As Jordan Public Schools plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to keeping our families, staff, students, and community members informed. While there are still many uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience.
This web page serves as a hub for updates related to the reopening of our schools for Fall of 2020. The situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. We will regularly update this page as our plans continue to take shape. We encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information.
LEARNING MODEL SCALE
It is likely that our district will move along the scale between the three learning models: Hybrid, In-Person, Distance Learning (or a combination) throughout the academic school year. The Learning Model Scale, based on data from MDH 14-day COVID-19 Case Rate by County, will inform staff and families of our current learning model.
HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES
UPDATE 12/22/20: "ROLLING START" CALENDAR ANNOUNCED
So families can plan accordingly over break, this communication will provide 1) a calendar link for the “rolling start” dates and 2) “no school” dates for previously scheduled professional development and learning model teacher transition days. Learn more.
UPDATE 11/12/20: DISTRICT ANNOUNCES LEARNING MODEL CHANGE
Tonight, district leadership presented a plan for a learning model shift to the Jordan School Board. With a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Scott County, increased community spread, and an increased number of school staff being directly impacted by COVID-19 isolation and quarantine, which affects our daily operations, a decision has been made to move to a Distance Learning Model for all students in grades K-12 effective Monday, November 23, 2020. This decision is not made lightly as we know it impacts students and families. To inform this decision, our district COVID-19 Leadership Team reviewed state and county data and trends, as well as local data (number of positive cases, quarantines, and ability to safely staff our buildings). Learn more.
We have developed a robust Health and Safety Roadmap for our district families, students, and staff. These health and safety protocols, like those implemented throughout our community and state, will help minimize risks for our students, staff, families, and community members. Learn more.
Today the district announced "Return to Learn: Orientation Week." The first week will look different than usual. Students and staff have been out of the physical classroom setting since March 18, 2020, and when they return to the classroom, the structures will have changed into a hybrid learning environment. Jordan Public Schools will bring students together on these very special targeted days throughout the “Return to Learn: Orientation Week” to focus on returning to this new learning environment while transitioning students back to school. Learn more.
Today the district shared the Fall 2020 Academic Roadmap with families and students. We hope it will be a helpful resource for your family! In it you will learn that we will be offering families two options for the start of the year; our Hybrid Base Learning Model and the Jordan Virtual Academy. Watch for continued communication and view our district website calendar to learn more about our “Return to Learn: Orientation Week.”
On Monday, August 3, 2020, the Jordan School Board acted on a resolution to support K–12 Hybrid Learning for our “Base Learning Model" for Fall 2020. This would also include the option of the Jordan Virtual Academy, our fully online learning alternative for K-12 families. In this hybrid model, grades K-6 will be on-site in their buildings 5 days a week (learning environments at 50% capacity, following strict social distance recommendations, and other health requirements). Grades 7-12 will follow an ABABC model.
- 22 December 2020 - Public Communications – "Rolling Start" Calendar Dates Announced
- 16 December 2020 - Public Communications – Phased-in Return Communication
- 23 November 2020 - Public Communications – Attendance and Reporting COVID-Related Illness during Distance Learning
- 12 November 2020 – Public Communications - Learning Model Shift Announced
- 9 November 2020 – Public Communications - Learning Model Info and Updates
- 26 October 2020 – Public Communications - Adjusting Learning Models Based on Data
- 18 September 2020 – Public Communications - End of Jordan Virtual Academy and On-Site Enrollment Changes
- 11 September 2020 – Public Communications - COVID-19 Communications and Health and Safety Protocol Reminders
- 26 August 2020 – Public Communications - Health and Safety Roadmap Announcement [UPDATED LINKS]
- 14 August 2020 – Public Communications - "Return to Learn: Orientation Week" Announced (English)(Español)(русский)
- 6 August 2020 – Public Communications - Fall 2020 Academic Roadmap (English)(Español)
- 30 July 2020 – Public Communications - "Safe Learning Plan" Executive Order
LEARN MORE ABOUT STATE'S "SAFE LEARNING PLAN"
Experts at the Departments of Education and Health will partner with local school districts and charter schools to help make decisions about which learning model they should use to start the school year. While there are many factors to take into consideration when determining an appropriate learning model for school opening, the decision-making process will center on local data indicating the level of viral activity in the surrounding county.
- Frequently Asked Questions about "Safe Learning Plan"
DOCUMENTS: PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING GUIDANCE
- Executive Order 20-81 "Face Covering" (July 22, 2020) (PDF)
- Executive Order 20-82 “Safe Learning Plan” (July 30, 2020) (PDF)
- Executive Order 20-94 “Safe Learning Plan Improvement” (November 5, 2020) (PDF)
- State "Safe Learning Plan" Guidance from State (December 16, 2020)(PDF) (Español)
- MDE Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools: 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools (December 1, 2020)(PDF)
- MDH 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools: Health Considerations (September 23, 2020)(PDF)
- MDH Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms (November 5, 2020) (PDF) (Español)
- MDH COVID-19 Sports Practice Guidance for Youth and Adults (December 28, 2020)(PDF)
- MDH COVID-19 Sports Guidance for Youth and Adults (September 2, 2020)(PDF)
- MDH COVID-19 Music Activities and Performances (August 27, 2020)(PDF)