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September 27, 2020

8/18/2020 11:33:00 AM
Chisago Lakes unveils reopening plan

ISD 2144 Superintendent Dean Jennissen, Chisago Lakes Schools, released the district reopening plan the end of last week, that a task force of some 60-plus district officials, instructors, etc. have put together.  

Chisago Lakes has a color-coded calendar behind its reopening plan, and welcomes students back to school categorized in either gold or green groups.  This is so there will be half the usual number of students in a building at any time.  

Two days each week the gold or the green classes will be in session and every-other-Friday one group will be in their classrooms. The Gold groups attend school Monday and Wednesday and uses the virtual education lessons Tuesday and Thursday.  The Green students utilize the opposite schedule.

The goal is to get Chisago-enrolled households with more than one student,  on the same green or gold schedule. 

There is the remote learning option for those who haven’t gotten comfortable with sending kids into school buildings.  This is dubbed “Wildcat Academy” which is a completely distance learning model.  Families will commit to at least one term of using devices to learn from home, with the first distance learning term ending November 6.

The district material posted on-line states that officials, “ask for patience as the schools work around state virus guidance and other details in the next few weeks.”

Options for education could evolve over the year, as restrictions may need to be backed-off from, or tightened.  Depending on levels of positive Covid-19 test results per 10,000 population any of five levels of options for learning, could be activated.  The fifth level, should Covid-19 cases increase substantially,  is when all students go into distance or virtual learning with no in-school activity.

School in Chisago Lakes starts September 8 under this Green-Gold, distance hybrid model, which was created for offering a “smaller and more predictable environment,” the school statement said.

To balance safety and academics, there are a number of additional measures improving social distancing and health protections included in the Chisago Lakes reopening, just as there are in the North Branch ISD 138 plan. (See separate story.)

Bus transport will include mandatory masks and no student is allowed closer than six feet to a driver.  

The district’s “Parentvue” newsletter will be out after August 31 with busing specifics.

Chisago Lakes is providing one cloth facecover for each student and each school will be supplied with three disposable masks for each pupil as needed. Staff are to expect personal protective equipment provided.

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