Back to School 2020-2021

2020-2021 Learning Plan 

Important Dates to Remember
  • August 17 — Teacher assignments and class schedules will be available on Monday, August 17 in Campus Portal.
  • August 19 — Transportation information for hybrid learning will be available in Campus Portal on Wednesday, August 19.
  • August 31 - September 2 — Connection Days (events vary by building) 
  • September 3 — Cohort 1’s first day in the classroom.
  • September 4 — Cohort 2’s first day in the classroom.

Face Coverings

As per the Governor’s Executive Order and Minnesota Department of Health requirements, all staff, learners, and visitors will be required to wear face covering while in district buildings and on buses. Each learner will be provided a cloth face covering.

COVID-19 Questions Our COVID-19 FAQ has been updated to reflect frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and returning to school, such as: What will happen if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school? What measure is Farmington Area Public Schools taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19? Please visit the FAQ to find answers to these and other questions.
School Supplies
 
Save Receipts for School Supplies!
Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website for details.


Learning Models 

(In-Person, Hybrid, Distance Learning)  

We will begin the 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid learning model for all grades. This is based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and COVID-19 trend data throughout Dakota County. Please be aware that the learning model may change over the course of the school year depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in our community. As always, we will keep you informed through email, by phone, and via our website. 


Click here to learn more about our Hybrid Learning Model. 

Click here for more information about Farmington Academy, our distance learning option.


Transportation Information 

Transportation information for hybrid learning will be available in Campus Portal on Wednesday, August 19. If your learner is eligible for transportation services but you are planning to self transport instead in a hybrid model or in-person model, please opt out of district provided transportation using this Transportation Opt-Out Form. This information is critical as we plan for transportation this fall.

Classroom Assignments and Class Schedule 

Buildings spend a significant amount of time in the spring and over the summer to organize classrooms and sections based on the individual needs of each learner. Buildings and staff will be working over the next two weeks to ensure we will provide the proper level of support for each learner at all times regardless of what model we are in. To that end, teacher assignments and class schedules will be available on Monday, August 17 in Campus Portal.

The First Week of School
(Back-To-School Nights, Assessment Days, Open Houses, etc.)

The foundation of any learning is relationships. Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, this year we’re not able to have back-to-school nights, open houses, or assessment days. To facilitate the learner/family/staff partnership that is vital to the success of each learner, our first week of school (August 31-September 4) will look different. Assessments will be conducted during the first week of school along with a variety of relationship building opportunities. August 31-September 2 will be Connection Days. Please look for more specific information on Connection Days and other back-to-school activities from your learner’s building soon.



Our Hybrid Model

Within the hybrid model we will follow MDH guidance and the MDE guidance including, but not limited to the following:

 

 Limit building occupancy to no more that 50% with sufficient room for social distancing

  • Signage to reinforce social distancing used throughout the building
  •  Flow of traffic into and through the building will be designed around social distancing
  •  No visitors/parents will be allowed in the building without an appointment

Limit room occupancy to no more than 50% with sufficient room for social distancing

  •  High frequency touch points will be sanitized throughout the day
  •  Spaces will be sanitized each night
  •  Rooms will be organized for social distancing

Limit transportation occupancy to no more than 50%

  •  High frequency touch points will be sanitized between routes
  •  Cleaning will take place between morning and afternoon routes and again at night
  •  Students from the same family will be seated together

You can view the Hybrid Learning Schedule through November (the end of the first trimester) here.

 

Cohort Assignments

Cohorts have been designed around the health and safety of learners and staff, keeping families/households on the same schedule, individual learning needs, and transportation. We will not be able to accommodate requests to change cohorts. Families can access their cohort designation now through Campus Portal. If you don’t have access to Campus Portal please see the following link for more information to set up an Infinite Campus account: https://www.farmington.k12.mn.us/for_parents/infinite_campus.


Hybrid Learning Experiences

The learning experiences in the hybrid model will vary by level and evolve over time. We have tried to capture the essence of the experience at each level to give families and the learner an idea of what to expect. The Flexible Days, at all levels, will serve as time for learners to continue to progress in their learning. This will also provide a time for staff to check-in with learners and families.


Elementary Hybrid Learning

Learners will focus on connections, social emotional needs, small group instruction of core content material utilizing investigation and hands-on exploratory opportunities. In addition teachers will provide opportunities for guided practice and support. Similar to a typical onsite day, students will receive their special services and necessary accommodations based on their learning team decisions. Learners will also participate in rotating specialists opportunities.

During the distance learning portion learners will complete independent practice, read, research, investigate and engage in check-ins with staff.

Learners will have opportunities to engage with staff on a daily basis to support learning.


Middle School Hybrid Learning

Learners will engage in a variety of experiences as this is a critical component of the middle school experience. The middle level learning structure will provide flexibility for interdisciplinary learning through a team model that allows learners to collaborate, create, and think critically with peers and teachers. Students will be placed on a team with 4 to 6 teachers that will focus on relationship building, social emotional learning, and personalized learning. During any given week, each student will be asked to demonstrate their learning in six courses. While in-person, learners will work directly with staff and peers to engage in the learning. Learners will continue to be connected with a Tiger Connection teacher.

During the distance learning portion, learners will engage through schoology, email, and Google Meets to connect with peers and staff to continue developing evidence of their learning. 

Learners will have opportunities to engage with staff on a daily basis to support learning.


High School Hybrid Learning

Learners will continue to engage in their regularly scheduled classes. Learners will attend classes 1,3,5 on one day and then 0,2,4 on the other day they are in the building. Learners will also participate in Tiger Connections (academic support) everyday and CCR (College Career Readiness) once a week. Teachers will provide learners with a wide range of opportunities to participate and demonstrate their learning.

During the distance learning portion, learners will engage through Schoology, email, and Google Meets to connect with peers and staff to continue developing evidence of their learning. 

Learners will have opportunities to engage with staff on a daily basis to support learning.

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