Superintendent Devine August 7 Update
NEW AUG. 7: Back-to-School Overview
Superintendent Devine Update to Parents Friday, August 7

Dear ISD ONE10 Parents,
I hope this email finds you well. As we continue to plan for the return of school, we want to keep you informed of our progress with weekly updates. I have created another video to summarize some of the information from this week. I realize these weekly videos are longer than my normal videos but the information is essential for you. Please take the time to view. Thanks!

Superintendent Devine Video Message 8/7/20

The health and safety of all our students and employees are at the forefront of all our planning. We realize there is a lot of anxiety and stress over what school may look like at ONE10. I can assure you, we are doing everything we can within the expectations from the state to deliver a model that will meet our safety concerns and continue our high standards of academics we have come to expect. 

We continue to meet and plan with our design teams to develop the protocols needed to open the school year safely and meet the state requirements.  

The work and empathy coming from all the design teams has been amazing and the changes we are making are creating a safer environment for all students and staff.
Last week I sent out the framework to the Hybrid Model of education we plan to deliver at ONE10. We have since produced a easier to read document, but, there is one major change to last week's framework....the 6th grade team has developed a way to offer in person classes to all our 6th grade students 5 days a week. More information to follow in the upcoming weeks.

As protocols become more defined and are ready to be shared, we will be updating you and will be placing them on the website.  Here is an overview of some of the protocols you can expect.

ISD110 Back-to-School Overview
One of the changes that the school board will be taking action on at Monday’s school board meeting is a modification to the calendar for the school year.  In order to provide the planning time needed to be ready for this Hybrid Model of education, we are recommending to start the school year with students in grades 1-12 on September 8th. Kindergarten would start on September 10th. We realize this will cause some inconvenience with family plans. This planning time is vital for us to deliver a high quality product and implement all the safety protocols needed.  
It is important to note, for those choosing to enroll their child in the ONE10 Distance Learning model of education, we will have a much more enhanced and robust Distance Learning model when compared to last spring. Students will be receiving the same curriculum and lesson concepts as students who are in person.  

All students at ONE10 will have the same curriculum, attendance, grading and engagement expectations no matter the method they choose to attend school. Distance Learning students will be expected to follow a daily virtual schedule of interacting with teachers and other students.
We have designated a Question and Answer location on our website to help clarify the common questions we are hearing.  Please feel free to submit a question to: covidquestions@isd110.org or 952-442-0611 and we will post answers on our website.  

We are also organizing two Virtual Town Hall Meetings. Details of how to join the meetings will be shared next Tuesday. The virtual meetings will be held:

Thursday, August 13 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, August 17 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

We ask for your continued support and patience as we work through this planning process.  We know there are a lot of questions and uncertainties and we will continue to address them as soon as we have answers.  

We are building something that has never been built before. We know that our plan won’t be perfect, yet our commitment to creating the best it can be and making adjustments along the way will lead us to a plan that will match our high standards. Your support and trust in ONE10 is appreciated.
We will deliver an exceptional and safe educational environment for our ONE10 students. We have a great staff, great students and great parents who will work together through this journey to excellence during a pandemic.  We are all part of this ONE10 family and together we will take care of each other.
We ARE ONE10!!!!
Pat Devine
Superintendent, Waconia Public Schools

Superintendent Devine July 31 Update
Superintendent Devine Message to Parents and Staff, Friday, July 31

Dear Parents and Staff:

I hope this email finds you well. On Thursday, July 30th, we received the long-anticipated announcement from the Governor giving us the back-to-school plan. This email and video provide the back-to-school framework we have for ONE10 as of today. We are also including a required parent survey to help us in our planning. 

Watch Superintendent Devine Video Message

We will spend the next week developing additional protocols and we will be sharing more detailed plans on Friday, August 7th. The frameworks for each of the three possible scenarios (Scenario One: In-Person; Scenario Two: Hybrid; Scenario Three: Distance Learning) that were developed in July will guide our detailed planning. 

The Governor’s  MN Safe Learning Plan guides which educational scenario we will be able to deliver based on local health data. The Governor’s recommendations on which learning model schools can offer is based on the number of new COVID-19 cases per 10,000 over 14-days in the majority county of the school district. 

More information about the Governor’s announcement and Executive Order can be found at the following links. 

Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year

Executive Order 20-82

Minnesota Department of Education

There are many complexities and requirements from the state that will need to be followed as we make decisions on how ISD 110 will deliver the best education possible in the safest environment in this new model. Please be patient as we work out details. Know that there may be changes to the 2020-2021 school year calendar as needed. We understand that decisions made in all of our planning  impact every student and every family in multiple ways. The best interests of all students, staff and families are at the center of our planning.  

Safety Procedures and Protocols
New safety protocols are being implemented to keep our students and staff safe. Here is the initial list of what we will be doing in all ISD 110 buildings. More safety protocols will be added as needed:
- Health screenings for all building occupants - adults and students
- Mandatory masks for students and adults - instructions of expectations will be provided
- Maintain social distancing - reinforced with signage
- Hand sanitizing stations and routine hand washing in classrooms where sinks are available
- Routine cleaning during the school day of all high traffic and common areas, and nightly deep cleaning of all facilities
- Enhancement to air handling equipment to increase fresh air and improve filtration
- Meals will be packaged in containers that will reduce interaction between staff and students during lunch pick up/delivery
- Protocols for what happens when someone tests positive for the virus - while adhering to the laws surrounding confidentiality of student and staff personal health 

A full list of the school safety requirement from the state can be found at:  Minnesota Department of Education

ONE10 Back-to-School Scenario as of Today
By using the county health data, as of today, with the formula described in the MN Safe Learning Plan, the educational scenario to be delivered at ONE10 would be scenario two. The information below outlines what this may look like at Waconia Public Schools.  

It is our intention to continue providing the excellent education we have at ONE10 through whichever scenario we are asked to deliver.  As the Carver County COVID-19 numbers fluctuate, our educational programming will need to be fluid and change as requested by MDE and MDH.  If the current numbers stay consistent in August, we will start with the following educational model and modify as needed and be ready to move into scenario one or three as required.

Elementary School Learning Pod Instructional Model - K - 5
- This model meets the requirements of both In-Person and Hybrid Learning with safety precautions built throughout. 
- The Learning Pod Instructional Model utilizes all areas within the building allowing all K-5 families the option for their child(ren) to attend school daily.
- K - 5 will have every day instruction in small groups we call learning pods (students will stay within their learning pods during the school day using social distancing and safety protocols).  
- A learning pod is a community of learners consisting of two classrooms of students split into three learning spaces.  
- Instruction, support, and supervision throughout the school day for each learning pod will be delivered by two licensed elementary teachers and one educational assistant.
- The student school day will be adjusted to a start time of 8:30am with dismissal at 2:30pm
- With limited bus capacity due to social distancing requirements, we will NEED to partner with families to drive their children, or carpool, to school.  

Parents with students in all grades will have the option to opt out of in-person instruction for their child(ren) and ISD 110 will provide a distance learning education for those students. This Distance Learning model will be even more enhanced and interactive when compared to the distance learning that finished out the 2019-2020 school year.

Middle and High School Hybrid Instructional Model - 6 - 12 - students on an “AB” rotation
- Grades 6 - 12 will be on an “AB” rotation - “A” students will be in person on Monday and Thursday and “B” students will be in person on Tuesday and Friday. 
- Wednesday will be a day for students who need additional help, time for staff development and planning. 
- For families with multiple students on the “AB” rotation, attention will be given to keep siblings on the same rotation. 
- There will be a virtual connection with students on days they are not on campus so the instruction will continue when students are at home.  

Parents with students in all grades will have the option to opt out of in-person instruction for their child(ren) and ISD 110 will provide a distance learning education for those students. This Distance Learning model will be even more enhanced and interactive when compared to the distance learning that finished out the 2019-2020 school year.

Thank you! 
We ARE ONE10!!!!

Pat Devine
Superintendent, Waconia Public Schools

Governor Walz Outlines "MN Safe Learning Plan" for 2020-2021 School Year

On Thursday, July 30, Governor Walz announced his MN Safe Learning Plan that gives flexibility to school districts, based on health data. The Governor’s recommendations on which learning model schools can offer in the 2020-2021 school year is based on the number of COVID-19 cases per 10,000 over 14-days in any county. 

Our administration is working on what the Governor’s announcement means for ISD 110. Leading up to today’s decision, we have been building the framework for one of three scenarios: In-Person Learning; Hybrid Model; Distance Learning. 

The Governor’s recommendations allow districts to fluctuate between these models, depending on health data. 

We want everyone to know that we are working on how the Governor's announcement will impact ISD 110 and we will be offering additional information tomorrow, Friday, July 31. Then, we will spend next week doing a planning deep dive and share more detailed plans on Friday, August 7th.   

There are many complexities and requirements from the state that will need to be followed as we make decisions on how ISD 110 will deliver the best education possible in the safest environment in this new, fluid, model. Please be patient as we work out details. We understand that this decision impacts every student and every family in multiple ways. Know that the best interests of all students, staff and families are at the center of our planning.  

We are ONE10! 

Pat Devine,

Superintendent, Waconia Public Schools

 

MN Safe Learning Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
Governor Walz Executive Order 20-82
2020–2021 school year could go one of three ways, depending on status of pandemic

The big question this summer for everyone—parents, students, teachers, staff, and administration—is what will the fall look like when the 2020–2021 school year begins? As of now, there are actually three answers. The State of Minnesota, along with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health, have instructed school districts across the state to prepare for three different scenarios, all dependent on what the pandemic is doing come fall. The state will let districts know their decision in the last week of July. We understand that not knowing is stressful on everyone. In the meantime, we will be working during the month of July planning for one of the following three scenarios.

Scenario 1

Students come back to school as they would any other fall. That’s about the only thing that would be the same. There are a lot of requirements and recommendations that we need to follow on how to conduct school during this pandemic. Such as, maintaining social distancing, classroom layouts, masks, lunch protocols, the list goes on. There are several issues that we would have to work through as we don’t have the physical space to keep everyone far enough apart and we don’t have the staff to meet the student to teacher ratio expectation.  

Scenario 2

State officials are considering requiring schools to implement a hybrid model where students “take turns” at being in school. There would be a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning. Details of exactly how that would look are being developed. This would be a totally different experience for everyone. Myself along with numerous superintendents have shared with the state how much stress this model would put on everyone. The plan requires hybrid lesson plans, needs to consider parent work commitments, have totally revamped bus schedules/routes, have a plan to get lunch to students who are at home for the day, ensure that every student has the proper technology, and have a totally new grading system. Probably one of the biggest challenges to figure out is how do teachers simultaneously conduct in-person instruction and provide a robust distance learning program for students who are at home. This scenario also has huge financial impacts.

Scenario 3

In this scenario, we would continue distance learning full time, just like we did in the spring. Even though we are extremely proud of how everyone came together and rallied to make distance learning work, we also know that it was not ideal for everyone. Moving to this model for the start of the year brings with it a whole new set of considerations, including: developing initial relationships with students; creation of more permanent lesson plans; developing a remote lunch program and grading systems; daycare issues; technology distribution and maintenance, and more.

State officials have said that they will let us know their decision at the end of July regarding which scenario we will be implementing in the fall. Until then, we will work on plans throughout the month of July as if each scenario will be the one. We will be asking parents, students and staff for input so that all have a voice in plan development. As you can see, each scenario brings with it a whole different set of plans, challenges, and protocols. Whatever plan is chosen, ISD ONE10 is committed to making the educational experience the best it can be for every student. We will be communicating our plans once the state makes a decision.

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Plan de Aprendizaje a distancia

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