|8/7/2020 1:04:00 PM|
District back-to-learning plans down to fine details; final version release set for Aug. 7
Going strictly by the data-- Chisago County schools would be allowed to go with in person school days for this coming year. The county is at 5.85 new cases of covid-19 per 10,000 population landing it squarely within the state guidance for letting kids return. But, both North Branch and Chisago Lakes School Districts will be making plans for the hybrid learning model this year.
The Governor in his announcement last week on educational structure for 2020-2021, said school districts in a county showing fewer than 10 new cases per 10,000 can offer in-person learning.
The hybrid is required of counties with greater numbers than 10 per 10,000 of new cases and the distance or remote education model must be used in counties with an obvious surge in covid-19 cases.
Public and charter schools must give families the option to choose distance learning no matter which learning model the school district implements, so the wise decision would be to develop both. The Governor also requires staff and teachers to be given an option to work remotely to the extent possible.
Final outlines for Chisago Lakes and North Branch districts won’t be ready for public consumption until tomorrow Friday, August 7, however.
The education planning group in ISD 2144 was to meet August 5 and 6, with a statement due out Friday Aug. 7.
North Branch School Board ISD 138 holds a work session tonight Aug. 6, with a “return to learn” plan being communicated to district families also Friday, Aug. 7.
Chisago Lakes Superintendent Dean Jennissen said there are 69 members on the team that is putting together the school year outline. Jennissen said the primary input from parents was through the surveys done this summer He said what comes out Friday (tomorrow) will be very specific, with group members assigned to look into teaching, learning, operations, physical health, commmunications and engagement. Chisago County Public Health is also assisting Chisago Lakes.
North Branch School Board and Superintendent Sara Paul have put out informatio on the Distance Learning Academy for K-12 or an in-school class option Monday through Friday.
The superintendent said in a statement the Governor’s outline of last week is “consistent with draft plans in North Branch.”
Families in North Branch will “hear more” when the school board releases details after the work session tonight.
The Governor stressed the local districts are best-equipped to make their own plans. “By bringing together the local education leaders who know their students, staff and communities the best with the public health experts who know the virus...this plan will help determine a learning model that makes the most sense for each community.”