School District 622

Secondary (6-12) Learning Model Update

Dear 622 Families,

We are excited to announce a two-phase plan for welcoming our secondary students back to in-person learning immediately following Spring Break (March 8-12). In phase one, students will resume hybrid learning following this schedule:

Monday, March 15 Phase One begins (Two-days/week in-person hybrid)

Hybrid Group A
In-person: Monday and Tuesday
Distance Learning: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Hybrid Group B
Distance Learning: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
In-person: Wednesday and Thursday

Full-time Distance Learning
Monday through Friday

Monday, April 5 Phase Two begins (Four-days/week in-person program)

During phase two, secondary students (grades 6-12) will return to in-person learning four-days per week, beginning Monday, April 5. Students will attend school in-person Monday-Thursday, followed by asynchronous (independent) online learning on Fridays at home. The four-day in-person schedule provides our secondary teachers the time to support both in-person and online students.

Both of these phases follow the recommendations found in the most recent update of the Safe Learning Plan. In the update, distancing guidance has changed, and while six-feet of distancing is still recommended, three-feet of distancing is acceptable when six-feet cannot be maintained. Once county-level COVID cases drop to nine cases per 10,000 residents or lower, distancing is no longer required.

For Phase Two, secondary students currently registered for our two-day/week in-person hybrid program will automatically be assigned to our four-day/week in-person program. Beginning April 5, we will no longer have a two-day/week in-person option. Students who choose to stay enrolled in full-time distance learning at home can do so. If you would like to change your child’s learning model (in-person vs. distance learning), please contact your child’s school directly by March 17.

I am pleased to share that our return to full-time in-person learning for preschool-5th-grade students has gone smoothly. It is wonderful to see and hear students in our buildings again! Our 622 COVID Dashboard supports that our schools are safe places for students and staff.

The State of Minnesota recently announced a new tool called the Vaccine Connector that allows residents to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and determine when they are eligible to receive the vaccine. In addition, state officials urge all parents to test their students for COVID-19 every two-weeks through the end of the school year. Testing information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 testing website.

We are one year into the COVID pandemic, and although I think we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, please remain cautious and continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands often and wearing a face covering. As our spring break approaches, please also practice caution in your activities. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both discourage out-of-state travel, but if you do travel, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website for current travel guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we’ve navigated this pandemic together.

Warm Regards,

Christine Tucci Osorio