On Tuesday night, the Lakeville Area Schools Board of Education approved the Administration’s plan to return elementary students to full-time in-person learning five days a week beginning January 25. Following recent updates to the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan that prioritize in-person learning for young learners, elementary grades will transition back to in-person learning in two phases.
Grades K-2 will return on Monday, Jan. 25 and grades 3-5 will return on Monday, Feb. 8. Students will remain in distance learning until the first day of in-person classes. Please note the following revisions to the school calendar in order to to prepare for this upcoming learning model transition:
- Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No school for K-12 students, K-12 staff development day. No child care.
- Jan. 21-22: No school for grades K-2 students to allow grade level teachers and staff time to prepare for the transition. Grades 3-5 continue distance learning. Child care for Tier I essential worker children will be provided for grades K-5.
- Jan. 25: First day of in-person learning for grades K-2. Grades 3-5 continue distance learning.
- Feb. 1: No school day for grades K-12 students, K-12 teacher assessment day. No child care.
- Feb. 4-5: No school for grades 3-5 students to allow teachers and staff time to prepare for the transition. Grades K-2 continue in-person learning. Child care for Tier I essential worker children will be provided for grades 3-5.
- Feb. 8: First day of in-person learning for grades 3-5.
Daily Health Self-Check
As we reopen our schools, health and safety remains our top priority. It is important that students and staff complete a health self-check every morning before coming to school. Students/staff must not attend school, child care or other activities if ANY of the following items are true:
- Tests positive for COVID-19
- Shows symptoms of COVID-19
- May have/has been exposed to COVID-19
- Is waiting to get tested, is waiting for COVID-19 test results, or lives with anyone who has symptoms and is getting testing for COVID-19.
Prior to getting on the school bus and/or coming to school each day, families should check if their student is not feeling well. If your student is experiencing any of the symptoms, please keep them at home and call your school to report your student’s absence
Additional Health and Safety Measures We’ll Be Implementing
- All students must wear a face covering at all times on school transportation and at school, except for during meals and at outdoor recess; Staff will wear face coverings and face shields when around students and other adults.
- Students must maintain 3 feet of distance from other students, whenever possible. Staff must maintain 6 feet of distance between students, whenever possible.
- Students will be kept in the same groups whenever possible with limited movement. Seating charts will be utilized on buses and in school buildings to support with contact tracing.
- School building access will continue to be restricted for visitors, volunteers and large group events/gatherings
- Schools will reinforce frequent and good hand hygiene during the school day and provide hand sanitizer at entrances/exits, in classrooms and in cafeterias
- Our school nurses will continue to contact trace positive cases of COVID-19. It remains important that all families have contingency plans in the event a student or classroom needs to quarantine or the entire school needs to transition unexpectedly.
An extensive FAQ for families is available on our website: isd194.org/covid-19/in-person-learning/. Please review this updated guidance with your family prior to returning to school.
Distance Learning Option
Families who want their child enrolled in a full-time distance learning model may still opt into LinK12 Lakeville at any time. Families will remain in their current model, unless they request to change to full-time distance learning and can do so by contacting Amy Bercich, LinK12 Lakeville program assistant, at 952-232-2023 or email@example.com.
Evaluating Next Steps
We continue to work with our state and local public health experts to determine the most appropriate learning model for the health and safety of our students and staff, while providing a quality education. We continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions for our middle and high schools, which remain in a distance learning model at this time.