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The District 196 distance learning plan is unique to support the learning of students at all grade levels.

District 196 is implementing distance learning in compliance with an executive order from Governor Walz. The distance learning plan supports the learning of students at all grade levels in District 196 with a goal to provide meaningful learning for students and maintain personalized connections in the event that students are unable to be in the school building(s) due to an emergency situation (e.g. epidemic or other emergency).

The distance learning plan includes grades K-3 learning opportunities, both online and offline, and grades 4-12 learning opportunities that incorporate a larger use of our digital platforms. We are fortunate that for grades 4-12, we have a robust one-to-one technology learning environment that includes Schoology, our learning management system. 

We recognize that learning at home and/or online provides a different educational experience than the traditional learning environment we are accustomed to within schools. We are dedicated to facilitating meaningful learning as effectively as possible in these circumstances, given the tools available. We also recognize our staff, students, and families may be facing unprecedented challenges during an emergency closure and we all need to be patient, supportive, and understanding. Flexibility and communication is key as we navigate emergency school closure and distance learning.

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Free seven-day meal kits available beginning Nov. 9 for all distance learning students

Beginning Nov. 9, all students are eligible for free seven-day meal kits to support their distance learning. Meal kits will be available for pick up near the entrance of any District 196 middle or high school on: iddle or high schools’ entrance doors at these times:

  • Monday, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. (Digital Academy Meals will continue)
  • Thursday, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Friday, 7:30-9 a.m. 

Look for the banner and sign for the distribution location. Families with children in multiple schools are encouraged to pick-up all seven-day meal kits at one school.

To take part in this, please complete the Seven-Day Meal Kit Interest Survey. This will allow the Food and Nutrition Services Department to prepare the number of meal kits needed. The survey only needs to be completed once.

Elementary Distance Learning

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The goal is for K-5 students to be engaged in learning for a total of 2.5 hours throughout each day as the students navigate and complete learning activities and related tasks as part of the learning community.


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Secondary Distance Learning

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The goal is for secondary students to be engaged in learning, as a general guideline, for no more than 40 minutes per class per day for those classes that met on a daily basis. This includes time for completing assignments/tasks and any direct instruction.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE) Distance Learning

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The goal is for ABE students to continue their learning at home through distance learning. This includes online lessons and activities from their teachers and distance learning platforms such as MobyMax, Read Theory, or Edmentum/Plato.  

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Transition Plus Distance Learning

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The goal is for Transition Plus students to continue their learning at home through distance learning.  This includes online lessons and activities from the teachers and distance learning platforms such as: SeeSaw, Schoology, Collab, Google Drive, Email, Zoom and phone.

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Early Childhood Distance Learning

A teacher working with a young boy.

The goal in early childhood for children and families is to be engaged in learning activities and exploration through common daily routines.

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