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Fall Planning is Underway at SPPS

As we finish the school year many of us are already wondering what next fall will look like.
 
While we await direction from the Minnesota Department of Education, SPPS is already considering several scenarios and planning how we can best meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students as we head into a new school year.
 
The ideas we are considering include:
  • Traditional learning, similar to a regular school day with precautions based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, social distancing and daily cleaning.
  • Hybrid Instruction, a combination of online learning and some in-person learning. In this scenario, students would attend school in-person part-time in smaller groups, to limit the number of students in a classroom and allow for social distancing. When not at school, students will be expected to complete teacher-assigned work at home.  

  • Continued Distance Learning, similar to what we’ve been doing this spring but improved upon based on feedback from families and staff, and information we've learned in the past several months.
 
The decisions for what next fall will look like very much depend on what community health and Minnesota Department of Education guidelines are in place to inform decisions about building access.
 
MDE has asked school districts to plan for fall based on the three models above. MDE will be providing districts with health guidelines on June 15 to help with planning. Additional direction will be provided to school districts later this summer. 
 
All of these models include planning for the health and safety protocols that would be needed if buildings fully open in the fall, what it looks like to continue with Distance Learning if building access is not feasible and several models that address what it might look like if students can be at school sites with smaller group sizes and social distancing.
 
SPPS is planning different engagement opportunities to get feedback from students, families and staff. Look for ways to participate in these opportunities in the near future.
 
In addition to the engagement opportunities, SPPS will continue to provide updates on our planning efforts throughout the summer. These updates will be shared on spps.org and our social media channels, as well as sent by email, phone and text messaging to keep you informed.
 
We remain committed to providing the very best for our students and doing all we can to support them. Watch for more details about fall 2020 later this summer.