Reopening School Plan Fall 2020

On July 30th, Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education issued direction for schools called the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21. The plan is focused on how school districts should open schools this fall given the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. A system to track COVID-19 cases by county is the metric being used to determine how schools should reopen. MDE has a good framework to operate school while trying to keep everyone safe. Their direction gives schools the ability to open based on COVID-19 data but it's not a “one size fits all” approach. The metrics and learning scenarios below are based on a 14 day average by Minnesota County. This data will guide how we operate school and will be subject to change as COVID numbers evolve. Check back for updated information.

COVID-19 Case Rate Per 10,000 People Learning Scenario
0 to less than 10 District-Wide In Person
10 to less than 20 Elementary = In Person
High School = Hybrid
20 to less than 30 District-Wide Hybrid
30 to less than 50 Elementary = Hybrid
High School = Distance Learning
50 and over District-Wide Distance Learning

Pine County's Historical Case Rate Data:

County 5/31-6/13 6/7-6/20 6/14-6/27 6/21-7/4 6/28-7/11 7/5-7/18
Pine 1.03 0.69 2.06 4.81 3.78 2.75

The most recent 14-day average shows Pine County meeting the guidance to open school In Person with case rate numbers at 2.75 per 10,000 people. This data is meant to be a starting point for our school district to make the reopening decision. Should the case rate data continue to be low, East Central Public Schools will open with full-time in-person learning for students. This can change as we get closer to school opening and we'll continue to watch this data and other local factors closely.

Reopening PlanSpring 2020 brought unprecedented changes to society and our school system. As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, the goal is to have our school ready for whatever the public health situation may require throughout the school year. It is the intent of the school district to be ready to switch between scenarios if/when we are asked to do so by MDE/MDH. Linked below are the three educational delivery scenarios for East Central Public Schools that may be used throughout the school year.

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