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Health & Safety Update: Spring 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021 – With only a few weeks remaining in the 2020-2021 school year, Brooklyn Center Community Schools has made several decisions about how the remainder of the school year will look. 

Governor Walz announcement

Last Thursday, Governor Walz announced a plan to reduce restrictions over the next few months that were put in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our state. Schools were given guidance to continue Ready to Learn Plans through the remainder of the school year. However, there are a few adjustments that will need to be made this spring:

  • Starting today, Monday, May 10, masks will not be required during recess and other outdoor activities. Students and staff members will continue to be required to wear a mask and/or face covering while indoors until the statewide mask mandate is lifted. 
  • Guidance around prom and other celebrations was loosened. Please check below for updates to our graduation ceremonies. Principals will communicate plans for prom. 

Hybrid learning for the remainder of the school year

E-12 students will continue learning in the expanded campus hybrid (ECH) learning model through the last week of school. 

“We want to be able to provide as much consistency as possible for students for the remaining weeks we have together,” said Superintendent Dr. Carly Baker. “We unfortunately won’t be able to implement a full in-person learning schedule, given our current cases of COVID-19 in the community. We might need to enter distance learning again at some point, if conditions worsen, but I am hopeful we can continue in our current hybrid model through the last day of school.”

Group A students will continue to be onsite Mondays and Tuesdays. Group B students will continue to be onsite Thursdays and Fridays. School buildings are closed on Wednesdays for cleaning. BC Online students will continue in distance learning. 

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

Last week of school schedule

To ensure a consistent number of onsite days for Group A and Group B students, we wanted to clarify what the schedule for June will look like for students. 

  • Group A students will be onsite Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8, consistent with the ECH learning model schedule
  • Group B students will have their last day onsite on Friday, June 4
  • Teachers will make end of year connections with students and families on Wednesday, June 9 to close out the school year. More information will be shared. 

This schedule allows for Group A and Group B students to be onsite this spring for the same number of days.  

Click here for the ECH learning model schedule for May and June.

COVID-19 testing for middle and high school students

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Education to support COVID-19 testing for students in middle and high school as well as any Minnesotans participating in organized sports.

Due to ongoing concerns about the potential of sports and other group activities to contribute to COVID-19 transmission, the state is now urging athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers and other participants to get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Students not participating in sports or other group activities are still strongly encouraged to test every two weeks.

Brooklyn Center Middle and High Schools is offering testing for grades 6-12 students on:

  • Monday, May 17 and Monday, June 1 for Group A hybrid students
  • Friday, May 21 for Group B hybrid students

Parents and caregivers need to create an account with Vault and sign a permission form before students can be tested. Click here to create a Vault account. Click here to sign a permission form for your student to participate in onsite COVID-19 testing. Testing will be offered to spring athletes each Monday before practice. 

COVID-19 dashboard

Brooklyn Center Community Schools uses COVID-19 case data in Hennepin County and in our schools to help inform operational decisions. We are also making our school-level data available to the community on a weekly basis. We are committed to protecting the privacy and information of individual students and staff and are unable to provide any other health data to the larger community. Click here to view the COVID-19 dashboard.

Class of 2021 Graduation

Based on the guidance Governor Walz issued on Thursday, May 6, several changes have been made to this year’s commencement ceremonies. Brooklyn Center High School (BCHS) and the Early College Academy (ECA) will hold a combined in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021. They were previously planning two separate ceremonies. 

  • Graduation will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 at the BCHS football stadium
  • An unlimited number of guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony. Previous plans limited students to bring three guests but that restriction has been removed with the new guidance.
  • Masks will be required for all graduation attendees
  • If there is inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be moved to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10 at the BCHS football stadium
  • For family members who won’t be able to attend the in-person event, the ceremony will be aired on CCX/Channel 12 and live-streamed on www.bccs286.org. More information will be shared in the next few weeks. 

Families who have a student graduating this year will receive more information from their principal over the next few weeks.