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This fall, the District 191 Board of Education approved a plan for the start of the school year that slowly built to all grade levels attending school in our Hybrid model.
As of Sept. 28, District 191 schools are operating in the Hybrid model. Learn more about our Fall Learning Plan.
Changing Learning Models
How the decision to change learning models is made
Along with public health conditions around COVID-19, there are many other factors that play a role in determining what learning model District 191 schools use, including student attendance data, staffing considerations and our ability to implement health and safety measures like cleaning or providing PPE. Click on the image to enlarge it for viewing.
District 191 will provide free meals to all children ages 1-18 on all scheduled, instructional school days, including in-person and distance learning days through Dec. 31, 2020 or until funding is exhausted. Currently, meals are distributed between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m on Wednesdays and packed for one day, three days or five days, depending on a student's distance learning days. Learn more about meal distribution.
In a hybrid model, students are required to practice social distancing while riding the bus. This means the district does have as much space for students, so we are asking families to use alternative transportation if they can, such as driving their children to school, participating in a ride share with friends/neighbors, or walking/biking if it is safe.
Families who need assistance with any technology-related issues should visit our technology support page.
Childcare is available during distance learning time and for both before- and after-school and non-school days for children in grades K-5. As required by state order, children of first responders, educators and other essential workers on Tier 1 of the state’s essential worker list have access to free child care during typical school hours only.
Health & Safety Commitments
To help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, District 191 is taking the following actions:
- Masks are mandated for staff and students in grades K-12 while in school.
- Strict social distancing
- Emphasizing handwashing, provide hand sanitizer
- Minimize visitors to schools
- Increased cleaning, sanitizing of school buildings
You can help by practicing wearing a mask with your students, and following good health practices while away from school. Learn more at www.isd191.org/fall2020/health.
The Minnesota Department of Education has created a guide to give families a quick overview of the education and health guidance for schools. This document is intended to help families know what information they should expect from their child’s school. The guide is available in: English l Hmong l Somali l Spanish
- COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in School, Youth and Childcare Programs
- Safe Start to School Plan Presentation - August 13, 2020
- Supporting Student and Families COVID-19 Resources page.
- Minnesota Department of Health 2020-21 Planning Guide for Schools
- Minnesota Department of Education 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools
- How to Safely Wear a Mask