At this point in the summer, there is a great deal of uncertainty about how school will look this coming fall. This uncertainty weighs heavily on the Lac qui Parle Valley administrative team as we are also in a state of limbo during this time. We thank those families who completed the surveys previously sent out as this information will play into how we prepare for the beginning of the school year. That being said, as we await guidance from Governor Walz and MN Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner Ricker, the administrative team at Lac qui Parle Valley School District would like to provide families with a snapshot of the three scenarios MDE has given Minnesota school districts to use in order to start planning for a fall school opening. We will strive to provide the best educational possibilities for our students within the guidelines of the three provided scenarios.
Three Scenarios for school year 2020-2021 fall opening provided from MDE
Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students. In this first option, students would attend school much like they did prior to COVID-19. Schools would create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom. Activities and extracurricular programming should follow the COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth and Adults. This option may be implemented assuming state COVID-19 statistics continue to stabilize and/or improve.
Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits. In this option, schools must limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. Sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times. If distancing cannot be achieved in a space or on a transportation vehicle, the number of occupants must be reduced. Schools must also include plans for contactless pick up and/or delivery of meals and school materials for days that students and staff are not in the school building, as well as implementation of a school-age care program for critical workers. This scenario may be implemented if COVID-19 statistics worsen at the local, regional, or statewide level. Scenario 2 may also be implemented within a school if they experience clusters of cases within a classroom or the school.
Hybrid learning defined – Hybrid is used to describe classes in which some traditional face-to-face instruction has been replaced by distance learning activities. A hybrid class is designed to blend face-to-face and distance learning activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate on one another, instead of treating the online component as an add-on or duplicate of what is taught in the classroom. During classroom instruction time, students can be engaged in authentic, collaborative learning experiences. The distance learning components can include multimedia-enhanced content, learning practice, and channels for ongoing discussion. In some hybrid approaches, direct instruction that normally takes place in the classroom is “flipped” with intentional online learning tasks.
Scenario 3: Distance learning only. This scenario may be implemented if local, regional, or statewide COVID-19 statistics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person learning.
Distance Learning defined – Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). It is important to note that distance learning does not always mean e-learning or online learning. Paper packets or worksheets, which could be distributed and collected daily or weekly by bus route, is an effective way to engage students in distance learning.
Again, the Lac qui Parle Valley School District is committed to working with the guidance provided by MDE to create appropriate and manageable learning opportunities for our students as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. You will be able to look for further information about the district’s plan the week of July 27th and into early August as we await further guidance from MDE. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please know we only want what is best for our students and families and will communicate the district’s plan as soon as we possibly can. The Lac qui Parle Valley Schools will work with parents and guardians to better meet their child(ren)’s needs if we return to in-person learning and you don’t feel it is safe to do so. Please understand that we need all students to return to Lac qui Parle Valley in the fall regardless of how your child’s education is delivered.
You are able to find further information provided from MDE by clicking on this Family Guidance-Planning Document link.
Online Registration will open on August 5th.