1. review the data
To consider shifting models, our we consult with our district incident command team and district leaders to review data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Dakota County Public Health, as well as rates of positive cases, quarantine and isolation in District 196. The foundation of our learning model is based on the guidance in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21, as well as other relevant data points.
2. consult with experts
The Incident Command Team meets to discuss local and school COVID-19 data. As a district, we also consult with the Minnesota Department of Health, Dakota County Public Health Department, Regional COVID-19 Support Team and district leaders. Based on the feedback and guidance from state and local public health officials, a recommendation will be brought to the School Board for a final decision. The board will hold a special meeting to discuss and affirm a decision. All special School Board meetings will be advertised at least three days in advance and streamed live on the District 196 YouTube.
3. communicate decision
The district will use a variety of communications channels to update families and staff when a decision regarding learning models is made. The district uses the following platforms:
Website – A popup will be posted on the district website at District196.org and all school websites; this is where the information is available first.
District social media – Twitter (@ISD196Schools) and Facebook (@District196) accounts will have the latest information.
Notification email and phone call – Parents/guardians and staff receive emails and phone calls from our SchoolMessenger mass notification system
Text messaging – Subscribers will receive a text notification. Text "Y" to 67587 to opt in. (Only guardians may opt in. Message and data rates may apply.)