ACGC Fall 2020 Reopening School Plan

On July 30th, Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education issued direction for schools called the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21. The plan is focused on how school districts should open schools this fall given the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. A system to track COVID-19 cases by county is the metric being used to determine how schools should reopen. MDE has a framework to operate school while trying to keep everyone safe. MDE direction gives schools the ability to open based on COVID-19 data but it is not a "one size fits all" approach. The metrics and learning scenarios below are based on a 14-day average by Minnesota County. This data will guide how we operate school and will be subject to change as COVID numbers evolve.

COVID-19 Case Rate Per 10,000 People Learning Scenario
0 to less than 10 District-Wide In Person
10 to less than 20 Elementary = In Person
High School = Hybrid
20 to less than 30 District-Wide Hybrid
30 to less than 50 Elementary = Hybrid
High School = Distance Learning
50 and over District-Wide Distance Learning

ACGC Histroical Case Rate Data

County 9/6-9/19 9/13-9/26 9/20-10/3 9/27-10/10 10/4-10/17 10/11-10/24 10/18-10/31
Kandiyohi 17.58 38.21 56.03 75.48 92.13 94.24 107.83
Meeker 25.56 26.86 22.10 26.00 30.76 35.95 50.26
Data for K-12 Schools: 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County

We understand that our students, staff, and families need information to feel comfortable returning to school. More specific scheduling information, frequently asked questions, masking information, sanitation schedules, infection at school process, and other return to school information is being developed and will be placed on the ACGC website. We will continue to modify and adapt information as circumstances change.

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81 , people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Research has shown that use of face coverings can greatly reduce the risk of infection when combined with other prevention efforts such as social distancing and hand hygiene. Districts are expected to follow the Face Covering Requirements and Recommendations provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

We know there are even more changes to come and we will adapt and modify the ACGC Safe Learning Plan as needed to safely meet the requirements and needs of our students. COVID-19 has certainly taught us to remain flexible and adapt to a changing environment.