Elementary Learning Model Update

Elementary Learning Model Update
Posted on 01/05/2021
Elementary Learning Model Update

Greetings ISD 192 Families: 


I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable winter break. As you know, on December 17, 2020 Governor Walz announced changes to the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan. The updated plan does allow for full-time in-person learning (Monday-Friday) at the pre-k and elementary level if schools are able to comply with new comprehensive health and safety measures. ISD 192 staff have taken the time since the announcement to plan carefully, ensuring we are able to follow the new rigorous safety standards. We have gathered feedback from our Incident Command Team and the ISD 192 School Board, and are ready to transition our elementary students to an in-person learning model based on the updated Minnesota Safe Learning Plan.    


This is the timeline for returning elementary students to in-person learning: 

— January 14-15: There will be no school for pre-K-5th grade. These will be planning days which are required by the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and the Minnesota Department of Education prior to students returning to the classroom.
— January 18: There will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
— January 19: Pre-K-2nd grade students previously in hybrid will begin in-person learning. Students in grades 3-5 and Farmington Academy will continue in distance learning. This rolling start is due to the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan requiring that no more than three grade levels return to a building every two weeks.
— January 22: There will be no school. This is a regularly scheduled staff development day.
— February 1: 3rd-5th grade students previously in hybrid will begin in-person learning. Farmington Academy will continue in distance learning.

If you have specific questions regarding this transition to in-person learning please contact your learner’s school directly.


Transportation Information 

Bus route information for grades K-5 will be available via Campus Portal on Tuesday, January 12. All families should confirm updated times and route stop locations for their students. Hybrid students previously receiving transportation services have been routed for Monday through Friday service, beginning January 19 for grades K-2 and February 1 for grades 3-5.


Families who opted out of transportation prior to December 2020 and Farmington Academy students have not been routed. If you are not currently receiving transportation services but are eligible for them and would like to begin receiving them, you may contact Marschall Bus Line at (651) 463-8689.


What about secondary students? 

The guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education in the 2020-21 Safe Learning Plan has not changed regarding the learning model for secondary students. We continue to meet with our regional support team and, as the COVID-19 case numbers in Dakota County decline, we hope to return secondary students to the classroom soon. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.


We are excited to welcome our youngest learners back to our buildings in the coming weeks and once again thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we work through this latest transition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your school office if you have questions or need assistance. 


Sincerely, 

Jason Berg

Superintendent of Schools