Hybrid to Distance Learning Transition

Eden Prairie Schools Families:

Thank you for your on-going support to your students and Eden Prairie Schools. The purpose of this message is to share an upcoming shift in our district’s learning models due to the changing nature of this pandemic. The rapid statewide increase in COVID-19 is beginning to show up locally. Although our district’s safety and mitigation strategies have been effective, the projected trend is that case rates will grow significantly.

Here is the plan for the weeks ahead to help your family prepare:

Grades 7-12: all students

  • After Thursday, Nov. 19, hybrid learning for grades 7-12 temporarily ends.
  • Monday, Nov. 23 is the first day of distance learning for grades 7-12.
  • There is no school for grades 7-12 students on Friday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 25. These are planning days for teachers to be ready for distance learning.
  • If there are changes to winter activities and athletics, they will be communicated through the high school Activities Office.

Grades K-6: in-person and hybrid learning models

  • The week of Nov 23 there will be a slight change in the student cohort days.
  • Monday, Nov. 23 is an “A” cohort day. These students will not attend in person on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 is a “B” cohort day for in-person learning.
  • After Tuesday, Nov. 24, in-person and hybrid learning for grades K-6 temporarily ends.
  • There is no school for these K-6 students on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Monday, Nov. 30. These are planning days for teachers to be ready for distance learning.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 is the first day of distance learning for grades K-6.

EP Online: grades K-6

  • The transition to distance learning does not affect elementary EP Online.
  • Elementary EP Online students will attend school on Nov. 20, 25 and 30.

Families with students in TASSEL will follow the transition schedule listed above for grades K-6 in-person/hybrid learning.

In the coming week, your school or program will communicate additional details about this transition. Teachers and staff are committed to ensuring the move to distance learning is seamless. Eden Prairie Schools is a statewide leader in education, and our focus is always on our students’ success.

Looking ahead, the tentative plan is to return to in-person learning (grades K-1) and hybrid learning (grades 2-12) after winter break on Jan. 4. Given the changing nature of this pandemic, we will continue to evaluate the feasibility of a Jan. 4 return and adjust as appropriate. Families that enrolled in EP Online this year at the elementary and secondary levels would stay in that learning model on Jan. 4. As we have done all along, we will monitor data ahead of a transition, provide advance communication and support our students and staff.