BCCS Decision Making

  • Analyzing cases in our community 

    The Minnesota Department of Health created the below chart for recommended learning model options based on 14-day case rate range in a community.

    Learning Model Option

    Range (14-day case rate per 10,000 people)

    In-person learning for all students

    0 to less than 10

    Elementary in-person, Middle/high school hybrid

    10 to less than 20

    All hybrid

    20 to less than 30

    Elementary hybrid, Middle/high school distance

    30 to less than 50

    All distance

    50 or more

    As of Thursday, October 29, cases in Brooklyn Center were 53.4 cases per 10,000 people; and 29 cases per 10,000 in Hennepin County. 

    Please note: BCCS will not operate in one model for elementary students and a different model for middle/high school students. We will be in either expanded campus hybrid or limited campus hybrid when cases are between 10-50. 

    Changes to Adopted Scenario

    We will monitor positive case data from Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis on a weekly basis. Ready to Learn scenarios would be evaluated every 4-5 weeks with any change in scenario to take place 10 school days following the announcement. Click here to view communication from the October 15 learning model decision. Please view the below chart for planned dates of when we will evaluate our learning model:

    Decision made on learning model

    Model start date

    Friday, September 25

    Monday, October 12

    Thursday, October 15

    Monday, November 2

    Friday, November 20 – CANCELED

    N/A

    Friday, December 18

    Tuesday, January 5

    Please note: On October 15, BCCS decided to cancel another learning model evaluation on Friday, November 20 because of the likelihood of increased cases throughout November and December. As such, the district will remain in the limited campus hybrid model through Wednesday, December 23, the day before winter break begins.

    Recommendations to shift to distance learning from a hybrid or in-person model due to health and safety reasons may be made, communicated and implemented rapidly by the superintendent. Shifting toward more students learning on-campus will require more time to ensure the health and safety of our community.

    For the foreseeable future, it’s important for families, students and staff members to understand the need for flexibility. The district’s number one priority in making decisions about which learning model to follow is the health and safety of our community. In order to maintain this commitment, unplanned decisions may need to be made and the community will need to quickly pivot. 

    Other considerations in the learning model decision:

    • Staffing will continue to be a challenge in BCCS and school districts across the state through this fall and winter, and it may become more challenging if case counts rise
    • Moving to more students learning on-campus requires more time for data gathering and readiness assessment than changing from in-person learning models to the full distance learning model
    • Case counts will fluctuate this fall and winter
    • BCCS will make clear and consistent decisions across buildings and programs

    In addition to reviewing case data in Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis, BCCS will also consider the following factors:

    • Staffing needs
    • Instructional readiness
    • Operational readiness, including custodial, nutrition and transportation services
    • Health and safety protocols
    • Childcare readiness
    • Consultation with MDE, MDH and Hennepin County

    How will a decision be communicated?

    Families can expect to receive a phone call/voicemail message, text message and email. Information will also be posted on our website, social media accounts and mobile app. Staff members can expect to receive an email.