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Minn. high school using hybrid learning for 18 years

Jessica Miles
Updated: July 01, 2020 11:19 AM
Created: June 30, 2020 05:30 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for students to be physically back in classrooms this fall.

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Many education experts predict that could be in the form of hybrid learning, online learning mixed with some classroom hours.

Hybrid learning is a model that is very familiar to Wolf Creek Online High School in Chisago City.

The school has been using a hybrid model since it opened in 2002.

Director Tracy Quarnstrom says the campus is open on Tuesday and Thursday, and between 60 and 70 percent of students come into school. The rest prefer virtual learning.

The school is using its hybrid model for summer school as well and is already making safety changes in preparation for fall.

"All visitors and staff and students will be greeted by somebody who will take their temperature, and who will remind them it’s recommended that they wear a mask," said Quarnstrom.

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Plexiglass barriers have been set up, as have social distance squares on the floors in high traffic areas.

In the computer lab, students are only allowed to use every other station.

"It’s a little weird," student Karah Klein said. "It’s obviously different from last year, but it’s not horrible I guess."

The Minnesota Department of Education says Wolf Creek one of 45 schools or districts around the state using a hybrid model for summer school.

It's a model Wolf Creek is prepared for come fall.

"We know we will be moving in and out of online learning, so knowing that our curriculum is online and our staff are experts in online, that’s a plus we’re going to be able to navigate," Quarnstrom said.

A model Quarnstrom feels will actually help students in the long run.

"I think this is actually going to open up amazing opportunities for families where they are going to be in the driver seat and be able to say this is the school that works for me, or I can combine this school and this school and I can work with how I want to work with this," she said.


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