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BCCS to bring more middle, high school students onsite in March

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – Brooklyn Center Community Schools will begin bringing more students back on campus for instruction in the expanded campus hybrid model (ECH). Students in grades 6-12 at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School and grades 9-12 at the Early College Academy will begin a staggered transition to the ECH model on Monday, March 1.

“We have had a successful start bringing back our youngest learners and we know we need to begin the process of bringing our middle and high school students back to school,” said Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “This is now possible because rates of COVID-19 in Brooklyn Center and Hennepin County have significantly declined.”

As of Tuesday, February 9, rates of COVID-19 in Hennepin County are 22.5 cases per 10,000 residents and 27.5 cases per 10,000 residents in Brooklyn Center. The Minnesota Department of Education has set a threshold of 30 cases per 10,000 residents in a county to determine when to implement hybrid learning for middle and high school students.

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“So long as cases continue to decline and stay below that 30 threshold, we feel comfortable being able to safely bring our middle and high school students onsite,” Dr. Baker said.

Schedule for February and March

Starting March 1, grades 6-12 students at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School (BCMHS) and all Early College Academy students (ECA) will start to return to campus for their learning. The start dates for grades will be staggered to allow for a smoother transition. By March 15, all grades 6-12 students will be in the expanded campus hybrid model. Here is the transition schedule for February and March:

  • Through Friday, February 19: All grades 6-12 students will continue distance learning 
  • Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26: No school for grades 6-12 for teacher planning. Grades E-5 will continue in their current schedule.
  • March 1-5
    • Grades 6, 9 and 12 at BCMHS begin the expanded campus hybrid learning model
    • All ECA students begin the expanded campus hybrid learning model
    • Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 at BCMHS continue distance learning
  • March 8-12
    • Grades 6, 9 and 12 at BCMHS continue the expanded campus hybrid learning model
    • ECA students continue the expanded campus hybrid learning model
    • Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 at BCMHS continue distance learning
  • March 15-19
    • Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 at BCMHS begin expanded campus hybrid learning model; all grades 6-12 students at BCMHS and the ECA are now in the ECH learning model

Click here to view the calendar for grades 6-12 students for February and March. 

Learning model preference

In order to properly plan, families need to indicate if they would like their student(s) to begin onsite learning in the ECH model in March or register for BC Online, the full-time online learning program. Click here to complete a brief form for each child in your household in grades 6-12 by midnight on Monday, February 15. 

  • 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.

More information

The key takeaways from today’s communication include:

  • Students in grades 6-12 at BCMHS and the ECA will start to return to school in the expanded campus hybrid model throughout March
  • Families need to indicate their preferred learning model by midnight on Monday, February 15. Click here to complete a brief form for each child in your household in grades 6-12. 
    • Remain in the flexible learning option and start in the expanded campus model in March OR
    • Register for BC Online, the full-time online learning program

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.