We will begin the 2020-2021 school year in a modified hybrid learning model.
While we start the year in this model, it’s important to remember that the district will need to be ready to pivot at any time to a different learning model based on evolving conditions, including guidance from the MDH and county officials.
Elementary schools will be in-person learning four days each week, with Wednesdays being a distance learning day. Middle schools will be in an AABB hybrid model with two days of in-person learning each week. High schools will be in distance learning five days each week with options for additional supports in-person for those who need it.
The ECCS Online Learning Academy is a fully online option for those who are not comfortable with the modified hybrid model.
100% of students in school
4 days each week
- Instructional Expectations
- Health & Safety Expectations
- Parent Communication
- Elementary Safe Return Plan
Dear Families of Elementary Students,
As you know, yesterday our district communicated plans for how we will start the school year. For our elementary students, that means a return to in-person learning four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) and distance learning on Wednesdays. A fully online option (Online Learning Academy) is also available for those families who are not comfortable returning to school in person.
We know you have many questions about what your child’s elementary experience will be this fall so you can make the best decision for your family. We don’t have all the answers yet, but here’s what we want you to know right now:
In-person learning is just that, all of our students together in our building. While we will work to keep class sizes as small as possible, we won’t be able to provide that information until after we know what enrollment levels are in the Online Learning Academy. Students and staff will wear masks. We will practice social distancing to the fullest extent possible but cannot guarantee it in classrooms. Lunch will be in our classrooms, and recess will be with classmates.
The health and safety of our students is every bit as important to us as providing them with an exceptional education. You can read more specifics about our elementary plan HERE.
We also know that many of you have questions about the Online Learning Academy (OLA). We want to be clear that the difference between the OLA and Distance Learning 2.0 is choice. Distance Learning 2.0 is the improved distance learning model that the district will need to shift into if public health data changes or a classroom or building needs to adjust because of a Coronavirus-related closure.
While students will still be connected with their home school, they will not necessarily be in online classes with other kids they know, or teachers from their own building. Please find more detailed information about how the OLA will work HERE.
We will continue to provide updates about the fall, opportunities to connect with teachers, and more in the days and weeks ahead. Please reach out if you have specific questions or would like to discuss options. Thank you in advance for your support and dedication to learning!
50% of students in school
2 days each week
distance learning 5 days each week
(Shift to hybrid on September 28)
Good evening, Chanhassen and Chaska High School families:
We wanted to reach out to you personally after today’s announcement about the start of the 2020-21 school year. All of us are looking forward to a return to in-person learning, and we know that many of you are disappointed that we won’t meet face-to-face on September 8. We are working hard to ensure we will have that opportunity very soon.
While the framework provided by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education allows for a return to learning in a hybrid model, it’s important to understand that is just one data point among many the district uses in making these decisions. Given what we know about the transmission of COVID-19, we know our high school students are most at risk.
Staffing at the high school level is complicated in a normal year by the varied classes we offer. This year, we have 25 teachers at the high school level who need accommodations, plus we lost 17.9 teachers due to budget cuts. We need to make sure we have the staffing in place to fully support our students no matter what model we’re in.
We need a little more time to make sure we can deliver in every learning model on the promise of an exceptional education. We need to make sure we can do that in as safe an environment as possible. In the meantime, know that distance learning this fall will not look like distance learning did this spring. We have listened and learned from parent feedback and will be offering more structure, rigor, clear communication, and support, both online and where possible in-person.
We know how important face-to face learning is to our entire community. We are moving quickly to get the pieces in place to open our doors. We will be communicating next steps to our high school communities as soon as we can, but no later than October 8.
Thank you for your patience, your consideration, and your support.
Doug Bullinger, Principal
Chanhassen High School
Jim Bach, Principal
Chaska High School