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BCCS to remain in limited campus hybrid model

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – After careful consideration, Brooklyn Center Community Schools will remain in the limited campus hybrid model through at least Wednesday, December 23, the day before winter break begins. 

“Cases are continuing to rise in our community and public health experts are concerned about the continued rise of cases through November and December,” said superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “We have also spent time listening to our community and they have expressed the need for continuity and predictability.” 

Each Thursday, BCCS evaluates COVID-19 14-day trends for cities in Hennepin County. As of today, cases in Brooklyn Center were 31.1 cases per 10,000 people; and 23.4 cases per 10,000 in Hennepin County. The data released today includes positive cases confirmed between September 22 – October 5. 

Monitoring COVID in our community

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Many factors were considered to remain in the current learning model, including the likelihood of increased cases confirmed in November. The district will continue to monitor case data weekly and meet with Hennepin County public health experts on Thursday, December 17 to make a determination on moving to an expanded campus hybrid model on Monday, January 11, 2021. Data will need to be analyzed again on Thursday, January 7, 2021, to confirm a decision to move to the expanded campus hybrid model.

Throughout October, teachers conducted one-on-one check-ins with families. Through these conversations, families articulated that they had found solutions to the limited campus hybrid schedule and appreciated the consistency in the schedule. Because of this expressed desire of consistency, and the likelihood of increased cases, we will remain in the current learning model through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. 

“We know that there is an elevated need for socialization and social emotional support for students,” Dr. Baker said. The development of socialization and enrichment activities for students both during and after school will be prioritized over the next two months.

“While it saddens me that we won’t have all students in our buildings until 2021, we are committed to increasing the services that are working the best right now and improving in areas where families need additional support,” Dr. Baker said. 

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 

“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.