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Opt into the 196 Digital Academy, the full-time distance learning option for 2020-21

Families who choose to register their student for the 196 Digital Academy must do so by Friday, August 14. 

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Restart 2020: District 196's plan to safely return to school

Find information about the 2020-21 school year and stay updated as the situation changes. This page will be updated regularly.

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New start date of September 8

In order to ensure we have necessary systems in place that follow the guidance from MDE, MDH and the CDC, we will be changing the Transition Plus start date to September 8. This start date aligns with the District Calendar.

Open House Cancelled

August 6 Open House Canceled 

Due to COVID-19, our open house schedule for August 6 is canceled.  Transition Plus will develop plans on how to safely provide an open house opportunity for incoming 2020-2021 students. Plans will be communicated later this summer.

Children picking up meals at a neighborhood site.

Summer Meals program begins June 15

Free breakfast and lunch kits will be available this summer to any child, up to 18 years old, at five District 196 schools and two neighborhood sites. 

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Independent Living

Recipe planning, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning are taught as part of transferable independent living skills.

Two students and Staff in Shop.

Employment Preparation

Students work with our dedicated staff on readily transferable vocational skills that prepare them for success in the workplace.

Programming for young adults, ages 18-21 with special needs, who are pursuing their transition goals.

Our mission is to educate learners to reach their full potential in developing daily life skills.

Post-secondary and career training

Through the IEP process, students receive support, resources and training with choices based on individual need.

Independent living

Model and teach life skills while encouraging students to be responsible and productive members of our community.


Supported by District 196, we create relationships with community organizations that allow students to make important connections.