Anoka-Hennepin Middle, High Schools to Switch to Distance Learning Nov. 4
The Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state’s largest district that includes Champlin Park High School in Brooklyn Park, announced Friday it will move to distance learning for middle and high schools starting Nov. 4. The district’s elementary schools will remain in the hybrid learning model, a combination of in-person and distance learning.
The announcement comes as the 14-day average case rate in Hennepin County rose Thursday to 25.25 cases per 10,000 people, the highest rate since the Minnesota Department of Health began compiling data for school learning model guidance. The rate in Anoka County, meanwhile, increased to 33.16 cases per 10,000 people. The state recommends that between 30 and 50 cases per 10,000 people to opt for distance learning for middle and schools, and hybrid learning for elementary schools. Districts can also choose a more cautious approach, but cannot transition to a less restrictive option.
There will be no school for students in K-12 on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 to help district teachers prepare for the switch.
Also of note, Anoka-Hennepin District high school co-curricular athletics and activities will halt for an unknown period of time starting Nov. 2 following Minnesota State High School League guidance.
According to district officials, the learning model for the second trimester will be announced no later than Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Families can view the new COVID-19 case tracker specifically for the Anoka-Hennepin School District by clicking here.