• Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Answered Questions

    Here are questions we’ve heard from parents and staff that we are able to answer at this time. There are other, more detailed questions that we cannot answer until we know the number of students enrolled in each learning model. We will continue to build this page as questions come in. Be sure to visit the Family Dashboard for information about safety protocols, transportation, nutrition services, athletics and activities, and more!

    Hybrid Model  |  Hybrid at Elementary Schools  |  Hybrid at Secondary Schools  |  Edina Virtual Academy (EVA)  |  Elementary EVA  |  Secondary EVA  |  Staffing Questions  |  Health Safety

    Hybrid Model

    1. If a family chooses the hybrid model and it isn’t working for them, can they switch from the hybrid model to EVA? (8.11.20)

    If health circumstances change or there is a disability need, we will work with families on a case-by-case basis to try to accommodate a change to a different learning model.

    2. Can cohort switches be accommodated?  For example, we were assigned to cohort A based on our last name, but would like to attend cohort B due to work constraints, etc.? (8.11.20)

    Requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

    3. What does “classroom occupancy will be no more than 50%” mean?  Is this 50% of fire code or 50% of typical class size? (8.11.20)

    We have been directed by the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health to follow two guidelines related to social distancing when determining how many students will be in a classroom:

    • Limit the number of people in school facilities to 50% maximum occupancy;
    • Allow for 6 feet of social distancing between people

    These two requirements combined mean that the number of students in a classroom will be determined by available space, not a headcount of the typical classroom size in “normal” times. In other words, a classroom may have more or fewer students than simply dividing the regular number of students in a class by two. (And we also must take into account the teacher and any additional classroom staff when planning capacity.)

    Over the summer, EPS worked with Wold Architects to determine capacity in each classroom. We are now applying the six-foot rule and are working to finalize class size numbers so we can determine the number of classrooms and staffing needs. There is variance in classroom size within each school and certainly between the schools, so it is unlikely that every class in a given grade across the district will end up having exactly the same number of students.

    4. How will you ensure that there is 6 feet of social distancing between students at all times? (8.11.20)

    Guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health are this: “In this planning scenario (hybrid learning), schools should create as much space between people as possible during the day, recognizing that it is not always feasible to have 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.”  We will allow for 6 feet of social distancing as we roster classrooms, will teach students the safety guidelines, and will work to maintain social distance as much as possible throughout the school day. 

    5. What happens on the online learning days? Are they with their same classmates and teachers, with the learning delivered virtually? (8.11.20)

    Cohorts who are learning from home would still be connected to their class on Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday, pending their cohort.  They would connect remotely for announcements, morning meetings, and direct instruction, for example. This would reinforce school routines and help to build relationships. They would not be “present” for lunch, recess,  independent work time, etc.  

    Music (Mondays and Thursday) and PE (Tuesdays and Fridays) would be taught in real time for students at home (live, virtual teaching). Lessons would be recorded so students could watch at a different time or re-watch for clarity purposes.

    6. What does hybrid schooling for those in quarantine look like? (8.11.20)

    Students who are quarantined will be able to stay connected with their hybrid classroom for community time, such as morning meetings. Teachers would send work and provide support as is the practice when a student is not able to be at school.

    7. Will students receive grades this year instead of the NG designation? (8.11.20)

    Letter grades will be issued this year for learners, whether in the hybrid or EVA. Last year we did not issue letter grades in the spring because we were operating under an emergency response.

    Hybrid at Elementary Schools

    1. Will the teacher providing the online lessons for their at-home days the same as the teacher handling their in-person lessons? (8.11.20)

    Students can/will join their class remotely so classroom teachers do not need to/will not be creating additional lessons for the cohorts of students at home.  A task force is working on creating flipped lessons to reinforce concepts.

    2. At the elementary level is the teacher instructing the students in Cohort A the same as the students in Cohort B? (8.11.20)

    Yes.

    3. Approximately how many students will they be in contact with each day? (8.11.20)

    Elementary students would likely be in contact with up to 20 people a day.

    4. If the district has to close hybrid learning due to virus rates, what will be the learning model for hybrid students? (8.11.20)

    Students would shift to at-home learning, staying with their hybrid classmates and teacher.

    5. What is an elementary school day like in the hybrid model? (8.11.20)

    The day of an elementary learner will include live teaching (synchronous) and flipped lessons learning (asynchronous).  Both live teaching and flipped learning will occur whether students are at home or in school. When students are not at school, we are working toward live teaching to include morning meetings, attendance, small group or individual meetings, and potentially direct instruction. The degree to which live teaching occurs will be developmentally appropriate and will be phased in as teachers solidify routines and protocols for the school year. The goal is to achieve a balance of live teaching and flipped lessons that are connected and maximize student engagement and learning. New instructions and assignments will be given throughout the week.

    Hybrid at Secondary Schools

    1. During in-school days, will the kids change classrooms? (8.11.20)

    Yes.

    2. Will French Immersion students at Valley View be kept together, or will they be split up into the Group A or Group B alphabetically? (8.11.20)

    They will be divided by last name/alpha in order to maintain the social distancing guidelines and 50% capacity guidelines.

    Edina Virtual Academy (EVA)

    1. If we pick EVA, are we still enrolled in Edina Public Schools? (8.11.20)

    Yes! EVA is the distance learning model for Edina students. At the high school level, course names will not change and school transcripts will indicate enrollment at EHS. The difference between EVA and the hybrid model is the delivery of instruction model.

    2. In EVA, how will students with 504 or IEP plans be accommodated? (8.11.20)

    Students with IEPs and 504s will be staffed by their respective teams prior to the beginning of services to determine how their individual needs will be met in either EVA or the hybrid learning model.

    3. Will students receive grades this year instead of the NG designation? (8.11.20)

    Letter grades will be issued this year for learners, whether in the hybrid or EVA. (Elementary students grade 1-4 receive Progress Reports, as usual.) Last year we did not issue letter grades in the spring because we were operating under an emergency response.

    Elementary EVA

    1. What will the elementary learning experience be like in EVA? (8.11.20)

    The day of an elementary learner will include live teaching (synchronous) and flipped lessons learning (asynchronous). Both live teaching and flipped learning will occur whether students are at home or in school. When students are not at school, we are working toward live teaching to include morning meetings, attendance, small group or individual meetings, and potentially direct instruction. The degree to which live teaching occurs will be developmentally appropriate and will be phased in as teachers solidify routines and protocols for the school year. The goal is to achieve a balance of live teaching and flipped lessons that are connected and maximize student engagement and learning. New instructions and assignments will be given throughout the week.

    2. What would kindergarten through the EVA look like? (8.11.20)

    Just like other grade levels, kindergarten would be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. 

    3. Will elementary students be assigned a class with others in the hybrid model, or exclusively with other EVA students? (8.11.20)

    EVA students will be with EVA students, although there may be examples of when they join students in the hybrid model, e.g. band and orchestra sectionals, advanced math, etc.

    Secondary EVA

    1. Will EVA be 100% separate from the hybrid students and staff? (8.11.20)

    It will be designed as its own program. There will at times be overlap in online activities at between the two.

    2. Can you choose EVA as a student’s learning model and still participate in sports and school activities? (8.11.20)

    Yes, as students are still Edina students.

    Staffing Questions

    1. What is the background/expertise of those teaching Edina Virtual Academy? What is the knowledge base of teachers going this route? Are the online teachers receiving needed support? (8.11.20)

    All EPS teachers are licensed teachers, who have been provided with professional development opportunities for best practices in delivering online education. We pride ourselves on having highly qualified and committed employees serving our students.   

    2. How are we supporting our teachers and staff to keep them safe with the in person learning models? (8.11.20)

    Please see the district Safe Learning Spaces web page.

    3. Do we have enough teachers willing to teach in person to even consider the 2-1-2 hybrid model a possibility, or are we forcing teachers into uncomfortable situations? (8.11.20)

    Many teachers are excited about being able to interact with students in person, with proper social distancing. 

    4. What happens if a teacher needs to be quarantined? Do we have substitute teachers available for the district? (8.11.20)

    The district is working on a plan to support classrooms when a teacher is unable to teach in the hybrid model.  The district will not be using day-to-day substitute teachers to support teacher absences.

    Health Safety

    1. Will EPS use Edina-city COVID data or Hennepin County data? (8.11.20)

    EPS will use Hennepin County COVID case data as directed by the Governor’s order.

    2. Will there be temperature checks at school? (8.11.20)

    Temperature checks will be in the health office as needed. Students and staff should conduct a self-screening at home before coming to school.

    3. Will kindergarteners have to keep face coverings on during class? (8.11.20)

    Yes.

    4. What types of face coverings are acceptable? (8.11.20)

    Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering per recommendation from MDH.

    5. How are you addressing ventilation in classrooms? Will windows be open whenever possible? (8.11.20)

    Mechanical systems in EPS facilities are set to maximize fresh air intake, with increased run times. Building air filters are set for maximum filtration.  This information has been provided by a mechanical engineer at Wold Architects and Engineering:  “The ventilation to each space is designed assuming the windows and doors are closed such that each space works independently of other spaces in the building.  Each space will perform the same whether the doors are open or closed as the supply and return air are balanced.  The systems will not perform under all seasonal conditions if the windows are opened.  High temperature and humidity or cold outside air conditions will have an adverse effect on the performance of the space. Outside ventilation air to each space is calculated in cubic feet per minute and follows strict code guidelines based upon the number of occupants and the use of the space.  There are not code guidelines that determine the overall air circulation for turning over the air within a given space.

    6. What are face covering requirements during recess? (9.15.20)

    While outside, if a student is unable to social distance, the student must wear a mask. If students temporarily remove their face covering they must maintain their social distance from others. Face coverings need to be worn in the hallways on the way to the playground and put back on before re-entering the building.