• A chart of potential learning model changes Learning Model Decision Making - Updated December 14, 2020

    A Learning Model Advisory Team has been created to advise and assist in the decisions around the school district’s learning model. The team consists of school district staff, the Itasca County Public Health Nurse, the President/CEO of a local healthcare provider, a local physician, and the School Board Chair.

    The district is committed to using science, data, and guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as the basis for our Learning Model decisions.

    As the school year has progressed and more has been learned about transmission within school buildings, the decision-making matrix provided by MDE is no longer the sole source of data used to make decisions about learning models. Instead, school districts are taking into account not only the county-level case data when determining learning models, but also the number of confirmed cases, quarantines, and close contacts in a school community, each school building within the district, and other data such as individuals with influenza-like illness. Districts must also take into account staffing levels, whether school spread is present, and local health care capacity when making these decisions.

    Data Source

    • There are many sources of data reporting COVID-19 cases. The District will use data provided by Itasca County Public Health as its data source. We believe this will be the most relevant, up-to-date, and accurate data.
    • We will use data that reflects the most recent cases and information provided by Itasca County.
    • Consideration will be given for knowledge of local trends, gatherings, and cases, as well as the effects of these on county rates.
    • We are also committed to seeking consultations with MDH if there are questions about increases in local cases and the impact on our school buildings.


    Our Learning Model Advisory Team will meet on Thursdays at 8:00 to review the data from the previous two week period as well as trends over time. When possible, decisions to stay with a model or switch learning models will be made at regular intervals and communicated to the public.

    *local conditions and spikes in cases may cause these timelines to change, and possibly change quickly


    Decisions about our district’s Learning Model will be made by the school district with input from this team as well as our Regional Support Team in the event there are COVID cases. Staff and parents will be alerted of any change as soon as possible. In the case where a change needs to be made rapidly, the district will try to ensure there is at least some transition time in order for staff, parents, students, and district systems to adjust.