St. Croix Prep Board Votes on Learning Model - November 12

St. Croix Prep Community,

Last evening the St. Croix Prep board met in a special meeting to approve guidelines for learning model transitions, determine if a learning model decision was appropriate, and make a decision related to Activities if a learning model decision was approved. The following is a SUMMARY of the board actions on the November 12 Meeting:

APPROVED:

Learning Model Transition Guidelines

*All Learning Model transitions are done in consultation with MDE/MDE Regional Support Team, with consideration of case rates within the St. Croix Prep community, and St. Croix Prep's ability to provide staffing at each learning level. Up to two staff planning days will be scheduled before the learning model begins.

More Restrictive

In-Person to Hybrid

Hybrid to Distance

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material increases in case rate numbers with at least one week above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks above the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Less Restrictive

Distance to Hybrid

Hybrid to In-Person

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks or more below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

Two or more prior weeks of consecutive material decreases in case rate numbers with at least one week below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

OR

Three consecutive weeks below the corresponding MDE/MDH case rate threshold

APPROVED:

Distance Learning Transition for K-12 students:

Friday, November 20

Planning Day

No school; this day will be used by faculty as a transition planning day. Note: The school is allowed five transition planning days throughout the year.

Monday, November 23

Distance Learning Begins​

Wednesday, January 20

Planned Return to Hybrid​

This is the start of Q3. Upon return to school on Wednesday, January 20, we will plan on resuming the current hybrid (Blue/Gold) schedule. In the beginning of January, we will begin to refine this planning and address requests to transition between learning models.

Details of the decision-making process are noted below:

1.

Case Rate Data for Washington County

Based on the case rate data released yesterday all divisions of our school have met the guidelines for consideration of transition from Hybrid to Distance. Note: In previous meetings, the Board has defined “elementary” as K-4 (Lower School) and “secondary” as 5-12 (Middle School and Upper School). In addition, the Board has recognized that there may be different learning models for each of these.

2.

Regional Support Team Meeting

Yesterday, St. Croix Prep Covid Response team members and members of our Board met with the Regional Support Team (e.g Coordinator, MDH and MDE personnel). In that meeting, they strongly recommended that our entire school move to a distance learning model by Thanksgiving; they highlighted the increasing case rates, the anticipated continuation of this, along with the family gatherings/celebrations they anticipate occurring over the next few weeks. Regarding, the return date of January 20, they expressed more comfort with this date, as opposed to January 4, which would still be in the incubation period of holiday celebrations.

3.

Staffing at St. Croix Prep

Since the start of school, our administrative team has indicated this would be the largest challenge during this pandemic. Over the past week we have needed to find coverage for nearly 20 employees each day, with these numbers continuing to increase.

4.

Internal Health Data

Over the past three weeks we have seen steady Covid-19 positive cases with our employees and students. Prior to this week, we were confident in stating that these cases were not the result of in-school transmission. Now we are not sure. Note: We will attempt to update our Dashboard today, but we might not be able to do this until Monday.

APPROVED:

Continuation of Activities

In accordance with current guidance from the MSHSL and actions of surrounding districts, St. Croix Prep will continue with its activities programming.

Finally, but very important, we all acknowledge that student in-person learning is best; and this is what all of us want. We are seeking ways to make this a possibility as soon as we can (e.g. weekly testing). We are hoping the case rates subside over the next weeks as we continue to plan for our return to school.

We will send out additional communication beginning on Monday regarding plans to assist families during this distance learning period, our essential worker childcare, options available to those students receiving special education services, technology needs, and meal service availability.