2020-21 Learning Models
On July 30, Gov. Tim Walz directed school districts to determine learning models to being the school year using data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) based on the number of COVID cases by county. Edina Public Schools is excited to bring students back into schools part time in a hybrid learning model, while also providing an improved online learning experience for students and families who prefer it:
- A hybrid model of learning is a weekly blend of in-school learning following strict safety guidelines, and at-home learning via technology.
- In addition, families may choose to have their students participate in full time distance learning in the newly designed Edina Virtual Academy. Through “lessons learned” from last spring, summer focus groups with students, parents and staff, research and professional development, the crisis-mode distance learning model has been improved and promises a more holistic approach to online learning.
In addition to guidelines provided by the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health, EPS work teams developed learning scenarios with these priorities:
- A safe and healthy learning and working environment for students and staff;
- An engaging and equitable learning experiences for all students;
- Commitment and attention to students who need support at home to be successful;
- Social/emotional learning and support for all students and staff;
- Built in flexibility so classrooms, schools and district can pivot with changing virus conditions.
Families will have the opportunity to select the preferred learning model for their student for the first semester, with an opportunity to make a different choice in January for second semester.
Follow links below to learn about Edina Public Schools' learning models.
The Minnesota Department of Education directed school districts to develop a hybrid learning model as a means to return students to classrooms at least part of the time, while attempting to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 with strict safety protocols. By having a combination of in-classroom learning and at-home learning via technology, we are able to divide students into smaller cohorts to reduce the chance of exposure, while still providing all students with some learning time in classrooms with teachers. The hybrid model also has specific health safety guidelines prescribed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Social distancing, face coverings, cleaning regimens are all part of our Safe Learning Spaces plan.
This summer, the Instructional Planning Team re-invented the distance learning model that was so quickly created in March. We’ve named it Edina Virtual Academy and it is not the same “crisis” model you experienced last spring. We learned a lot last spring, and even more through summer focus groups with students, families and staff. In addition to further research on virtual learning, and sharing of information with other districts, more than 100 EPS teachers have participated in summer professional learning called “Applying Lessons Learned from Distance Learning.” All of this work has resulted in an improved and more holistic distance learning experience to be implemented for the 2020-21 school year.
Distance Learning: Students learn virtually via technology from their homes.
Hybrid Learning: A blend of distance learning and in-person (in school) learning where students have in-person learning two days each week and distance learning two days each week, and one asynchronous/flex day each week.
In-person Learning: Students learn in school four or five days each week, depending if they are in elementary or secondary schools. Schedules with four days in-person include an asynchronous/flex day each week.