Lakeville Area Schools Safe Learning Plan
We will begin the 2020-21 School Year in a Hybrid Learning Model
Lakeville Area Families,
I am looking forward to welcoming back your students on September 14! At Lakeville Area Schools we are committed to providing a high quality, equitable education in safe and predictable environments, while taking precautions for the health of students, staff, families and community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The development of the Lakeville Area Schools Safe Learning Plan has been guided by the following principles:
- Prioritizing health, safety and well-being of our students and staff
- Provide a high-quality education
- Ensure students receive developmentally appropriate services based on varying needs
- Address equity and access for all
- Focus on the social-emotional needs of our students and staff
We will begin the 2020-21 school year in a hybrid model, which is a combination of in-person and distance learning. A distance learning option, provided through LinK12 Lakeville, will be available for any family seeking full-time online learning. Please know that your school district is prepared to shift between all three learning scenarios depending on the severity of COVID-19 cases in the area. We will provide timely communication to families and staff if and when a classroom, school or district-wide shift between scenarios needs to be made.
This document provides details primarily for the hybrid scenario, but also includes details for how Lakeville Area Schools would transition to in-person or distance learning as necessary and will be updated as needed throughout the school year. If you have questions regarding the plan for the 2020-21 school year, please fill out this questions form. This will help us respond to you as quickly as possible.
Safe Learning Plan Details
As this situation evolves and policies change, we will continue to update you with the latest guidance in accordance with our state and federal agencies. Thank you for helping us keep the health and safety of our community at the forefront of our operations. We must all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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.
Hybrid Learning Model
Lakeville Area Schools has prepared a comprehensive Safe Learning Plan for the Hybrid Model. You can read the entire plan by clicking this link or the picture to the right. This document covers a number of major topics, including how students will learning at the Elementary, Middle and High School level, PreK programs, child care, meals, transportation and student devices. Click the icons below for a summary of some of these topics.
INDIVIDUALIZED STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
We know each of our students has different needs. Lakeville Area Schools is dedicated to providing social, emotional, and behavioral support to all students in accordance with their individual needs.
We recognize students are experiencing a variety of feelings and thoughts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant adjustments they have had to make and will continue to make this school year. Throughout the school year, school staff will monitor student progress for signs of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral struggles. If we detect emerging concerns, we are committed to promptly work with students and families to identify effective strategies and supports that promote engagement and foster student success and wellbeing.
If significant student needs emerge throughout the year we are prepared to provide and/or recommend individualized support.
COVID-19 Operational Manual for Staff
Currently our buildings are generally closed to the public with the exception of district approved programs and facility use and employees who have been approved by their supervisors to report to work. As we await further guidance from Governor Tim Walz, the COVID-19 Planning Committee has created an operational manual that all employees must follow when they are in our buildings to ensure the safest work environment possible. Please review this manual to understand staff responsibilities, which includes a daily self-screening, wearing a mask in accordance with the Governor’s executive order 20-81, and practicing social distancing.
The District has prepared a Health and Safety guide for all staff. This document provides guidance for implementing State requirements and District-wide health and safety standards to support the Hybrid Learning model.
For specific state health and safety requirements and recommendations, please refer to the State’s Planning Guide for Schools: Health Considerations for Navigating COVID-19 and the MDE Guidance for Public Schools.
Health and Safety Presentation
You can view the following presentation about the district’s health and safety measures. You can view the slideshow embedded on this page. Your building administrator should have also provided you log-in information to view a video recording on LETV of this presentation delivered by Renae Ouillette, Ellen Parker, Danae Bachtle and Damien Nelson.
The district will continue to post COVID-19-related signage for buildings and facilities here for your own printing needs if extras are needed in buildings. You will need to sign into your Google-authenticated employee email account in order to access this signage.
Other Learning Models
Starting the 2020-21 school year in a hybrid model is just the first step toward bringing all of our students safely back into our buildings full time. As we move forward we will continue to comply with the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, which may mean that we need to turn the dial back, or have the opportunity to move the dial forward, and transition to one of the other learning models outlined below.
The Minnesota Department of Health has laid out guidelines for what learning models will be allowed based on COVID-19 cases in our local community which includes both Dakota and Scott counties. However, case data is only one of the many factors we need to consider when transitioning from one learning model to another. We will continue to rely on guidance from state officials to provide high quality education in the most predictable, safest learning environment possible for all students, staff and families.
Please be aware that transitions to a more restrictive model may be localized to a school or classroom.
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 and have daily contact with their teacher through live instruction, email contact and/or through recorded video lessons
- All K-12 students would 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 would continue to receive learning through the same online platforms they experience on the distance learning days under the hybrid model
- Students would continue to participate in a balance of digital and non-digital learning activities
- Students would have a consistent schedule with clearly communicated expectations from their teachers
- The district would provide meal kits to students through pick-up locations either daily or weekly
- The district would continue to provide child care to students of Tier 1 essential workers
- Students needing extra support through targeted assistance, IEP or 504 plans would continue to have support available to them through real-time interactions
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 still need to be followed where possible, but 6 feet of distance would not strictly be enforced during instructional time.
- 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.