COVID-19 Information

Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, family, staff and community. We will continue to provide up-to-date information about the district’s COVID-19 prevention strategies. We rely on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as experts in our district, including our district nurses and our COVID-19 Coordinator.


Current Learning Model: Transitioning From Hybrid to Distance Learning 2.0

In accordance with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, Lakeville Area Schools is currently transitioning from a Hybrid Learning Model to Distance Learning 2.0. 

Distance Learning 2.0 is a structured and comprehensive learning experience. Our teaching and learning experts have been improving upon the distance learning that took place in the spring when the COVID-19 pandemic began. In Distance Learning 2.0, all students will learn from home five days per week following a consistent schedule. Student learning time includes live instruction and self-paced learning.

For more details, please visit our dedicated Distance Learning 2.0 page here.

Distance Learning 2.0 Page

For more information on the Hybrid Learning Plan, click here.

Hybrid Learning Page

Case Rate Dashboard

This data includes the number of positive cases reported to Lakeville Area Schools by staff and students in the last 30 days. Not all individuals with positive cases have been in school buildings while positive. County case data is updated weekly by the Minnesota Department of Health. However, MDH reporting on county data lags behind by two weeks. Building data is updated as Lakeville Area Schools learns of new cases and quarantines/isolations. 

Data We’re Tracking

In coordination with our District COVID-19 Coordinator, the Superintendent will continue to review the following COVID-19 data on a weekly basis. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to changing learning models. Decisions must be based on clear trends and operational feasibility, not on a single datapoint. We also cannot rely solely on case numbers. For example, if we had a staffing shortage due to wide-spread illness, a move to Distance Learning might need to happen even if the case data supported a different learning model. The district considering several data points and sources:  

  1. State of Minnesota COVID-19 data by county, specifically for Dakota County and Scott County.
  2. Lakeville Area Schools school building COVID-19 positive case data and quarantine data. 
  3. Staffing and operational capacity and readiness, including substitute teacher coverage, support staff coverage, educator workload, and operational capabilities such as busing and food service.

Process for Changing Learning Models

Prior to any learning model transition, Lakeville Area Schools will continue to follow the parameters outlined for schools in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan to guide our COVID-19 response. 

  1. District staff will continue to review the data listed above to assess conditions in our community and in our schools; look for consistent trends; and make decisions that prioritize a safe, equitable, and predictable learning environment aligned with the parameters of the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan.  
    1. A transition to distance learning would be automatically triggered by a local case rate of 50 or more.
    2. A transition to full time in person learning at any level will not be automatically triggered by reaching the state identified case thresholds. As noted above, many factors will need to be taken into consideration. 
  2. Superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board of Education unless circumstances do not allow time. 
  3. The district will notify families and staff of learning model changes through mass notification as far in advance as possible.

Learning Models

Lakeville Area Schools has prepared for three learning models for the 2020-21 school year: Full-time distance learning; full time in-person; and a hybrid model that includes some in-person learning and distance learning, with an opt-in, full-time distance learning option called LinK12 Lakeville (this is available during the hybrid and in-person models). Local health data will determine which model Lakeville Area Schools is in, and the District is prepared to shift to different models as needed. The District will communicate any changes to the learning model in a timely manner.

Brief description of three learning models

Learning Models Infographic

Distance Learning (Full-Time)Hybrid LearningIn-Person (Full-Time)

Distance Learning (Full-Time)

Distance Learning IconDepending on COVID-19 cases in the area or outbreaks in our school community, a classroom, school or entire district may need to dial back and transition to Distance Learning full time. 

NOTE: If the district were to shift to full time distance learning, students who opted into distance learning through LinK12 Lakeville would remain in their current programming structure through the semester. This is so those students can continue to receive a consistent education instead of adjusting to sudden changes.

In this model:

  • Students would learn at home five days a week and have daily contact with their teacher through live instruction, email contact and/or through recorded video lessons with self-paced activities
  • All K-12 students will bring home their school-issued iPads to aid in learning
  • The district will work directly with families who need internet access at home to find solutions
  • Students receive learning through the same online platforms (Schoology/Seesaw) they experience on the distance learning days under the hybrid model
  • Students participate in a balance of digital and non-digital learning activities
  • Students have a consistent schedule with clearly communicated expectations from their teachers
  • The district will continue to provide meal kits to students
  • The district provides child care to students of Tier 1 essential workers

For more details, please visit our dedicated Distance Learning 2.0 page here.

Distance Learning 2.0 Page

Hybrid Learning

Hybrid LearningThe Hybrid Learning model allows each K-12 student to attend school in-person two days a week while following health guidelines like wearing face coverings and social distancing. Students learn from home on the three days when they are not in school. Building and bus capacity is limited to no more than 50 percent to help keep health guidelines. The Hybrid Learning model also provides an option for students to participate in full-time Distance Learning.

In this model:

  • All K-12 students are split into two groups alphabetically. Generally, these groups of students will learn in-person in our school buildings two days a week and at home through distance learning three days a week.
  • Students and families have the option to attend full-time distance learning instead of being in buildings for the Hybrid Model. LinK12 Lakeville provides this for students in grades K-8. High school students participate in full-time distance learning through their high shool.
  • All K-12 students have school-issued iPads to aid in learning. The District will work directly with families who need internet access at home to find solutions.
  • Students needing extra support through targeted assistance, IEP or 504 plans will have the opportunity to be in person more days during the week.
  • The district provides meal kits to students
  • The district provides child care to students of Tier 1 essential workers
  • PreK an Early Childhood programs are still offered following Hybrid Learning guidance

For more information on the Hybrid Learning Plan, click here.

Hybrid Learning Page

In-Person Learning (Full-Time)

Full time in-person learning is the district’s goal to reach. A full return of students back into our school buildings is what students, staff, families, our local community and the entire state of Minnesota should strive for. There are many factors that would contribute to allowing learning to move back into school buildings full time including case data in Dakota and Scott Counties and the operational capacity of school buildings.

In this model:

  • All students would be in school every day under their normal building hours. 
  • Health and safety measures outlined by MDH and MDE would still be followed, including all students and staff wearing face coverings. 
  • Social distancing would not be enforced due to space constraints.
  • Some learning opportunities would be limited or altered. However, staff would work to provide robust learning experiences for all students.

NOTE: If the district were to shift to full in-person learning in the middle of a semester, LinK12 Lakeville students who had opted into full-time distance learning would remain in their current programming structure through the semester. This is so those students can continue to receive a consistent education instead of adjusting to sudden changes.


Helpful Information

Lakeville Area Schools follows this protocol for handling COVID-19 cases in our schools. Our district nurses work closely with our district staff and MDH to trace contacts. District nurses will notify and support any staff members or parents/guardians of students who are identified as a close contact or possible contact with a symptomatic or confirmed positive individual. In compliance with HIPAA Lakeville Area Schools will not share identifying information about symptomatic or confirmed positive individuals. What to do if you have symptoms or have been around someone with symptoms: English | Español | Soomaali
COVID-19 symptoms include:
  • new onset cough, fever (100.4ºF or higher), shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR at least 2 of the following:
  • chills
  • muscle pain
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • new onset of severe headache
  • new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose
  • congestion
  • gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea
Please note that if you have a child or family member in the household who has symptoms, then all students or staff in the household must stay home and not report to work or school.

For a POSITIVE COVID-19 Result:
    • Positive individual stays home and isolates for at least 10 days AND until symptoms improve with no fever for at least 24 hours.
    • Household members AND close contacts quarantine for 14 days. You must quarantine for a full 14 days,  even if you receive a negative test. 

For a SYMPTOMATIC individual:
  • Symptomatic individual stays home and isolates for 10 days. If a negative test or alternate diagnosis is received AND symptoms improve with no fever for 24 hours, the individual can return to school or work.
  • Household members stay home and quarantine from all activities for at least 14 days. If symptomatic individual receives a negative test, household members may return to school/work/activities.

If your student needs to be quarantined or tests positive for COVID-19, contact your school’s principal. 
The necessary, yet intense response to the COVID-19 pandemic can affect emotional wellbeing. We know this situation may be on the minds of our students. In addition to our students physical wellbeing, we value the emotional well-being of our students and community, and therefore recommend this resource for Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Health and Safety Tips and COVID-19 SymptomsThe most important actions we can all take at this time are:
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 which include a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.
    • You can learn more about how COVID-19 symptoms present on the MDH website.
  • Stay home if you are sick
    • If you feel the need to give your child fever-reducing medication before emergency child care, your child should not come to the school building. Children who are mildly ill are still contagious. 
  • Practice simple, everyday hygiene habits
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Don’t share personal items like water bottles, chapsticks, utensils, etc.
  • Cover cough and sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in trash
Even though there are travel advisories for several destinations, some people may still need to travel. If you are traveling, we ask that you review the travel guidance from the CDC
Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students, and therefore will not tolerate discrimination against anyone for any reason. The combination of anxiety and the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 has lead to social stigma and acts of discrimination towards people of Asian heritage. It is important to know and share with your student that this virus is not tied to a specific ethnicity. If your student is experiencing discrimination due to COVID-19 or for any other reason, please contact your school’s principal or your student’s teacher.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please email information@isd194.org

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