Return to Learn

Return to Learn Options

At its Aug. 3 meeting, the School Board approved a resolution to begin the 2020-21 school year in a Hybrid learning model, and push back our school start date to Tuesday, Sept. 8 for K-12 students.

Although Hybrid is the selected model, families have the option of selecting our Flex option or Bloomington Online School if they wish to keep their children at home. 

Upon completing your review of our learning models, please complete a Learning Model Preference Form for each of your children by Monday, Aug. 10.

Learning Model Preference Forms


School Year Models

Though we will start the school year in a hybrid model, we will likely pivot to the different models below, in alignment with the state’s guidance. We will work with our local and state public health agencies and the Minnesota Department of Education throughout the school year to determine the most appropriate model for staff and student health and safety, while providing our students with high quality education.

Traditional School - image of students standing in front of a school, and students in desks being instructed by a teacher while wearing masks
Traditional School

In a traditional school model, students attend school every day as normally scheduled, with additional precautions in place including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and cleaning daily.

Hybrid Instruction - Image of students standing in front of a school building and students and teacher in a classroom wearing masks, accompanied by an image of a house and students learning at home.
Hybrid Instruction

In a hybrid instruction model, students attend school in-person on assigned days to limit the number of students in a classroom and allow for physical distancing. When not at school, students complete teacher-assigned work remotely.

Distance Learning 2.0 - Image of a school closed, with images of students learning at an apartment complex and a house.
Distance Learning 2.0

Distance Learning 2.0 is our emergency instruction plan if students and staff are not allowed to be in buildings as directed by MDE. Students participate in remote learning full-time, with improvements based on staff, parent and student feedback.

Return to Learn Virtual Community Engagement Event

Return to Learn Community Engagement: a live virtual event presented by BEC-TV

Our second Return to Learn Community Engagement Event was held Tuesday, Aug. 4. District officials reviewed health guidelines and provided plans for special education, social emotional learning and support services, and Bloomington Online School, the district’s new fully online school for grades K-12. Presenters also responded to questions during a Q & A period. Watch the event:

English   español   Somali

Return to Learn Resources
School Pages: Special Return to School Issue
BPS COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Fall Return-to-School Options Graphic
Opciones de Regreso a Clases para el Otoño del 2020
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