Brainerd Public Schools – Elementary Learning Models Change and Secondary Updates
In an email sent out by Brainerd Public Schools:
As a school district, we feel fortunate that we were able to begin the 2020-21 school year in the hybrid learning model for all students and staff. Although the school district has put forth our best effort to keep our COVID-19 positive case numbers low, they are in fact increasing rapidly and by the day. While analyzing the trending results from numerous COVID-19 related data sources and the inability to maintain acceptable staffing levels within our buildings, the time has come to have our early learning and elementary level students (K-grade four) join our secondary students in the distance learning model. The Brainerd Public School District will begin implementing full distance learning for students in early learning programs through fourth grade on Monday, November 16, 2020. Please be advised that students in grades 5-12 who have continued learning in-person will also move to distance learning.
Early learning and elementary students will attend school on-site during the week of November 9-13, 2020 so they can meet with their teachers and bring home the necessary learning devices and resources. Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17, 2020 will be teacher planning and preparation days with no students in early learning through fourth grade in attendance, whether they are enrolled on-site or virtually. Virtual instruction for distance learning will begin for all students in early learning through fourth grade and students in grades 5-12 who are currently attending in-person, with their teachers, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Students in grades 5-12 will continue with the current distance learning schedule throughout this time as previously scheduled on the district calendar.