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August 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Independent School District 507 Special School Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
2. ROLL CALL
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
4. DESIGNATE LEARNING MODEL TO BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description:  The Minnesota Safe Learning plan was announced by Governor Walz last Thursday.  The plan requires school districts to establish a Safe Learning Advisory Council to determine a safe learning model to begin the upcoming school year.  Membership must consist of school board members, bargaining units, staff, students and families.  The NPS committee is: Dr. Malone, Todd Toulouse (admin/parent), Scot Osborne and Adam Erickson (board members/parents)  Lisa Fischer (NEA rep), Isabella Havemeier (student).  The committee met August 4th
The "Safe Learning Advisory Council" used the MDH Data For K-12 Schools (attached) to:
  1. Examine the MDH data and determine the number of cases per 10,000 in Nicollet County for each of the last two weeks (18 and 20.)
  2. Compared the Nicollet County case rate to the recommended MDH policy option.  (Elementary- In-person, Middle/High School-Hybrid)
The committee is recommending the Hybrid Learning For All Students option to begin the school year.  The intent is to implement In Person Learning for grades K-6 in early October.  Beginning the year with Hybrid Learning for grades K-6 will give students and staff a few weeks to practice new protocols such as social distancing, wearing masks, arrival procedures including temperature screening, lunch procedures, hand washing and sanitizing, dismissal, etc. before fully transitioning to In Person Learning.

The Superintendent recommends that the school board adopt the Hybrid Learning For All Students option to begin the school year, as recommended by the Safe Learning Advisory Council.
 
5. PURCHASE OF CHROMEBOOKS
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description:  Chromebooks will be needed for every student if we implement the hybrid learning model at any time during the school year.  Our language arts curriculum (Wonders) is web-based only.  The curriculum includes reading, phonics, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar.  The K-2 teachers were surveyed and unanimously agreed that it would not be possible to deliver the language arts curriculum without students having access to the web-based Wonders curriculum.  The teachers recommended that each student have a Chromebook. 

When we conducted distance learning last spring, all students were at home.  Chromebooks were allocated per family, so students within the same household could share the same device.  As a result, fewer Chromebooks were needed and every student had access to a device.

Under the hybrid learning scenario, students are divided into two groups (A & B).  The two groups of students attend school on different days.  All students within a household will be assigned to the same group.  However, when the students from a given household are in school, they will each need their own device. 

The Chromebooks can be purchased by reallocating existing budgets and utilizing available grants.  The expenditure will not decrease our general fund balance.
 
Chromebooks Total Cost
140 x $277 each $38,764
includes a 11.6" Chromebook, case, and license  
   
Technology Budget $10,000
CARES $3,000
Title IV $3,000
SPED Fed Flow Through $18,000
Operating Capital $5,000
  $39,000


The Superintendent recommends approving the purchase of 140 Chromebooks in the amount of approximately $38,764.
 
6. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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