Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748, along with the other districts in the state, received a Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021 from Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Department of Health on July 30.
The MN Department of Education (MDE) requires that all school districts plan for three potential scenarios/learning models:
- In-person learning for all students following MN Department of Health (MDH) guidelines
- Hybrid learning (combination of online and in-person) following strict MDH guidelines
- Distance Learning for all students
MDE Statewide Survey
MDE released the results for its Fall Planning Survey for Families. Of the more than 130,000 responses statewide, 64 percent of families say they are comfortable sending children back to school this fall. Of those 64 percent, 94 percent of families say they would send students back to school full-time, but public health remains a top concern for a majority of respondents. The results of MDE’s Fall Planning Survey for Families are available on MDE’s webpage, which includes a summary of results for all respondents, summary of results disaggregated by race/ethnicity as well as the full data file.
In addition to school preparation, MDE has created two documents for families to help prepare themselves for the fall:
- Make a Plan MN is intended to assist families in preparing for their personal family situations.
- The guide for families outlines the planning that school districts are carrying out right now.
For more information:
- Safe Learning Plan 2020-2021 website
- Minnesota Department of Education Guidance - 7/30/20
- To view county COVID-19 infection rates, go to page 5 of the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021 for a link to bi-weekly case rate (over 14 days) by county of residence.
- Example: on page 3 of that document, for the period of 7/5-7/18, the Stearns County average was 13.97. Based on that number, our District would have in-person learning for elementary students and hybrid learning for secondary students. PLEASE NOTE: those numbers will change, so a final determination as to how we start school on September 8 cannot be made until closer to that date.