Early Childhood through Grade 12 Distance Learning will extend at least through January 19 with the possibility of returning to Hybrid on January 20.
Each week we meet with our partners at Isanti Public Health to review county, community and district COVID case data. As I’m sure you are aware, throughout Minnesota and Isanti County, COVID case rates are continuing to increase. Last week, our COVID MDH case rate surpassed 115, and this week it will likely exceed 170. For context, Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan recommends considering a Distance Learning Model for all students when positive cases exceed 50 cases per 10,000. Our county contagion rate far exceeds that.
With a Thanksgiving Holiday weekend followed by Winter Break a few weeks later, experts anticipate our COVID numbers will peak after the beginning of the New Year. Winter Break is of course scheduled for December 23 – January 4. The County is advising a two-week incubation period following Winter Break before we consider if we can return to some sort of a Hybrid Model. Therefore, we are extending our Distance Learning through January 19, with Group A students potentially returning to a Hybrid Model on Wednesday, January 20. Group B students would then potentially return on January 21.
Our Isanti Public Health officials and our MDH/MDE Regional Consultation Team includes a state epidemiologist, public health representative from MDH, representatives from MDE, local public health representatives (Isanti County), and district administration.