Dear ECCS Community:
Like all of you, district leadership has been anxiously awaiting the Governor’s announcement about the start of the 2020-21 school year. As a public school district, we have two primary duties: to provide an exceptional education for our students, and to do so in a safe and healthy environment. Right now, our work is focused on how to do both of those things for our school communities. This is what we learned today from Governor Walz:
Districts will decide what model they will start school with based on consultation with public health officials and data around the number of cases per 10,000 in a county over a 14-day period. Transitions between models will also be based on that data. Based on what we know right now through the data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, we anticipate that Eastern Carver County Schools may return to school in some sort of a hybrid learning model. We will be working with the MN Department of Education, MDH, and Carver County to make sure we have a clear understanding of the data and what will be required for us if we can transition to full in-person learning or have to move into a distance learning model. You will receive specific information about the final return to school model for Eastern Carver County Schools on August 11.
I know you have many questions about how this will impact our community and the start of the school year. A lot of those questions are about the specific learning model, but many of them are about other essential aspects of school life: selecting an online-only option, transportation, cleaning protocols, access to school meals, what will happen with our fall athletics and activities. Each one of these areas is important to our entire district community. I am going to ask for your patience for just a little longer as we finalize specifics based on the Governor’s guidance so we can accurately communicate with you what the return to learning will look like for Eastern Carver County Schools.
For the past several months we have been working as a team using feedback from all parts of our community to plan for our return to school. Our goal is to make sure whatever model we are in, whether at the start of the school year or as the year progresses, we are creating an environment with high standards and expectations not just for learning but for health and safety. We are working in partnership with state and local agencies to help determine how to safely support our academics, athletics, and other school-related programming and activities.
Here are important upcoming communications milestones and opportunities to learn more:
August 6: Information will be available about ECCS fall sports and activities
August 11: ECCS will release detailed information about all three learning models, as well as the model we are starting the year with, to the public via the www.district112.org website.
Community Engagement Sessions:
This will be an opportunity to hear the models presented by district staff and to ask questions. The session will be recorded and posted on the district website. See the community engagement page for full details.
Thank you for your patience, your partnership, and your engagement as we work through these next several weeks, and our return to learning, together. This is a new playbook for all of us. This school year is going to look and feel different no matter what model we start the year with. We are committed to partnering with our families to make sure everyone has the tools to be safe and successful. No matter how we return, we will continue to grow stronger together this year in Eastern Carver County Schools.
Students return to school buildings five days per week with enhanced health, cleaning, and distancing protocols.
Students return to school buildings two days per week with enhanced health, cleaning, and distancing protocols at 50% capacity. Students will learn remotely on the other three days.
Students learn remotely five days per week using district provided technology devices and other age appropriate learning resources.
For families who want a 100% online option, the ECCS Online Learning Academy will be taught by ECCS teachers and following the same standards and learning targets as other learning models. This fully online option is available to all K-12 students as an opt-in model.
July 20: School Board meeting to discuss fall planning
July 30: Governor Walz guidance on school opening
July 30: ECCS initial information update to parents
August 6: Sports and activities information update
August 11: ECCS return to learn details available
August 12: Community engagement session (6:30-8:00, Registration link)
August 14: Community engagement session (12:00-1:30, Registration link)
August 17: Community engagement session- Elementary specific (12:00-1:00, Registration link)
August 17: Community engagement session- Middle School specific (6:30-7:30, Registration link)
August 17: School Board meeting
August 18: Community engagement session- Specialized Services specific (10:30-11:30, logistics to come)
August 18: Community engagement session- High School specific (12:00-1:00, Registration link)
August 18: Community engagement session- Elementary specific (6:30-7:30, Registration link)
August 19: Community engagement session- Specialized Services specific (6:30-7:30, logistics to come)
August 20: Community engagement session- Middle School specific (12:00-1:00, Registration link)
August 20: Community engagement session- High School specific (6:30-7:30, Registration link)
September 1-2: Connect & Assess days (elementary)
September 8: First day of school
We have incorporated parent feedback from the spring surveys into our work and will continue to seek community input through surveys and community engagement sessions. These sessions will give an opportunity to learn more about the details of returning to school and a chance to ask questions.
This school year is going to look and feel different no matter what model we start the year with. We are committed to partnering with our families to make sure everyone has the tools to be safe and successful. No matter how we return, we will continue to grow stronger together this year in Eastern Carver County Schools.
Thank you in advance for your feedback, and stay tuned for more updates.