Hennepin County COVID-19 Case Rate Inches Up, Hybrid Learning Model Still Recommended
As more school districts roll out learning plans for the upcoming school year, the 14-day case rate used to make decisions in Hennepin County has inched up.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the 14-day case rate in Hennepin County is now 23.24 cases per 10,000 people. Those cases are between July 12-July 25. The previous update (July 5-July 18) put Hennepin Couny at 21.37 cases per 10,000 people. A case rate in the 20-29 range recommends a hybrid learning model for all K-12 students. A hybrid model incorporates a combination of in-person school and distance learning.
District-by-District Learning Plans
- Anoka-Hennepin School District: The district had to make decisions based on cases not only in Hennepin County, but Anoka County too. Students can expect to start out with a hybrid model with schools operating at up to 50% capacity. With the hybrid model, students will attend in-person class two days a week. Groups will be divided up into either Tuesdays and Wednesdays or Thursdays and Fridays for in-person learning. The other three days will be online instruction.
- Osseo School District: Students will be divided into “A” and “B” groups. Group A will attend in-person class on Mondays and Wednesdays, Group B on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday is meant for staff to plan and help students with project-based learning. Officials with Osseo say more real-time learning instruction will take place virtually compared to type of distance learning last spring.
- Wayzata School District: 50% of students will attend school in-person on alternating days Monday through Thursday, with a distance learning day for both groups on Friday. Households are assigned to an A or B group across grade levels. Parents should watch for an email with their student’s group assignment on Monday, Aug. 17.
- Robbinsdale School District: Expects to announce learning model this week.
- Hopkins School District: Offers a hybrid model, which prioritizes maximum in-person learning for youngest students. K-1 will learn in-person four days a week and grades 2-6 will learn in-person two days a week. Students will learn through distance learning on days when they are not scheduled in person. Junior high and high school learning offers several models with varying levels of in-person learning based on current health data indicators.
- Brooklyn Center School District: Presents plan to school board Aug. 10.