UPDATE: District continues to plan to return secondary students to in-person learning

*This article has been updated following Governor Walz’s Safe Learning Plan changes on Feb. 17

Secondary In-Person Transition graphic, Update from Governor Walz

District continues to plan to return secondary students to in-person learning

Lakeville Area Staff and Families,

This morning we shared some good news about our district’s plan to transition secondary students to in-person learning. This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz issued updates to the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan prioritizing in-person or hybrid learning for secondary schools as long as certain safety measures can be implemented. 

As I shared this morning, our district has already started making plans to safely return secondary students to full-time in-person learning. This plan was presented yesterday afternoon to the Board of Education. We did not learn about the new state guidance until today, shortly after we shared our update with families.

As we are planning to bring secondary students back to full-time in-person learning, we are now actively reviewing the state updates and will be assessing our district’s plan. It is important to understand that there are new and significant safety and health requirements that pose operational challenges that are currently being assessed. Any updates to the district’s secondary transition plan will be shared on Tuesday, Feb. 23 during the regular Board of Education meeting.

We know our students learn best when they are in our classrooms with their teachers and peers. Over the last few weeks, it has been wonderful to see this learning happening safely first-hand with our elementary students and staff back in our schools. We are excited and eager to return our secondary students to full-time in-person learning safely and aligned to the new state requirements and guidelines. This has been a difficult school year for everyone, but with important health and safety measures in place and the majority of our staff scheduled to receive vaccinations in the coming weeks, things are looking bright.

Sincerely, 

Michael Baumann

Superintendent 


Secondary Students to Transition to In-Person Learning

The Lakeville Area Schools Board of Education is supporting a plan to return middle and high school students to a full-time, in-person learning model. The plan was presented to the Board of Education at an emergency meeting yesterday. Like our elementary transition, this will be a phased-in return process and students in grades 6-9 will begin on March 22 and students in grades 10-12 will begin April 6 pending approval from our State Regional Support Team. 

Transition timeline for secondary schools to begin full-time in-person learning

  • Wednesday, March 17 – Last day of Distance Learning for Grades 6-9
  • Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19 – No school days for all grade 6-12 students to allow for secondary staff to prepare for the transition
  • Monday, March 22 – Grades 6-9 students begin full-time, in-person learning
  • Thursday, March 25 – Last day of Distance Learning for Grades 10-12
  • Friday, March 26 through Monday, April 5 – Spring Break/No School for all K-12 students
  • Tuesday, April 6 – Grades 10-12 students begin full-time, in-person learning

Per the Minnesota Safe Learning plan, secondary families will have the opportunity to enroll in full-time distance learning if they would prefer a remote learning option for the remainder of the school year. High School students would participate in distance learning through their high school. Middle School students would participate in distance learning through LinK12 Lakeville online school. Secondary students currently enrolled in LinK12 Lakeville will remain in full-time distance learning through the end of the school year. 

Our secondary schools will share more information directly with families soon, including schedules and a learning model change request process. 

You can view a recording of the plan presentation here, which includes the planned timeline, results from our recent family, student and staff surveys, and information on staff COVID testing and vaccinations.

 


 

La Junta de Educación de las Escuelas del Área de Lakeville está apoyando un plan para que los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria regresen a un modelo de aprendizaje en persona a tiempo completo. El plan fue presentado a la Junta de Educación en una reunión de emergencia ayer. Al igual que nuestra transición de primaria, este será un proceso de regreso gradual y los estudiantes de los grados 6-9 comenzarán el 22 de Marzo y los estudiantes de los grados 10-12 comenzarán el 6 de Abril, en espera de la aprobación de nuestro Equipo de Apoyo Regional Estatal.

Fechas de transición para que las escuelas secundarias y preparatorias comiencen el aprendizaje en persona a tiempo completo

  • Miércoles, 17 de Marzo – último día de Aprendizaje a Distancia para los grados 6-9
  • Jueves, 18 de Marzo y Viernes, 19 de Marzo – Días que No Hay Clases para todos los estudiantes de los grados 6-12 para permitir que el personal de secundarias y preparatorias se prepare para la transición
  • Lunes, 22 de Marzo – Los estudiantes de los grados 6-9 comienzan el aprendizaje en persona a tiempo completo
  • Jueves 25 de Marzo – Último día de Aprendizaje a Distancia para los grados 10-12
  • Viernes 26 de Marzo al Lunes 5 de Abril – Vacaciones de Primavera / No hay clases para todos los estudiantes de K-12
  • Martes, 6 de Abril – Los estudiantes de los grados 10-12 comienzan el aprendizaje en persona a tiempo completo

Según el Plan de Aprendizaje Seguro de Minnesota, las familias de secundarias y preparatorias tendrán la oportunidad de inscribirse en el aprendizaje a distancia de tiempo completo si prefieren una opción de aprendizaje a distancia durante el resto del año escolar. Los estudiantes de la preparatoria (Grados 9-12) participarían en el aprendizaje a distancia a través de su escuela de preparatoria. Los estudiantes de la secundaria (Grados 6-8) participarían en el aprendizaje a distancia a través de la escuela en línea LinK12 Lakeville. Los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria actualmente inscritos en LinK12 Lakeville permanecerán en el aprendizaje a distancia de tiempo completo hasta el final del año escolar.

Nuestras escuelas de secundaria y preparatoria pronto compartirán más información directamente con las familias, incluidos los horarios y un proceso de solicitud de cambio de modelo de aprendizaje.

Puede ver una grabación de la presentación del plan aquí, que incluye las fechas planificadas, los resultados de nuestras encuestas recientes de familias, estudiantes y personal, e información sobre las pruebas COVID y vacunaciones del personal.

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