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Anoka-Hennepin to start school year in hybrid learning format

(08/24/2020) Anoka-Hennepin Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year in the hybrid learning format following discussion and direction from the Anoka-Hennepin School Board at their Aug. 24 meeting. Preparations since late spring and guidance from the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and public health data led to the decision. 

Elementary students will start the year, Sept. 15, in the hybrid learning format, and middle and high school students will start in the distance learning format for the first two weeks, Sept. 15-25, and then follow with a switch to hybrid, Sept. 28.


Students will maintain the ability to choose the distance learning format at all levels. Those who desire to change from hybrid to distance learning should contact the school their student attends to make the arrangements.  

The School Board also approved an updated calendar reflective of the hybrid learning format. All students will have an orientation/welcome week Sept. 8-11. Activities that week will include such items as transition events for kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade students, meet the teacher conferences for students and families, technology distributions and more. Parents/guardians or others will be needed to transport students to school for these events as student transportation will not be available.

A quick glance at the first weeks of September: 

  • Sept. 8-11: Schools will coordinate orientation activities for students at all levels. There will be no instruction during this week and student transportation will not be in operation. 
  • Sept. 15: First day of instruction for all students. Elementary schools will begin in the hybrid format, middle and high schools will begin in the distance learning format. 
  • Sept. 28: Middle and high schools will begin in the hybrid learning format.


Technical issues prevented viewers from streaming the meeting live online, however, it was available live on cable channel 18. The recorded version of the meeting will be replayed on cable channel 18 and viewable on the district website, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. The district regrets this unforeseen situation and apologizes for any inconvenience this caused. 

School administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 health data and community health conditions. It’s the goal of Anoka-Hennepin to return all students to school in-person as conditions allow, while protecting the health and safety of students, employees and the community. 

Parents/guardians should refer to additional information on the start of the school year provided by the school their student attends. The district is planning to share A/B designations for students later this week. 

Please continue to refer to for an overview of the district's Return to School Roadmap and the latest information.