Learning Models - A learning model describes the location where learning takes place. Cambridge-Isanti Schools' learning models include in-person learning, hybrid learning, distance learning, and full-time online learning. A shift in learning models is one mitigation tool to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cambridge-Isanti Schools Online - Cambridge-Isanti Schools Online provides a full-time option for students who are choosing online learning for the full 2021-22 school year. Students at the high school can choose a part-time online option Cambridge-Isanti Schools is a fully-approved online learning provider through the Minnesota Department of Education.
In-Person Learning - This is our base learning model where students attend school in-person.
Hybrid Learning - Hybrid Learning is Cambridge-Isanti’s blended learning model where students receive instruction online for part of their weekly schedule and in-person for the remainder of their weekly schedule. This learning model provides for few students in the building at one time and increased physical distancing between students. An example of a hybrid learning schedule would be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday online; and Tuesday and Thursday in-person.
Distance Learning - Distance Learning is Cambridge-Isanti’s temporary online learning model where students learn fully online away from a school building during periods of isolation, quarantine, or substantial local spread.
Thresholds - Defined parameters at which different mitigation strategies may be deployed. These parameters will be different based on the specific circumstances surrounding the positive case and the cohort.
Cohort - A group of individuals sharing a common factor such as a classroom, team, club, building, etc.
Mitigation Strategies - These are specific strategies employed to reduce the impact of an outbreak when one has begun. These may include, but are not limited to increased contact tracing, use of quarantine and isolation practices, increased distancing, cohorting of groups/classes to decrease contact with other groups (can be used for lunch, recess, specials, etc), temporary masking, temporary use of hybrid or distance learning for a cohort of students
Close Contact - A person is considered a close contact when they have spent 15 minutes or longer within 6 feet of a positive individual.
Isolation - Occurs when a person has tested positive for COVID-19, symptomatic or asymptomatic, and is kept away from others for a predetermined period of time. Can also be used for someone who is symptomatic but is either waiting for test results or is choosing not to test
Quarantine - Occurs when a person has been identified as a close contact of a positive case and is kept away from others for a predetermined period of time. Quarantined individuals should monitor for the onset of COVID-like symptoms.
Asymptomatic - Not showing signs or symptoms of illness. Some people without any symptoms still have and can spread the coronavirus. They’re without symptoms, but contagious.
Symptomatic - Showing signs and symptoms of illness. For COVID-19, that includes fever greater than 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, vomiting/nausea, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, new severe headache.
Contagious period - for symptomatic individuals, from 2 days before symptom onset to 10 days after. For asymptomatic, from 2 days before they test positive to 10 days after
PCR/molecular test - These tests are highly sensitive and accurate for both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases. They can be used for the diagnosis of COVID-19in either symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. This test is the ONLY type of test that can be used to get out of quarantine early (testing on or after day 5 to get out on day 8). At school, the VAULT tests are PCR tests. Results typically take 1-3 days to receive.
Antigen/rapid test - These tests are less sensitive and are more accurate for symptomatic individuals than for asymptomatic individuals. They are best used when someone is feeling sick. They can be used only for diagnostic purposes and can NOT be used to get out or quarantine early. At school, the CUE tests are antigen tests. Results are typically available in 20 minutes.
Transmission - When an illness spreads between people.
Incubation period - The time from close contact exposure to development of symptoms. For COVID-19, the incubation period ranges 2-14 days.