Redmond to recommend all Shakopee schools open in hybrid model

Superintendent Mike Redmond and the Shakopee Schools Pandemic Response Advisory Team will recommend at Monday’s school board meeting that all schools in Shakopee begin the year in a hybrid learning model.

“The official Scott County new COVID-19 cases per 10,000 residents for the time period 7/26-8/8 is 24.83,” Redmond wrote in a memo to the Shakopee School Board. “Analysis of additional unofficial data for Scott County and the City of Shakopee indicates the cases per 10,000 to be generally in the
range of 22-27, through the middle of last week. At this exact point in time, there is no indication of a trend towards higher case numbers per 10,000.”

The district’s recommendation follows the guidelines set out by the Minnesota Department of Health that recommend school reopening policy options based on a rolling 14-day COVID-19 case rate range.

Under the hybrid model, students who registered for the IHD model (In-person, Hybrid, Distance) be split into two equal halves, with A-day students attending in-person classes one day, and B-day students the next day. All children from the same family will be assigned to the same day, and students will participate in distance learning on their home days.

Kindergarteners will attend school in person every day under the hybrid model.

The first day of school for the middle and high schools is Sept. 8, with elementary starting Sept. 10.

According to Redmond, future changes to the learning models will be announced 10 days prior to implementation unless rapid action is deemed necessary.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely between now and September 8,” Redmond wrote. “If the data or the science indicate the right course of action is to change to Distance learning, we will make such a change.”

The school board’s meeting will be livestreamed starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

For detailed information on the district’s plans regarding COVID-19 diagnoses and exposures in school, reference the last six pages of the Pandemic Response Plan (also pictured below).

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