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BCCS to bring more students onsite in February

Friday, December 18 – On Wednesday, December 16, Governor Walz announced plans to prioritize in-person learning for early learning and elementary students. School districts throughout Minnesota were also given updated protocols for how to safely bring students back to school in a hybrid or in-person learning model. 

Starting Monday, February 1, Brooklyn Center Community Schools will begin bringing more students back on campus for instruction. Elementary students will begin a staggered transition to the expanded campus hybrid model. Special populations of grades E-12 students will begin the limited campus hybrid model. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to the expanded campus hybrid learning model.

“All of our children belong in school but bringing back our youngest learners and special populations will be the first step to bringing all students back to our buildings,” said Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “This will be an adjustment for our students, families and staff but we are finalizing plans to make this a smooth and safe transition for all.”

Since the pandemic closed schools in March, experts have continued to learn more about how the virus is transmitted. Research indicates that elementary-aged children do not pass the virus as easily as adolescents or adults. 

“With a better understanding of how COVID spreads in our community, and the updated health and safety protocols, we feel confident that we can provide a safe learning and work environment for students and staff,” Dr. Baker said.

Schedule for January and February

Starting February 1, more BCCS elementary students and students who receive special services in grades 6-12 will start to return to campus for their learning. The start dates for grades will be staggered to allow for a smoother transition. By February 22, all Pre-K – 5 students will be in the expanded campus hybrid model. Here is the transition schedule for January and February:

  • Tuesday, January 5 – Thursday, January 21: All grades E-12 students will be in distance learning to complete the first semester.
  • Monday, January 25 – Thursday, January 28: No school for grades E-5 for teacher planning. Grades 6-12 will be in distance learning.
  • Friday, January 29: The professional development day originally scheduled for Friday, February 5 will be moved to Friday, January 29. There will be no school for grades E-12 students.
  • Monday, February 1
    • Grades Pre-K and K students begin the expanded campus hybrid learning model and will be onsite two days per week
    • Grades E-12 students in a setting III special education classroom and students who are new to the country will begin learning onsite in custom schedules
    • Grades E-12 students can schedule onsite individual appointments and evaluations
  • Monday, February 8: Grades 1-2 students begin the expanded campus hybrid learning model and will be onsite two days per week
  • Monday, February 22: Grades 3-5 students begin the expanded campus hybrid learning model and will be onsite two days per week

Click here to view the updated calendar for January – March.

Learning model preference

In order to properly plan, families need to commit to either the flexible learning model, which includes the hybrid models, or BC Online for third quarter, February 1 – March 26. Please communicate your preference with your child’s classroom teacher by Wednesday, December 23. Teachers will reach out to families they haven’t heard from after winter break.  

  • Expanded campus hybrid model
    • In the expanded campus hybrid model, students will participate in two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual or distance learning. 
    • To reduce the number of people in school buildings each day, two cohorts of students will attend in-person classes on opposite days. Every effort will be made to place all students from one household in the same group. Click here to learn more about the expanded campus hybrid model.
  • BC Online, full-time online learning
    • Families who want the certainty of full-time online learning with no movement between models may opt into the BC Online learning program. This option does not include any in-person instruction and will operate independently from the other plans. Click here to learn more about BC Online.

Regardless of a family’s choice to stay in the flexible learning model option or register for BC Online, we are unfortunately unable to guarantee that students will remain with their current classroom teachers. Every effort will be made to maintain our current classroom and family house assignments for students. 

More information

The key takeaways from today’s communication include:

  • Students in grades Pre-K – 5 will start to return to school in the expanded campus hybrid model throughout February
  • Special populations of grades E-12 students, including students in a setting III special education classroom and students who are new to the country, will begin the limited campus hybrid model in custom schedules
  • Families need to indicate their preferred learning model by contacting their elementary child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s) by Wednesday, December 23:
    • Remain in the flexible learning option and start in the expanded campus model in February OR
    • Register for BC Online for third quarter, February 1 – March 26

There are still many more details to communicate with families. More information will be shared over the next few weeks through phone calls, emails, text messages and on our website.