nearly 40 in 10,000 persons in the population are infected, triggering the district’s announcement. The Board heard that in the district itself, 20 staff members have tested positive and six students are impacted.
North Branch has four levels of learning which were adopted by the School Board prior to start of school in September. North Branch started at the hybrid level two plan. There is a level five which calls for only virtual instruction.
The High School is moving to level four, the Education Center, Sunrise River, Middle School Norse Area Learning Center and Life Work program are going to level three. The modified High School schedule starts October 29. Students need to go to an orientation at school Wednesday, October 28.
Extracurricular activities scheduled will continue.
Actions are being taken to increase safety protocols to keep the number of cases low, the district’s family information memo reported.