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The District 191 Board of Education approved a plan on Aug. 13 for the start of the school year that will slowly build to all grade levels attending school in our Hybrid model. This deliberate and strategic approach will ensure safe and successful implementation of the Hybrid model by prioritizing relationships and allowing students and staff to practice new health and safety routines.
Details are below, but some of the important details are:
- Delaying instruction by two days to provide more time for professional development
- Starting most students in Distance Learning and moving more grades into Hybrid over the course of September
- Have all students in Hybrid model by Sept. 28
Safe Return to School Plan
Sept. 8-9: No School
- Staff members will participate in professional development. These school days will be made up later in the school year. An updated school year calendar will be shared with families.
- PreK - No School
- Grades K-1: Participate in conferences & assessments. Parents will receive specific details from their schools and teachers.
- Grades 2-12: Participate in Distance Learning. Some student groups may be invited to participate in community-building activities.
- Virtual Academy begins for students K-12. K-1 assessments for Virtual Academy students will begin the week of Sept. 21 as students learn the computer skills needed for online testing.
- Grades PreK-1, 6 and 9: Participate in Hybrid learning according to the Hybrid plan. One91 Virtual Academy students in these grades will continue with distance learning.
Note: 9th grade students will only attend in-person on one day during the week of Sept. 14. Cohort A 9th graders will attend in-person on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Cohort B 9th graders will attend in-person on Thursday, Sept. 17.
- Grades 2-5, 7-8 and 10-12: Participate in Distance Learning
This allows our youngest students and students who are new to their school level to have more space and time as they start the school year.
- Grades Prek-3, 6-7, 9 and 12 participate in Hybrid learning. One91 Virtual Academy students in these grades will continue with distance learning.
- Grades 4-5, 8 and 10-11 continue Distance Learning
Sept. 28 and until further notice
All grade levels participate in the Hybrid model. One91 Virtual Academy students will continue with distance learning.
School Start & Student Release Times
For in-person learning days, start times at schools may be adjusted slightly to accommodate health and safety protocols.
In addition, students will be released from school 60 minutes earlier than normal. This adjustment allows for increased cleaning protocols and provides a common planning time for teachers. Detailed times for schools will be announced as soon as possible.
Childcare will be 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 will have access to free child care during typical school hours only. Learn more about District 191 School Age Childcare.
In a hybrid model, students will be required to practice social distancing while riding the bus. This means the district will not 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.
If you live in an area where school bus transportation is provided and you are able to use alternative transportation, please Opt-Out of school bus transportation by completing this form.
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.
Distance Learning Full Time
As a reminder, all families have the option to choose full-time distance learning by registering for One91 Virtual Academy if they prefer to keep their children home for medical reasons or if they are simply uncomfortable with sending them to school. The registration form will be open until Sunday, Aug. 16. The academy will be taught by One91 teachers and will operate independently from the distance/hybrid/in-person models. Registtration for the Virtual Academy closes Sunday, Aug. 16. Learn more about the One91 Virtual Academy.
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
Please send questions about this fall's learning experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://www.isd191.org/fall-2020/frequently-asked-questions-about-reopening-school-fall-2020.