2020 – 2021 / COVID-19 Information

We need to hear from you! If you have a student attending Paladin this fall and have not done so already, please click here to fill out the family survey.

We are diligently and thoughtfully preparing for the start of school on September 8th. The safety of our students, families, and staff is at the forefront of every decision. We will continue to build on the strength of our Paladin staff, remain focused on what’s best for students, and work together in these ever-changing times.

Our planning this summer has been guided by these principals:

  1. Keeping our School Community Safe: The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff will remain our priority.
  2. Supportive Stance: We will be relentless in our attention to equity and relationships first by engaging and connecting with our student learners, supporting the social and emotional needs of our students, and supporting our students and families during this difficult time with needed supplies.
  3. Innovative Tools and Practices: We will use what tools we have available and seek new ways to engage our learners providing a quality learning experience.
  4. Monitor and Adjust: We will continually review our practices and make improvements. We will give each other grace. We will not be perfect. This is a work in progress. 

As you likely know, Governor Tim Walz announced in Executive Order 20-81 that school districts across Minnesota will work collaboratively with county health officials to determine how to provide instruction to start the 2020-2021 school year based on specific county-level data. In addition, Commissioners from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education unveiled The Safe Learning Plan for schools. This plan is based on weeks of health data gathering and engagements with school leaders, educators, and community leaders.

The Safe Learning Plan provides a framework for schools, based on the number of coronavirus cases and on public health data within each county. Paladin serves students from across six counties, with the majority of students from Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey counties. Initial guidance from the state provides that if a district falls into multiple counties it must use numbers from the county with the most COVID-19 cases. For Paladin, Hennepin County currently has the most COVID-19 cases with 20.93 per 10,000 residents.  We will be monitoring the latest numbers as they become available and will use data-driven research in our decision making.

COVID-19 Cases in Paladin’s Neighboring Counties as of July 18:


The state’s plan has five learning level parameters as follows:

Cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence & Learning model
[0 – 9] In-person learning for all students
[10 – 19] In-person learning for elementary students Hybrid learning for secondary students
[20 -29] Hybrid learning for all students
[30 – 49] Hybrid learning for elementary students Distance learning for secondary students
[50+] Distance learning for all students

Current infection rates in Anoka, Hennepin, and Ramsey Counties indicate that Paladin will return in a hybrid and distance learning model for the start of the year. The hybrid model means we can bring up to half of the students back to school on any given day (50% capacity in-person, 6 feet social distancing). We will develop a rotating A/B schedule and communicate this out, one week prior to the start of the school year.

Please note: Following these parameters, if cases rise above 30 per 10,000, Paladin will exclusively move to a distance learning model until case numbers drop again.

We have no choice but to move forward with planning based on current COVID-19 infections rates.  However, we will be monitoring updated numbers and will quickly pivot if infection rates dip below 9, or rise above 30, cases per 10,000 in the county. Paladin’s instructional model will likely change throughout the year based on the circumstances at Paladin and its surrounding communities if the number of cases increases and warrants a different outcome. You may read the full descriptions of Paladin’s three planned learning scenarios here.

We want to reassure you that our health and safety practices, PPE policies, frequent cleaning, and disease prevention plans will be in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health and Governor Wallz. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Education and Paladin will be providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for all students and staff, which includes two PPEs (cloth face-covering or neck gaiter for all students and staff). We have also implemented rigorous, continual cleaning practices which includes sanitizing every classroom between classes and disinfecting bathrooms and high touch surfaces throughout the day.

Distance Learning Option

We want families and students to be comfortable and confident with our return to school plans. If your student or family has underlying health issues or you are not comfortable sending your student to school for any reason, we will continue to provide a distance learning option for students if preferred. Please let us know this is your decision via the survey linked beow.

The decision to open Paladin during an ongoing pandemic is a stressful and polarizing topic with many competing views and interests. We know you will have many more questions, and while we may not have the answers to them all at this moment, know that we are working on it. We are working extremely hard with a deep sense of responsibility to you, your family, our students, and our staff. Once again, we appreciate your patience, grace, and willingness to work with us. You can expect to receive communications from us in the upcoming weeks when more information becomes available. It will be critical that you watch for emails, stay informed, and provide information as quickly as possible when requested. We will continue to post updates on the Paladin website paladincareertech.com and through our JMC messenger system (email, phone call, text messaging).

For detailed information, please review Paladin’s Distance Learning Plan.

Together, we will create a positive and encouraging start to the school year for all students. We appreciate your responsiveness and support. Together, we are Paladin Strong!

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As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We also want to ensure every child has access to the education they need and deserve.

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