MN Safe Learning Plan

  • On July 30, 2020 Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan, a localized, data-driven approach to the 2020-21 school year to help students learn safely.

    The Safe Learning Plan outlined steps school districts should take when considering what learning scenario – distance, hybrid or in-person – they should implement to start the school year. Districts will consult with MDH and MDE to review their county health data, district factors such as building capacity and safe learning plans. 

    Stay Safe MN Learning Model graphic

    Part of the Safe Learning Plan included a matrix for determining which learning model districts could use, based on the number of cases per 10,000 over the past 14 days, by county (see graphic below). This matrix is meant to be used as a starting place for districts as they begin the consultative process. The decision is complex and must balance not only the current COVID-19 cases in our county (Dakota), but input from our community and staff, and the operational implications such as staffing and busing within the recommended guidelines. 

    learning model cases

    The Safe Learning Plan also outlined the following health requirements and best practices for districts to have in place when considering the different scenarios. SSP continues to review the latest recommnedations and will share more specific details with families in the coming weeks.

    hybrid learning requirements


    SSP expects to bring a learning model recommendation to the School Board on Monday, August 10 for approval and will communicate with families immediately following the meeting. 

    Once the school year begins, districts and MDH will continue to closely monitor the community and school-level impact of COVID-19. If the number of COVID-19 cases in Dakota County increases or there is an outbreak within a building, the scenario for how we teach school will change, becoming more restrictive. We continue to encourage families to prepare for all three scenarios to be put into place at some point during the 2020-21 school year.