About Learning Model Changes

Considerations for Learning Model Change

Updated November 4, 2020

Farmington Area Public Schools has created this resource to assist our Incident Command Team when considering a change in learning models.  The data points will be referenced when looking to move to a less or more restrictive model at a building, level (elementary or secondary) or an entire district.  As part of the process we will be consulting with our Metro Regional Support Team. 

The Metro Regional Support Team is a partnership between local public health officials, MDE, MDH and the Minnesota Service Cooperatives to support school districts and charter schools in navigating the impacts of the COVID–19 pandemic throughout the 2020-2021 school year. 

The team will have four members: a regional coordinator from the service cooperative, two MDH health consultants and a state COVID-19 testing coordinator.  Farmington Area Public Schools has worked closely with this team to monitor the impact of Covid-19 on our current learning model (Hybrid Learning K-12).

The Metro Regional Support Team support districts by providing:

  • Consultative support from MDH related to shifting learning models.
  • Guidance and actions steps when there are COVID cases, close contacts or exposures in schools.
  • Information and assistance related to both individual testing (including the saliva test for educators and staff) and mass/universal testing events.

A State Support Team will guide the regional team structure. The State Support Team includes Stephanie Graff (Lead), Cliff Carmody (MN Service Coops), Sally Reynolds (State Testing Group), and Susan Klammer (MDH).

How do schools determine their 

safe learning plan model?

From June through August 2020, Farmington Area Public Schools engaged staff, students, and community members in preparing for three learning models:  In person, hybrid, and distance learning.  Given county data, we started the school year in hybrid learning for all students K-12. We have continuously monitored the impact of Covid-19 in our schools and believe we may need to consider an adjustment in our learning model indicated in STEP 5 below:

Step 5: Public schools and MDH will monitor the community and school-level impact of COVID-19 on a regular basis. Adjustments will be mde to the learning model if needed.

*This graphic is a part of Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. 


Dakota County has seen an increase in the 14 day Covid-19 case rate for the last five consecutive weeks (9/6 through 10/27) with a current positive test rate of 6.2%.  Anything over 5% is considered an indicator of high community transmission.


*This graphic is a part of Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. 


Data Considerations


Hyperlinks Below


Dakota County 14 Day Case Rate

Dakota County 14 Day Case Rate

This data shows the number of cases by county of residence in Minnesota over 14 days, per 10,000 people by the date of specimen collection (when a person was tested).

Dakota County COVID-19 Statistics

Dakota County COVID-19 Statistics

This Dakota County site compiles data in a variety of formats including the city of Farmington and surrounding areas. 

Minnesota School Opening Statistics Dashboard

Minnesota School Opening Statistics Dashboard

The key metric recommended for quantifying community transmission for each county is the total number of cases over the past 14 days per 10,000 residents. In addition to county case data, this site allows users to analyze school district level data by zip code.

ISD 192 Covid-19 Dashboard

ISD 192 Covid-19 Dashboard

The Farmington Area Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard, which tracks various data to help inform operation decisions, is also made available to the community on a weekly basis.

Staffing Analysis

Staffing Analysis

A key metric to consistently monitor is our ability to maintain staffing support when ISD 192 employees are unable to work with learners due to illness of themselves or family members. 

Safe Learning Model Dashboard

Safe Learning Model Dashboard

This site communicates the current learning models for all school districts in the state of Minnesota, including those that share a common border.

ISD 192 Incident Command Team Meetings

  • August 6, 2020
  • September 23, 2020
  • November 5, 2020

Current Learning Model for Farmington Area Public Schools

Hybrid Learning for all students K-12.  (August 2020-Current)

Proposed Learning Model for Farmington Area Public Schools:

Recommendation from the Regional Support Team is to continue our current hybrid model through November 20 with another consultation on November 16 to determine the appropriate learning model for after Thanksgiving break.

ISD 192 Data:

Current Quarantine on 10-30-20:

  • Elementary: 84
  • Secondary: 125
  • Staff: 28

Identified as Close Contacts in buildings/bus/school activities (cumulative from 9/1)


  Students Staff
Elementary:  42 3
Secondary: 20 3


Identified as a Close Contacts in buildings/bus/school activities during the Week of 10/26


   Students Staff
Secondary: 0 0


Total Number of confirmed COVID-19 Cases (cumulative from 9/1)

  • Staff: 11
  • Elementary: 14
  • Secondary: 27

Total Number of confirmed COVID-19 Cases (10/19-10/30)

  • Staff: 4
  • Elementary: 10
  • Secondary: 12

10/30/20 Quarantine due to being a confirmed COVID-19 Case 

  • Staff: 1
  • Secondary: 4
  • Secondary: 4

Metrics to continue to monitor:

  • County MDH 14-Day Case Rate Number 
  • County Positivity Rate
  • Staff Availability
    — Staff Quarantine - 10% of a building
    — Unfilled vacancies
  • Student Quarantine - 5% of a hybrid learners
  • Close contacts within our buildings/bus/activities - how well are our mitigation measures working
  • Confirmed cases reported to MDE
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