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Covid Updates
Covid Updates
Ryan Nielsen
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How Do We Determine the Learning Model

The Canby Public School District is currently in its third week of school.  The past two and half weeks has taught us a lot about what education looks like during a pandemic.  The students and staff have all been terrific when it comes to wearing face coverings, staying home when sick, and following social distancing guidelines.  We must all follow these important measures if we want to continue having in-person learning for all students K-12. 

How do we determine which learning model is needed based on local COVID data?  Great question!  The district reviews the case rates for our area on a daily basis.  We use multiple data points to help guide our decision on which learning model each school should be in for the week.  When we see cases increase to an elevated point of concern, we then communicate with our Incident Command Team, Regional Center of Support, Public Health and MDH.  Working together and looking at current active case data we then determine the least restrictive learning model we can safely have school.   

Lately I have had some staff and parents inquire about the MDH two week look back model.  This model is a measurement tool used to gain an understanding of what has occurred in our region over the past few weeks.  For example, the last look back model released by MDH represents data from cases prior to the start of the school year dated 9/5.  While this information can help paint a picture of what the area was experiencing the past couple of weeks, we need to know what is happening today.  To do this we use a number of different data points from a number of resources, which helps the district make a more informed decision.

We are watching all the numbers on a daily basis.  If the school district were to experience an increase in cases that were affecting our students and staff requiring us to change learning models we will work to notify you as quickly as possible.  Thankfully, we are doing great in school and community so we currently do not need to make any changes. 

If you every have any questions please be sure to reach out to me, one of the principals, school nurse or your child’s teacher.  We will be more than happy to answer your questions.