Cohort Model Providing In-Person Learning Two Days a Week
District 196 students and staff will start the 2020-21 school year in a hybrid learning model, with a combination of learning at school and from home, following the state’s localized, data-driven plan to safely reopen schools. As much as we wanted to return to full-time in-person learning, we continue to rely on public health data and directives from the state to prioritize a safe learning environment for students, teachers, staff and families.
The Minnesota Safe Learning Plan determines the amount of time students can be learning in school based on the COVID-19 case rate and trends in positive cases by county. Public health data and safety guidelines continue to inform development and implementation of our flexible learning model.
Based on feedback from the focus groups, along with capacity and staff limitations, the team revised the hybrid model.
How It Works
- All students will attend school in person two days each week, in A and B cohorts.
- Cohort A will be at school Mondays and Thursdays, and Cohort B will be at school Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Each cohort will be approximately half of students enrolled in the current class. On other days, students will be learning from home.
- Cohorts were determined for all grade levels alphabetically (or by family) so students living in the same household attend school in person on the same days.
- There is also be a full-time distance learning option called 196 Digital Academy for families who do not want their children to attend school in person.
Most importantly, our plan is rooted in providing equitable access to high-quality education, protecting the health and safety of students and staff, and being proactive in our response to this unprecedented challenge. Schools are a place where relationships matter. And as a community, it is important we remain connected and collaborative in our work to provide students with the best educational experience possible.