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BCCS to remain in limited campus hybrid model through October

Friday, September 25, 2020 – After careful consideration, Brooklyn Center Community Schools will remain in the limited campus hybrid model through at least Friday, October 30. 

“After speaking with health experts in Hennepin County and reviewing other critical factors, we will remain in our current learning model through October,” said superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “My top priority is the health and safety of our community. Now is not the right time to consider bringing more students on-campus for learning in the expanded campus hybrid model.” 

Each Thursday, BCCS evaluates COVID-19 14-day trends for cities in Hennepin County. As of Thursday, September 24, cases in Brooklyn Center were 19.4 cases per 10,000 people; and 14.5 cases per 10,000 in Hennepin County. The data released on September 24 includes positive cases confirmed between September 1-14. 

While the rate of cases in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis have steadily decreased over the past few weeks, health experts anticipate an increase after infections that occurred over Labor Day weekend are finalized.

“As of right now, we don’t have the full picture of how many people were infected through the holiday weekend and through the beginning of September,” Dr. Baker said. “We need more information to be able to safely bring more students and staff back on-campus.”

In addition to rates of cases, BCCS also considers other important factors to determine if we would enter a less restrictive model of learning, including:

  • Staffing needs
  • Instructional readiness
  • Operational readiness, including custodial, nutrition and transportation services
  • Health and safety protocols
  • Childcare readiness
  • Disproportionate impact of COVID on communities of color
  • Evolving needs of students and families 

BCCS plans to reevaluate the learning model on Thursday, October 15. A change in the learning model would begin on Monday, November 2.

“When we are certain that we can prioritize learning because we’ve created the safest environment possible for our community, we will consider bringing larger cohorts of students into our buildings,” Dr. Baker said.