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District 196 COVID-19 Dashboard

The District 196 COVID-19 Dashboard provides families and staff with county and district data used to guide decisions about learning models in the 2020-21 school year. This dashboard is updated every Thursday after release of data by the state. District 196 values the importance of sharing general health information and remains committed to protecting the privacy of individual student, family and staff information.


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District COVID-19 Facts & Figures


Data is updated weekly using information from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Dakota County Public Health Department and District 196 Human Resources. Data last updated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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Staff fill rate
2612 students in isolation or quarantine
196 staff members in quarantine or isolation

learning models

Elementary

  • Current Model: Full-time distance learning 
    • Full-time distance learning where all students preK-5 are learning digitally at home.

Secondary

  • Current Model: Full-time distance learning 
    • Full-time distance learning where all students 6-12 are learning digitally at home.
       

Learn more about our learning models

State Learning Model Guidance

14-Day Case Rate Per 10,000 Residents in Dakota County Learning Model*
0-9 In-person for all students
10-19 In-person for elementary students; hybrid for secondary students
20-29 Hybrid for all students
30-49 Hybrid for elementary students; distance learning for secondary students
50+ Distance learning for all students


*Guidance outlined in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21. The 14-day case county case rate is one of several data points to consider when determining a learning model.


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Dakota County COVID-19 Facts & Figures
 

Data is updated weekly using information from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Dakota County Public Health Department. Data last updated Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

The Minnesota Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21 calls for all students to be in distance learning when the 14-day average case rate for the county is 50 or higher (see table) and local data within the district is also trending upward.

Case rate per 10,000
Date Reported* Date Range Cases Per 10,000 Residents
Over 14-Day Period
Nov. 19, 2020 11/1-11/14 90.12
Nov. 12, 2020

10/18-10/31

49.59
Nov. 5, 2020 10/11-10/24 33.50
Oct. 29, 2020  10/4-10/17 29.05
Oct. 22, 2020 9/27-10/10 24.06
Oct. 15, 2020 9/20-10/3 20.78
Oct. 8, 2020 9/13-9/26 20.44


*Updated COVID-19 data is reported by the Minnesota Department of Health every Thursday.

County case positivity percent

As shared above, the 14-day positive case rate per 10,000 is 90.12, which equates to a 14.1% case positivity rate in Dakota County. 

A case positivity rate of 5% or higher is evidence of community spread.

  • Week 45 (11/1-11/7): 14.1%
  • Week 44: 9.80%
  • Week 43: 6.80%
  • Week 42: 6.10%
  • Week 41: 5.40%
  • Week 40: 4.90%
County Case Rate chart showing an increase in percent.

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Key Determining Factors
 

Three critical factors guide our decision-making process when determining which learning model is best for District 196: guidance from our state and local officials; the health and safety of our community; and our staff rates.

state and local guidance

As a district, we rely on guidance provided in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and by the Dakota County Public Health Department and state departments of education and health. 

Health and safety

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. We have implemented a number of safety measures and regularly monitor county and district case rates. 

staffing

Our goal is to provide as much in-person learning as possible based on COVID-19 case rates, state guidance and the ability to adequately staff our schools and fill absences.


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Process for Considering Changes
 

We discuss the possibility of making changes to the learning models and co-curricular activities with our district incident command team, in consultation with our state and local public health officials and the Minnesota Department of Education as needed. Our district incident command team is comprised of public health officials, district administrators, teachers, community members and a student.

1. review the data

To consider shifting models, our we consult with our district incident command team and district leaders to review data provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Dakota County Public Health, as well as rates of positive cases, quarantine and isolation in District 196. The foundation of our learning model is based on the guidance in the Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21, as well as other relevant data points. 

2. consult with experts

The Incident Command Team meets to discuss local and school COVID-19 data. As a district, we also consult with the Minnesota Department of Health, Dakota County Public Health Department, Regional COVID-19 Support Team and district leaders. Based on the feedback and guidance from state and local public health officials, a recommendation will be brought to the School Board for a final decision. The board will hold a special meeting to discuss and affirm a decision. All special School Board meetings will be advertised at least three days in advance and streamed live on the District 196 YouTube.

3. communicate decision

The district will use a variety of communications channels to update families and staff when a decision regarding learning models is made. The district uses the following platforms:

  • Website – A popup will be posted on the district website at District196.org and all school websites; this is where the information is available first.

  • District social media – Twitter (@ISD196Schools) and Facebook (@District196) accounts will have the latest information.

  • Notification email and phone call – Parents/guardians and staff receive emails and phone calls from our SchoolMessenger mass notification system

  • Text messaging – Subscribers will receive a text notification. Text "Y" to 67587 to opt in. (Only guardians may opt in. Message and data rates may apply.)