Grades 6-12 Shift from Hybrid to Distance Learning

October 23, 2020

The District met with the Regional Support Team—Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of education, and Anoka County Public Health Department staff—regarding the increase in COVID-19 cases in the county and its impact on our learning models. After meeting and petitioning to remain in the hybrid learning model, we are directed to transition to distance learning for students in grades 6-12.

Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-82 states that “all Minnesota public schools must adhere to parameters determined by the Minnesota Department of Health in implementing or shifting between the three learning models laid out in the 2020-21 school year planning guidance: in-person learning, hybrid learning and distance learning.”

The data released yesterday indicates the cases are at 33.16 per 10,000 people in Anoka County. At this case rate, the State’s plan calls for schools in Anoka County, including Centennial, to transition students in grades 6-12 from hybrid to all distance learning. Based on the guidelines for the number of cases, elementary students will remain in the hybrid learning model.

The timeline for the switch from hybrid to distance learning is below. Since students in grades 6-12 are currently engaged in hybrid learning, the move to distance will have limited interruption in learning.

Transition timeline for students, grades 6-12: (No change for elementary students)

  • Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30: No change in schedules. Students in grades 6-12 will continue receiving instruction via the hybrid model and preparing for the switch to distance learning.
  • Monday, November 2 - Wednesday, November 4: No school for students in grades 6-12; opportunities for students to work on homework and assignments. Distance learning prep days for staff per the Governor’s Safe Learning Plan guidelines.
  • Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6: First two days of distance learning for students in grades 6-12.

Distance learning schedule for students in grades 6-12
Students in grades 6-12 follow their current schedules in the distance learning model. All students learn from home, Mondays and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The Wednesday schedule of individual student learning and support will remain unchanged. Look for additional information from the Centennial Middle and Centennial High School principals on Monday.

How long will students remain in the distance learning model?
The regional support team is projecting COVID-19 cases will continue to rise for the next few weeks. Distance learning will be in place until the case numbers decrease and we receive permission from the team to safely return to the hybrid learning model.

The District will continue to monitor state and local COVID-19 case data. I will send an update during the week of November 23 (before Thanksgiving break) that will include case counts and further direction from the regional support team.

What is the impact of the shift to distance learning on high school sports and activities?
We are seeking clarity on the status of high school sports and activities while students are learning in the distance model. Information will be shared as we learn more.

Check back for updates.