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Ready to Learn plans to be shared with board on August 10

August 7, 2020

Dear Brooklyn Center Community Schools Families:

Thank you so much for those of you who indicated your interest in a full-time online learning program. We will be following up with these families next week with more information about the BC Online program and how to officially register for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. We will also ask all families to complete a survey about their preferred method of learning for the fall. While a decision has not yet been made for the start of the school year, it’s important for us to collect this information so we can continue to finalize plans. 

Additionally, we will ask families about transportation for the upcoming school year. In the survey, you will be asked if you will need a bus to bring your child(ren) to school this year. In the hybrid learning model, we will need to operate at a reduced capacity, about 50%, which means we will need to increase the number of routes offered. Again, a decision has not yet been made but we will use this information to determine the number of bus routes we would need if we were in a hybrid or in-person learning scenario at any point this year.

On Monday, August 10, we will present our Ready to Learn plans to the school board. The school board will vote on a resolution that will approve all learning models in the Ready to Learn plans and support the decision for the superintendent to select the learning model that is most suitable based on the current rate of COVID-19 cases in our community. The Ready to Learn plans will be shared with our community next week.

Each Thursday, we receive updated data about the rate of cases of COVID-19 in Hennepin County and the city of Brooklyn Center. The data for Thursday, August 9 showed 23.24 cases per 10,000 residents in Hennepin County, which increased from 21.37 cases per 10,000 residents on Thursday, July 30. This trend indicates the spread of COVID-19 in our community is increasing. Click here to view the data from the Minnesota Department of Health from August 6, 2020.

Please watch for more information to be shared next week. We will need families to do the following:

  • Take the survey to register your student for a learning option. Registration will be open until Friday, August 21.
  • Let us know if your student will not need a bus for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Review the Ready to Learn plans and send us your questions

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to finalize plans. I know there are still so many questions to answer and I appreciate your support and trust in us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carly Baker, superintendent