"Turn the Dial" Process
PLSAS will continue to follow these steps each week to monitor and consider a learning model change and will communicate with families if/when we are getting ready to make a transition.
- The MN Safe Learning Plan provides direction on the data and process to be used for local decision making for the 2020-21 school year.
- The PLSAS Incident Command Response Team works with Scott County Public Health officials to determine if/when we “turn the dial” to a different learning model.
- Each week PLSAS administrators meet with Scott County Public Health to review the current number of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 as one of the important data points for consideration.
- Each week the PLSAS Incident Command Response Team meets to review the latest case-rate data from Scott County. County case numbers are just the starting point for determining which learning model to use. The Incident Command Response Team also reviews the status of several key district data points such as staff leave and accommodation requests, staff absences, student absences, PLSAS district case rates and exposures, as well as department and school briefings including, transportation, Child Nutrition Services and child care.
Additionally, the Team analyzes planning logistics involved with a potential learning model change, including: building capacity restrictions, safety requirements, changes in enrollment, staffing, class sections, bus capacity restrictions, transportation and maintaining distance learning for parents who have opted into this model, just to name a few.
PLSAS also partners with a Regional Support Team made up of local public health officials, representatives from the MN Dept. of Education and MN Dept. of Health, and regional service cooperatives that support school districts in navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020-21 school year. This Regional Support Team consults with us as needed regarding implementation and ongoing evaluation of our learning models.