Three scenarios are being considered.
The number one question on the minds of our families is what fall will look like for our students. Since before school got out, ECCS leadership has been meeting to plan for three different scenarios: in-person, distance learning, and a hybrid model that combines both. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released guidance to all schools to help them prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
The state guidance aligns with the planning already underway in our district and focuses on the following:
Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. In this scenario, schools are directed to identify ways to minimize close contact and follow required and recommended MDH guidelines.
Scenario 2: Hybrid model, in-person and distance learning. In this scenario, schools are directed to plan for strict social distancing and capacity limits.
Scenario 3: Distance learning only. In this scenario, schools are directed to further identify ways to effectively support and engage in teaching and learning on a daily basis utilizing a virtual platform.
District leaders, building administrators, teachers and staff are working through all of these scenarios and will continue to be in touch with families as they develop. MDE has indicated that they will provide a final recommendation as to which option schools will be directed to use the week of July 27th. Once that decision is made the district will communicate with our families what to expect in the fall.
We know everyone is anxious to have an answer – we are, too! While we won’t have definitive answers until MDE makes their decision, we will do our best to continue to communicate what the district is considering as our planning moves forward.
In all of the scenarios, the first day of school is Tuesday, September 8. While we’re still not certain what fall will look like, we want to remind our elementary students (and parents/guardians) that we have September 1 or 2 on the calendar for Connect & Assess appointments. This scheduled appointment time starts to build a relationship with the teacher and gives families a chance to tour the school, drop off supplies, and complete school forms. Details will be sent in August on what Connect & Assess will look like.