Our mission is to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community.

PLSAS Ready to Learn Plan

Learning during COVID-19

Dial- elementary in hybrid, secondary in distance* PLSAS is currently in the Hybrid Learning model for grades K-5 and Distance Learning for grades 6-12.

* Grades K-5 will transition to a full-time Distance Learning model beginning Monday, November 30.

Click here to learn PLSAS's process for determining if/when we “turn the dial” to a different district learning model.

Hybrid Learning Model

Key Features- All grade levels

Guiding principles:

  • Ensure learning environments are safe
  • Provide as much time in school as possible
  • Provide flexibility and additional time to support individual student learning needs

Outdoor learning

There will be increased outdoor-learning time for all classes.

Required for in-person and hybrid learning

  • Face Covering Policy
  • PPE for direct support student services
  • Build routines of hygiene education & practices
  • Daily cleaning and frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Building-level COVID-19 program coordinator, with optional student counterpart
  • Limiting nonessential visitors/volunteers/external groups
  • Discontinue large gatherings/activities that do not allow for social distancing
  • Monitoring and excluding for illness

Equitable access to technology

Each student will be issued a district device and will have access to all district-provided online resources

  • K-1: iPad
  • 2-5: Chromebook
  • 6-12: iPad


Required for Hybrid Learning

  • Social distancing of 6 feet at all times in school buildings
  • School facilities at 50% capacity
  • Sufficient staffing levels to meet the requirements of the model

Distance Learning Model

Key Features- All grade levels

Distance Learning will be used full time if students and staff are not allowed to be in buildings, as directed under the MN Safe Learning Plan. We will provide access and equity in the learning experience for our students. This year’s program reflects improvements over last year based on staff, parent and student feedback. We have strengthened our Distance Learning model so that we can provide an even more engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students.

Improvements include:

  • Coordinated use of Seesaw and Schoology
  • Providing consistent expectations for classrooms to meet online together for daily live synchronous (online at the same time) interaction with the teacher
  • Providing students with the skills needed to work independently
  • Providing support for families and students, covering all aspects of online work
  • Creating professional development for teachers to enhance their online teaching skills

Equitable access to technology

Each student will be issued a district device and will have access to all district-provided online resources

  • K-2: iPad
  • 3-5: Chromebook
  • 6-12: iPad