Planning underway for a learning model transition to district-wide elementary distance learning
(11/10/2020) Growing numbers of school employees and bus contractors are being directly impacted by COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, making it challenging for Anoka-Hennepin to support school in the hybrid learning model at the elementary level. With the number of community and staff COVID-19 cases above the state-recommended elementary guideline and a projected increase over the next several weeks, the district is taking planning actions to transition hybrid elementary students to distance learning.
The MN Safe Learning Plan directs schools to consider distance learning at the elementary level when the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeds 50 per 10,000 within the county (or counties). Anoka-Hennepin middle and high school students transitioned to distance learning Nov. 4 amid the 30 per 10,000 recommendation. Local data is also a consideration the state recommends. Review both county and school information on the Anoka-Hennepin COVID-19 Data Tracker.
It’s understood that learning model transitions can be stressful and time is needed to help families make preparations. While many districts are considering this transition within the next three weeks, the decision on a date for the transition has not been made and will be communicated to families with as much advance notice as possible. Details on special education, child care, meals and any other programming shifts will be shared at that time. Every effort will be made to make this change go as smoothly as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and support as schools take the steps necessary to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.