Robbinsdale School District Prepares for Possible Learning Model Shift
The Robbinsdale School District is preparing for a potential shift in its learning model. According to the latest 14-day Hennepin County COVID-19 case rate, the data show a downward trend. Local schools use that data for learning model decisions. The district is currently doing distance learning with in-person instruction available for students with special needs.
Hennepin County’s 14-day case rate through Sept. 5 is 16.88 cases per 10,000 people. That rate has declined from July and August numbers. Through Aug. 1, the 14-day rate was 23.98 cases per 10,000 people.
Based on the current case rate, the Robbinsdale district leaders say there’s a possibility that preschool and elementary students could move to all in-person learning, and middle and high school students could move to hybrid learning. Families would also still have the option to learn from home.
The potential shift would start Monday, Oct. 19.
“We miss seeing all of our learners in school and our goal remains to have students return to in-person learning,” said Robbinsdale interim Superintendent Stephanie Burrage in a letter to families.
Many details have to be worked out for a learning model shift, including transportation and schedules for older students in a hybrid learning model. The hybrid model is a combination of in-person classes and distance learning. Health and safety protocols would also be in place, including social distancing and face coverings for students and teachers.
If Model Shift, No School Oct. 8 Through Oct. 16
The district plans to hold a virtual Q&A sessions the week of Oct. 5. Families who choose to continue their children’s education at home can fill out a form. The first registration period for distance learning ends Oct. 9.
If a shift in the learning model occurs, there would be no school in the Robbinsdale School District on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12-14. The district already has no school on Oct. 9 and then again on Oct. 15-16 for MEA. The extra days off will allow for staff planning.
“We know these are unprecedented times,” said Burrage in her letter. “We are working non-stop to ensure the best year possible for all learners while navigating these uncertain times.”