Osseo Area Schools to Switch Grades 6-12 to Distance Learning
Osseo Area Schools announced that it will shift grades 6-12 to distance learning. Those grades had previously been in the hybrid model. The Osseo School Board approved the decision Friday morning. The switch takes effect Monday, Nov. 9.
“This change is being made because both county and local virus case rates have risen to a level where a more restrictive learning model is needed,” said Osseo school Superintendent Cory McIntyre in a letter to families.
The 14-day case rate in Hennepin County has increased to 28.88 cases per 10,000 people. That’s just under the threshold of 30 to 50 cases per 10,000 people that the state suggests for distance learning for secondary students. School districts can opt for a more restrictive approach under state guidance.
Lower grades (prekindergarten through fifth grade) in Osseo Area Schools will remain with hybrid learning. For grades 6-12, there will also be some in-person supports for students with the most significant needs.
Switch Will Not Impact Activities, Sports
Also of note, the switch will not affect activities and sports. New guidance released this week from the Minnesota Department of Education allows school districts to conduct full distance learning and maintain activities as long as district leaders determine “that there is no substantial, uncontrolled community spread among activities participants and athletes.”
Osseo district officials say if they find substantial transmission among participants, they would pause programs for at least two weeks.
McIntyre acknowledged that “our local data is concerning.”
“Our goal every day is to help reduce virus transmission, so we will continue our rigorous health and safety precautions while we closely monitor cases among our students and staff,” McIntyre said.