Transition to Distance Learning

Upcoming Transition to Distance Learning
Posted on 11/13/2020
Upcoming Transition to Distance Learning

Greetings ISD 192 Families: 


Based on the recommendation of our Regional Support Team (representatives from Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, and Dakota County Public Health), in consultation with our Incident Command Team (a focus group of staff and community members), and in accordance with Executive Order 20-82: all Farmington Area Public Schools learners (grades K-12) will begin distance learning on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and continue in distance learning through Tuesday, December 22. This transition will not impact learners enrolled in Farmington Academy.


We will reevaluate the situation around COVID-19 community spread the week of December 21. Our hope is to safely return to our hybrid learning model after winter break (December 23, 2020 - January 3, 2021). 


Why Distance Learning? 

We have been fortunate that staff and student COVID-19 case numbers have been limited enough to allow for hybrid learning for the first few months of the school year; however, the widespread community transmission of COVID-19 is having an increasing impact within our system, especially on the availability of staff to serve our students. The Dakota County 14-Day Case rate was 49.35 for Thursday, November 12 and it is projected to climb exponentially through the end of December. The Dakota County positivity rate was 7.0% for the previous week (anything above 5% is considered significant community transmission). 


Within the past two weeks we have seen a significant increase in:

Staff currently in quarantine or isolation
51 staff currently in quarantine or isolation which represents 6.1% of our staff
Learners currently in quarantine or isolation
208 elementary learners
312 secondary learners Confirmed cases in ISD 192 learners and staff
— This
week 55 learner confirmed cases across the district
This week 6 staff confirmed cases across the district
Learners identified as a close contact in ISD 192 buildings/activities/programs 
Over the past two weeks 68 learners have been identified as a close contact

Based on the projections shared with us from our Regional Support Team and the increasing stresses we are experiencing within our district, we do not believe our hybrid model will be sustainable over the next month. 


What will Distance Learning look like? 

Unlike last spring, our schools are able to provide targeted in-person support, with priority given to specific groups of learners. More information will be provided directly from schools or program directors to these identified learners and their families.


Fall athletics and activities will continue to the conclusion of their season and Farmington High School Administration is working with the MSHSL on guidance for winter athletics/activities.


Community Education will continue to run programming virtually and in person on a program by program bases. Please contact (651)460-3200 if you have any questions about specific programs.
Click here for the temporary distance learning schedule (November 30, 2020 - January 1, 2021)
Click here for Distance Learning considerations teachers should follow in planning for activities when engaged in distance learning for a prolonged period of time.


Please look for additional details from your child’s school regarding their specific distance learning program. Information on food service, technology help, and other resources for families will also be available soon. 


Thank you all for your patience and flexibility in this unprecedented school year. Regardless of our learning model, we will continue to do our very best to meet the unique needs of each learner during this pandemic. This is not what we hoped for at the beginning of the school year, but our staff are committed to making the best of our current reality.


Sincerely, 

Jason Berg

Superintendent of Schools


FARMINGTON AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

20655 Flagstaff Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024

Phone: 651-463-5000 | District@farmington.k12.mn.us


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